We count it a privilege to guide our students through the exciting adventure that is English at Hayesfield. Our ultimate aim is to open their eyes and minds to the rich world of poetry, prose and drama around them. We seek to instil a lasting love of Literature – one that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Our students are thoughtful, diligent, independent, curious and ambitious.
Aligned with the National Curriculum English classes at Hayesfield provide relevant English language opportunities in reading, writing, listening, viewing, speaking and critical thinking. Experiences and activities will help students become discriminating users of both print and non-print media. Literary traditions of the past influence contemporary works; therefore, our selection of materials seeks to balance the classics with more modern works as we study literature in order to better understand ourselves and our world.
Literary and media works, selected for excellence in both content and style, will promote humanistic attitudes, aesthetic appreciation, multi-cultural awareness, and critical evaluation skills. While the vast majority of literary works have been recognised as meritorious, some materials and resulting discussion may contain elements of a sensitive/ mature nature. These topics are dealt with in a sensitive manner.
The Hayesfield English Curriculum map is designed to improve students’ awareness of the important role that the English language and its literature play in their intellectual, personal, and career development and will help them to acquire the knowledge, skills and opportunities that will enable them to attain their full potential and access the wider school curriculum.
The English Faculty fully supports, and is committed to our aims:
- All students should achieve their full potential
- All students should become responsible members of the community
- All students should respect, work with and develop good relationships with others
- All students should develop the skills for lifelong learning
- Lizzie Twohigg (Head of English Faculty)
- Claire Woolger (Deputy in English and Lead in Accelerated Reading)
- Fran Foster (KS5 English Coordinator)
- Ben Hague (Teacher of English)
- Duncan Powell (Deputy Headteacher – Teaching and Learning)
- Susanna Mountcastle (Teacher of English)
- Vicky Palmer (Achievement First / Teacher of English / Director of Achievement Year 7)
- Sarah Whitehead (Teacher of English / Director of Achievement Year 9)
- Pollyanna Langford-Lacny (Teacher of English)
- Joselyn Beazley (English Teacher – newly appointed)
In English it is so important that students get a sense of the world in which they live. The texts we study are varied but we also encourage students to visit the cinema and theatre and read around every topic they study to enrich their understanding of Literature and Language. Where possible we provide opportunities to visit the Royal Theatre in Bath and are lucky enough to have Mrs Bryden who is the lead on the Theatre Club in our Faculty. We also ensure that every year group has an author visit where authors give a talk and run a Q and A session where students can purchase the novels, have them signed and meet the author.
A list of activities includes:
- BANES debate Public speaking club and competitions
- BANES / Literature Festival Debate club and competitions
- Bath Literature Festival Competitions
- KS4 Literature support
- International Literacy Day
- World Book Day
- Various author visits
- In house Battle of the Books
- Reading Clubs – Battle of the Books, The Centurion Award and Carnegie
- Theatre club
- ESU Churchill Public Speaking Competition
Student Support in English
In English students are supported by their teachers inside and outside lessons. Students with SEN will receive additional support according to their needs. Staff use a variety of teaching methods to support different styles of learning.
The English Faculty is also aware of the special needs of the most able students, and we seek to challenge them through imaginative extension work and enrichment activities. The progress of all students, including those with special needs, is monitored through assessment, observation and discussion at faculty meetings, in accordance with the school’s Assessment Policy.
Differentiation may be by resource, task, group, outcome, teacher intervention and teaching approach. The programmes of study at Key Stage 3 identify expectations of students working at differing levels within the year group and suggest activities to extend students working at the top end.
Activities which can support students in English outside of lesson time:
- Read widely and everyday- there is no better activity to help in supporting literacy skills across the whole curriculum
- Use the advice of our School Librarian, Hayesfield’s online catalogue, local Libraries, the interlibrary loan service and access to University Library catalogues to extend their reading
- Enjoy visiting writers at local bookshops and Literary Festivals
- Write for the School Magazine, local papers, appropriate creative writing for online
- Enter local, regional, university and national competitions for creative or essay writing
- Listen to Radio Four plays, arts/review programmes live, via iPlayer or online
- Enjoy solving crosswords and complex word puzzles
- Use GULP ( General Universities Lecture Programme), the BRSLI ( Bath Royal Scientific and Literary Institution), ITunesU and You Tube to access undergraduate level lectures
- Take part in Hayesfield Library activities, such as shadowing the Carnegie Award, Battle of the Books, The Centurion Award and/or read shortlists for the Booker Prize.
- Enjoy a range of live theatre via Hayesfield Theatre Club
- Establish Book Circles, Fan Fiction Workshops, Film Clubs and the like to share expertise and enthusiasm.