The English team at Isca Academy aims to help young people develop a lifelong love of literature and language. To do this, our curriculum is arranged to encourage students to experience a wide range of literature, non-fiction and media texts and to give them the skills to become critics of the texts they encounter, not passive readers.
They also are taught to develop a wide range of skills as writers so they can write creatively as well as communicate in the workplace in their future lives.

Students in Years 7-9 explore poetry; modern, genre and classic fiction as well as Shakespeare and modern plays. The range is diverse, from critiquing political rhetoric to analysing Dickens’ language. We believe this gives our students an exciting insight into our language.

At GCSE students study both the AQA English Language and Literature course. These courses offer an exciting combination of non-fiction text study combined with some engaging poetry, prose and drama. Texts studied this year include ‘Macbeth’, ‘Great Expectations’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘The Crucible’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’.

The English team offers an extensive programme of support for students to help all learners achieve their best. This includes a range of in-class support such as guided sessions; students working in guided groups, targets set from teacher, self and peer marking and using Directed Improvement Time so that students always know what skills they have mastered and their next steps for learning.  These strategies are used to support those who find English challenging but are also deployed to help extend the thinking and performance of the more able.

Extra-curricular activities
We believe it is important for students to see the relevance of English in the wider world and have a variety of opportunities on offer. We have had great success with Public Speaking, the Mock Bar Trial, Carnegie Award Shadowing and entries into poetry competitions. We also identify more able students as Isca Laureates, who champion the cause of reading and creativity across the school.

Home Study
This is set regularly for all year groups and includes one study skills based task for Years 7, 8 and 9 each week and one longer task for GCSE students. Examples of homework set can be viewed on Isca’s Class Charts page.

KS3 Reading Race

We run a fun reading competition for KS3 students – the Reading Race.   Each student receives a Reading Race Record.  Students get their records signed by their tutor, English teacher or the librarian each time they read an amount suitable for their level.  When their Reading Race Record has been signed ten times they are entered into a weekly draw to receive a prize! 
The tutor group with the most number of raffle tickets awarded in a term wins a trophy and gets to display it in their tutor room for a term.
The students are very excited about this competition and we ask that you encourage this enthusiasm by sharing books / listening to them read at home and signing their Reading Race Record.
Recommended Reading Lists are available from our Library.


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