English lessons at Camp Hill give pupils a sensitive appreciation of the spoken and written word and equip them with the skills to skills to articulate themselves confidently in a variety of situations, in all walks of life.
Pupils are helped to become fluent writers who can use language with flair; confident and articulate speakers who relish debate; and perceptive and enthusiastic readers of a wide range of texts.
Within English we encourage students to work independently, taking responsibility for their own learning, and also to work effectively with others in groups of varying sizes.
We explore a rich variety of texts and other stimuli, and pupils are given opportunities to debate, discuss, create role play and use media and ICT to develop their skills and learning.
All pupils study English and English Literature at Key Stage 3 and GCSE, and cover poetry, drama, prose fiction and non-fiction. At Key Stage 5 we offer AS and A level English Literature. The Department provides many enrichment activities including: creative writing clubs, KS3 book club and debating club – with participation in local competitions. We enter girls’ work in various writing competitions with pleasing success. Some of the clubs for younger students are run by sixth form students which helps foster friendships across year groups. In addition, we endorse the importance of live theatre and run many trips to productions locally and nationally.
- Thank You Letter won the National Competition 2016
- Year 9 Creative Writing
- Year 8 Writing to Argue
- Key Stage 3 Leaflet for Parents
- “Camp Hill Girls Carnegie Shadowing Group Webpage” – Read our reviews and blog on this year’s awards
- GCSE task description of a given “train” image
- Train Image
- Year 10: Battlefields Trip – pieces inspired by visit
A few of the texts we study include:
Key Stage 3
‘Underground to Canada’ (Barbara Smucker)
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Shakespeare)
‘Our Day Out’ (Willy Russell)
‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Shakespeare)
War poems by Wilfred Owen
‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ (Harper Lee)
‘Journey’s End’ (R C Sherriff)
‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ (R L Stevenson)
‘Relationships’ (Poetry anthology)
‘Macbeth’ (or alternative Shakespeare)
AS and A level
Theme: Love Through The Ages
‘The Great Gatsby’ (F Scott Fitzgerald – for AS only)
‘Wuthering Heights’ (Emily Brontë)
Post-1900 poetry anthology
Theme: Modern Times
‘Top Girls’ (Caryl Churchill)
‘Feminine Gospels’ (Carol Ann Duffy)
‘The Color Purple’ (Alice Walker)
Theme: Texts Across Time (Non-exam assessment)
‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (Oscar Wilde)
The English Department is dynamic, hard working and passionate about instilling in all our girls a love of literature, of writing, confidence in discussion and an enjoyment of theatre and the creative arts which will go with them throughout life.