When you begin English lessons, we spend the first few weeks being creative and imaginative while we complete a fabulous Autobiography unit of work, where you get the chance to read excerpts from autobiographical texts, whilst practising your own writing. From here, we cover some wonderful prose texts, including Susan Cooper’s King of Shadows and Louis Sachar’s Holes. During this time, we can get to know you and place you in classes where you will work at just the right, challenging pace for you. Following on from this, we study exciting dramas, such as Chris Bond’s The Blood of Dracula, a Phillip Pullman adaptation of Frankenstein or The Demon Headmaster. We also study various styles of language and different forms of poetry, such as ballads and poems written by the great Benjamin Zephaniah. Throughout the year we will encourage you to read for pleasure and share your reading in a variety of ways.

Supporting your Child

Homework is usually set through Edmodo; parents can join this site as well through your child.  You can support your child’s learning by encouraging your child to be independent and complete homework by the deadline set.  You can also support your child with the suggested reading that links to the topic for the half term, using questions to engage your child on their understanding of the text covered in lessons.  Promote the use of either the school library or your local library and read books together, so that you can discuss this.  Listening to your child read every day is a crucial way to develop skills in English

Useful Books

  • Shakespeare texts that are applicable
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Clay by David Almond
  • I am David by Ann Holm
  • The Diary of Anne Frank

Head of Department: Ms D Vessey

Head of Department: Ms D Vessey

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Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391

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KS3 Head of Years

Head of year 7 - Mrs S Finney

Head of year 8  - Mr S Harris

Head of year 9 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS4 Head of Years

Head of year 10 - Miss R Burrows

Head of year 11  - Miss J Neville

KS5 Head of Year

Head of year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
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