The English Faculty
The English faculty consists of four dedicated members of staff who firmly believe that all students have the capacity and desire to succeed in their learning. Our department thrives on team-work both with staff and students alike. Relationships are built on mutual respect and a united sense of vision for future success. We are a forward-looking department, keen to engage in new concepts and ideas that will help and encourage students flourish in their learning.
The English Faculty is situated on the ground floor of The Darwin Building. The faculty also has a separate Resources and Departmental Base in which a considerable range of fiction sets, books, boxes and support materials are organised. Interactive whiteboards and projectors enable ICT and media to be used effectively within lessons as an interactive tool for learning.
The English Curriculum
These are exciting times for the English Faculty. Following extensive research in conjunction with Derby University we have developed a new curriculum centered around ‘mastery methods.’ This research culminated in the development of our ‘Spiral Curriculum’ to develop skills from Year 7 through to Year 11.
Click here for more information on the ‘Spiral Curriculum.’
Learning and teaching curriculum
Our philosophy is to ensure that the overall curriculum design places an emphasis on the steady development of skills towards an agreed level of competency or mastery. These skills are mapped over the course of their academic career at Newcastle Academy. Students are given repeated opportunities to demonstrate their skills, developing in sophistication and in a range of contexts.
- A 5 year overview to ensure the Assessment Objectives are equitably covered
- A range of well-constructed assessments focusing on fewer, more specific skills, which can they be repeated in different contexts to ensure depth of understanding
- Create PLCs (in collaboration with research completed by Associate Assistant Principal Mr Duncan Adams) Personal Learning Checklists, which will demonstrate and evidence the students’ competency of a skill not just their superficial knowledge of that skill
- Planned sequences for each assessment cycle to ensure students can develop their skill level
- Agreed standards and ‘non-negotiables’ to ensure no student falls below an agreed level of competency, while others can be motivated to aim higher
Cycle within a cycle
Core teaching and learning cycle: This forms the cycle for the teaching of the whole unit and embedding of specific skills within a lesson or series of lessons.
- Establish prior knowledge
- Develop understanding new knowledge
- Review and reassess