English & Media

English & Media

English plays an important role in empowering all students by developing their writing and reading comprehension skills to become discerning, critical thinkers.

The curriculum focuses on essential skills needed for Key Stage 4 (KS4) and A Level Literature, meeting the criteria for the new 1 to 9 grading system in an engaging, challenging way.

Our curriculum is differentiated to ensure that all of our students can access learning and make progress. In Key Stage 3 (KS3) our mainstream curriculum explores a variety of literature, including genre studies, poetry, Shakespeare, and non-fiction to prepare them for GCSE components in KS4.

Running in parallel, the Hackney LIT Programme, designed for students with lower literacy levels, offers a tailored programme to some of our Year 7 students, helping them build confidence in both reading and writing.

We are extremely proud that the percentage of PACA students studying English and achieving grades 9-4 in 2018 was above the national average*.

Accelerated Reader

During KS3, students have Accelerated Reader lessons as part of the English curriculum.

This programme is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice while promoting reading for pleasure.

Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)

At PACA we are passionate about reading.

We recognise that young people who regularly read for pleasure develop more sophisticated reading skills than those who do not, and these skills improve academic performance and life chances. We also recognise how engaging with a great story is a vital part of human experience and intrinsic to our cultural entitlement. It is through words and stories that we make sense of the world.

DEAR allows students to find time to indulge in reading every day. At the same time each day, all members of the PACA community drop everything and read. From Year 7 to Sixth Form, from the Site Team to the Principal, we have no excuses, no higher priorities. We read.

English literature

Throughout the course of their study, students encounter a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century fiction texts from a variety of genres.

For example:

  • Modern plays (An Inspector Calls, Blood Brothers)
  • Shakespeare (Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  • 19th century novels (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, A Christmas Carol, Sherlock Holmes)
  • 20th and 21st century novels (Of Mice and Men, Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, 1984, Private Peaceful, Coraline, A Monster Calls)
  • Poetry collections (Love and Relationships, Growing Up, Other Cultures and Power and Conflict)

English language

By being exposed to a broad spectrum of texts, students learn how to adapt their own writing to suit a variety of purposes, forms and audiences.

In both language and literature, students develop a fundamental understanding of the structure of a text, plot, characters, settings and themes. They learn how to interpret the works of others and shape their own views.

For more information about our curriculum please contact us.

Media studies

Media studies at PACA follows the Pearson BTEC syllabus.  During this course of study, students analyse a range of media products, take part in interactive workshops and complete controlled assessments that which are linked to industry briefs.

Media students at PACA have access to a range of video recording and editing equipment, digital cameras and have access to Adobe Photoshop and other industry standard applications.