English

Aims of the curriculum

  • To consolidate and enhance skills acquired at KS3
  • To nurture independence through a variety of teaching and learning methods including self and peer assessment and using assessment criteria as a fundamental tool for progression
  • To equip students with the love of learning and appreciation of language and literature
  • To extend reading, writing and speaking and listening with the view of meeting or exceeding individual potential at the end of the Key Stage
  • To offer a challenging curriculum that prepares students for further education.

Year 9 students follow either a pre GCSE scheme or a GCSE Entry level scheme dependent on ability.  Both pathways are designed to give students the best possible preparation for the full GCSE curriculum which begins in Year 10. Currently, all Year 10 and Year 11 students are studying the English literature course.

Curriculum overview

Year 9

Half term 1 - Reading for pleasure: short stories
  • Close reading and response to storyline or character
  • Express opinions on key features
  • Identify and comment on author's use of vocabulary for effect
  • Externally assessed assignment
Half term 2 - Cluster poetry
  • Read critically using a range of reading strategies
  • Make comparisons between poems and comment on the position of the writer
  • Identify and explore how language, form and structure have been used to create particular effects
  • Externally assessed assignment
Half term 3 - Descriptive and narrative writing
  • Use language creatively and imaginatively to engage the audience
  • Include a variety of sentence structures
  • Incorporate a range of descriptive techniques
  • Use punctuation to create particular effects
Half term 4 - Non-fiction texts- Reading
  • Select and summarise key information
  • Identify facts and opinions
  • Explore how the writer uses language to create particular techniques
  • Compare how writers express viewpoints
Half term 5 - Non-fiction texts - Writing
  • Create texts appropriate for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Demonstrate awareness of a range of forms
  • Use a variety of sentence structures
  • Develop vocabulary choices
Half term 6 - Romeo and Juliet
  • Explore how key characters and themes are presented in the play
  • Identify and explain characters’ actions and attitudes
  • Close analysis of language used in key extracts

Year 10

Half term 1 - An Inspector Calls
  • Understand the social and historical context of the play
  • Explore how key characters are presented and developed
  • Create links between key themes and particular characters
  • Close analysis of language used and the effects created
Half term 2 - Unseen poetry
  • Employ a range of reading strategies to a variety of unseen poems
  • Explore ideas, feelings and attitudes in unseen poems
  • Develop understanding of surface and literal meanings within poems
  • Close analysis of how language, structure and form can be used for effect
Half term 3 - Reading non-fiction language
  • Analyse the writer’s language and the effects created
  • Explore how structure can be used to interest the reader
  • Analyse the writer’s language and the effects created
  • Explore how structure can be used to interest the reader
Half term 4 - Descriptive and narrative writing
  • Use language creatively and imaginatively to create particular effects
  • Employ a variety of sentence structures to engage the reader
  • Explore how to structure paragraphs
Half term 5 - Descriptive and narrative writing
  • Use a range of punctuation for effect
  • Develop coherent paragraphs and link them fluently
  • Create descriptive responses to stimulus material
Half term 6 - Jekyll and Hyde
  • Understand the social and historical context of Jekyll and Hyde
  • Explore how characters, themes and settings are presented
  • Analyse the language used by the writer and the effects created

Year 11

Half term 1 - An Inspector Calls
  • Understand the social and historical context of An Inspector Calls
  • Explore how characters, themes and settings are presented
  • Analyse the language used by the writer and the effects created
Half term 2 - Unseen Poetry
  • Employ a range of reading strategies to a variety of unseen poems
  • Explore ideas, feelings and attitudes in unseen poems
  • Develop understanding of surface and literal meanings within poems
  • Close analysis of how language, structure and form can be used for effect
  • Compare poems based language, feelings and ideas presented
Half term 3 - Non-fiction texts
  • Explore how the writer uses language to achieve particular effects
  • Select and explain key information from the text
  • Compare and contrast texts and how information is presented
Half term 4 - Writing non-fiction texts
  • Create texts appropriate for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Demonstrate awareness of a range of forms
  • Use a variety of sentence structures
  • Develop vocabulary choices
Half term 5
  • Revision of key skills
  • External Examinations: English language and English literature

Teaching methods and student organisation

Teaching methods differ between ability and pathway groups. However, all students are encouraged to: work independently, understand examination requirements and technique, formulate and share opinions in a supportive environment. Longer writing tasks afford pupils exam technique practise, to hone strengths and identify areas for improvement. Model answers are used so students can visualise best practise and set targets in relation to their individual potential. The whole department utilises a strategy ensuring every learner accesses activities and materials. Each pupil is supported appropriately via tasks and feedback. Pupils are encouraged to: assess their own learning, support others and respond to feedback.

Progression after Key Stage 4

Studying GCSE English will provide you with many skills either for study at Key Stage 5 or training and employment. You will learn to write in a confident and coherent style or manner; understand how form, structure and language contribute to meaning; and understand how historical and social contexts impact upon readers’ response to texts. Furthermore, you will also gain a wider knowledge of language to enable functional competency and confidence in the working world.

Additional classes and extra curricular activities

Revision classes for GCSE English examinations:

  • Monday - Thursday: 3pm-4pm

 

How can you help your child?

Awareness of the assessment method of each module is crucial. There are two examinations and other modules are currently assessed via controlled assessment. The assessment will be produced in exam conditions. Controlled assessment is more fluid than the Reading and Writing examination and so dates of the former will be posted as they are established. Regular checks of Show My Homework are essential. The student may have just written ‘revise’ but this should be more active than a quick flick through their exercise book. Please check frequently that the student has completed the work set to further their understanding and encourage independence outside of the classroom. To this end, it would be helpful if you could have an understanding of the main text they are studying. Overviews of the texts are provided. Questioning the student about the text is the best form of help; the more fluent their response the, generally, more secure their understanding. Encouragement to attend after school classes that will likely run in the weeks before the controlled assessment or examination will also be helpful. If you or your child encounter any difficulties or confusion then please contact the subject teacher so that the problem can be resolved.

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