Department Vision:

Key stage 3 English should excite, enthuse and build upon the numerous skills taught at key stage 2. A love of reading is fostered and continually promoted through various schemes of works and reading projects over the two year course, which segues in to key stage 4 at year 9.

Writing, both fiction and non-fiction, allows students to explore the world of literature, current affairs and historical periods in time. Pupils will be taught how to write in a range of contexts, utilising a variety of structural and linguistic devices to enhance their technical ability.

Standard English and a sound understanding of correct grammar and punctuation, will be at the fore front of all writing tasks. All students are reminded of the importance of drafting /redrafting work and amending work when mistakes have been made. Spelling, punctuation and grammar is taught in all units of work both explicitly and implicitly.

Guest speakers, poets and writers are invited in at key stage 3 to showcase different reading and writing skills to students, allowing students to experiment with language and form. Students are also actively involved in various writing competitions throughout the year and the famous BBC 500 words competition.

The use of Standard English is encouraged and developed during writing tasks, speaking and listening activities and within the classroom setting during general discussions.

Curriculum Information

Key Stage 3

Year 7
During Term 1 your son will begin with an Autobiography scheme of work which will act as a transition piece from Key stage 2. Representatives from the English department will visit feeder schools and work with groups prior to their start at at our secondary school.
At the start of year 7, students conduct an author study of Roald Dahl which comprises of reading the semi-autobiographical text ‘Boy’ as well as the short stories ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘The Landlady’. Individual projects on Roald Dahl will be completed as extended homework activities and we encourage our students to read a secondary novel by Dahl during this period as part of our ‘author study’ – a key component of the key stage 3 English curriculum.
Term 2 will focus on the  BBC 500 Words Competition which runs each year. All students at key stage 3 enter this competition along with other competitions ran by the ‘Young Writers’ Organisation. In recent years, many of our students have had their stories put in to collections and received certificates and letters of congratulations.
For our ‘seminal world literature’ study in year 7,  we read and explore stories taken from ‘1001 Nights/Arabian Nights’ and write our own creative texts set in exotic lands. Towards the end of the term, students from year 7 and 8 can get involved in the fantastic READATHON day whereby students receive sponsorship to read for an extended period of time; reluctant readers in particular are encouraged to take on the challenge!
Term 3 gives students the opportunity to experience Shakespearean theatre through key scenes from Shakespeare’s texts and a study of The Tempest. Working parallel to the drama study, students will read, study and watch famous and influential speeches to gain a deeper understanding of the power of rhetoric and language in general. Students will produce their own political party and speech which will be delivered to their peers, culminating in a vote for the ‘best’ party.
Year 8
Building from the skills and content studied in year 7, Term 1 Begins with the Golding’s classic tale of survival and the nature of evil in ‘Lord of the Flies’. The text will stretch and challenge even the most voracious of young readers and can be differentiated for less able readers so that they can still enjoy and consider the themes and ideas which permeate the novel. To complement this text, ‘Survival Writing’ and ‘Travel Writing’ will be studied to allow students to read, research and write about survival in a range of situations and to appreciate how writers combine informative and creative techniques within travel writing.
For Term 2 we consider culture and identity with ‘Poetry from Different Cultures/Traditions’. During the analysis of various texts, students are encouraged to question existing stereotypes and to consider the world from different cultural perspectives to their own. This allows for non fiction writing which explores the themes of prejudice and diversity to be discussed. The best essays will then be published in our school magazine for all to read. As with the previous year, there will also be another opportunity to get involved with READATHON.
Term 3 signifies the end of the key stage 3 program of study and continues to promote a love and appreciation of literature through our Shakespeare study of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Students will begin to look at the various layers of meaning contained in this work as well as furthering their knowledge of the social and historical context of Shakespeare’s works.
Writing tasks this term will be inspired through the Science fiction texts, ‘The Time Machine’, ‘War of the Worlds’ and ‘The Invisible Man’. Your sons will again have an opportunity to appear in the school magazine through the writing of their own fantastical voyage into the realms of science, time travel and alien invasion.

Year 9

Term 1: The term begins with a diagnosis of grammar and spelling skills with a prescription for improvement. Pupils are also given key literary terms to learn and they are taught the necessary skills to employ these terms in their critical analysis of studied fiction and non-fiction texts. The term continues with a close analysis of language, structure, characterization and themes focusing specifically on short stories and one 19th Century novel to prepare for the English Literature GCSE course. Descriptive and non-fiction writing skills are further developed this term and there is a weekly focus on spelling and grammar.  Pupils will also focus on analysing writers’ viewpoints and perspectives (response to non-fiction). Drama activities are explored in the final week of each term.

Term 2: Close analysis of language, structure, themes, dramatic/ narrative methods and characterization focusing particularly on a work of Shakespeare. Descriptive and non- fiction writing skills are further developed this term and there is a focus on spelling and grammar.  Drama focussed activities encourage confidence and eloquence leading to a Spoken Language Assessment at the end of term.

Term 3 :  Close analysis of poetry (unseen) to prepare for GCSE. Lessons focus on giving pupils the confidence to respond to texts critically, and perceptively,   and students are encouraged to  be more judicious in their selection of quotations and references. Literary/non-fiction analytical skills and creative and non-fictional writing skills are further developed this term and there is a focus on spelling and grammar. Spoken Language (oral) assessment skills are further developed and finally assessed.

 

Key Stage 4

AQA ENGLISH / ENGLISH LANGUAGE & ENGLISH LITERATURE

 

Skills acquired  :  Pupils studying English/ English Language are encouraged to read fluently and write effectively as well as demonstrate a confident control of Standard English. Pupils are taught to write grammatically correct sentences, deploy figurative language and analyse texts.

Studying the AQA course for GCSE English Literature should encourage students to read widely for pleasure. This course also serves as an essential preparation for studying literature at a higher level. Pupils on this course will develop the skills to read critically, develop the habit of reading widely and often, as well as learn to appreciate the power and cultural significance of the English literary heritage.

Current Year 10 and 11exam entries

All students in sets 1 , 2 and 3 will study both AQA English Language and English Literature. Both qualifications are based on 100% written exam assessments.  Set 4 will prepare for ONE exam in English Language.

 

AQA ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)

Section A: Reading response to a work of fiction (unseen)

Section B: Descriptive Writing

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)

Section A: Reading response to two non-fiction texts

Section B: Writing to present a point of view

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language

Pupils gain a certified award, separate from their English Language grade, based on their skills in presentations, responding to questions and their use of Standard English in the classroom.

 

AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE

All assessments for this course are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment.  All assessments are compulsory.

 

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel (40%)

Section A: Respond closely to an extract from Macbeth and explore the whole play

Section B: Respond closely to an extract from A Christmas Carol and link the question to the whole novel
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (60%)

Section A:  Telling Tales Anthology OR An Inspector Calls: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two

Section B  : Poetry: Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from the selected anthology cluster Power and Conflict

Section C :  Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

 

Current Year 11: exam entry in 2017.

Term 1

Sets 1, 2 and 3 :    Analysis of short extracts of fiction and non-fiction to prepare for Paper 1 of the English Language exam as well as Paper 2.   Creative writing and non-fiction writing skills are developed this term and there is a focus on spelling and grammar.  Practice papers   which focus on questions on A Christmas Carol, the Short Story Anthology (Telling Tales) and Macbeth are completed this term.  Pupils are familiarized with the Power and Conflict section of the Poetry Anthology and taught the essential terminology to evaluate seen and unseen poetry.

Set 4    Final examination preparation & practice for the English Language exam.

Preparation  for the final English Language examination in June (reading comprehension skills, descriptive and non-fictional writing skills.) Focus on improving essential skills in spelling and grammar.

 

Term 2:

Sets 1, 2 and 3 :   Practice papers  completed which focus on questions on A Christmas Carol, the Short Story Anthology (Telling Tales)  and Macbeth are completed this term.  The AQA Poetry Anthology (Power & Conflict cluster) is studied this term and students are taught how to approach an Unseen poem.

Set 4    Final examination preparation & practice for the English Language exam.

Preparation for final English Language   examination in June (reading comprehension skills, descriptive and non-fictional writing skills.) Focus on improving essential skills in spelling and grammar.

 

Term 3 :

Sets 1, 2 and 3     Final examination preparation & practice in English Language and English Literature.

Preparation for final English   Language examination in June (reading comprehension   skills,   descriptive and non-fictional writing skills.) Focus on improving essential skills in spelling and grammar. Revision   of all set texts and essential   skills development  in responding to seen and unseen poetry.

Set 4    Final examination preparation & practice for the English Language exam.

Preparation for final English examination in June (reading comprehension skills , descriptive and non-fictional writing skills.)

Current Year 10 :  exam entry in 2018

Term 1: Close analysis of language, structure, characterization and themes focusing closely on the A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and other short extracts of fiction to prepare for Paper 1 English Language as well as Paper 1 English Literature.  Descriptive writing skills are developed this term and there is a focus on spelling and grammar.

Term 2: Close analysis of language, structure, themes, dramatic/ narrative methods and characterization focusing particularly on the set texts for Literature: Macbeth and An Inspector Calls. Descriptive writing skills are developed this term and there is a focus on spelling and grammar.  Spoken Language (oral) assessment skills are developed and assessed with feedback given.

Term 3:  Examination  practice   and refining of reading and writing skills for Paper 1 English Language and Paper 1 & 2 English Literature.  Feedback to pupils is given with a clear focus for improvement.  Lessons focus on giving pupils the confidence to respond to texts critically and perceptively,   and on how to be more judicious in their selection of literary quotations and references. Literary analysis and creative and non-fictional writing skills are further developed this term and there is a focus on spelling and grammar. Spoken Language (oral) assessment skills are further developed and formally assessed.

Key Stage 5

Year  12

  • Term 1 Topics: Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatic Genres coursework – Unit 2). The Road. Browning Poetry. Tennyson poetry.
  • Term 2 Topics: Completion of coursework. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The Great Gatsby.
  • Term 3 Topics: Revision and completion of practice papers.

Year 13

  • Term 1 Topics: Further and Independent Study – Unit 4. Brideshead Revisited. Pastoral poetry. As You Like it. Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
  • Term 2 Topics: Completion of coursework. Further study of set texts (see above).
  • Term 3 Topics: Revision and completion of practice papers.

 

Department Staff:

  • Miss A. Hayes - Head of Department
  • Mrs C. Boughey
  • Mr R. Clark - Literacy Across the Curriculum Co-ordinator
  • Miss P. Shinks - KS4 Co-ordinator
  • Mr P. Green
  • Mr K. Mansfield - KS3 Co-ordinator
  • Miss A. Dietsch
  • Mr I. Farquharsen

Department Courses:

Key Stage 3:

Schemes of work in line with the National Curriculum

Key Stage 4:

GCSE English & English Literature & MEdia Studies (AQA)

Key Stage 5:

As/A Level English Literature (AQA)

Out of Hours Activities:

NightOwl:

As per NightOwl Timetable

Debating and Public Speaking Society (DAPPS):

See Staff

Theatre Trips:

Annually

Poetry competitions:

Annually

Author visits:

Annually

Arvon Writing residentials:

Annually

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