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 one 19th Century novel to prepare for the English Literature GCSE course. Descriptive/ non-fiction writing skills are 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 term.

Term 2: Close analysis of language, structure, themes, dramatic/ narrative methods and characterization focusing particularly on a work of Shakespeare. Descriptive writing skills are 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 : Lessons focus on giving pupils the confidence to respond to texts critically, and perceptively,  and encourage students to  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 and evaluatively, develop the habit of reading widely and often, as well as learn to appreciate the power and cultural significance of the English literary heritage.

Year 11 : exam entry in 2016.

This is the last year for these particular specifications in English, English Language and English Literature . Currently in Year 11 , sets 1 and 2 will be entered for two examinations in English Language and English Literature.  Sets 3 and 4 will be entered for a single English examination (which has some Literature focus)

Term 1:

Sets 1 & 2  ‘Of Mice & Men’ textual analysis and examination practice, as well as preparation and completion of a Controlled Assessment for English Language (Spoken Language Study).  Preparation for the Trial English Language examination in December (reading comprehension skills, descriptive and non-fictional writing skills.) Focus on improving essential skills in spelling and grammar.

Sets 3 & 4   Improving Shakespeare, Poetry and Prose study Controlled Assessments completed in Year 10. Preparation for the Trial English  examination in December (reading comprehension skills, descriptive and non-fictional writing skills.) Focus on improving essential skills in spelling and grammar.

Term 2:

Sets 1 & 2   Feedback and focus for improvement after recent Trial exams. Consolidation of the two set texts for Paper 1  English  Literature.   Revision  of Relationships poetry (Unit 2 Literature) and essential examination practice. Writing skills further developed. Two formal 2 hour Controlled Assessments completed in in creative writing.

Sets 3 & 4     Feedback and focus for improvement after recent Trial exams. Writing skills further developed. Two formal 2 hour Controlled Assessments completed in creative writing.

Term 3 :

Sets 1 & 2   Final examination preparation & practice in English Language and English Literature. Preparation for final English Language examination in July (reading comprehension skills , descriptive and non-fictional writing skills.) Focus on improving essential skills in spelling and grammar. Revision of set texts and essential skills development in responding to seen and unseen poetry.

Sets 3 & 4    Final examination preparation & practice for the English exam. Preparation for final English examination in June (reading comprehension skills , descriptive and non-fictional writing skills.) Focus on improving essential skills in spelling and grammar.

Current Year 10 : exam entry in 2017

All students who began their GCSE studies in September 2015 will study both AQA English Language and English Literature. Both qualifications are based on 100% written exam assessments.

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 to the whole novel
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (60%)

Section A:  Telling Tales Anthology: 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.

Year 10

Term 1: Close analysis of language, structure, characterization and themes focusing closely on the AQA Telling Tales Anthology and other short extracts of fiction to prepare for Paper 1 English Language as well as Paper 2 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 A Christmas Carol. 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 R. Williams
  • Mr K. Mansfield - KS3 Co-ordinator
  • Miss A. Dietsch

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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