English

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Year 7
The Year 7 curriculum is driven through texts which will interest and engage the students. Students study a variety of texts starting with literary nonfiction they read about a wide variety of amazing acts of survival and concentrate on tracing the thoughts and feelings of the individuals.

Students then move onto Shakespeare, quite often the most dreaded of topics by students, however they invariably enjoy Shakespeare’s humour and plot twists. In this scheme of work students look at the theme of deception through a choice of plays; Twelfth Night or A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Year 7 students then go on to study narrative writing. Students study a variety of genres form the 18th 19th 20th and 21st centuries. Students examine the techniques used by the writers and their impact on the audience. Students will also begin to experiment with some of these techniques in their own writing. The last scheme of work sees the Year 7 students complete an author study. Here students will study one particular author, incorporating a variety of their works.


Year 8
Year 8 start the year off with an exploration into poetry. The theme of the unit is ‘Childhood’ and students are asked to read and respond to a wide selection of poetry form varied cultural backgrounds. 

In Year 8 students again study Shakespeare, this time they have a choice of Romeo and Juliet or Much Ado about Nothing.  Students are asked to explore the theme of conflict within these plays and examine the way Shakespeare presents his characters, taking in the context of the play. 

Students then go onto to complete another author study, again looking at an accomplished author and a variety of their work.  Finally students will go on to study travel writing.  Again this nonfiction unit will allow students to explore texts form the 18th 19th 20th and 21st centuries, examining the variety of experiences and language used by the writers.


Year 9

Our Year 9 curriculum is again based around significant texts.  Students will study ‘An Inspector Calls’ or ‘Our Day Out’.  Students will also study ‘Of Mice and Men’ and then go onto to study a selection of nonfiction mysteries culminating in their own research project.  As throughout the previous two years students will fine tune their writing skills to ensure that they can address any form or purpose. 

All students do at least 1 hour reading per fortnight.  Year 7 and Year 8 follow the Accelerated Reader’ programme, whilst Year 9 are encouraged to provide their own books to engender independence and choice.

Key Stage 3 homework is set using homework menus which encourage students to think creatively at home about what they are doing in lessons.  Homework menu tasks allow students to apply the skills and knowledge they are using in lesson in an interesting and inventive way.

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

All students follow the GCSE courses for English Language and English Literature. Students have the opportunity to be both creative, analytical and reflective through English Language. The Literature course develops analytical skills and encourages students to think deeply about a range of topics.

Year 10

Year 10 students follow the two new AQA specifications in English Language and Literature, graded 9-1.

English Language

Students’ reading skills are developed as they study 19th, 20th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction, covering a wide range of genres. Writing skills are developed by producing narrative and descriptive pieces and writing viewpoints. Their skills are demonstrated through two examinations at the end of Year 11. Speaking and listening are assessed and a separate grade for this element will appear on the GCSE English Language Certificate.

English Literature

Students will study a range of literature texts; a Shakespeare play, a 19th century novel, a modern text and poetry. Their skills are demonstrated through two closed book examinations at the end of Year 11.

Year 11

Year 11 students take either the current AQA specification in English Language or the Cambridge iGCSE in English Language.

AQA Specification in English Language

The subject has two main components: reading and writing. These skills are demonstrated through controlled assessment (40%) and one examination (60%). Speaking and listening are assessed and a separate grade for this element will appear on the GCSE English Language Certificate.

Cambridge Specification in English Language

The subject has three main components: reading, writing and speaking and listening. These skills are demonstrated through coursework (40%), one examination (40%) and a speaking and listening assessment.

English Literature

All students take the AQA Certificate in Literature. Students complete coursework (40%) and one examination (60%).