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      'The English language is nobody’s special property. It is the property of the imagination.’       - Derek Walcott 

There is something for everyone within English. Students study a wide range of exciting authors, deconstruct various types of texts and create many different forms of writing, as well as honing their spoken skills. As part of the joint specialism, we aim to not only raise achievement in English through quality teaching and high expectations but also to raise achievement across the whole Academy in innovative and exciting ways.  

In English, we work closely with the library to enhance students’ research skills and to foster a love of reading.  Year 7 and 8 students participate in Renaissance Reading - a computer-based programme designed to improve literacy skills, which students can access at home as well as in school. All of the Key Stage 3 schemes have been designed to mirror the skills and requirements of GCSE in order to support students on their journey to successfully obtaining outstanding results at GCSE.  

Students work towards two qualifications at GCSE – English Language and English Literature – for which they are given the opportunity to explore a range of literary texts from Shakespeare to modern prose and plays. In addition to this, students explore a range of fiction extracts that support and develop the skills required for the GCSE language papers. There is also a non-fiction element to the GCSE, providing students with the opportunity to consider the importance of persuasion and entertainment, considering both their own and other’s language and the impact it has. 

The English team offers three qualifications at A Level – English Language, English Literature and Media Studies – that ensures opportunities for students of all interests and abilities.  For English Language, students are able to study texts in context, exploring how linguistic methods are used to create meaning and reach audiences. In addition to this, they also explore how children acquire language and how the English language has developed and changed over time. English Literature provides students with the opportunity to engage with poetry, plays and novels, exploring the writer’s craft. English Literature students are also given the opportunity to extend their classroom learning through theatre trips and other excursions. In Media Studies students engage with a variety of print-based and audio-visual texts, examining how different sub-sections of society are represented in the media and how audiences are created and targeted. They also create their own media texts and consider how they would fit into the existing marketplace.

Courses in English

Key Stage 4

  • GCSE English Literature(AQA)
  • GCSE English Language(AQA)

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 7

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Wonder

(GCSE Links: English Literature Paper 2)

To explore the thoughts and feelings within and behind the novel and how this is transferred in the real world.

 

The Art of Rhetoric

(GCSE Link - English Language Paper 2)

To develop a strong understanding of how to create effective and persuasive writing, considering how and why people use speech to influence change.

Students are to write a speech in which they are tasked with the job of persuading an audience to participate in a charity fundraising day that will raise more for a charity of their choice.

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Modern Text: Stone Cold

(GCSE Link – English Literature Paper 2)

To explore key concepts of the novel Stone Cold and key non-fiction pieces about homelessness in order to develop a secure knowledge of how context can influence a writer’s methods and intentions.

How does Swindells use Link in Stone Cold to explore attitudes to homelessness?

Write about:

  • How Swindells presents the character Link
  • How Swindells uses this character to present his opinions about attitudes towards homelessness.

 

 

 

 

Term 3

Crime Fiction

(GCSE Link – English Literature Paper 1)

To explore the stylistic and narrative structures of crime fiction in order to develop a solid foundation of knowledge in relation to writers’ methods.

Students will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the GCSE.

 

Non-Fiction and Creative Writing

(GCSE Link – Language Paper 1 and 2)

 

To explore how to express opinions and feelings in a controlled and effective manner

Students will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the GCSE.

 

Year 8

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

The Gothic World

(GCSE Link – English Language Paper 1)

To develop a secure understanding of the Gothic genre across a range of texts and the development of analytical reading and creative writing skills.

Students will be offered various opportunities throughout the reading sections of the SOL to practice analytical writing under timed conditions. The focus will be on linguistic analysis and the level of skill needed will be incremental throughout. They will also have two, timed opportunities (with other opportunities to focus on refining these skills) to complete narrative writing tasks.

The Dystopian World

(GCSE Link – English Language Paper 1)

To develop a secure understanding of the Dystopian genre across a range of texts and the development of analytical reading and creative writing skills.

 

Students will be offered various opportunities throughout the reading sections of the SOL to practice analytical writing under timed conditions. The focus will be on linguistic analysis and the level of skill needed will be incremental throughout. They will also have two, timed opportunities (with other opportunities to focus on refining these skills) to complete narrative writing tasks.

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Discovering Shakespeare

(GCSE Link – English Literature Paper 1)

To develop a secure knowledge of the context and influences on Shakespeare’s writing so that we secure our knowledge and understanding for GCSE.

Students will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the GCSE.

 

 

 

 

Term 3

Language Mini Scheme – Creative Reading

(GCSE Link – English Language Paper 1)

To further explore the requirements for Language Paper 1 and evaluate students’ understanding of how to approach the language analysis question.

Students will be given the opportunity to complete a pre-assessment and end of unit assessment during this mini scheme. This will provide students with the necessary time to build on and develop skills that they have been taught over the course of the year.

 

Poetry Through Time

(GCSE Link – English Literature 2)

 

To explore the history of English poetry in order to secure the analytical skills for English Literature Paper 2.

Students will be given the opportunity to complete a pre-assessment and end of unit assessment during this mini scheme. This will provide students with the necessary time to build on and develop skills that they have been taught over the course of the year.

Language Mini Scheme – Creative Writing

(GCSE Link – English Language Paper 1)

 

To gain an understanding of the requirements for Language To gain an understanding of the requirements for Language Paper 1 and how to approach the creative writing question.

Students will be given the opportunity to complete a pre-assessment and end of unit assessment during this mini scheme. This will provide students with the necessary time to build on and develop skills that they have been taught over the course of the year.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 9 - Exam specification AQA

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Shakespeare: Macbeth

(GCSE Link – Literature Paper 1)

To develop a secure knowledge of the play Macbeth so that students can improve the key skills needed to succeed in the English Literature exam.

Starting with this speech explain how far your think Shakespeare presents Macbeth. 

Write about:

  • How Shakespeare presents Macbeth in this speech
  • How Shakespeare presents Macbeth in the play as a whole.

 

Poetry: Love & Relationships

(GCSE Link – Literature Paper 2))

To examine key poems from the anthology to secure knowledge regarding the poet’s intention and how context can influence poetry.

Compare how poets present platonic love in ‘Mother, any distance’ by Simon Armitage and in one other poem from ‘Love and relationships’.

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Modern Text: Animal Farm

(GCSE Link: Literature Paper 2)

To develop a secure knowledge of the novella Animal Farm so that students can improve the key skills needed to succeed in the English Literature exam.

How does Orwell use the character of Old Major to suggest ways that society could be improved?

Write about:

  • What society is shown to be like in Old Major’s speech and how it might be improved
  • How Orwell presents society through what Old Major says and does..

Shakespeare: Macbeth

(GCSE Link – Literature Paper 1)

To develop a secure knowledge of the play Macbeth so that students can improve the key skills needed to succeed in the English Literature exam.

Starting with this speech explain how far your think Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as ambitious. 

Write about:

  • How Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth in this speech
  • How Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth in the play as a whole.

 

 

 

 

 Term 3 


Shakespeare: Macbeth

(GCSE Link – Literature Paper 1)

To develop a secure knowledge of the play Macbeth so that students can improve the key skills needed to succeed in the English Literature exam.

Starting with this speech explain how far your think Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth as ambitious. 

Write about:

  • How Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth in this speech
  • How Shakespeare presents Lady Macbeth in the play as a whole. 

 

Poetry: Love & Relationships

(GCSE Link – Literature Paper 2)

To continue to examine key poems from the anthology to secure knowledge regarding the poet’s intention and how context can influence poetry.

Compare how poets present love in ‘Winter Swans’ by Owen Sheers and in one other poem from ‘Love and relationships’. 

Poetry: Unseen

(GCSE Link – Literature Paper 2)

To examine a range of unseen poems to secure a strong knowledge of poetic techniques and writer’s methods.

In ‘To a Daughter Leaving Home’, how does the poet present the speaker’s feelings about her daughter?

 

 

Year 10 - Exam specification AQA

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

19th Century Text: The Sign of Four

(Literature Paper 1)

To develop a secure knowledge of the novella The Sign of Four so that students can improve the key skills needed to succeed in the English Literature exam.

 

Students will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the GCSE.

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Shakespeare: Macbeth

(Literature Paper 1)

To develop a secure knowledge of the play Macbeth so that students can improve the key skills needed to succeed in the English Literature exam.

SStudents will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the GCSE.

 

 

 

 

Term 3 


Poetry: Love & Relationships

(GCSE Link – Literature Paper 2)

To examine key poems from the anthology to secure knowledge regarding the poet’s intention and how context can influence poetry.

Students will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the GCSE.

Language Paper 1: Creative Reading & Writing

The exploration of creative works of fiction from the 19th, 20th and 21st century, considering how and why writers influence readers.

Students will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the final GCSE. Question 1 will be tested as the connect activity from Lesson 1 – 15 allowing progress to be tracked over time. Students will also complete a full paper as a mock exam.

Modern Text: Animal Farm

(GCSE Link – Literature Paper 2)

To explore key concepts of the novella Animal Farm in order to develop the key skills needed to succeed in the English Literature exam.

Students will complete a pre-assessment during the first part of this unit in the style of the GCSE exams. This will then be revisited in Year 11 and further testing will take place.

19th Century Text: The Sign of Four

(Literature Paper 1)

Continue to develop a secure knowledge of the novella The Sign of Four so that students can improve the key skills needed to succeed in the English Literature exam.

Students will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the GCSE.

 

Year 11 - Exam specification AQA 

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1 

Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

The exploration of non-fiction writing from the 19th, 20th and 21st century, considering how and why writers influence readers.

 

Students will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the final GCSE. Question 1 will be tested as the connect activity from Lesson 1 – 15 allowing progress to be tracked over time. Students will also complete a full paper as a mock exam.

 

Poetry: Love & Relationships

(GCSE Link – Literature Paper 2)

To examine key poems from the anthology to secure knowledge regarding the poet’s intention and how context can influence poetry.

 

Students will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the GCSE.

 

 

 

 

 

Term 2  

 

Modern Text: Animal Farm

(GCSE Link: Literature Paper Two)

To develop a secure knowledge of the chosen play so that

students can improve the key skills needed to succeed in the English Literature exam.

Students will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the GCSE.

Language Paper 1: Creative Reading & Writing

 

The exploration of creative works of fiction from the 19th, 20th and 21st century, considering how and why writers influence readers.

Students will complete exam style questions throughout the scheme to boost familiarity with the exam style and prepare them for the final GCSE. Question 1 will be tested as the connect activity from Lesson 1 – 15 allowing progress to be tracked over time. Students will also complete a full paper as a mock exam.

 


Term 3 


 

Teacher led revision of all GCSE topics:

  • Language Paper One
  • Language Paper Two
  • Macbeth
  • The Sign of Four
  • Animal Farm
  • Love & Relationships Poetry
  • Unseen Poetry
 


For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O Miss R Kilburn by email  kilburn.r@whiteroseacademies.org