Curriculum

English

At Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 all pupils study the technical skills of grammar, punctuation and styles of writing as well as studying a variety of novels, short stories, plays, poetry and non-fiction. We aim to develop key skills of writing to communicate effectively with a range of audiences as well as the ability to read with inference and critical understanding.  All pupils have a dedicated Language lesson and Reading Lesson to support their basic skills and reading development as well as Core lessons. All written texts studied are taken from across the prescribed GCSE time frame (c.1786 – modern day).

Year 7: Pupils will study a group of short stories, a full Victorian text, a collection of poetry from the 19th Century and a variety of Shakespearean extracts. All pupils will study ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Dickens and watch a performance of the text. Pupils undertake a programme of grammar, punctuation and language development throughout the year.

Year 8 : In Year 8, we continue to develop pupils’ understanding of Language and Literature analysis. Pupils will study ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Shakespeare as a work of drama, ‘Animal Farm’ by Orwell as a full analytical text study of key non-fiction texts A collection of poetry from across the ages, and explore the requirements of the Language GCSE papers.

Key stage 3 Homework is a combination of writing, research and preparation. Homework should be completed every week.  Pupils will be given spelling and punctuation to learn as required.

At Key Stage 4

Year 9: Students in Year 9 begin KS4, developing skills to identify, explore and practise some of the key assessment skills required to sit the two English GCSEs. They will build skills necessary to create thoughtful and detailed explanation, critical analysis, comparison and interpretation by studying units in Non-Fiction, Poetry and will study either The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan-Doyle or Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. They will conduct a full analytical exploration of ‘An Inspector Calls’; (one of the actual GCSE texts for Literature) and begin studying the contextual and sociological issues that arise from the play. The development of a sophisticated range of spelling, punctuation and grammar will be a regular feature of lessons and homework.

Year 10: Students will continue their exam preparation with a full critical study of Macbeth and the study of a pre-1900 text – either A Christmas Carol by Dickens or Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Stevenson. Students will study the AQA poetry anthology: ‘Power and Conflict’, exploring common themes; writing to describe and writing creatively; writing to explore, explain, analyse; retrieving information; exploring authorial intentions and concerns.

Year 11: In Year 11 students will revise and deepen their understanding of the texts taught throughout KS4 in preparation for their final exams. Students will develop writing from specific points of view and develop linguistic understanding to inform and heighten their analytical skills. They will concentrate on exam skills including narrative writing and descriptive writing and reading comprehension for English Language Papers 1 and 2. The major focus of the year is revision and examination preparation.

Useful Websites:

Key Stage 4 Homework will be set weekly and include practice examination style questions, revision, use of websites to assist with revision, reading ahead within the texts under study as well as continued refinement of pupils’ skills in grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax.

If you wish to find out more about the curriculum your daughter is studying, please contact Mrs Gowland.

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