Curriculum

English

Our Vision

We aim to provide our pupils with a wide range of language and analytical skills which will enable them to be effective communicators when they leave school. We promote a love of Literature and encourage pupils to explore a wide range of genres and styles of writing.

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 modern 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 ‘The Crucible’ by Miller as a work of drama, ‘Animal Farm’ by Orwell as a full analytical text study and an Introduction to Shakespeare and the study of one full play (either Twelfth Night or The Tempest), A collection of poetry from across the ages, and explore the requirements of the Language GCSE papers.

Key stage 3 Homework is set on Doddle and should be completed on-line every week.  Pupils will be given spelling and punctuation learning as required.

At Key stage 4

Year 9: Students in Year 9 undertake a Bridging Year 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, ‘Of Mice and Men’ by J Steinbeck and an exploration of the spoken word, including speech writing and oratory skill.  They will be introduced to ‘An Inspector Calls’ (one of the actual GCSE texts for Literature) as a work of drama. The development of a sophisticated range of spelling, punctuation and grammar will be a regular feature of lessons and homework.

Year 10: Full critical study of either Macbeth and the study of a novel written before 1914;  full analytical exploration of ‘An Inspector Calls’; an introduction to 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 : Full analytical study and comparison of the AQA poetry anthology: ‘Power and Conflict’; critical study of a work of Literature from 19th Century, point of view and narrative writing; and reading comprehension for English Language Papers 1 and 2. Pupils will revisit and revise all texts studied for Literature.

We then focus on revision and examination preparation.

Useful Websites:

Key Stage 4 Homework will be set twice a week 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.