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English

 

Subject:

ENGLISH

KS3 Curriculum Content

Year 7 and 8

Year 7 and 8 students delve straight into a novel at the beginning of the year. In English we believe in the power of reading and we are excited to be able to offer students the opportunity to read old and new classics such as ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, ‘Wonder’, ‘Private Peaceful’, ‘Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror’, ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘The Boy in the Dress’. While reading these novels students will be able to try their hand at travel writing, transactional writing, analysing Shakespeare, poetry and creative writing. We hope that as we investigate a variety of texts of the two years, ultimately, they will become passionate readers and enthusiastic writers.

The PIXL approach to teaching and assessment encourages the students to take ownership of their progress. The mastery of their skills are tracked on personal learning checklists which both teacher and student are able to use to support teaching, learning and intervention sessions. The skills learnt in these first two years not only enable students to achieve well later at GCSE but, more importantly, begin to use the language with accuracy, confidence and flair. We begin Year 7 by taking a mini audit of their skills so that we can accurately plan individual learning.

KS4 Course Content – English Literature 9-1

Year 9

English Language and English Literature GCSE assess a wide range of reading, written and verbal communication. In year 9 students are able to get ahead with developing their personal response to the texts. The use of subject terminology can be secured so that students are confident when making comments about the writer’s techniques and intentions. It is an ideal opportunity to embrace the Literature syllabus in thematic clusters, in particular the poetry anthology. Year 9 students also study Post 1914 Prose/Drama to enhance their creative prose writing in preparation for Component 1 on the language paper. Other Literature texts include Blood Brothers, Jekyll and Hyde and Inspector Calls.

Year 10

In year 10 the students focus on honing up skills. Students have to be able to identify ‘explicit’ and ‘implicit’ meanings within a text and evaluate the effectiveness of what the writer is doing. Putting writing into context allows the student to appreciate the text whilst exploring and engaging. Students learn how to then transfer these skills to their writing and develop a coherence and control. Gaining in confidence with their personal response and judgement allows them the freedom to be original and imaginative with both the narrative and transactional writing.

Year 11

Year 11 gives students the opportunity to become experts in the texts they have studied in the Literature GCSE and draft and redraft their written work so that the process of crafting is established. All this takes place with time constraints so that students can work efficiently and skilfully towards their GCSE exam. Bespoke intervention sessions are on-going so that students are able to rely on a skills booster workshop so that they feel secure and confident going into the summative exams. The schedule of mock exams prepares students for the rigour of both Component 1 & 2 in the Language and Literature papers.

Exam Board Link

www.eduqas.org.uk

QAN

601/5246/1