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English

Subject: English
Contact: Ms L Steen

Overview

All students study English and English Literature at both Key Stages. Throughout each Key Stage students study a wide variety of literary genres from contemporary works to literary heritage texts. We aim to foster their writing skills by developing their understanding of the language features of all genres and giving students’ opportunities to practice writing for different purposes and audiences.

KS3 

Overview

Students are taught in ability classes in years seven, eight and nine. Every year, all groups study at least one prose text, drama text and poetry collection. They study modern texts and some pre 1914 texts; in particular, Shakespeare.

Students complete at least two key assessments per term in Speaking and Listening, Reading or Writing and their levels of achievement help inform their teacher-assessed levels on their reports.  Throughout Key Stage 3 students are given opportunities to improve their skills in writing descriptive, informative, explanatory, discursive, persuasive, instructive texts in preparation for GCSE.

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

Writing to present a viewpoint

A Christmas Carol

Writing to describe

A Shakespeare Play

Narrative writing

The modern novel

Year 8

Frankenstein

Narrative writing

Poetry anthology

Writing to report

Blood Brothers

Language paper 1

Year 9

Writers’ methods

Shakespeare and poetry comparison

Commissions

Of Mice and Men

Recreations

Language paper2

Age related milestones

Reading
Writing

KS4 

Overview

Students are taught in ability groups at Key Stage Four based on their prior attainment and targets.

We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus for both Language (8700) and Literature (8702). Both are linear courses, examined at the end of year 11. The Department prepares students for these final exams with regular exam practice and opportunities to develop the key reading and writing skills.

For English Language, students need to be confident readers of literature and non-fiction texts and be able to access literary heritage texts. They need to be able to write accurately for a variety of purposes. For English Literature, students need to be able to analyse a range of texts: Shakespeare, 19th Century novels, modern texts and poetry. Students are taught in 8 hours a fortnight.

Exam board and course

AQA English Literature (8700)

AQA English Language  (8702)

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 10

Poetry

Lord of the Flies

Macbeth

Language paper 1 & 2

Writing styles

Year 11

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Literature Papers 1 and 2

Language paper 1 & 2

Literature papers 1 & 2

Revision

Assessment components

English Language

Paper 1: Explorations

in Creative Reading and

Writing

Paper 2: Writers'

Viewpoints and

Perspectives

Non-examination

Assessment: Spoken

Language

What's assessed

Section A: Reading

• one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing

• descriptive or narrative

writing

What’s assessed

Section A: Reading

• one non-fiction text and

one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing

• writing to present a

viewpoint

What's assessed

• presenting

• responding to questions

and feedback

• use of standard English

Assessed

• written exam: 1 hour 45

minutes

• 80 marks

• 50 % of GCSE

Assessed

• written exam: 1 hour 45

minutes

• 80 marks

• 50 % of GCSE

Assessed

• teacher set throughout

course

• marked by teacher

• separate endorsement

(0 % weighting of GCSE)

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25 %)

– one single text

• 1 short form question

(1 x 4 marks)

• 2 longer form questions

(2 x 8 marks)

• 1 extended question

(1 x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25 %)

• 1 extended writing

question (24 marks for

content, 16 marks for

technical accuracy)

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25 %)

– two linked texts

• 1 short form question

(1 x 4 marks)

• 2 longer form questions

(1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)

• 1 extended question

(1 x 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks) (25 %)

• 1 extended writing

question (24 marks for

content, 16 marks for

technical accuracy)

 

English Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the

19th-century novel

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

What's assessed

• Shakespeare

• The 19th-century novel

What's assessed

• Modern texts

• Poetry

• Unseen poetry

How it's assessed

• written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

• 64 marks

• 40% of GCSE

How it's assessed

• written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes

• 96 marks

• 60% of GCSE

Questions

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Questions

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen poetry: students will

answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with another.

Enrichment opportunities:

English exam skills support: Wednesdays 12.30-1.00pm

Debating club:  Thursdays 3.00-3.45pm

Creative writing KS3: Tuesdays 8.10-8.40am

Useful websites to support learning

BBC Bitesize website