Our Curriculum

English

Subject Leaders: Miss C Eastman
Year 10 and 11 Coordinator: Miss K Donkin
Year 8 and 9 Coordinator: Miss G Emmett
Year 7 Coordinatior and Leader of Reading: Mrs J Hicks
 

Key Stage 4 

English Language GCSE Examination

Exam Board: AQA

Course Overview

The AQA English Language enables students to develop the skills needed to read, understand and analyse a wide range of texts. It also encourages pupils to write in a variety of genres and styles.

Candidates are encouraged to read a wide range of ninetieth, twentieth and twenty first century fiction and non-fiction texts to prepare them for the range of texts they could encounter in the examination.

Pupils will be assessed by completing two exams both containing a reading and writing element. Each examination will be 1 hour and 45 minutes. There will also be separate internal assessment of the pupils’ speaking and listening skills.

English Literature GCSE Examination 

Exam Board: AQA

Course Overview

In English Literature, pupils will develop their ability to independently interpret a range of texts. They will develop an appreciation and understanding of how authors achieve their purpose through the use of appropriate literary techniques.  Through the study of plays, novels and poetry they will develop personal responses to a range of literary works.

Pupils will complete two examinations at the end of the two year course.

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-Century Novel.
Paper 2: Modern texts and Poetry (anthology of selected poems and unseen poetry).


Key Stage 5

GCE Advanced Level English Language

Exam Board: OCR
Level: 3

Course Overview

During the first year, students study language use within different social contexts focusing on how meanings are created through lexical choices and sentence construction as well as comparing and contrasting different modes of language communication. For the second year, students study how children acquire speech language between the ages of 0 – 7 years and how the English language has evolved over the past 350 years. The coursework unit involves an analytical investigation into how language is used. Students also create an academic poster, summarising the findings of the topic.  This is a two year qualification, with all examinations completed at the end of the second year of teaching.

A Level Assessment: 80% examination (2 examinations worth 40% each), 20% coursework.

GCE Advanced Level English Literature

Exam Board: AQA
Level: 3

Course Overview

During the first year, students study a selection of poetry, a novel and a play which are thematically linked as examples of Political and Social Protest Writing. For the second year, the texts focus on the genre of Tragedy, and pupils read a Shakespeare play alongside a modern drama and a further selection of poetry. They develop their analytical skills and engage in debates about literary ideas as well as looking at how to craft academic essays. Pupils also complete two coursework essays as part of this qualification, applying different critical theories to texts of their own choice. This is a two year qualification, with all examinations completed at the end of the second year of teaching.

A Level Assessment: 80% examination (2 examinations worth 40% each), 20% coursework.

GCSE English Re-sit

Exam Board: AQA
Level:

Course Overview

The AQA English Language course enables students to develop the skills needed to read, understand and analyse a wide range of texts. It also encourages pupils to write in a variety of genres and styles.

Candidates are encouraged to read a wide range of ninetieth, twentieth and twenty-first century fiction and non-fiction texts to prepare them for the range of texts they could encounter in the examination.

Pupils will be assessed by completing two examinations both containing a reading and writing element. Each examination will be 1 hour and 45 minutes. There will also be separate internal assessment of the pupil’s speaking and listening skills.

A Level Assessment:  100% Examination

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Term 1: Creative Writing, Grammar and Language Analysis
Term 2: Set Text Study (Once, I Am David or The Boy at the Top of the Mountain)
Term 3: Modern Drama (Noughts and Crosses)
Term 4: Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
Term 5: Non Fiction Writing
Term 6: Nature Poetry

Year 8

Term 1: The Gothic and Frankenstein
Term 2: Descriptive and Narrative Writing
Term 3: 19th Century Fiction Study
Term 4: Reading Skills (extract based)
Term 5: Non Fiction Writing
Term 6: Shakespearean Tragedy 

Year 9

Term 1: Reading and Writing Fiction
Term 2: Poetry and Creative Writing
Term 3: Speeches about Issues
Term 4: Set Text - Dystopian Themed (Animal Farm, The Hunger Games or The Giver)
Term 5: Literary Allusions 
Term 6: Expositions and Structure Analysis

Year 10

Term 1: Shakespeare (Macbeth).
Term 2: Reading Crime Fiction and Poetry (selected anthology poems).
Term 3: Spoken Language Presentations and Poetry (selected anthology poems).
Term 4: A Christmas Carol.
Term 5: Poetry (selected anthology poems) and Descriptive and Narrative Writing.
Term 6: Modern Drama Text.

Year 11: texts and skills are revisited each week, with a main focus as follows

Term 1: English Literature (Macbeth and DNA) and English Language Paper 2 Reading
Term 2: English Literature (poetry) and English Language Paper 2 Writing
Term 3: English Language Paper 1
Term 4: Mock examination feedback
Term 5: Alternating weeks on language and literature skills for all papers.

 

Sixth Form Provision

OCR GCE A Level English Language

Year 12

Term 1: Developing Contextual Understanding, Learning Grammar and Lexis Terminology.
Term 2: Examining Features of Spoken Texts, Introducing the Linguistic Frameworks.
Term 3: Comparing and Contrasting Texts.
Term 4: The Impact of Technology on the English Language.
Term 5: Gender and Power - Looking at Language Through a Conceptual Lens.
Term 6: Exploring Language Use, Introduction to the Language Investigation.

Year 13

Term 1: Language Investigation  and reviewing Year 1 work
Term 2: Completing Investigations and Child Language Acquisition
Term 3: Topical Writing and Language Change
Term 4: Exam preparation and synoptic work
Term 5:Final revision and exam preparation

AQA GCE A Level Literature

Year 12

Term 1: Introduction to Political and Social Protest Writing
Terms 2 - 4: Political and Social Protest Texts (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Kite Runner, Songs of Innocence and Experience)
Term 5: Linking and Comparing Texts and Critical Coursework Essay
Term 6: Critical Coursework Essay

Year 13

Term 1: Introduction to Tragedy and study of tragedies
Term 2: Study of Tragedies (Othello, Keats’ poetry, Death of a Salesman)
Term 3: Revisiting Political and Social Protest texts
Term 4: Linking and Comparing Texts
Term 5: Final revision and exam preparation 


Useful Information

Out of School Learning (OSL) and Extra-Curricular Activities

Key Stage 4 - Wednesdays 3-4pm with English teachers 

Reading Club