English

 
What will the subject enable me to do?

You will learn to read and respond to a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, and to develop informed and supported interpretations of the texts you read.   In your own writing you will be encouraged to emulate the literary and linguistic techniques used by the writers you study, adapting your style to suit a range of audiences, purposes and genres.  In addition, you will be taught to take responsibility for proofreading your work, ensuring accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

 
Staff

C Lovell - HOD
C Walker – Second in department

M Abrahall

K Bexon

Y Bowler

F Burton - TA

C Cooper

L Elison

Z Fairbrother

R Fletcher

R Richards

 
KeyStage3

Curriculum Plan

Year 7

Unit
Skills
Assessment

The Gothic

Students will develop a range of reading skills: information retrieval, making textual references, making inferences and exploring the impact of figurative devices.  They will learn how to structure a written response to texts they read.

 

They will use the devices they identify in Gothic texts to write a Gothic text of their own, developing writing skills such as: choosing vocabulary for effect, varying tense and sentences for effect, paragraphing accurately and for effect and using a range of punctuation accurately and for effect.

 

 

Extract analysis (English language)

 

 

 

Descriptive writing

Myths and Legends

Students will use research skills to find out about a range of mythical characters. They will study the features of newspaper writing, including the passive voice, headline techniques, parenthetic commas and direct and reported speech.

 

They will develop a range of reading skills including: information retrieval, making textual references, inference skills and exploring the writer’s craft, particularly in relation to poetry.  They will continue to develop the skill of writing literature essays.

Newspaper report on the fall of Icarus

 

 

 

Poetry analysis essay (English Literature)

Introduction to Shakespeare

This unit will develop a range of skills including research skills, information retrieval, making textual references, making inferences, and exploring social, cultural and literary contexts and relating them to authors and their works.  

Extract analysis (English Literature)

Short Stories – Mystery & Mayhem

Key aspects of narrative writing: effective planning, characterisation, setting, structure and sentence variation.

 

Write the opening to a crime narrative.

 

Year 8

Unit
Skills
Assessment

Relationships

Writing to advise: creating ‘cause and effect’ sentences accurately, use of imperatives and modal verbs, the features and structure of formal and informal letters, and paragraphing. 

 

A range of reading skills will be developed including: information retrieval, making textual references, inference skills, exploring the writer’s craft in relation to poetry, and comparing texts.  They will continue to develop the skill of writing literature essays.

 

Research skills

 

Problem page letter.

 

 

 

Comparative poetry analysis. (English literature)

Prejudice

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short story unit

Analysis and comparison of non-fiction texts: identifying bias through analysis of lexical and structural devices, evaluating writers’ language choices, identifying features of tabloid and broadsheet newspapers and considering the social and cultural factors that influence writers’ choices.

 

Students will read a range of short stories and identify narrative devices used, such as: choosing vocabulary for effect, varying tense and sentences for effect, paragraphing accurately and for effect, using a range of punctuation accurately and for effect, and structure. They will then use those devices in a short story of their own, which could be entered for the BBC 500 word story competition.

 

Comparison of two newspaper articles.

 

 

 

 

500 word short story

Prose study: the novel

Key aspects of narrative writing: effective planning, characterisation, setting, structure, sentence variation, and exploring social, cultural and literary contexts and relating them to authors and their works. 

Identifying features of various non-fiction texts to appreciate the ways in which writers adapt their responses to suit audience, purpose and genre.

 

Extract analysis (English language)

 

 

 

Transactional writing

 

 

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and take the form of a booklet related to each unit with a range of tasks addressing both reading and writing skills.  Booklets will be issued early in each half-term and a deadline set for approximately 6 weeks after.  Students are encouraged to work on the tasks regularly throughout the 6 week period to enable them to develop the skill of managing a workload.

 
Keystage 4

Students will study AQA English Language GCSE and AQA English Literature GCSE.

English Language

Unit
Content
Assessment

Explorations in creative reading and writing.

  • Reading and analysing a range of literary extracts to identify the ways in which writers use language to create tone, characters and settings, and to entertain readers.
  • Writing descriptions and narratives using techniques employed in the extracts they have studied.

50 % (25% is based on reading skills, and 25% will be based on students’ own writing).

 

1 hour 45 minute exam.

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives.

  • Reading, analysing and comparing a range of non-fiction extracts to identify the ways in which writers use language to express opinions and influence readers.
  • Use the techniques identified in their reading analyses to create a non-fiction text of their own in which they express an opinion and influence the reader.
  • Learn the features and formats of a range of non-fiction texts.

 

50 %% (25% is based on reading skills, and 25% will be based on students’ own writing)

 

1 hour 45 minute exam.

 

English Literature

Unit
Content
Assessment

Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel.

  • One play by Shakespeare
  • One novel written in the 19th Century

40%

 

1 hour 45 minutes exam.

Modern texts and poetry.

  • One play or novel written in the 20th Century.
  • An anthology of 15 poems.
  • A range of other poetry to practise the skill of analysing poems previously unseen.

60%

 

 

2 hours 15 minutes exam.

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of exam practice questions and accessing online resources to enhance knowledge and understanding of the texts and their contexts. Revision guides and workbooks will be provided or recommended by the English department, and students will be advised to work from them regularly as well as completing written homework tasks to be handed in.  It would also be extremely beneficial for students to purchase their own copies of the literature texts and to re-read them regularly throughout the three years of study.

 
Keystage 5

A levels are offered in English Literature and English Language.

English Literature

Unit
Content
Assessment

Love Through The Ages

  • One play by Shakespeare.
  • One novel written in the 20th Century.
  • An anthology of poetry written in the 19th Century.

40%

 

 

3 hours exam.

Texts in shared Contexts: WW1

  • An anthology of poetry from WW1.
  • A modern novel exploring WW1 retrospectively.
  • A drama text exploring the theme of WW1.

40%

 

 

2 hours 30 minutes exam.

 

 

Non-examined assessment

  • Two texts of the students’ own choosing, one of which must have been written before 1900.
  • Students must make their choices from a reading list of recommended texts, or from their own reading.  All texts must be agreed by teachers.

20%

 

 

 

An essay of 2500 words written independently.

 

A Level English Language

Unit
Content
Assessment

Language, the Individual and Society

  • Textual variations and representations.
  • Children’s language development (0-11 years).
  • Methods of language analysis.

40%

 

 

 

 

2 hours 30 minutes exam.

Language Diversity and Change

  • The history of the English language.
  • Discourses about Language change.
  • Writing skills.
  • Methods of language analysis.

40%

 

 

2 hours 30 minutes exam.

Non-examined assessment

  • Language investigation on a topic of students’ choosing.
  • Original writing of a genre of students’ choosing.
  • Commentary on the original writing piece

20%

 

The three tasks are to be completed independently and the folder should be 4000 words in total.

 

Homework and support

Coursework will mainly be completed in students’ own time. Showmyhomework will be used to set other tasks to consolidate understanding of classwork. It is expected that students will match time spent in lessons with private study, even if formally set homework is completed in a shorter time. Reading around topics independently will enhance students’ knowledge, as well as enabling them to access the higher grades by developing the ability to cultivate independent lines of thought.