Curriculum

Our schemes of work are informed by the National Curriculum and the English Programmes of Study and prepare students for both English Language and Literature at GCSE and A level.

In both Years 7 and 8 we cover a variety of topics including the study of literary heritage texts, a range of poetry and writing for a variety of audiences and purposes. The units covered are outlined below:

Year 7

Unit Content and assessment
Descriptive Writing Descriptive writing based on a still image
Assessment: You are going to enter a creative writing competition.  Your entry will be judged by a panel of people of your own age.  Write a description suggested by this picture.
Contemporary novel
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references
Assessment:
How does Pitcher present the relationship between Jamie and Sunya? Write about:
  • how the relationship develops
  • any obstacles to the relationship
  • support your opinions with quotations from the text
JANUARY ASSESSMENT: Narrative writing based on a theme from the novel
Poetry An introduction to the study of poetry. Students will study a short anthology of no more than 6 poems, in order to develop their language analysis skills, and understanding of how structure and form shape meaning.
 
Crime and Mystery The Crime and Mystery themed unit will introduce students to a range of Literature extracts from 19th century novels to modern texts.
Stories of Survival Non-fiction reading and writing
JUNE ASSESSMENT
Shakespeare Students are introduced to a range of extracts and characters. Language analysis, inference and deduction skills, and selection and retrieval skills are developed through drama activities and written responses.

Year 8 

Unit Content and Assessment
Dystopian Fiction Students will read a selection of dystopian writing and create their own dystopian stories
The Novel (Stone Cold or Of Mice and Men) Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references
JANUARY ASSESSMENT
Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet
Literature Assessment: How  does Shakespeare present Lord Capulet's feelings towards Juliet and marriage?
Focus on this extract from Act 3 Scene 5
Show your understanding of the whole text and its context in your answer.
Language Assessment:
The Night that Changed Everything - narrative writing.
Travel and Journeys Non-fiction reading and writing
Reading assessment
Writing assessment - writing to explain, argue, persuade
Poetry Students will study a short anthology of no more than 6 poems, in order to develop their language analysis skills, and understanding of how structure and form shape meaning.

GCSE Years 9 - 11

English Language

http://www.aqa.org.uk/ 

Examination / controlled assessment percentages

100% examination

Course outline

The GCSE course continues to develop the skills and understanding you have been developing during Key Stage 3. All four key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are covered.

Assessment details

There are two exams, both of which are non-tiered.
Paper 1 covers creative reading and writing. (One literary fiction text, descriptive or narrative writing) Paper 2 covers writers’ viewpoints and perspectives. (One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text, writing to present a viewpoint.)
At the beginning of Year 9, you will be allocated to a group based primarily on your achievement in the June examination in Year 8. At various times throughout the course you will sit an internally-assessed exam in order to show your current progress and what you need to do to improve further. 

Additional Information (e.g. equipment required, possible career paths)

You will need to bring your equipment to every lesson. English Language opens doors to a wide variety of further education opportunities and careers. Strong language skills will help you to succeed in every subject area and career, with all employers looking for a good GCSE in English. In addition, the subject can lead to many exciting careers such as media and journalism, law, publishing and teaching.

English Literature

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

Examination / controlled assessment percentages

100% examination

Course outline

The GCSE course continues to develop the skills and understanding you have been developing during Key Stage 3. Prose, drama and poetry are all studied.

Assessment details

There are two exams, both of which are non-tiered.
Paper 1 covers Shakespeare (Macbeth) and the 19th Century Novel (A Christmas Carol or Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde). Paper 2 covers Modern Texts (Lord of the Flies) and Poetry, including unseen poetry. Paper 1 is worth 40% and lasts for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Paper 2 is worth 60% and lasts for 2 hours and 15 minutes.
At the beginning of Year 9, you will be allocated to a group based primarily on your achievement in the June examination in Year 8.At various times throughout the course you will sit an internally-assessed exam in order to show your current progress and what you need to do to improve further. 

Additional Information (e.g. equipment required, possible career paths)

You will need to bring your equipment to every lesson. English Literature opens doors to a wide variety of further education opportunities and careers. As well as helping you to succeed in all areas of study and employment due to the strong communication skills that it develops, the subject also leads to may interesting career opportunities such as publishing, the media, theatre, academic routes and teaching, to name just a few.

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