English

Mrs Fernandez-Arias - Head of Faculty
Mrs Abel - Associate Head of Faculty
Mr Mayell - Deputy Headteacher and Teacher of English
Ms Mezzone - Affiliate Assistant Headteacher and Teacher of English
Mrs Jackson - Literacy Co-ordinator
Miss Marlowe - Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator
Mr Dalrymple - Deputy Faculty Leader Learning Support and Teacher of English
Miss Corrigan - Teacher of English
Mrs Shareef - Teacher of English
Mr Connelly - Teacher of English
Ms Hamilton - English focused Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Miss Beale - English focused Teaching Assistant
Miss Akintoye - English focused Teaching Assistant

Key Stage 3

Throughout Key Stage 3, students will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. They are encouraged to plan, draft and present a range of writing suitable for different purposes and audiences. They also complete a range of speaking and listening activities. Assessment is completed in line with the National Curriculum framework, using the APP model (in short a student is ‘levelled’ through an accumulation of different tasks with different assessment foci.

Year 7

Term 1

Transition Unit: Oliver Twist:
This transition unit focuses on building core reading skills. Students will study extracts from the novel, focusing on character, language and comprehension.
Assessment: AQA Literature Paper 1 Section B

Skills for Writing Unit 1(Alter Egos):
This unit of work focuses on analysing a variety of extracts that demonstrate key writing skills including creating voice, imagery, description, detail, tension, pace, vocabulary and punctuation. Students will study and then apply new writing skills. The writing assessment is to write an extract form a novel describing the transformation of a character into his/her alter ego.
Assessment: AQA Language Paper 1 Q5

Term 2

The Other Side of Truth (Novel):
Students will study a full contemporary novel, exploring key themes, ideas, characters, structure, language and settings - centred on AQA Language Paper 1 style questions 1-3. Students will also study a short story (or extract of another novel) by the same author and draw some comparisons of writer’s use of language and structure between the novel and the short story. Students will explore character by writing imaginatively in the form of a diary entry or by writing a formal letter.
Assessment: AQA Language Paper 1 – Full Examination Paper

Term 3

War and Poetry:
This unit of work focuses on the theme of war. Students will study non-fiction texts including first-hand accounts (diaries or recounts) from soldiers in the trenches. Students will write their own letters home from the trenches and explore context, feelings.
Students will also study war poetry from WW1. They will answer a series of questions centred on comprehension, inference and language. Students will also write their own poem centred on the theme of war.
Assessment: AQA Literature Paper 2 Section B

Term 4

Short Stories:
This unit of work focuses on the analysis of a selection of short stories – students will study and compare/contrast 'The Man with the Yellow Face' by Anthony Horowitz (contemporary short story) and 'The Landlady' by Roald Dahl.
Assessment: AQA Language Paper 2 Questions 2 & 4

Term 5

Year 7 ‘All the World’s a Stage’:
In this unit of work, students will study Shakespeare’s life and times, The Globe theatre and the Elizabethan Age and context. They will also explore a range of characters from Shakespeare’s plays and draw on this knowledge to do their own imaginative description of their own Shakespearean character. Students will go on to write imaginatively in the role of an Elizabethan theatre-goer before studying extracts from ‘Romeo & Juliet’ in more detail. Students will then write and perform their own scripts (a modernised interpretation of the scenes) in groups.
Assessment: AQA Language Paper 1 – Full Examination Paper

Term 6

Playscripts (Dracula):
This unit of work focus on the analysis, rehearsal and performance of a playscript. Students will study themes, ideas, characters and setting and will perform in their own interpretation in role. Students will write an expository essay at length (writing to argue) based on a theme or idea in the playscript.
Written Assessment: AQA Literature Paper 2 Section A
Oral Assessment: AQA Non-Examination Assessment Framework

Year 8

Term 1

Skills for Writing: Nature:
This unit of work focuses the study of a range of fiction texts exploring how writers use language for effect. Students will practise writing skills based on learning and write a creative, descriptive piece inspired by the natural world.
Assessment: AQA Language Paper 1 Q5

Spies:
This unit of work focuses on building and developing creative writing skills. Students will study extracts from Spy novels, focusing on building description and manipulating sentences and structures for effect applying this to their own writing.
Assessment: AQA Language Paper 1 Q5

Term 2

19th century context & A Christmas Carol:
This unit of work focuses on studying the context of 19th century literature, leading on to the study of Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol.’
Student will explore key themes, ideas, characters, language, structure and settings.
Assessment: AQA Literature Paper 1 Section B

Term 3

Childhood Poetry:
This unit of work focuses on the analysis of poetry based on childhood experiences – students will study and compare/contrast two Seamus Heaney poems from ‘Follower’, ‘Mid-Term Break’ and ‘Blackberry Picking’ or ‘Death of a Naturalist’ They will study further poems based on a childhood experience from an anthology including ‘Brothers,’ ‘Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan,’ ‘Checking out me History,’ ‘Brendon Gallacher,’ ‘Alone,’ ‘The Schoolboy’ and ‘In Mrs Tilscher’s Class.’ Students will also write their own poems based on a childhood experience, drawing on what they have learned about the form, structure and language of poems in this scheme.
Assessment: AQA Literature Paper 2 Section B

Term 4

Percy Jackson (Novel):
This unit of work focuses on studying a full contemporary novel, exploring key themes, ideas, characters, structure, language and settings. Students will also explore contextual factors and develop imaginative writing and practise key writing skills during the course of this unit. Students will be developing their understanding of language, structure and evaluation as well as their own creative writing skills whilst writing their own Greek Myth.
Assessment: AQA Language Paper 1 – Full Examination Paper

Term 5

Noughts and Crosses Playscript:
This unit of work focuses on the analysis, rehearsal and performance of a playscript. Students will study themes, ideas, characters, language, structure and setting and will perform in their own interpretation in role. Students will write an expository essay at length (writing to argue) based on a theme or idea in the playscript.
Written Assessment: AQA Literature Paper 2 Section A

Term 6

'The Tempest':
This unit of work focus on the analysis of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. Students will use key setting as a stimulus for a piece of descriptive writing of an island. Students will study the plot, characters and themes in ‘The Tempest’ and make reading responses to the text; this will include a discursive response and debates. Students will also explore the play through drama.
Written Assessment: AQA Literature Paper 1 Section A
Oral Assessment: AQA Non-Examination Assessment Framework

Year 9

Term 1

Skills for Writing: Utopia and Dystopia:
In this unit, students will explore the dystopian genre of fiction, exploring a range of texts including extracts from 1984, Animal Farm, Brave New World, The Hunger Games and Gone. Students will explore how writers use language and structure for effect (such as pace, fear and impact) before using their skills to write their own dystopian creative writing.
Assessment: AQA Language Paper 1 – Full Examination Paper

Term 2

Macbeth:
This unit focuses on the main themes of the play; the plot and events; the characters and their relationships; the play’s structure; and the context of the time period and how this directly impacts on all of the above.
Students will make reading responses to the text; this will include an expository essay response to a question and a class debate – students will prepare notes and a polished script in preparation for the debate.
Assessment: AQA Literature Paper 1 Section A

Term 3

Literature Anthology Poetry:
This unit of work introduces the GCSE poetry anthology and will focus on the analysis of some key poems – students will study and compare/contrast ‘War Photographer,’ ‘Exposure,’ ‘Bayonet Charge,’ ‘Charge of the Light Brigade,’ Remains’ and ‘Poppies.’ Students will explore and compare all aspects of the poems: structure, meaning, imagery, language, effect and a personal response.
Assessment: AQA Literature Paper 2 Section B

Term 4

Language Paper Two Intensive Study:
This short unit of work focuses on extending students’ knowledge and understanding of Language Paper 2 – focusing primarily on Section A, which requires the students to comprehend non-fiction texts, analyse language and make comparisons between texts written in different centuries (19th & 21st).
Assessment: AQA Language Paper 2 Section A

Key Writing Skills
Intensive writing skills unit focusing on both AQA Language Papers Q5. Students will learn how to adapt writing for varying purposes, forms and audiences and develop sophisticated and conscious crafting of extended writing pieces.
Assessment: AQA Language Paper 2 Section B

Term 5

Disaster!:
This unit of work focuses on studying a range of modern and 19th century non-fiction and fiction texts and extracts under the theme of ‘Disaster.’ Students will need to respond in terms of form, purpose, genre, language and audience in their reading responses. Students will go on to write their own persuasive leaflets and diary entries, drawing on their knowledge of language and text types.
Students will complete a piece of imaginative persuasive writing.
Assessment: AQA Language Paper 2 – Full Examination Paper

Term 6

An Inspector Calls:
This unit of work focus on the analysis of a whole text. Students will study the characters, plot, setting, language and social/historical context of the play through a variety of methods but including structured reading responses. Students will also explore thoughts and feelings of characters through the writing of both formal and personal letters in role. Students will engage in detail with the political context surrounding the play and learn how to incorporate this into analysis of writer’s methods.
Assessment: AQA Literature Paper 1 Section B

Key Stage 4 : GCSE English Language & English Literature

All students will follow two courses:

  • English Language
  • English Literature

An outline of the courses are shown below and full details/support materials can be found at: www.aqa.org.uk
Specification at a glance:

English Literature

Assessments

All assessments are compulsory
All assessments are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

What's assessed
Shakespeare
The 19th-century novel

How it's Accessed
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
64 marks
40% of GCSE

Paper 2: modern texts and poetry

What's assessed
modern texts
Poetry
Unseen poetry

How it's Accessed
written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes
96 marks
60% of GCSE

English Language

Assessments

All texts in the examination will be unseen.

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

What's assessed
Section A: Reading

One literature fiction text
Section B: Writing
Description or narrative writing

Accessed
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
80 marks
50% of GCSE

Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoint and Perspectives

What's assessed
Section A: Reading

one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
Section B: Writing
writing to present a viewpoint

Accessed
written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
80% marks
50% of GCSE

Non-examination Assessment:Spoken Language

What's assessed
(AO7-AO9)

presenting
responding to questions and feedback
use of standard

Accessed
teacher set throughout course
marked by teacher
separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)

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