Curriculum

ENGLISH

English Language

The study of English language is not only important in order to understand how to use the rules of spelling, punctuation & grammar, but also to access a wide range of texts and perspectives. Our students not only learn how to construct a sentence on a page but also develop a sense of how they can engage with the texts that surround them in all spheres of life. Our curriculum seeks to give our students the abilities to understand, analyse, evaluate and compare texts, as well as construct both creative and transactional writing.

Additionally, our students have access to Accelerated Reader and Bedrock in order to not only support our students in their reading and literacy, but also to use a range of engaging technologies to encourage our students love of language and literature.

Furthermore, as part of our vision to nurture today’s young people and inspire tomorrow’s leaders, we put oracy, literacy and vocabulary at the heart of our Key Stage 3 curriculum to ensure that our students can succeed at Key Stage 4 and beyond.

At Key Stage 4, GCSE English Language is a core qualification requirement for various career paths and is also crucial to further and higher education. This course will enable students to study various authors, genres, cultural viewpoints, perspectives, and give them the opportunity to develop their skills in writing for different audiences. They will also develop their speaking and listening skills for a wide range of situations.

Students will develop the following skills:

•Reading Analytically
•Reading Critically and Evaluatively
•Understanding How Texts Are Structured
•Creative and Descriptive and Writing
•Transactional Writing
•Speaking, Presentations, Debating and Active Listening

Students will study the following key areas:

•Explorations in creative reading and writing
•Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
•Spoken language

Curriculum Overview – English Language
Year 7 Year 8

•Creative Writing – Crafting Characters and Plot;
•Non-Fiction (writing)- Perspectives on Identity and Slavery;
•Modern Fiction;
•Debating.

•Creative Writing – Creating Setting and Atmosphere;
•Non-Fiction (writing) – Perspectives on Royalty, Power and Disabilities;
•Dystopia and Modern Political Texts;
•Presentations and Speech Writing.

Year 9 Year 10 & 11

•19th Century Fiction and Non-Fiction Texts;
•Creative Writing – Communicating Clearly;
•Non-Fiction (writing) – Perspectives on War;
•Preparing a Personalised Presentation.

•C19th Non-Fiction;
•Understanding and Using Creative Writing Techniques
•Propaganda, Persuasion and Spoken Language
•Paper 1 English Language
•Paper 2 English Language
Key Stage 3

Our pupils are assessed through a range of written portfolios, creative texts which they produce (from fiction to transactional writing), written assessments and their use of spoken language. We take this approach as part of our focus on the formative component of assessment in preparing students for the rigors of Key Stage 4, but also to create opportunities to students to develop a broad and balanced range of skills and knowledge.

Key Stage 4

Internal assessments take place every half term to ensure that students are aware of their own progress and to support them in their journey towards success. These half-termly assessment reflect what a student can expect in their exams to ensure that students develop resilience and key skills.

The final assessments are comprised of examinations where students will take two written exam papers. The Paper 1 exam will last 1 hour 45 minutes and will be scored out of 80 marks and the Paper 2 exam will last 1 hour 45 minutes and will be scored out of 80 marks. Performance will be recorded by a new grading scale that uses the numbers 1–9, with grade 9 being the highest achievement.

Exam Board Specification: AQA

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Enrichment Offer

Intervention is offered to all students to maximise performance and consolidate prior learning. Above all, academic excellence is at the heart of our curriculum and our students always appreciate our intervention to support them in their future success.

English Literature

Studying literature ensures that our students will learn not only how to analyse a text, but also how to gain experience of a wide range of analytic and critical thinking skills, as well as a broad understanding of the development of philosophical and political movements throughout the ages. The study of literature enables students to broaden their horizons through the development of cultural capital, as well as apply a fresh and creative quality to their studies and, it could be said, to life as a whole.

Not only does our curriculum include seminal texts, it also uses a thematic study for students to make connections between texts and ideas as they have developed over time. Furthermore, our students are encouraged to make connections between the differences in expression and construction by studying and comparing different forms and genres. For example, our Year 8 students study the exploration of the theme of war through the novel War Horse and study a range of war poets to consider a range of perspectives and understand how to analyse in a nuanced manner.

Additionally, our students have access to Accelerated Reader and Bedrock in order to not only support our students in their reading and literacy, but also to use a range of engaging technologies to encourage our students love of language and literature.

At Key Stage 4, our students conduct in depth studies of the 19th Century text A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens), the AQA Anthology of Poetry (Power and Conflict), JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and a range of unseen poems. Students begin by understanding the texts and quickly develop their studies into the themes and perspectives in order to furnish them with the key knowledge and skills to achieve.

Key areas of development will be as follows:

•Reading critically
•Writing personal responses
•Speaking and Listening
•Analytical skills
•Contextualising key texts
•Developing the use of expression

Students will study the following key areas:

•Shakespeare
•19th century novels
•Modern texts
•Various types and styles of poetry
•Seminal world texts
•Childrens’ literature
•The literary canon

Curriculum Overview – English Literature
Year 7 Year 8

•Myths, Legends and Ancient Greece (from the Odyssey to Beowulf);
•Identity Poetry (Sylvia Plath, Byron, Maya Angelou…);
•Shakespeare’s The Tempest;
•Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses.

•Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse;
•War Poetry (Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Jessie Pope…)
•Shakespeare’s Richard III;
•George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Year 9 Year 10 & 11

•Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist;
•A range of poetry (from Blake and Hardy, to Owne and Sassoon);
•R C Sherriff’s Journey’s End
•Shakespeare’s Macbeth

•Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
•AQA Anthology of Poetry (Power and Conflict)
•JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls
•Shakespeare’s Macbeth
•A range of unseen poems
Key Stage 3

Our pupils are assessed through a range of written portfolios, creative texts which they produce (from fiction to poetry), written assessments and their use of spoken language. We take this approach as part of our focus on the formative component of assessment in preparing students for the rigors of Key Stage 4, but also to create opportunities to students to develop a broad and balanced range of skills and knowledge.

Key Stage 4

Internal assessments take place every half term to ensure that students are aware of their own progress and to support them in their journey towards success. These half-termly assessment reflect what a student can expect in their exams to ensure that students develop resilience and key skills.
The final assessments are comprised of examinations where students will take two written exam papers. Paper 1 exam will last 1 hour 45 minutes and will be scored out of 64 marks. Paper 2 exam will last 2 hours 15 minutes and will be scored out of 96 marks.

Exam Board Specification: AQA

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Enrichment Offer

Intervention is offered to all students to maximise performance and consolidate prior learning. Above all, academic excellence is at the heart of our curriculum and our students always appreciate our intervention to support them in their future success.