English

Year 7

Year 7 is an important transition year in English in which students will consolidate their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Students have opportunities to explore fiction and non-fiction with a focus on the writer’s craft, before writing their own extended pieces.  The Shakespeare unit involves studying a whole play using a variety of creative techniques to encourage a long lasting appreciation and enjoyment of Shakespeare. Students will develop discussion skills and learn to use talk as a vehicle for developing ideas.

Throughout year 7 and 8, students will follow the Let’s Think English Programme which is designed to encourage independent thinking and problem solving skills. One lesson is taught each fortnight.  In addition, one lesson each fortnight will be dedicated to poetry.

Scheme of Work Summary:

  • Term 1 – Reading Skills
  • Term 2 – Dragons: exploring and writing different text types
  • Term 3 – Novel study
  • Term 4 – Narrative writing – including contemporary and pre twentieth century short stories
  • Term 5 – Survival Unit linked to Treasure Island
  • Term 6 –Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice or A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Year 8

In Year 8, students are again given the opportunity to study a whole novel and experience the joy of a class reader whilst developing their analytical skills.  In media, our students will be taught to cast a critical eye over advertisements and other texts which seek to persuade.  The Tempest allows students to study a full Shakespeare text and write an extended essay in response.  In studying a variety of texts, students will learn to adapt their writing style for purpose and audience.  The war and conflict unit involves the study of fiction and poetry as well as current non-fiction on the subject.

Scheme of Work Summary:

  • Term 1 – Suspense Writing and Sentence Manipulation
  • Term 2 – War and Conflict
  • Term 3 – Novel Study
  • Term 4 - Media and Non-fiction: advertising and persuasive writing
  • Term 5 - Shakespeare: The Tempest
  • Term 6 – Spoken Language Study; Contemporary Drama

Year 9

Year 9 is the GCSE foundation year.  Students will build on the skills they already have and begin refining them in order to fulfill the requirements of the GCSE exams. Texts will be more challenging and students will be expected to work more independently as they produce analytical responses to texts as well as original, creative pieces of writing.

Scheme of Work Summary:

  • Term 1- Gothic Horror: language analysis and descriptive writing
  • Term 2 – Travel Writing
  • Term 3  - Novel Study: Animal Farm or Of Mice and Men
  • Term 4 – Comparative and Critical Approaches to Short Stories
  • Term 5 – Poetry: Different Cultures and Conflict poems
  • Term 6 – Studying a text in different forms: play, novel and film

Year 10

During Year 10 and 11, students will follow the Cambridge English iGCSE and the Edexcel Literature Certificate (GCSE).

The iGCSE assesses reading comprehension in an external exam and writing skills through a coursework portfolio.  Students also have the opportunity to complete a speaking and listening assessment.  The Literature course is assessed through two external exams: ‘Poetry and unseen texts’ and’ Prose and Drama’.

Scheme of Work Summary:

  • Term 1 – Let Him Have It – narrative writing and opinion essay
  • Term 2 – Of Mice and Men
  • Term 3 – Issue based response writing
  • Term 4 – Poetry Study
  • Term 5 – Exploring theme based fiction, literary Non-fiction and media
  • Term 6 – iGCSE exam preparation and mock exams

Year 11

During year 11, students have the opportunity to improve their coursework grades by experimenting with different tasks.  They will then focus on the set texts for the literature exam and iGCSE exam revision.

Scheme of Work Summary:

  • Term 1 – An Inspector Calls (Literature set text)
  • Term 2 – Issue based unit for response writing and exam skills
  • Term 3 – Poetry (Literature set texts)
  • Term 4 – Of Mice and Men revision; iGCSE exam skills
  • Term 5- Literature revision; iGCSE Exam skills  

Year 12 – English Language

AS English Language.  Students study for their unit 1 exam which covers the fundamentals of language study, as well as producing coursework in which they have to craft their own writing for purpose and audience.   This allows students to be creative in their choice of language style.

Scheme of Work Summary:
Unit 1: Language Today Exam, Analysing features of spoken, written and electronic language

Analysing key constituents:

  • discourse
  • lexis
  • graphology
  • phonology
  • morphology
  • pragmatics
  • semantics

Unit 2: coursework

  • Writing for a reading and a listening audience.

Year 13

A2 English Language students study for their unit 3 exam which covers the origins of the English language and how it has changed over time (section A). In section B, students study how children learn to speak and write, and explore the biological, psychological and sociological influences on their development of language. The coursework requires student to craft their own writing for a particular audience and purpose, although both tasks are linked by an overall language investigation, chosen by the student. It must be based on an aspect of language development that interests them. They must present their findings in the form of a report and this comprises task 1 and 2. 

Scheme of Work Summary:
Unit 3: Language exam

  • Section A: Language Diversity
  • Section B: Children’s language development

Unit 4: coursework

  • Task 1 – writing for a reading and a listening audience
  • Task 2 – writing up language investigation for an expert audience in report format

Year 12 English Language and Literature

This combined course allows students to explore texts from both a linguistic and literary perspective, taking an integrated approach.  They will also create their own texts.

Unit 1: Exploring voices in speech and writing
Students will read and analyse a range of fiction and non-fiction, including transcripts of conversations, news broadcasts, play extracts, travel writing, novels and electronic texts.  In the exam, they will be given a range of unseen texts and asked to analyse through a series of questions.

They will then study a novel and explore how ‘voice’ is created.  In the exam, they will answer a set question on this prose text.

Unit 2: Creating Texts
Students will create two texts of their own: one for a reading audience and one for a listening audience.
To show their understanding of the writing process, students will write a commentary of their writing process in which they explain and evaluate the choices they have made.

Year 13 English Language and Literature
At A2, students continue critical analysis of fiction and non-fiction.  They will explore the literary canon further and will have the opportunity to shape their study through their personal choices of texts.

Unit 3: Varieties in Language and Literature
Students will read non-fiction prose from the late eighteenth century to the present day, analyse previously unseen non-fiction texts and study and compare two plays or poetry collections.

Unit 3 is assessed through an external exam

Unit 4: Presenting the World
Unit 4 is a coursework unit which extends the study completed in year 12.  Students develop their own independent reading and research skills, and create their own pieces of writing.