Year 7 English Curriculum

Speaking and Listening

During Year 7, students will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of Speaking & Listening activities to develop presenting and discussion skills in preparation for GCSE study and their future career paths. These might include:

·         An individual report to class on chosen novel or topic.

·         Role play opportunities – working in groups to perform as characters from novels or plays studied.

·         Group planning & presentations to the class

·         Whole class discussions

·         Small group discussions

·         Pair work

Reading and Responding

Students will respond to variety of texts to demonstrate the following skills:

·         Use of a range of strategies to read for meaning

·         Ability to deduce and infer information, events or ideas and relate texts to social, cultural & historical context and literary traditions.

·         Understanding of author’s craft by explaining and commenting on structure, language & writer’s purpose & effect with use of quotation.

·         Understanding of author’s craft by also relating to social, cultural & historical context and literary traditions.

In year 7 students will complete reading assessments in response to non-fiction texts, 21st, 20th and 19th century literature, 21st, 20th, 19th century poetry and Shakespeare.

Writing

Students will write in a variety of styles for a range of audiences and purposes to develop competency and accuracy with punctuation and spelling. In all year groups students will complete assessments in writing creatively and writing non-fiction. In year 7, example tasks might be: writing the opening chapter of a gothic horror story, or creating a holiday brochure with informative and persuasive writing about the resort.

Homework:

Each week students will be set 10 spellings to learn and will be asked to submit 10 sentences using each spelling in context. Students will be given a spelling booklet at the beginning of each half term. The spellings can also be downloaded from the school website.

Students will also be asked to complete 20 minutes private reading at home each week as part of our accelerated reader programme.

Teachers will set a range of homework tasks including research tasks, planning tasks for assessments, creative tasks in response to texts and extended written texts. In addition to these weekly homework tasks, a menu of extension tasks can be found on the school website for each Year 7 class.


Year 8 English Curriculum

Speaking and Listening

During Year 8, students will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of Speaking & Listening Activities including

·         Role play: group planning and presentation taking on roles from texts studied

·         Organising a group presentation and discussion

·         Whole class discussion

·         Small group discussion

·         Paired discussion

Reading and Responding

Students will respond to a variety of texts to demonstrate the following skills:

·         Using of a range of strategies to read for meaning.

·         Ability to deduce and infer information, events or ideas.

·         Analysis of language and effect, relating texts to social, cultural & historical context and literary traditions.

·         Understanding of author’s craft by explaining and commenting on structure, language & writer’s purpose & effect with use of quotation.

·         Making comparisons between texts

In year 8, students will complete three reading assessments: one response to a modern novel, for example, analysis of a main character from Holes, one response to pre 1914 poetry (ballads) and one response to a non-fiction or media text.

Writing

Students will write in a variety of styles for a range of audiences and purposes to develop competency and accuracy with punctuation and spelling:

·         An imaginative opening to a Detective or Fantasy story to create atmosphere, tension, distinctive narrative style through chosen vocabulary, sentence structure and punctuation

·         A leaflet to persuade on behalf of an animal charity using appropriate language features and technical accuracy

·         An article for a newspaper which reviews a television programme to demonstrate organisation of ideas and selection of varied sentence structures

Year 9 English Curriculum

In Year 9 students will start working towards their GCSE target grades and will be assessed according to GCSE criteria.

Speaking and Listening

During Year 9, students will have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of Speaking & Listening Activities including

·         Whole class discussion

·         Small group discussion

·         Paired discussion

Reading and Responding

Students will respond to a variety of texts to demonstrate the following skills:

·         Using of a range of strategies to read for meaning.

·         Ability to deduce and infer information, events or ideas.

·         Analysis of language and effect, relating texts to social, cultural & historical context and literary traditions.

·         Understanding of author’s craft by explaining and commenting on structure, language & writer’s purpose & effect with use of quotation.

·         Making comparisons between texts

In year 9, students will complete three reading assessments: one response to a modern novel, one text which explores different cultures, a Shakespeare play and a range of pre and post 1914 poetry.

Writing

Students will write in a variety of styles for a range of audiences and purposes to develop competency and accuracy with punctuation and spelling. In preparation for GCSE study, students will study:

·         Creative writing, with a focus on writing to describe

·         Writing to argue and persuade, using a range of topical stimulus.


Key Stage 4

Students work towards AQA Board Examinations in English Language and Literature. All students will study both GCSE English Language and Literature.

The English Language GCSE is 100% examination assessed by two exam papers, both 1 hour and 45 minutes long. In paper 1, students will be asked to respond to a unseen literature extract, and to answer 4 questions on how language is used for effect in the given text and how the text is structured. Students will also be asked to produce a piece of creative writing in response to a picture stimulus. Paper 2 will ask students to look at two non-fiction texts from different time periods. Students will be asked to summarize both texts, explain how language is used for effect in one text, and compare the viewpoints presented in both texts. Students will also be asked to produce a piece of discursive writing in response to a statement.

The English Literature GCSE is 100% examination, and is assessed by two exam papers. Paper 1 (1 hour 45 minutes) will ask students to respond to extracts from the Shakespeare play and pre 1914 text that they have studied and relate the extract to the rest of the play. Students will not have a copy of either text in the examination.  In paper 2 (2 hours 15 minutes) students will answer one question on a modern text that they have studied. Students will answer one question on the poetry that they have studied prior to the examination. One of these poems will be printed on the examination paper, and students can choose a second poem to compare to the given poem. Students will answer a third question on two unseen poems, which will be printed on the examination paper. Students will not have a copy of the modern text or the poems that they have studied in the examination, but one poem will be printed on the exam paper.

Speaking and Listening – Students will give one individual presentation on a topic of their choice, which will be assessed as a pass, merit or distinction. This will not contribute to the overall English Language or Literature grade, and will be reported as a separate grade.

Homework: Students will be set a mixture of exam questions and revision homework each week. Students will not have copies of the texts studied in the examination and will be expected to learn a few key quotations from each text. This is on-going homework that should be completed across their two year study.