Key stage three English is crucial to laying the foundations for future success at GCSE level and above. To this end Year 7 students are taught in their tutor groups for the first term of attendance. Our aim is to enable students to gain familiarity with not only the school day, but also with their peers as well as the high expectations of the English department.
As such, student information on their development and progress is garnered until the October half term where students are grouped more specifically by ability and KS3 target grades. Study of English in these years is used to embed key skills and understanding that will support their development in Key stage 4.
Therefore, our schemes of work are specifically crafted to engage and develop student knowledge and understanding. We actively encourage our students to take pride in their work and to work with their teachers to ensure that progress is in line with their ability. English students conduct termly assessments from which feedback and targets are given to assist our students in their development and future efforts.
Year 7 Table of Study
|1||‘Big Bang’ Gothic stories|
Benchmark Testing for all Year 7
|3||Introduction to Shakespeare ‘The Tempest’ Creative Writing|
Year 8 Table of Study
|1||Creative Writing Descriptive and Narrative|
|2||Romeo and Juliet|
|5||Chocolate Box, Persuasive Writing, Non Fiction & Article Writing|
|6||Novel(s), Interrogation and Analysis|
We follow the AQA GCSE syllabus for both English Language and English Literature. All English GCSEs are now 100% examination focussed – graded 1- 9 (9 being the highest). *Speaking and listening must be conducted and filmed to ensure students are awarded their English GCSE.
From 2017 our Year 10 students will study and practice for the AQA English Literature GCSE and sit the examination in 2018. In Year 11, they will then study and practice for the AQA English Language GCSE and sit the examination in 2019.
The current Year 11 students will have studied and practiced for both English Literature and English Language - from Year 10 - and will take both the English Literature and Language examinations in 2018.
Year 9 Table of Study
|1||Descriptive Writing; Introduction to 19th Century Literature|
|2||Reading, writing and literary analysis: 'Of Mice and Men'|
|3||Introduction to 19thCentury Poetry|
|4||AQA short stories anthology|
|5||Speaking and listening. *Filmed presentations.|
|6||An introduction to 'The Tragedy of Macbeth'. Plot and Characters.|
Year 10 Table of Study
|1||‘An Inspector Calls’ J. B. Priestley.|
|2||Poetry: The AQA Anthology. ‘Love and Relationships’.|
|3||Poetry: The AQA Anthology. Unseen Poetry.|
|4||‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ Robert Louis Stevenson.|
|5||‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’; Literature Exams|
|6||*Speaking and Listening; Filmed Presentations|
Year 11 Table of Study
|1||‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ Literature Paper|
|2||Poetry: The AQA Anthology. ‘Love and Relationships’; & Unseen Poetry; Literature Paper|
Modern Text: ‘An Inspector Calls’ J. B. Priestley; Literature Paper
19th C Literature ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ Robert Louis Stevenson
Language Paper 1 and Paper 2; Literature Exams
|6||Language Paper 1 and Paper 2; Language Exams|
AS and A2 studies in English look to continue the academic journey for our students, allowing them to enhance their skills of analysis, interpretation and deconstructing texts. Students are taught by a paired teaching team, each teacher delivering a specialism as part of the overall needs of the course.
Students are given 6 periods of contact teaching time, alongside a period of independent study; this “independence of study” is crucial in preparing students to be independent learners capable of coping with the demands of life after sixth form; whether through continued study at university, or in the world of work.
We offer three AS/A2 level courses...
English literature (AQA Specification A)
AQA’s A- level Literature course is designed to build upon the skills students have developed throughout their GCSE study in English and offer a clear progression in developing English Literature skills. The A-level course is designed to encourage students to develop their knowledge, analytical skills and understanding and to become capable of approaching the reading and study of literature - a variety of texts and genres - to consider a shared context, giving logic and meaning to texts that have been grouped for study.
We have chosen AQA because they have designed the course to ensure that a variety of assessment styles are used, such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single text questions, multiple text questions, open- and closed-book approaches, empowering students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research which are valuable for both further study and future employment.
English Language (AQA specification)
AQA’s A-level English Language course enables students to build on the skills they've developed at GCSE, by engaging creatively and critically through access to a wide range of texts and discourses.
English Language is an academically challenging qualification, where students use exciting and relevant text and data-based sources to learn more about the grammar, syntax and evolution of the English Language. The course covers everything from regional and national variations in language use to child language development. Students are also given ample opportunities to conduct their own research into language in action throughout the course.
WJEC Eduqas AS/A level Media
The WJEC Eduqas specification offers learners the opportunity to develop a thorough and in depth understanding of these key issues, using a comprehensive theoretical framework and a variety of advanced theoretical approaches and theories to support critical exploration and reflection, analysis and debate. The study of a wide range of rich and stimulating media products is central to the specification, offering opportunities for detailed analysis of how the media communicate meanings in a variety of forms.
Learners will work from the product outwards to debate key critical questions related to the social, cultural, political and economic role of the media. Through studying media products holistically in relation to all areas of the theoretical framework, learners will engage with the dynamic relationships between media products, media industries and audiences. Learners will also consider established media forms alongside more contemporary forms, developing an awareness of emerging and evolving media.