In KS3 learners are offered a broad and balanced curriculum which encompasses a wide range of learning experiences, Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural issues and Writers’ with a foundation based on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. Students will study works by historical and contemporary writers as part of their programmes of study.
Our Year 7 curriculum allows our learners to learn through creative texts through diverse themes from Dystopian fiction to Literary Heritage. In year 8, our learners building upon these foundation skills and master them further through sustained investigations on themes ranging from Mystery to Horror through to Shakespeare. During year 9 we continue to develop communication, analytical and practical skills by introducing more challenging themes and texts that link directly to the new GCSE English Language and Literature Curriculum. All our KS3 lessons are designed to prepare students to a higher level and we mirror the content and structure of the GCSE. Throughout each unit of work, we set differentiated independent learning tasks that deepen understanding.
At GCSE, all our students study two GCSEs, English Literature and English Language. In preparation for both examinations they will read: A Christmas Carol, Lord of The Flies, Macbeth and an AQA Poetry Anthology. For English Language there is a Non examined Speaking and Listening task that aims to develop effective communication skills. Students are supported throughout the course by their teachers and are monitored by post-holders in the Department. Revision and intervention classes are run at certain points throughout the year to support students in their learning and their preparation for the examinations in these important qualifications. Please see below the Assessment requirements for both the English Language and English Literature examinations, which will take place for our year 11’s in May/June 2017.
The English Department has had an eventful year leading to some exceptional accomplishments by our students.
Building on the new reformed GCSE’s our current Year 10 move into Year 11 with a focus and determination to be successful. Throughout the past year our Year 10’s have enjoyed the variety of Literary texts ranging from: Poetry, A Christmas Carol, Lord of The Flies and Macbeth that have allowed our students to look at various issues that are still prevalent within society today.
Key Stage 3 students will also come across an increased variety of literary and non- literary texts. Reading will have a continued high profile within school with Years 7 and 8 following the Accelerated Reader programme and personal reading starting every lesson. This is an opportunity for your son/daughter to develop their own preferred reading tastes. One afternoon registration each week will also be devoted to reading for pleasure when the whole school will stop to read.
Support for your learning
- Encourage students to read a range of fiction – using both the school and local libraries.
- Encourage students to read a range of non-fiction texts (free online broadsheet newspapers, magazines, internet articles, newsletters, reviews, reports, letters (formal and informal), leaflets and apps, e.g. The Guardian) to ensure students are familiar with a range of writing styles and expanding their vocabulary.
- Check students are completing homework for English each week; students can always correct and redraft work independently to make sure they are improving constantly. Reading through and discussing homework is very useful.
- Encourage students to look up new vocabulary and check spellings using a dictionary and a thesaurus.
- Encourage students to use formal spoken language or Standard English in a range of contexts as speaking and listening skills are still tested.
- Students can use CGP guides which include activities to improve punctuation, paragraphing and sentence variation.
Resource/text books available for AQA English Language 9-1:
- New GCSE English Language AQA Revision Guide – for the Grade 9-1 Course Paperback – 4 Aug 2015 by CGP Books
- New GCSE English Language AQA Workbook – for the Grade 9-1 Course (includes Answers) Paperback – 10 Aug 2015 by CGP Books (Author, Editor)
- AQA GCSE English Language: Student Book 2: Assessment preparation for Paper 1 and Paper 2 Paperback – 12 Mar 2015 by Jane Branson and Peter Ellison
- Encourage students to read the set novels or plays at least twice in their own time.
- Encourage students to watch different versions of the texts they have studied.
- Encourage students to read a range of poetry.
- Encourage students to read beyond set texts and develop opinions about writers’ stylistic choices, e.g. how they structure novels, plays and poetry.
- Check homework diaries on a regular basis to ensure students are completing homework on a regular basis.
- Use www.bbc.bitesize.co.uk to revise characters, themes and relevant context.
- Use www.aqa.co.uk website to gain access to past papers.
- Revision guides: Students should ask teachers for recommendations of revision guides for their particular texts; there are York Notes (pictured below), CGP guides, Letts guides and Philip Allan guides.
- Students can and should independently create revision guides to memorise key quotes using cue cards, sugar paper, post-its, etc.
Resource/text books available on Amazon AQA English Literature 9-1:
- New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Love & Relationships Anthology – the Grade 9-1 Course Paperback – 12 Aug 2015 by CGP Books (Author, Editor)
- Lord of the Flies: York Notes for GCSE Workbook: Grades 9-1 Paperback – 4 Aug 2015 by Ms Clare Constant (Author)
- Macbeth: York Notes for GCSE Workbook: Grades 9-1 Paperback – 4 Aug 2015 by Mike Gould (Author
- Macbeth: York Notes for GCSE (Grades A*-G) 2010 Paperback – 2 Jul 2010 by James Sale (Author)
- A Christmas Carol: York Notes for GCSE 2015 Paperback – 4 Aug 2015 by Lucy English (Author)
- A Christmas Carol: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) Workbook: YNA5 GCSE a Christmas Carol 2016 Paperback – 30 Mar 2016 by Ms Beth Kemp (Author)