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English

Students study the skills of reading, writing and speaking and listening. All students are entered for GCSE English language and GCSE English literature at the end of Year 11.

Key Stage 3

The teaching of English at Key Stage 3 is based on the National Curriculum Framework for English.

At Key Stage 3 we assume a thematic approach for our schemes: term students will study a range of texts from a range of periods and genres based around a specific theme. Examples of themes include: Right and Wrong, On the Outside, Crime and War and Conflict. As well as studying texts related to this theme, students will also create their own texts, often inspired by those we have studied in class.

Students also complete a wide range of speaking and listening activities, both as individuals and in groups.

Assessments are completed for every scheme of work and are tracked to identify areas of strength and areas for further development.

The overall goal of the English Department's KS3 programme is to prepare all pupils for an efficient transition to the study of English Language and English literature at GCSE.

Scheme of Work

Year 7

Year 8

Key Stage 4

Students follow a course of study for AQA English Language and English Literature GCSE.

Below are the paper focuses for each qualification:

English Language:
All texts in the examination will be unseen.

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing:
What's assessed

Section A: Reading

Section B: Writing

Assessed

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%)– one single text

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

What's assessed

Section A: Reading

Section B: Writing

Assessed

Questions

Reading (40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts

Writing (40 marks) (25%)

English Literature:

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

What's assessed

How it's assessed

Questions

Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

What's assessed

How it's assessed

Questions

Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

Scheme of Work

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11