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English

Key Stage 3 & Key Stage 4 - Study Matrix 2019 – 2020

Rationale

We believe that it is crucial for students in English lessons to be introduced to a range of knowledge and skills through the mediums of language and literature, exposing them to a range of complimentary experiences in reading, writing and speaking which will build literary and language skills, develop and embed creativity and help them to gain knowledge of our wonderful language and its literary heritage. We want to provide challenge and inspire a love of our subject.

It is this philosophy upon which our curriculum is built. We acknowledge Key stage 2 learning; consolidate and embed this is key stage 3 and ensure our students are prepared for Key stage 4 and for their future ambitions, goals and endeavours.

Intention

English lessons are varied, fun and delivered with vigour to ensure that students in English classrooms are inspired, believe in themselves and want to realise their potential.

English skills and understanding extend far beyond the reaches of the classroom and our intention is to broker those connections with students, provide bespoke opportunities for them to develop these skills and learning- both to prepare them for external examination outcomes and to secure the skills needed to survive in the world beyond school and to grow into fully rounded, eloquent speakers, readers and writers of English.

Implementation

The curriculum in English aims to ensure that our pupils read easily, with fluency and appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage through schemes of learning which allow them to read a variety of fiction and non- fiction texts from Shakespeare to modern day news articles. Students will work towards producing and developing texts that read fluently, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Schemes offer tasks where students can use discussion in order to learn and particularly to support their reading and writing; they will be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas; they will be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate. As the curriculum develops, students will acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language by studying works from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and poetry since 1789, including representative Romantic Poetry. Students will make critical comparisons, referring to the contexts, themes, characterisation, style and literary quality of texts and draw on knowledge and skills from wider reading.

Impact

We want St Aidan’s students to acknowledge, enjoy and embrace the big ideas in both Language and Literature; to have a deep understanding of how a writer crafts a piece of work and develop the skills to model this in their own work.

Students will leave St Aidan’s able to realise their ambitions, supported by the key skills of all forms of communication.

This curriculum will:

Curriculum Implementation

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Term I Am Legend,
Out of this World Science-fiction and Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’.
Words of War – War Poetry and John Boyne’s ‘Boy in Striped Pyjamas’/ Michael Morpurgo’s ’Private Peaceful’ or ’War Horse’ Dare to Scare – Horror Literature and Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’
Assessments AP1 Selection and retrieval, language analysis and creative writing - fiction Selection and retrieval, language analysis, structural analysis and creative writing – fiction Selection and retrieval, language analysis, structural analysis, evaluation and creative writing - fiction
Spring Term Traveller’s Tales – Travel writing, Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Shakespeare’s World. Appearance and Reality – Deception and Disguise and Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ the origins and influences of Tragedy through Drama. My Life, My Choices –the world and my place in it and Shakespearean Villainy and the Great Tragic Heroes, ‘Macbeth’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’ ‘Othello’ ‘King Lear’ ‘Hamlet’ ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’.
Assessments AP2 Selection and retrieval, summarising and creative writing non-fiction Selection and retrieval, summarising, language analysis and creative writing non-fiction Selection and retrieval, summarising, language analysis, evaluation and creative writing non-fiction
Summer Term Oliver Twist Charles Dickens and Our Day Out Willy Russell Campaign for a Cause – Charity and the Power of Communication - Votes for Women and Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’. Young Entrepreneurs and Conflict Poetry
Assessments AP3 Creative writing fiction and non-fiction Spoken presentation Creative writing fiction and non-fiction Spoken presentation Creative writing fiction and non-fiction. Comparison of texts Spoken presentation
Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Term Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol.’
English Language P1

Conflict Poetry: ‘Exposure’, ‘Storm on the Island’
‘Bayonet Charge’, ‘Remains’, ‘Poppies’.
Eng Lan P1 Section A Section B

Lit 1 ACC; Mac Recall and revision

Eng Lan P2

Section A

Section B

Lit 2 AIC; CP; UP Recall and revision

Assessments AP1 ACC Lit P1 Q5 Creative Writing Lan P1 Fortnightly mocks November Mocks
Spring Term Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

English Language Paper 1 Paper 2

Reading Conflict Poetry: ‘Ozymandias’, ‘London’,
‘Prelude’, ‘My Last Duchess’,
‘Charge of the Light Brigade’.
Eng Lan P1 Section A Section B

Lit 1 ACC; Mac Recall and revision

Eng Lan P2

Section A

Section B

Lit 2 AIC; CP; UP Recall and revision

Assessments AP2 MAC Lit
P2
P1
P2
Reading
Fortnightly mocks
Summer Term Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’.

English Language P2 Q5 Conflict Poetry:
‘War Photographer’, ‘Tissue’, ‘The Emigree’,
‘Checking Out Me History’, ‘Kamikaze’.
Revision Based on RAG and data bespoke Revision
Assessments AP3 AIC Lit P2 Poetry
P2 Unseen Poetry

P2 Lan Q5

Spoken presentation preparation

Summer examinations