English

Departmental Staff
Mr D AldersonCurriculum Leader
Mrs B ElliottAssistant Curriculum Leader
Mrs R ElgeniaAssociate Leader of Literacy
Miss S GraingerEnglish Teacher
Mrs L JohnsonEnglish Teacher
Mrs L LathallLiteracy co-ordinator
Mrs L TruswellEnglish Teacher
Mrs E CliffordEnglish Teacher
Miss H DunstanEnglish Teacher
Miss J HarveyEnglish Teacher

 

 

In English, the curriculum is designed to provide specific knowledge regarding literary history, writer’s craft and an extensive vocabulary that students are able to call upon to both interact with and create imaginative texts. Students will be able to analyse and evaluate the choices made by writers, whilst making connections between elements within a text and contextual factors beyond the text itself. In turn, students will be able to craft their own writing with an intended effect in mind. They will have a secure grasp of grammar which will enable them to express themselves fluently.

Year 7

Literature Through the Ages: The Gothic

An exploration of genre and how writing changes over time. We study extracts from classic texts across time and learn to write using the conventions of the Gothic genre.

Injustice: Stone Cold

Students will read the novel Stone Cold and will explore the topics of social responsibility and learn about issues around homelessness. The main focus is on analysing how the text has been written for impact.

Prose Writing

Students will work to create their own pieces of creative writing. Reflecting on the work of professionals, they will begin to hone the craft of story writing by focussing on writing short extracts to deliver desired impact.

Understanding Poetry

Students will engage with a wide range of poems but will work on understanding the form in its all beauty. Poems are taken from a variety of times and cultures as we look to introduce students to life beyond their day to day experiences.

 

Year 8

Rhetoric

Students will study masters of rhetoric from ancient Greece to the modern day. Ethos, Logos and Pathos are at the heart of unit and will be used to help dissect famous speeches from history and will lead to students writing their own speech on a cause close to their heart.

Tyranny: Animal Farm

George Orwell’s allegorical text will be used to further embed the study of rhetoric and will give us the opportunity to look at a text where context is key. Students will engage with Orwell’s intentions and will analyse he crafted the text to influence the reader.

Romeo and Juliet

Students will observe how character and plot are developed and linked throughout the play. Key scenes will be studied in greater depth. Shakespeare’s masterpiece will give students an insight into contextual influences from another time and a chance to reflect on how society has changed.

Victorian England and Charles Dickens

Students will be given a taster of different works of Charles Dickens. We will be looking at contextual influences on this great writer and what he was trying to achieve through his writing. Through skilfully selected extracts, we will bridge the language barrier and transport students into worlds they may not believe existed.

 

Year 9

Exploring Poetry

Students will explore a series of unseen poems that cover a range of topics, time periods and cultures. They will consider a poem’s journey, any shifts and changes in a text and why they occur, and how core themes are explored and presented within a range of texts.

Dystopian fiction and Spoken Language

Students delve into the dismal world of fictional dystopia. Through sampling some of the most ground-breaking literature and social commentary through the decades, students are inspired to imagine the greatest disasters and injustices that could befall humanity and bring them alive in their writing.

As students reflect on ideas put forward in dystopian texts, we move to the GCSE Spoken Language component. Students will create a short presentation on a topic of their choosing.

An Inspector Calls

Students will explore Priestley’s social commentary within the play. They will explore the links between context and its influence on the text as a whole. Students will dissect each character and consider motives and guilt. This is a true exploration of characters and our perceptions of them.

Macbeth: Plot and Characters
Students are challenged to consider the validity of Banquo’s main claim against Macbeth, “Thou hast it now: king, Cawdor, Glamis, all, As the weird women promised, and I fear Thou played’st most foully for ’t.” Students are encouraged to engage in the great story at the heart of this great literary tradition and discover how Shakespeare’s stories also ring true in our lives today.

 

GCSE

Students now access the linear 1-9 Eduqas GCSE. National changes have meant controlled assessments have been removed and this means that the students have to focus on examination skills.

Course content is typically finished by January of year 11, giving us time to revisit topics to support revision and explore knowledge to a greater depth.

English Language

Year 10

Students explore the skills and knowledge for the exam through a series of thematic units where we make connections between the fiction and non-fiction papers

Year 11

Students are introduced the GCSE papers in more depth and teachers take them through key techniques and approaches to set them up for success.

English Literature

Year 10

Students study the A Christmas Carol poetry cluster. This is a selection of poems that have similar themes within Dickens’ text and are used as a way in to explore core concepts that will support students across their entire GCSE. We then move on to studying A Christmas Carol in full and make references back to the poetry to revise and consolidate understanding.

This is followed by the same approach for the Blood Brothers poetry cluster and we end the year by studying the musical itself.

Year 11

The year begins with the final poetry cluster- this time linked to Macbeth. Shakespeare’s tragedy is then studied, followed by Unseen Poetry.

Key Stage 5- Years 12 and 13

At Key Stage 5 the Department offer two courses, AQA English Literature Spec B and AQA English Language. Both of these offer candidates the chance to examine English language and culture from a number of perspectives.

English Language Breakdown
A-level English Language offers opportunities for you to develop your subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses.

You will create texts and reflect critically on your own processes of production, while analysing the texts produced by others. We will explore the study of English Language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability to pursue lines of enquiry, debate different views, and work independently to research aspects of language in use. Language is seen as a creative tool for expression and social connection, as well as for individual cognition.

English Literature Breakdown
Key texts students will need are Othello, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Death of a Salesman, Atonement, Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Oliver Twist.

English Literature has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and on the connections which exist between texts. Study of texts within the chosen literary and cultural genres in the examined topic areas is enhanced by the study of critical theory in the non-exam assessment. In this way, you can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways so that you can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers. You will not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for both exams and non-exam assessment, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English Literature that provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at university.

English Language Course Elements

English Literature Course Elements

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

At Key Stage 5 the Department offer two courses, AQA English Literature Spec B and AQA English Language- both of these are new courses. Both of these offer candidates the chance to examine English language and culture from a number of perspectives.

English Language Breakdown

English Literature Breakdown

Key texts students will need are Othello, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Death of a Salesman, Atonement, Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Oliver Twist.

Other Support Materials

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Level-English-Literature-Student-Book/dp/1107468027

Software and Links

For students with smart phones or ipads – there are Apps available to download to support with spelling and literacy. Most are free and some cost as little as a few pounds.

Key Stage 3

We recommend Mr Thorne’s Spellbook – this App will take students through the phonic stages / spelling rules and build towards more complex words.

Key Stage 3 and 4

The TES Spelling Bee website is also a free resource to practice spelling at all levels.
www.educationquizzes.com – Free interactive quizzes for Key Stage 3 and GCSC English
Applications
A+ spelling test – is a free downloadable app for ipad and similar devices. You can add your own spelling lists and record your own voice for each word. Students can play unscramble, practice tests and complete spelling tests based on their personalised lists. Scores are kept and results can be emailed to whoever you choose. A fantastic app for those wanting to practice spellings independently.