English

Our Aims & Objectives

The aims and objectives of the English Department complement those of the school but are, by their nature, more particular and selective.

Our Aims

  • To ensure that all pupils have a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • To ensure that all pupils have a programme which progresses from Year 7 to Year 11.
  • To enable each pupil to achieve his/her potential in English.
  • To give pupils good experiences of learning so that they enjoy their work.

Our Objectives

  • To provide an English Curriculum which delivers the National Curriculum at both key stages.
  • To provide a diverse range of experiences in English and English Literature.
  • To select leaning experiences which build on pupils’ previous work and present knowledge and understanding.
  • To provide specific opportunities for pupils to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • To help pupils succeed.
  • To make learning interesting and rewarding.
The school has a responsibility to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils. There are three principles which are essential to developing a more inclusive curriculum:
  • Setting suitable learning challenges.
  • Responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs.
  • Overcoming whole school and subject specific barriers to learning and assessment for both individuals and groups.

Key Stage 3 Overviews

Year 7

Term Topic & Reading Focus Learning Objectives Key Writing Assessments (Best Work Books)
Autumn
Term
Inter-House Speaking Competition:
“The Person I Admire Most”
Reading and Writing Exams
Vernon B and STAR Reading Tests (September)
Speech
Write up a final draft
The Great British Novel Including:
Boy by Roald Dahl
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  • Begin to understand genre conventions and the link to structure and impact on the reader
  • Understand the conventions descriptive and non-fiction writing forms
  • Comment on how the writer uses language to create a character
1. Summary
A book report, newspaper report or diary entry

2. Description
Original writing (atmosphere and setting)
Spring
Term
Myths and Legends including:
Beowulf or Sir Gowain and the Green Knight by Michael Morpurgo
A selection of Greek Myths and Legends
  • Develop descriptive and narrative techniques, including sentence construction and punctuation for effect
  • Create interesting, imaginative and thoughtful texts
  • Experiment with ambitious choices of language
3. Narrative
A short story or the opening to an original myth or legend
Poetry Anthology including:
Poetry by Heart / Slam Poetry
Writing original poems
Poetry by: Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage, Dylan Thomas and Robert Frost
  • Engage with reading, writing and performing poetry
  • Read for meaning, using inference and deductuion
  • Develop comparison skills
  • Experiment with vocabulary, form and structure in original writing
4. Comparison
Compare two poems
Summer
Term
Internal Exam Preparation:
Reading comprehension Exam and Writing Exam
Vernon B and STAR Reading Tests (June)
(Link to Off on Holiday scheme – see overview)
Off on Holiday including:
A comedy script
Extracts from My Family and Other Animals, Swallows and Amozons, The Famous Five
  • Develop use of layout, content and language techniques for a specific audience and purpose
  • Develop self-conscious crafting of structure and vocabulary for effect
  • Read for meaning and summarise understanding
  • Comment on the effect of lanuage and structure of a piece of writing
5. EvaluationComparison
A letter of complaint, using persuasive techniques

6. Explanation
A non-chronological report or promotional leaflet on a destination

Year 8

Term Topic & Reading Focus Learning Objectives Key Writing Assessments (Best Work Books)
Autumn
Term
Language Investigations: Where does language come from?
Text links:
Beowulf (translated by Seamus Heaney)
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Extracts from biographies and autobiographies
  • Develop an understanding of how language w2orks, including spelling, grammar and word class
  • Gain a sense of cultural understanding and the English literary heritage
  • Understand the conventions of non-fiction writing, adapting language to suit the form and purpose
1. Explanation
Write to inform – a report on an aspect of language (e.g. The French Invasion) or a biography of a key figure (e.g. Chaucer)
Spring
Term
Introduction to shakespeare
A choice of:
Romeo and Juliet
The Tempest
Twelfth Night
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Read for meaning and summarise understanding
  • Comment on the effect of language
  • Comment on a variety of dramatic effects
  • Understand the conventions of non-fiction writing, adapting language to suit the form and purpose
2. Summary
A newspaper report or diary entry based on the plot or character of the play

3. Evaluation
An essay on a character or writer’s methods
Summer
Term
Literary Shorts Including:
The Open Windows by Saki (1914
The Gulf by Geraldine McCaughrean (1999)
The Lawyer and the Ghost
The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens
Other shorts from EMCs Anthology (such as The Flowers by Alice Walker)

Internal Exam Preparation:
Reading Comprehension Exam and Writing Exam Vernon B and STAR Reading Tests (June)
  • Read for meaning, using inference and deduction skills
  • Extend comparison skills
  • Consolidate self-conscious crafting of structure and vocabulary for effect
  • Experiment with narrative techniques, including using sentences and punctuation for effect
  • Comment on the language and structure of a story
4. Narrative
A newspaper report or diary entry based on the plot or character of the play

5. Comparison
An essay to compare two short stories
Detective Fiction Including:
The Murder in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes (e.g. The Speckled Band) or The Hound of the Basvilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Listerdale Mystery by Agatha Christie
The Landlady by Roald Dahl
  • Comment on the effect of language and structure of a piece of writing
  • Consolidate understanding of the conventions of genre
  • Develop inference, deduction and analysis skills
  • Develop descriptive techniques, crafting for imaginative effect
6. Description
An original piece of writing focusing on setting and atmosphere

Year 9

Term Topic & Reading Focus Learning Objectives Key Writing Assessments (Best Work Books)
Autumn
Term
The Gothic
Choice of:
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (Abbriated version available)
The Mist on the Mirror by Susan Hill
Gothic Short Stories (The Red Room by HG Wells, The Landlady)
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Price by Neil Gaiman
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Consolidate understanding of the conventions of genre and writing for a specific genre
  • Read and comment on the effect of language, structure
  • Comment on how the writer uses language to create a character
  • Use a range of creative features to shape and craft writing for effect
1. Explanation
A report on the conventions or ingredients of the Gothic genre

2. Narrative
An original Gothic short story or story opening
Spring
Term
The War Unit
Who’s for the Game? by Jesse Pope and Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
Additional WW1 poets:
Siefried Sassoon
Isaac Rosenberg
Patricia McCarthy
Rupert Brooke
Winifred M Letts
Additional modern conflict poets:
Ciaran Carson
Stevie Smith
Simon Armitage

Internal exam prepartaion:
Reading Comprehension Exam and Writing Exam
  • Read for meaning and summarise understanding
  • Use terminology to explore the choices of language and structure made by writers
  • Comment on the effect of language and structure
  • Respond to and compare two texts, looking at the writer’s intentions and different interpretations
3. Summary
A newspaper report or diary entry

2. Comparison
An essay to compare two poems
Summer
Term
Seminal World Literature
A choice of:
To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or Mice of Men by John Steinbeck

Vernon B and STAR Reading Tests
  • Gain a sense of cultural and contextual understanding of a Modern American Novel
  • Read for meaning, using inference and deduction skills
  • Identify and comment on the writer’s viewpoint and methods
  • Evaluate different interpretations of a text
  • Craft a detailed and personal response to a text
5. Evaluation
An opinion essay on the text (How far do you agree…?)
Modern Political Literature
A choice of:
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Cirque do Freak or Animal Farm
Links to:
Out of the Blue by Simon Armitage
  • Read for meaning
  • Develop an understanding of political, social and cultural contexts
  • Identify and comment on the writer’s viewpoint and methods
  • Show a controlled crafting of sentence types, punctuation and vocabulary for imaginative effect
6. Description
An original piece of writing inspired by a line of poetry or a line from a novel

Key Stage 4 Overviews

GCSE (9-1) Year 11 2016-2017 Only

Term Year 11
Summer Class teacher to set task on Shakespeare
Autumn Half-term 1 The Modern Play:
An Inspector Calls or Blood Brothers
Half-term 2 Language Paper 1:
Reading Literacy Non-Fiction
Scheme being completed 2016 by LKH & CLE
Key focus:
Structure
Aspects of Narrative


Mock Exams
Language Paper 1: Reading Only
Literature: The Modern Play & Shakespeare
Spring Half-term 1 Speaking & Listening NEA – tbc by 31st January (including filming)

Language Paper 2: Writing to argue/persuade
Scheme being completed 2016 by EMR
Half-term 2 Revision:
The 19th Century Novel
Shakespeare
Poetry: Conflict & Power
Unseen Poetry
Summer Half-term 1 Revision:
The Modern Play
Language Paper 1
Language Paper 2
Half-term 2 EXAMS begin May 22nd (English Literature Paper 1)

GCSE (9-1)

Term Year 10 Year 11
Summer The 19th Century Novel Project – Research & Pre-Reading Class teacher to set task on Shakespeare
Autumn Half-term 1 Language Paper 1:
Reading Fiction
Scheme being completed June 2016 LKH/CLE
Key focus:
Characters
Aspects of Narrative


Text link: Dangerouse Places
Poetry Set 1: Nature and Power

Ozymandius
The Prelude
London
The Modern Play:
An Inspector Calls or Blood Brothers
Half-term 2 Poetry Link: London
The 19th Century Novel:
Great Expectations or A Christmas Carol
Language Paper 2:
Reading Literacy Non-Fiction
Key focus:
Comparison
Writer’s methods


Mock Exams
Language Paper 2: Reading Only
Literature: The Modern Play & Shakespeare
Spring Half-term 1 Poetry Set 2: The Reality of War
Charge of the Ligh Brigade
Exposure
Bayonet Charge
Speaking & Listening NEA – tbc by 31st January (including filming)

Language Paper 2: Writing to argue/persuade
Scheme being completed 2016 by EMR
Half-term 2 Text link: Descriptive writing – experiences of ware
Language Paper 1:
Writing to Describe

Poetry Set 3: The (Psychological) Effects of Conflict
Kamikaze
Poppies
War Photographer
Remains
Link: Jane Weir Visit
Revision:
The 19th Century Novel
Shakespeare
Poetry: Conflict & Power
Unseen Poetry
Summer Half-term 1 Poetry Link: Guilt
Shakespeare:
Much Ado About Nothing or Macbeth
Revision:
Language Paper 1
Language Paper 2
The Modern Play
Half-term 2 Mock Exams
Language Paper 1: Reading & Writing
Literature: The 19th Century Novel

Poetry Set 4: Power & Society
My Last Duchess
Tissue
Emigree
Checking out me History
Storm on the Island
Text link: Making a Stand(Lead in to Paper 2)
EXAMS

Key Stage 5 Overviews

A Level English Language

A-Level Language: AQA Language 7701/7702

Term Year 12 Year 13
Summer Reading – Terry Deary “Wicked Words” and Bill Bryson “Mother Tongue” Wider Reading and collation of data for NEA
Autumn Introduction to the study of language.

Analysing texts – understanding how meaning is created in a variety of texts.

Introduction to language varieties: regional and national variations and attitudes towards these.

Introduction to children’s language development.

Develop work on non-exam assessment: language investigation.

Non-exam assessment: original writing.

Internal Mock Exams

Spring Textual variations and representations.

Language, the Individual and Society – language varieties: social groups, gender and occupational varieties.

Language Diversity and Change

NEA Final Deadlines

Summer Preparation for mock exams – revision.
Internal Mock Exams

Introduction to full A level – key topics and non-exam assessment component: investigation.

Revision of Year 12 topics
Exam Preparation

External A2 Exams:
Paper 1 – Language and the Individual in Society
Paper 2 – Language Diversity and Change

A Level English Literature

A-Level Literature: AQA Literature B

Term Year 12 Year 13
Summer Reading of ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ Reading of independent poetry and prose texts for the NEA
Autumn Introduction to the genre of ‘Tragedy’

Prose: ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy

Pre-1900 Drama: Shakespeare’s Othello
Introduction to the genre of ‘Political and Social Protest Writing’

Unseen Texts (Section A) – Exam Preparation

Prose: ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini

NEA Planning & Drafting

Internal Mock Exams
Spring Poetry: John Keats – Isabella, Lamia, The Eve of St Agnes, La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Modern Drama: ‘Death of A Salesman’ by Arthur Miller
Drama: ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen

Poetry: Tony Harrison selection – v., Working, National Trust, Them & [uz], Marked with D
NB – contains explicit language

NEA Final Deadlines
Summer Section C – Exam Preparation

Internal Mock Exams

Introduction to Critical Theory – AQA Critical Anthology (Feminism, Marxism, The Canon, Post-Colonialism)
Setting questions and texts for the NEA
Revision of Y12 Texts
Section C – Exam Preparation

External A2 Exams:
Paper 1A – Tragedy
Paper 2B – Political & Social Protest Writing

A Level English Language/Literature

A-Level Literature and Language AQA

Term Year 12 Year 13
Summer Reading of ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’ Reading of independent poetry, prose and non-fiction texts for the NEA.

Reading ‘The Great Gatsby’

Autumn Introduction to ‘Imagined Worlds’

Prose: ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margret Atwood

Introduction to ‘Remembered Places’
AQA Anthology: Paris (particular emphasis on non-fiction and non-literary material).

Introduction to re-creative writing

Prose: ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald

NEA Planning & Drafting

Internal Mock Exams

Spring Remembered Places continued.

Poetic Voices: Carol Ann Duffy selection from the ‘Mean Time’ anthology.

Introduction to ‘Dramatic Encounters’

Play: ‘Othello’ by Shakespeare

NEA Final Deadlines

Summer Exam Preparation paper 1

Internal Mock Exams

Introduction to ‘Writing about Society’
Setting questions and texts for the NEA

Revision of Y12 Texts
Exam Preparation

External A2 Exams:
Paper 1 – Telling Stories
Paper 2 – Exploring Conflict