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Raising the achievement of All

Subject: English

Overview 

The overarching aim for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all students:

 

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Aspects of Narrative
  • Subha
  • The Tempest
  • Voices of Protest
  • The Novel
  • Aspects of Poetry

 

Year 8

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • The Novel
  • Conflicting Viewpoints
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Poetry about family
  • Gothic Writing
  • Gothic Short Story

 

Useful websites/resources

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zykdmp3

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/

Key Stage 4 Overview

Exam Board

AQA

Qualification type

GCSE English Literature

GCSE English Language

Assessment

English Language

For English Language, there will two examination papers:

-       Paper 1 is called ‘Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing.’ Students will answer four questions on one literature fiction text and then produce a piece of descriptive or narrative writing. (1 hour 45 minutes)

-       Paper 2 is called ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’. Students will answer four questions on two linked non-fiction texts then write to present a viewpoint. (1 hour 45 minutes)

English Literature

For English Literature, there will be two examination papers and they will be closed book.

-          Paper 1 is called ‘Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel’. Students will answer one question on a Shakespeare play by commenting on an extract and the play as a whole. The structure is repeated in Section B for a 19th century novel. (1 hour and 45 minutes)

-          Paper 2 is called ‘Modern Texts and Poetry.’ In section A, students will answer one essay question on a modern prose or drama text, in section B they will answer a comparative poetry question based on poems from an anthology and in section C students will be asked to analyse unseen poems. (2 hours and 15 minutes).

Year 9

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • 19th Century Text
  • Love and Relationships/ Power and Conflict Poetry Cluster
  • An Inspector Calls (Modern Texts)
  • Love and Relationships/ Power and Conflict Poetry Cluster
  • English Language Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives.
  • Unseen Poetry

 

Year 10

 

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • 19th Century Text
  • Love and Relationships/ Power and Conflict Poetry Cluster
  • Revision of English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and 19th century novel
  • Revision Literature Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry
  • English Language Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading
  • English Language Paper 1: Explorations in creative writing

 

Year 11

 

 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Spoken Language Endorsement
  • English Language Paper  1 and 2
  • English Literature Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry
  • Revision of English Literature paper 1: Shakespeare and 19th Century Gothic
  • Revision of English Literature  Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry
  • Revision of English Literature Paper 1 and 2
  • Revision of English Language Paper 1 and 2

 

Useful websites/resources

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/

https://www.gcsepod.com/

https://www.cliffsnotes.com/

https://www.yorknotes.com/

 

Recommended revision guide

CGP Text Guides for the Literature texts

Oxford Literature Companions for the Literature Texts

Collins Snap Revision guides for AQA GCSE English Literature

CGP AQA English Language for Grade 9-1 Course