Subject: English In English we aim to develop students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, while simultaneously encouraging them to develop a love of literature. In KS3 students follow thematic units of work, culminating in the SATS tests in Year 9. In KS4 they study for the AQA English and English Literature examinations. At A level, English is a very popular subject. We offer courses in both English Literature and English Language, currently having nine teaching groups in the sixth form. We aim to make learning enjoyable and hope our students will long continue to read and write for enjoyment. Teaching staff Mrs A Leivesley Director of Learning Ms L Midwood Assistant Learning Manager Mrs F Byrne Key Stage 3 coordinator Mrs L Oates Key Stage 5 coordinator Mrs A Armer PDM Year 10 Mrs R Bradshaw PDM Year 8 (Year 7 only) Ms J McNeillis Special Needs coordinator Ms C Stephenson PSHE coordinator Mr N Williams Mrs S Davidson Literacy coordinator Mrs G Corby part time Mrs M Hawarth part time Mrs M Madden part time Mrs Y Wilcock part time Curriculum organisation Key Stage 3 Compulsory – seven lessons per two week period Key Stage 4 Compulsory – seven lessons per two week period for D and H bands. Six lessons for S band. Key Stage 5 Optional. - English Language and English Literature available. Five lessons per two week period. Schemes of Work - KS3 Year 7 Units of work or topic Additional information Assessment (method and timing) Students explore through ‘Myself’ literature the experience of A common assessment piece which starting a new school. Writing Term 1 is awarded a Nation Curriculum level Introduction to the and speaking and listening each half term. library tasks introducing their family and themselves. A variety of reading, writing Term 2 ‘Heroes and Villains’ and speaking and listening As above activities on this theme. A variety of reading, writing Term 3 ‘Weird and Wonderful’ and speaking and listening As above activities on this theme. Year 8 Units of work or topic Additional information Assessment (method and timing) A variety of reading, writing Term 1 ‘Creatures and Animals’ and speaking and listening As above activities on this theme. A variety of reading, writing Term 2 ‘Gothic’ and speaking and listening As above activities on this theme. A close analysis of different types of writing e.g. writing to Term 3 ‘Writing Styles’ argue, persuade, describe, As above advise, entertain. Year 9 Units of work or topic Additional information Assessment (method and timing) A half termly common assessment The class novel Focus on close reading, piece which is awarded a National Term 1 techniques and literary Curriculum level. Writing about Literature language. 1. Testing reading 2. Testing writing The Tempest The work this term is largely Focus on the SATS Practise SATs papers Term 2 taken up with SATs - Reading paper preparation. Reading and writing papers Techniques for analysing SATs tests (May) Final SATs preparation poetry Levelled work in exercise book. Term 3 Personal writing Beginning GCSE coursework Preparation for GCSE Media work e.g. advertising preparation. Schemes of Work – KS4 Years Units of work or topic Additional information Assessment (method and timing) 10, 11 Study of poetry from the Students will study these Written coursework requirements – GCSE anthology topics during years 10 and 11. English Many of them will be revisited 1. An essay on a Shakespeare A Shakespeare play on several occasions. Due to play availability of literature texts, 2. Prose study – pre 1914 short A modern novel students do not all study the stories or novel same topic at the same time. 3. Personal writing Pre 1914 prose 4. Media assignment Year 10 Media texts English Literature 1. and 2. plus an essay on a modern Terms A twentieth century play 1, 2, 3 novel Five pieces in total for English and Speaking and listening English Literature. 20% of English mark Writing for different 30% of Literature mark purposes Year 10 examinations Comprehension skills Units of work or topic Spoken Coursework Requirements Three assessed pieces for different purposes these include individual and Work experience group activities. Year 11 - students do follow up 20% of English mark. work back in school Term 1 In addition to coursework, students GCSE mock examinations are set homework throughout the course which is marked by their class Year 11 Coursework should be teacher. complete. Term 2 Focus on exam technique. Students can take a copy of Year 11 Preparation for their Literature novel into the Examinations examinations – revision examination but this must not English paper 1 – 1 ¾ hours lessons be annotated. They will be English paper 2 – 1 ½ hours Term 3 given a new copy of the English Literature – 1 ¾ hours anthology. Schemes of Work – KS5 Year 12 Units of work or topic Additional information Assessment (method and timing) Language Module 1 – introduction to the study of language Module 2 – language and Homework tasks will be set which technology involved research and test Term 1 understanding of work covered in Literature class. Module 1 – study of a modern novel Module 2 – study of a Shakespeare play Language Continuing work for Modules 1 and 2 English Literature Producing final draft of Shakespeare coursework coursework Module 2 for both English (2, 000 words) Language and English Term 2 Literature Literature is assessed by English Language Module 3 Texts in Context coursework. Creative writing coursework – study of a poetry and a (3, 000 words) drama text Module 2 – producing final draft of coursework Examinations Literature Module 1 – the modern novel. Closed book, 1 hour Coursework is out of the Module 2 – modern poetry, pre 20th way at the end of Term 2 Term 3 Examination preparation so the focus is on the century play. Open book, 2 hours. examination texts. Language Module 1 – introduction to the study of language. 2 hours. Module 2 – language and technology. 2 hours. Schemes of Work – KS5 continued Year 13 Units of work or topic Additional information Assessment (method and timing) English Language For English language Begin research for students must conduct coursework. Homework tasks will be set which their own language Editorial writing. involve research and test Term 1 investigation for understanding of work covered in coursework. Literature class. For Literature they Begin study of coursework compare two texts. Literature of world war 1. In English language we Language look at how English has Complete coursework January examination changed over time and Language change Module 5 – editorial writing how babies learn to speak. Term 2 Language acquisition (English language) Literature Literature Resits of AS modules. Drama – pre 1770 Study of poetry and drama Poetry – pre 1900 text Examinations Literature Module 4 – ‘Texts in Time’ Complete coursework 2 hours Module 6 – ‘Reading for Meaning’ Term 3 Continue study of 3 hours examination modules - exam technique Language Module 6 – ‘Language Development’ 2 hours Other information Students are expected to bring the usual equipment such as their planner, pen, pencil, and ruler. Whenever possible we try to organise theatre visits so that students have the opportunity to see a play they are studying in performance. In Year 9 we arrange for a theatre group to visit school to hold a workshop for all students on the play they are studying for the SATs. We frequently organise lecture visits for Sixth Form students and invite examiners from the examination board into school to advise GCSE students. Opportunities exist for developing literacy, numeracy, citizenship, work related learning, enterprise, health and safety issues, confidence to become independent and successful learners etc as appropriate. Each year several of our students continue to study English at university.
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