English

Head of Department:
Mrs Jayne Southwell

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Year 7

The Year 7 course integrates the teaching of Language and Literature, and starts to teach pupils the skills required in the future for GCSE. Pupils study the following topics:

  1. Myths and Legends (creative writing; 19th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction language extracts)
  2. The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall (20th century prose with language and literature tasks)
  3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (literature tasks)
  4. Crime and Detection (transactional writing; 19th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction language extracts)
  5. Animal and Nature Poetry (literature tasks)

Year 8

The Year 8 course develops the skills and knowledge that are established in Year 7 in English Language and Literature, which prepares pupils for GCSE in the future. Pupils study the following topics:

  1. Science Fiction (transactional writing; 19th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction language extracts)
  2. Macbeth by William Shakespeare (literature tasks)
  3. Culture and Identity Poetry (literature tasks)
  4. Survival (creative writing; 19th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction language extracts)
  5. Animal Farm by George Orwell (20th century prose with language and literature tasks)

Year 9

The Year 9 course further develops the skills and knowledge that form the basis of the English Language and Literature curriculum, introducing pupils to GCSE-style texts and assessments. Pupils study the following topics:

  1. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (20th prose with language and literature tasks)
  2. Crime (transactional writing; 19th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction language tasks)
  3. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (literature tasks)
  4. Gothic and Horror (creative writing; 19th and 21st century fiction and non-fiction language tasks)
  5. Poetry in the Modern World (literature tasks)

Literacy, Library, Homework and Assessment

In addition to the above, KS3 pupils also have one literacy lesson and one library lesson per fortnight. In the literacy lesson, pupils are taken through a skills-based programme that focuses on stretching their spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation knowledge. In the library lesson, pupils are taken through a reading programme whereby they are expected to read 12 books throughout the year in order to stretch their reading skills. They are expected to read these books outside of the library lesson too.

KS3 pupils are given three English homework activities per fortnight. In addition, they are given a set of 20 spellings to learn per fortnight, which they are tested on in their literacy lessons. The spellings focus on commonly misspelled words, root words, and subject specific terminology provided by all departments in the school.

Pupils are continuously assessed throughout the year in both Language and Literature. After term one, they are set targets based upon initial teacher assessment of performance. Pupils have copies of the assessment criteria for Language and Literature in their exercise books so that they can level their own work and identify areas for improvement. They are also able to link this to their teachers’ comments.

 
 

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