English

Years 7-9

Introduction and Overview

In English we follow the English Language Programme of Study in Year 7 and year 8 and then more towards the GCSE syllabuses in English Language and English Literature in Year 9.

In Year 7 and 8 the student will be given a range of reading, writing and speaking and listening activities to embed the Key Concepts of Competence/Creativity/Cultural Understanding and their Critical Understanding.

In Year 7

The Topic Headings are:  School and Me.  Schools and schooling in the Past.  A Christmas Carol/ Creative Writing/Animal Poetry/ Mythology/ A Novel.

In Year 8

The Topic Headings are:  The Novel or Gothic Fiction/Poetry/Creative Writing/Shakespeare’s A Midsummers Night’s Dream/Great Expectations/Travel Writing/A Second Novel

In Year 9

The Topic Headings are:  The Novel or Dystopian Fiction/Comparative Poetry/Creative Writing Viewpoint and Voice/Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet/Non-Fiction writing/The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Throughout the year there will also be a strong desire to create a reading culture and the students will be encouraged to develop their own wider personal reading.

Each week,  a lesson will also be dedicated to improving student’s understanding of spelling and grammar.

Extracurricular offer…

In each year we hold Creative writing competitions.

In year 7 we have a Poetry Competition.

We appoint a team of Reading Ambassadors in year 7 to help with various reading initiatives.

We try to exploit any opportunity to visit theatre productions which happen locally.

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Make good use of BBC Bitesize
  • Use the Accelerated Reader book finder to help find new books.
  • Revise spellings weekly.
  • Encourage their children to carefully proof-read their work.

Web Links

www.BBCbitesize.co.uk 

Additional Reading

Years 10-11

Introduction and Overview

English follows the AQA English Language (8700) and English Literature (8702) GCSE.  This represents two separate GCSEs 

The English Language Syllabus consists of two papers.  Paper 1 Creative Reading and Writing and Paper 2 Different Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives.

It is 100% exam based and will produce a GCSE grade (1-9 - 9 being the highest).

It tests the students ability to:

  • Understand implied meaning and read inference.
  • To summarise.
  • To comment on writer’s use of language and structure.
  • To compare different texts.
  • To evaluate texts.

The English Literature Syllabus (8702) consists of two papers which cover a number of texts.  Paper 1:  Shakespeare and the Nineteenth Century Novel )Most likely Macbeth and Pride and Prejudice or Great Expectations)

Paper 2: Modern Texts (Probably Curious Incident (the play) or An inspector Calls (a play) or Lord of the Flies (a novel) and AQA’s Anthology of poems plus Unseen poetry.

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Make good use of BBC Bitesize
  • Purchase texts which can be annotated
  • Purchase revision guides

Web Links

www.bbcbitesize/GCSE/.co.uk

Additional Reading

individual teachers will recommend additional reading for their students.