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Year 7

This year our year 7 pupils undertake a new and exciting curriculum in English. They will be working on their reading, writing and spoken English skills. Throughout the year, pupils will study two key novels (Stone Cold and Skellig) that will enable pupils to explore the issues of homelessness and acceptance. Alongside these two novels, pupils’ creative writing and persuasive writing skills will be nurtured and stretched. Your son/daughter will be introduced to a wide range of poetry to develop their reading for meaning skills and will ensure they have the ability to analyse language effectively. In addition, pupils will spend terms 5 and 6 studying Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This is a stormy play of control, magic and parental relationships. Whilst studying these, all pupils will have their reading and spelling ages tested twice throughout the year to ensure they’re on track to access the new GCSE reforms.

 

Year 8

This year our year 8 pupils undertake a new and exciting curriculum in English. They will be working on their reading, writing and spoken English skills. Throughout the year, pupils will study two key novels (Stone Cold and Frankenstein). Stone Cold will allow pupils to explore the issue of homelessness, whilst Frankenstein will encourage pupils to weigh up the moral issues surrounding human life. This text is a 19th Century novella and will prepare your son/daughter for their study of either A Christmas Carol or Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at GCSE. Alongside these two novels, pupils’ creative writing and persuasive writing skills will be nurtured and stretched. Your son/daughter will be introduced to a wide range of poetry to develop their reading for meaning skills and will ensure they have the ability to analyse language effectively. In addition pupils will spend terms 5 and 6 studying Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. This is a magical play with an intriguing love story which will have your son/daughter enjoying their study of Shakespeare. Whilst studying these, all pupils will have their reading and spelling ages tested twice throughout the year to ensure they’re on track to access the new GCSE reforms.

 

Year 9

As their first official year of GCSE English Language, pupils will be introduced to the key skills needed to access both component 1 (20th Century Prose and Creative Writing) and Component 2 (Reading non-fiction and Persuasive Writing). This will begin with a study of The Olympics through time and detailed analysis of news reports. In term 2, pupils will begin to familiarise themselves with a poetic anthology of war time poetry. At this juncture, pupils can use their knowledge learnt in History of WW1 and WW2 to support their studies as for this Literature Unit context counts! Following this, pupils will begin to explore the realms of Creative Writing. Here, our schemes build on the skills they’ve learnt in KS3 and we focus on developing their ability to write within a time frame to suit exam conditions. We also give your son/daughter the opportunity to explore Literature with a 2 term study of Shakespeare’s Macbeth – a brutal murder and take of power, guilt and deception. Finally, pupils will finish the year with more non-fiction study (as this equates to 60% of their final English Language it’s imperative we give it the time it deserves). Pupils will explore travel writing; including how it is crafted and the forms they use. Whilst studying these, all pupils will have their reading and spelling ages tested twice throughout the year to ensure they’re on track to access the new GCSE reforms.

 

Year 10

Your son/daughter is now well equipped from KS3 to access our exciting KS4 curriculum. More often than not, the teacher that is supporting your son/daughter now will see them through until their final exams. This year, our year 10s will be studying a combination of both Literature and Language. Firstly, pupils study Creative Writing. Building on their year 9 study, they will become more creative, more ambitious and more subtle. Pupils will then either study A Christmas Carol or Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. They will be expected to purchase their own copy of the text and revision guides to support their end of year exams on these novellas. Pupils will also focus on non-fiction both reading and writing it for their Component 2 of Language. Pupils will now be expected to skilfully compare texts from different time periods. Pupils will finish the year

 

 

by covering 80% of the Literature course. They will study the play Blood Brothers and a vast range of poetry over time. All pupils are issued with a poetry anthology from EDUQAS. In January, all pupils will have their reading and spelling ages tested for a final time to ensure all pupils have the right support in place for their GCSE exams.

 

Year 11

Throughout this final year of study, independent work at home is just as crucial as work in the classroom. Due to this, we expect your son/daughter to be fully equipped with a revision folder and dividers to support their revision. This must be presented to their teacher each Monday. This year we will complete the study of Literature by beginning with Shakespeare. Your son/daughter will study either Othello or Much Ado about Nothing and are expected to purchase their own copy of the text and revision guides to support their first set of PPEs. Following this, we will revise Language Component 1 in class with a focus on Creative Writing and reading prose. Pupils will become well skilled in analysing and evaluating language to ensure they have the perceptive thinking process needed to Grade 5 and above. From Term 3 onwards, pupils will be on a focussed revision curriculum that will be built directly on PPE results and gaps in knowledge. Variations between classes may be present at this point in the year, as we target our revision based on the needs of your son/daughter’s specific outcomes and needs. Independent revision using their own copies of the texts and revision folders should be happening at home throughout this pivotal year.

 

 

Year 12

Throughout their first year of their A Level study your son/daughter will cover all components of the course.  To begin the year, pupils zoom in on poets they studied at GCSE (Duffy and Larkin) and apply their knowledge to their whole collection of poems. Alongside these, they will also study Rossetti’s Pre-Raphaelite poetry. During terms 3 and 4 pupils will study their dramas which include Shakespeare’s The Tempest - a stormy play of control, magic and parental relationships – and A Streetcar Named Desire with The Duchess of Malfi. Pupils will develop their comparison and analysis skills throughout these terms. In their penultimate term, pupils will study the ‘unseen’ element of their exams. They will apply the array of analysis skills they’ve developed throughout the year to a series of different poems and prose. This term will see pupils understanding context throughout time and how it shapes meaning, and influenced each writer. Finally, once pupil’s reading skills have been nurtured and stretched they will begin their course work in Term 6. This is a study and comparison of two texts (a variety will be recommended by the department and then selected by pupils based on personal interest). To support pupils, they will have read 2 of our recommended texts throughout the year as home study tasks to ensure their literary register is ready for the coursework. We provide your son/daughter with academic mentoring throughout the coursework process to ensure the best outcomes. Independent revision using their own copies of the texts should be happening at home throughout this pivotal year.

 

Year 13

As your son/daughter in now in their final year of their A Level study their course work should be nearing completion (academic mentoring will cease in Term 2). Pupils are now be focussed on the exam components of the course. In year 12, pupils covered all components and have started year 13 with a secure understanding of the texts, context and AOs needed in their exams. In year 13, we will take time to dedicate a term to revision each of these units. Term 1: Duffy, Larkin and Rossetti, Term 2: Dramas (The Tempest, Duchess of Malfi and A Streetcar Named Desire), Term 3: Unseen poetry and Prose and then in terms 4 and 5 we will focus on pupils’ weakest component following their PPE outcomes. This means that your son/daughter’s exam run up will be focussed directly on their personal achievements and gaps in knowledge.  During these revision units, we will take time to deepen, strengthen and push pupils’ knowledge. They will not just be analysing language but will become articulate, creative and coherent essay writers who are able to responds to the wide array of texts in a personal, mature and confident way. Independent revision using their own copies of the texts should be happening at home throughout this pivotal year.