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In the English department, we follow a thematic approach, exploring links to the wider world and to literary, social and historical contexts. We teach students to write confidently and accurately for a range of purposes and audiences. We teach students to read actively in order to make informed inferences and deductions.

Our lessons revolve around discussion. We encourage students to listen to others and to develop their own opinions. We guide them to become successful communicators.

In each assessment, students develop the skills required for academic success in future AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature examinations.

Reading is the corner stone of success in English and many other subjects and is a crucial life skill. Our well-stocked Library is the beating heart of our school. All students have a fortnightly reading lesson in our Library.

We follow the Accelerated Reader reading programme which enables us to successfully guide, support and monitor our students’ reading skills whatever their level of attainment.

We seize every opportunity to encourage a love of literature through regular theatre trips linked to our areas of study.

 Y7 Term

Thematic Unit

Assessment

Autumn

Fantasy

How do we engage and entertain readers?

We explore the fantasy genre, studying a range of extracts from authors including Darren Shan, Steve Jackson and Philip Reeve.

Write a chapter of a fantasy story.

In this collaborative creative writing unit, we harness the knowledge and skills students have developed at KS2, supporting them to enhance their writing skills further as they focus on the intended effects of their writing.

Spring

Adventure

How do writers use language methods to affect readers?

We study the award winning 21st novel ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Students complete a wide variety of creative and analytical tasks to encourage their engagement with the ways writers shape meaning.

How does the writer use language to describe the forest in chapter 10? 

In this reading assessment, students are required to identify the language methods used and to explain the effects which they create.

Summer

Brave New Worlds

How can we write to capture the atmosphere of place and experience?

We explore the methods writers use to describe place and experience in a range of travel writing extracts from authors including Robert Louis Stevenson and Bill Bryson.

Write an article for a travel magazine about a place you have visited.

In this writing assessment, students are required to write to describe and entertain.

 

 

Y8 Term

Thematic Unit

Assessment

Autumn

Gothic

How do writers use structural devices to affect readers?

We explore the typical features of Gothic Literary genre from the 17th to the 21st century.

We study a range of extracts and short stories from authors including Horace Walpole, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte and Edgar Allen Poe

Write a description to create a gothic atmosphere.

How has Edgar Allen Poe structured the ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ to interest the reader?

 

In this reading assessment, students are required to identify the structural methods used and to explain the effects which they create.

Spring

Crime

How can we express our opinions effectively?

We explore the typical features of the crime fiction genre

We study a range of short stories from authors such as Guy de Maupassant and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Write a film review of the movie ‘Sherlock Holmes’.

In this assessment, students are required to use language features and structural methods to express personal opinions and entertain readers.

Summer

War

‘How do writers present the theme of war?

We explore how texts link to their historical context.

We study a range of poetry written during the First World War from authors including Rupert Brooke, Jesse Pope, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon

Compare the methods used by two of the poets studied to present war.

 

In this assessment, students are required to explore the effects of the methods writers use when presenting the theme of war.

 

 

September 2020

Y9 Term

Thematic Unit

Assessment

Autumn

 War

‘How do writers present the theme of war?

We explore how texts link to their historical context.

We study a range of poetry written during the First World War from authors including Rupert Brooke, Jesse Pope, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon

Compare the methods used by two of the poets studied to present war.

 

In this assessment, students are required to explore the effects of the methods writers use when presenting the theme of war.

 

Spring

 Relationships

How can we present a clear and convincing argument?

We analyse how writers construct arguments in non-fiction texts. We explore writing from different perspectives.

 

How do writers present characters and themes?

We study ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare, focussing on the presentation of characters and themes.

Write an article for a broadsheet newspaper in which you express your views in relation to parenting.

 

In this writing assessment, students are required to use a range of methods to create an entertaining response which expresses a clear and convincing argument.

 

Explain how far you think that Shakespeare presents Lord Capulet as good father in ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

 

In this assessment, students are required to construct a clear and convincing argument, tracking the presentation of character and theme, linked to historical context.

 

Summer

Viewpoint

How can we express our views effectively?

In preparation for the GCSE Spoken Language assessment, we analyse example presentations. Students research a chosen topic, then plan, write and practise delivering their presentation.

 

Identity

How do writers present characters and themes?

In preparation for the GCSE Literature exam, we study ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Write and deliver a short presentation about a topic you feel strongly about and respond to questions.

 

In this assessment, students are required to deliver a short presentation to their peers and respond to questions. This is recorded. The grades are awarded as Pass, Merit and Distinction.

 

This text is assessed in the Year 10 mock exams. Students create plot summaries and detailed character information pages.

 

From September 2021

Y9 Term

Thematic Unit

Assessment

Autumn

Relationships

How can we present a clear and convincing argument?

We analyse how writers construct arguments in non-fiction texts. We explore writing from different perspectives.

How do writers present characters and themes?

We study ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare, focussing on the presentation of characters and themes.

Write an article for a broadsheet newspaper in which you express your views in relation to parenting.

 

In this writing assessment, students are required to use a range of methods to create an entertaining response which expresses a clear and convincing argument.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explain how far you think that Shakespeare presents Lord Capulet as good father in ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

 

In this assessment, students are required to construct a clear and convincing argument, tracking the presentation of character and theme, linked to historical context.

 

Spring

Viewpoint

How can we express our views effectively?

In preparation for the GCSE Spoken Language assessment, we analyse example presentations. Students research a chosen topic, then plan, write and practise delivering their presentation.

Write and deliver a short presentation about a topic you feel strongly about and respond to questions.

 

In this assessment, students are required to deliver a short presentation to their peers and respond to questions. This is recorded. The grades are awarded as Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Summer

Identity

How do writers present characters and themes?

In preparation for the GCSE Literature exam in Year 10, we study ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson.

This text is assessed in Year 10. Students create plot summaries and detailed character information pages.

 

 

Y10 Term

Thematic Unit

Assessment

Autumn

Power

‘Macbeth’

William Shakespeare

Write a short story entitled, ‘Guilty Conscience’ / ‘Betrayal’.

How far do you agree that Lady Macbeth is presented as a powerful woman in the extract and in the play ‘Macbeth’ as a whole?

Spring

Responsibility

‘An Inspector Calls’

JB Priestley

Either:

How and why does Sheila change in ‘An Inspector Calls?

Or:

How does Priestley present responsibility in ‘An inspector Calls’?

Summer

Poetry Anthology

‘Power and Conflict’ cluster.

Compare the ways the poet presents the effects of war in Bayonet Charge and one other poem from the ‘Power and Conflict’ cluster.

 

 

Y11 Term

Thematic Unit

Assessment

Autumn

Explorations in creative reading and writing

English Language Paper 1 Preparation

 

Spring

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

English Language Paper 2 Preparation

 

Summer

Revision and exam practice

Timed exam practice responses

 

The website for the exam board with specification and other material is indicated below.

www.aqa.org.uk

 

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