Subject English
Members of staf Curriculum Lead:  Heather Walls
Assistant Curriculum Lead:  Helen Nesworthy
English Teacher:  Kate Christie
English Teacher: Charlotte McGonnell
English Teacher:  Elaine Johnstone
English Teacher:  Coral Ditchburn
English Teacher and Literacy Co-ordinator:  Nicola Anderson
Subject overview

The study of English is essential, to support our young people on their way to take their places as productive, engaged members of society.  Developing reading and writing skills allows our students, in a media saturated society, to become skilled communicators.  English and Literature equips them to be able to read and understand a wide variety of different texts and to write clearly, coherently and accurately, using a wide range of vocabulary to express points and ideas convincingly.

When students join us in Year 7 we aim to foster a real enthusiasm for the subject and develop strong roots of understanding.  Also, all tasks, resources and assessments are designed to prepare students for GCSE by exposing them, wherever possible, to the format, questions and time constraints of the new exams. We plan to ensure that all students are stretched and challenged to achieve their potential. The department runs a range of different extra-curricular groups to encourage reading for pleasure.  We also have a Journalism Club to encourage and develop our writers.

At GCSE level, students will study for:  GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

GCSE English Language involves the study of Creative Reading and Writing in Paper 1 and considering Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives in Paper 2.

GCSE English Literature comprises the following examination units:

Paper 1 – Shakespeare (‘Macbeth’) and the 19th century novel (Dickens’ A Christmas Carol).

Paper 2 – Modern Texts (An Inspector Calls) and Poetry (An Anthology on the topic of Love and Relationships)

Key Stage 3
Content Year 7 Year 8
Autumn term 1 1.       Initial Testing after the Summer Break

2.       Class Novel linked to Cultural Diversity

3.       Weekly Writing Challenges

4.       Reading For Pleasure Lessons

1.       Initial Testing after Summer Break

2.       Class Novel linked to the theme of People and Places

3.       Weekly Writing Challenges

4.       Reading For Pleasure

Autumn term 2 1.       Poetry linked to Cultural Diversity

2.       Weekly Writing Challenges

3.       Reading for Pleasure

1.       Non Fiction texts linked to the theme of People and Places

2.       Weekly Writing Challenges

3.       Reading for Pleasure

Spring term 1 1.       Non-Fiction Texts linked to Children and Education

2.       Weekly Writing Challenges

3.       Reading For Pleasure Lessons

1.       Drama text linked to the theme of Conflict

2.       Weekly Writing Challenges

3.       Reading for Pleasure

Spring term 2 1.       Fiction Texts linked to Children and Education

2.       Weekly Writing Challenges

3.       Reading For Pleasure Lessons

1.       Anthology of Poetry linked to theme of Conflict

2.       Weekly Writing Challenges

3.       Reading for Pleasure

Summer term 1 1.        Introduction to  Shakespeare

2.       Weekly Writing Challenges

3.       Reading For Pleasure Lessons

1.       Victorian England: extracts from fiction texts

2.       Weekly Writing Challenges

3.       Reading for Pleasure

Summer term 2 1.       ‘The Supernatural’

2.       Weekly Writing Challenges

3.       Reading for Pleasure Lessons

1.       Victorian England: extracts from non-fiction

2.       Weekly Writing Challenges

3.       Reading for Pleasure

Key Stage 4
Content Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Autumn term 1 Introduction to GCSE English and Literature

Unit of Study on Shakespeare’s Macbeth (Paper 1 Literature)

‘Reading into Writing’ Unit: Analytical lesson and linked creative writing lesson.

English Focus: Writing skills

Exploring structure through Film

Literature Focus:

Unit of Study on Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Paper 1 Literature)

 

GCSE English preparation:

Unit: Exploring structure through film.

 

Autumn term 2 Unit of Study on Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Paper 1 Literature)

‘Reading into Writing’ Unit: Analytical lesson and creative writing lesson.

 

 

English Focus: exploring structure through written texts

 

Literature Focus

Unit of Study on Shakespeare’s Macbeth (Paper 1 Literature)

 

 

Unit developing Reading Skills: Exploring writing methods. Use a range of novel/short story extracts to investigate narrative technique to build a toolbox for students.

 

Writing Skills: use a range of linked writing tasks for students to develop and extend their repertoire.

Spring term 1 Unit of Study on Anthology Poetry (Paper 2 Literature)

 

‘Reading into Writing’ Unit: Analytical lesson and creative writing lesson.

 

English Focus: developing as writers of viewpoints.

Literature Focus: Unit of Study on Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ (Paper 2 Literature)

 

Mock Exam preparation: planned introduction to examination questions.  Includes use of past papers, mark schemes and modelled exemplar.
Spring term 2 Unit of Study on Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ (Paper 2 Literature)

 

‘Reading into Writing’ Unit: Analytical lesson and creative writing lesson.

 

 English focus: effective analysis and effective writing.

Literature Focus

Unit of Study on Anthology Poetry (Paper 2 Literature)

 

Planned programme to prepare students for each aspect of Paper 1 and Paper 2, along with examination skills.
Summer term 1 Unit of Study on Anthology Poetry (Paper 2 Literature)

 

‘Reading into Writing’ Unit: Analytical lesson and creative writing lesson.

 

English focus: Text Analysis across both papers. 20th & 21st Prose Fiction

 

Literature Focus:  Poetry Unseen and comparative writing

Continuing programme of examination preparation
Summer term 2 Unit Reviewing all Literature Texts in readiness for Year 10 English Focus:  Writing comparatively about Fiction and Non Fiction Texts.

 

Literature Focus: Revision programme of Literature texts.

Examinations
Revision links for GCSE course

Literature

Macbeth: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zgq3dmn

An Inspector Calls: https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zpr639q

A Christmas Carol:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zwhkxsg

Poetry:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zs43ycw

English:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zgkj39q

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z34dycw

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zyg9nbk

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zs3chv4

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zpyg6fr

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

1.       Encourage your child to read something every day.  This could be novels, magazines, newspapers, online blogs and other articles.

2.       Talk to your child about their reading: ask them to summarise briefly what the piece was about:  can they give you the overall viewpoint of the article?  Can they say anything about how the writer got that viewpoint across?  Do they agree or disagree with the article?  Why?

3.       Whenever your child completes any written work at home, ask them to carefully check their spelling and punctuation before they finish.

4.       Watch film versions of the texts studied for Literature.

Extra-Curricular Activities

1.       Journalism Club at Key Stage 3 (includes producing reports for the BBC and pages for the Evening Chronicle)

2.       Year 7 Reading for Pleasure Lunchtime groups

3.       A range of extra curricula revision and examination preparation groups in Year 11