English

Key Stage 3

In English lessons we promote a love of language and our students’ ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.  Students learn the ways in which language is used in a range of settings and purposes.  They also examine how language has been used to engage and entertain audiences across a range of genres and around the world.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum for English is divided into literacy and oracy as reflected in the GCSE examination requirements:

Literacy:

  • Reading:  Students need to be able to read, understand and respond to a range of texts. including;
  • Fiction: stories, play scripts, novels, and both modern and pre-20th century poetry
  • Non fiction,: reports, articles, advertisements, autobiographies and biographies, diary entries and web-based texts
  • Writing:  Students need to be able to write fluently and accurately, using appropriate tone and language for a range of audiences and purposes, including:
  • First and third person narrative – story writing and autobiographical writing
  • Descriptive writing
  • Writing to explain and inform
  • Writing to argue and persuade

Oracy: 

  • Group and individual presentations using standard English
  • Group discussion
  • Pair work

SPaG (Spelling and Grammar)

Due to an increasing emphasis in GCSE, it is important to address spelling, punctuation and grammar through explicit teaching and assessment of students’ work.  We believe that the ability to write in a clear and accurate manner is essential to ensure our young people can confidently progress through their futures.

Key Stage 4

Spoken Language is also a vital component of the current GCSE model, and we coach our students to present and speak to their group of peers about a topic that they are passionate about. We begin this at the start of Year 7, and in Year 10 we run a speaking programme to enhance the student’s skills and confidence.

English Language: AQA 8700/1/2 (Two papers)

All students will sit two GCSE qualifications in English: This is studied for over 5 hours during each week.  Both examinations carry a full GCSE weighting and neither has tiers; All students sit the same papers with the same questions and texts selected by the team as appropriate to their particular group.

Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes

Explorations in creative reading and writing.

Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes

Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives.

English Literature: AQA 8702/1/2 (Two papers)

  • 1 play by Shakespeare
  • 15 poems from AQA poetry anthology
  • 1 modern text, selected by the teacher from a set list
  • 1 19th century text selected by the teacher from a set list
  • 2 questions on unseen poetry, the second being comparative

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