English


Key Stage 3


Year 7

Our Year 7 course is divided in to half termly schemes of work which comprise of
three reading based studies and three writing. Students will study different texts
and writing stimuli dependent on their ability and teacher but will study the follow
the following topics:

  • Reading fiction (novel)
  • Reading Shakespeare (Whole text study or multiple extracts)
  • Reading nonfiction (leaflets/advertising/speeches etc.)
  • Autobiographical writing (transition unit)
  • Horror writing
  • Writing, speaking and listening based on a modern play

Year 8

Our Year 8 course is divided in to half termly schemes of work which comprise of three reading based studies and three writing. Students will study different texts and writing stimuli dependent on their ability and teacher but will study the follow the following topics:

  • Reading war poetry
  • Reading Shakespeare – Taming of the Shrew
  • Reading fiction (novel)
  • Travel writing
  • Detective Fiction
  • Writing inspired by tales of survival


Key Stage 4 – English


 

Year 9


Our Year 9 course is a skills based approach for the GCSE. Students are given multiple texts to study to encourage an appreciation for literature but also as a way to teaching the skills of analysis and understanding that are vital for their progression into years 10 and 11. Elements of both reading and writing are taught through all texts. Examples of tests studied:

  • Of Mice and Men / To Kill a Mocking Bird
  • Woman in Black / Catcher in the Rye
  • Educating Rita/ Our Day Out
  • GCSE Anthology poetry

 


Year 10


Autumn Term


To Learn About: GCSE English Language

Year 10 students will study English Language Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing. This is worth 50% of the GCSE English Language course.

In lessons, students will read, interpret and analyse sources from the 20th or 21st century.

The exam is 1 hour 45 minutes and worth a total of 80 marks:

        Section A             1 hour                40 marks

Q1 – Students must find 4 answers located in the source. (5 minutes)

Q2 – Will ask about the use of language within the source. (10 minutes)

Q3 – Will focus on how the source is structured. (10 minutes)

Q4 – Will ask students to consider whether they agree or disagree with a given statement. (25 minutes)

 Section B           45 minutes        40 marks

Q5 – Will ask students to write a narrative or descriptive piece suggested by an image or a theme linked to the image. (45 minutes)

Key Assessment:  Internal mock papers

Assessment Conditions:  In class

Spring Term


To Learn About: Modern Texts

Students will develop skills of literary analysis in response to a modern text. Class teachers will use their professional judgement as to whether their group will study prose (Lord of the Flies or Never Let me Go) or drama (An Inspector Calls, Blood Brothers or DNA).

 

This section is from GCSE English Literature and forms 20% of the Literature course.

Students will study their text, paying close attention to writers’ use of language, structure and form, whilst also considering contextual factors that may be of significance.

In the exam, pupils choose one question to answer from a choice of two. Pupils should spend 45 minutes answering this question and it is worth a total of 34 marks.

 

 

 

 

Key Assessment:     Internal mock papers

 

Assessment Conditions:  In class

Summer Term


To Learn About: GCSE English Language

Students will study English Language Paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives. This forms the final  50% of their Language course.

Students will develop skills of analysis in response to a range of non-fiction writing from 19th, 20th and 21st century sources.

The exam is 1hour 45 minutes and worth a total of 80 marks:

      Section A             1 hour              40 marks

Q1- Students must identify four true statements.   (5 minutes)

Q2 – Students will write a summary of the similarities or differences between two sources. (10 minutes)

Q3 – Will ask students to analyse the use of language in one of the sources. (15 minutes)

Q4 – Students will compare the writers’ perspectives in two sources. (20 minutes)

Section B     45 minutes     40 marks

Q5 – Will ask students to express a viewpoint on a topic or a theme linked to the two sources.  (45 minutes)

 Key Assessment:  Internal mock papers

 

Assessment Conditions: School hall


Year 11


Autumn Term


To Learn About: 19th Century Literature

English Literature  Paper 1: Section B.

Year 11 students will study Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde or Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This section of the literature exam is worth 20% of pupils’ literature grade.

 

In lessons, students will read, interpret and analyse their novel. This is a ‘closed book’ exam, but pupils are provided with an extract from the novel they have studied and the question will ask them to analyse the extract, along with referencing the novel as a whole. Key areas of focus will involve analysing writers’ use of language, structure and contextual significance. Pupils will be expected to spend 45 minutes answering this question.

 

During this term, students will also revisit ‘Unseen Poetry’ and poems from the ‘Love and Relationships’ cluster of the anthology which they studied in Year 9. Poetry forms 40% of their overall literature grade and features in Literature Paper 2 Sections B and C. Pupils are advised to spend the following amount of time on the poetry questions:

Love & Relationships = 45 minutes

Unseen poetry =           30 minutes

Unseen comparison =  15 minutes.

 

Key Assessment:  Internal mock papers

 

Assessment Conditions:  School hall

Spring Term


To Learn About: Shakespeare

English Literature Paper 1 Section A.

Pupils will study Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet. This section of the exam forms 20% of their overall literature grade.

 

 

In lessons, pupils will read, interpret and analyse their play. Again, as with 19th Century literature, Shakespeare is a ‘closed book’ exam. Pupils will, however, be given a small extract from the play they have studied and the question will encourage them to analyse the extract and the play as a whole. The writer’s methods such as: language, form and structure will be the areas of focus within lessons,  whilst also considering contextual factors that may be of significance.

 

During this section of the exam, pupils are advised to spend 45 minutes answering this question.

 

Revision of all elements of the Language and Literature course will take place during this term.

 

 

Key Assessment:     Internal mock papers

 

Assessment Conditions:  In class

Summer Term


To Learn About: GCSE Language and Literature revision

Students will continue with their revision and complete regular practise papers under timed conditions. In addition to having a sound understanding of examiners’ expectations, we firmly believe that pupils’ timing is key to success. Learning to answer questions effectively and in the appropriate amount of time, will form an integral part of students’ lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Assessment:  Internal mock papers

 

Assessment Conditions: School hall

 


Key Stage 4 – Media Studies


Curriculum Map

GCSE Media Studies is a course that introduces students to a range of ideas concerning entertainment and communication. Students will learn terms and concepts that will allow them to analyse aspects of the media. The course involves study of media texts such as film, TV, news, magazines, music, comics and advertising. There is a strong creative element to the GCSE with students being required to produce their own media texts.

The final qualification is based on a terminal exam.

Media Studies is a popular GCSE with students as it allows them to look differently at media texts that they may already be familiar with. Students are required to write, draw and use computers.

Years 9 – 11

During the course students will study the following topics:

  • Media forms (television, film, radio, newspapers, advertising, etc)
  • Media language
  • Media representations
  • Media industries
  • Media audiences

Year 11

During year 11, students will prepare for the terminal exam.