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English Curriculum

Key Stage 3

The curriculum has been carefully designed to introduce students to a variety of literary genres and forms, including different writing forms.  Over the course of three years, students should acquire, and be able to demonstrate, a sound understanding and knowledge of a range of literary genres, in addition to mastering a range of forms in their own writing, thus fully preparing them for the challenges and demands of the next stage of their education and beyond. Our curriculum emphasises secure knowledge as the foundation before progressing to the application of the skill e.g. evaluation.  

All students are part of the literacy improvement tool called Bedrock Vocabulary. As students progress through the curriculum, they will study hundreds of words, whilst reading fiction and non-fiction texts regularly to broaden their vocabulary. Students are expected to complete two Bedrock lessons a week in order to improve their literacy.

Year 7

In Year 7 the key theme that drives student learning is War and Conflict. All texts that are studied are linked to this theme. Throughout the year students study a variety of different texts including Treasure Island, Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Diary of Anne Frank and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Alongside the core texts students will study a Non-Fiction and poetry unit which enables students to explore the issues around each theme to apply to their studies of texts.

Students have weekly independent home learning to reinforce classroom study. These tasks are designed to recap the knowledge of texts and prepare students for assessment.

Year 8

In Year 8 the key theme that drives student learning is Social Justice. All texts that are studied are linked to this theme. Throughout the year students study a variety of different texts including Dracula, Richard III, I am Malala, Dystopian Short Stories and Pygmalion. Alongside the core texts students will study a Non-Fiction and poetry unit which enables students to explore the issues around each theme to apply to their studies of texts.

Students have weekly independent home learning to reinforce classroom study. These tasks are designed to recap the knowledge of texts and prepare students for assessment.

Year 9

In Year 9 the key theme that drives student learning is relationships. All texts that are studied are linked to this theme and explore relationships between individuals and the world around us. Throughout the year students study a variety of different texts including Of Mice and Men, The Crucible, We Should all be Feminists, Sherlock Holmes and King Lear. Alongside the core texts students will study a Non-Fiction and poetry unit which enables students to explore the issues around each theme to apply to their studies of texts.

Students have weekly independent home learning to reinforce classroom study. These tasks are designed to recap the knowledge of texts and prepare students for assessment.

KS4

All students in Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA GCSE English Language course and the AQA GCSE English Literature course preparing for their examinations at the end of year 11.  

English Language

The AQA specification will enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

English Literature

Building on the knowledge and skills gained in KS3 students will study prose, poetry and drama texts to develop and extend both their analytical and critical thinking skills. Students will study A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet/Macbeth, An Inspector Calls, Power and Conflict Poetry and Unseen Poetry over the two year course and are tested at the end of Year 11.

Department staff

Miss E Ashton – Head of English 

Mr M Hussain - Teacher of English

Miss H Khan - Teacher of English

Miss L O'Gorman - Teacher of English

Miss E Bliss -  Teacher of English

Mr C Parker - Teacher of English

Miss K Risbridger – Teacher of English

Supporting your child

Obviously we will do everything possible to ensure students achieve their potential but below are some useful links that can be used to help further students’ home study:

https://app.bedrocklearning.org/ 

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