Strategic intent

   

The intent of the English curriculum is to shape our students as writers, readers, speakers and thinkers equipped to survive and thrive in a fast-changing global climate. This will be achieved through rigorously planned lessons, structured home learning, creative teaching and drawing on the support of the whole English department and their wealth of experience, enabling our students to become confident communicators and helping them to achieve the grades required to access a future pathway of their choice.

 

   

Home learning

   

Pupils in years 7 and 8 will be set weekly quizzes by their classroom teacher that reinforce the learning that they have done in class that week. Pupils will also be issued with a knowledge organiser that will support them to learn key content and vocabulary taught within a given unit. Where these are currently available, they are linked below.

   

Pupils in year 9, 10 and 11 will be set a revision task each week in addition to a quiz that reinforces the learning that they have done in class that week. In years 10 and 11, pupils will be directed to use the revision guide that they have been issued with to complete their revision task. They will also be provided with knowledge organisers to support with their GCSE English Language revision.

   

Pupils in year 12 and 13 are expected to complete 2 hours of homework, and 3 hours of independent study each week. This is set by their classroom teacher and works to either reinforce learning done in class, or to prepare pupils for future lessons. Pupils are provided with revision guides to support their home learning and independent study. In addition, pupils complete a bi-weekly essay for each of the units that they study.

 

    
   

    
    

 

 

    
    

Autumn 1

 

 

    
    

Autumn 2

 

 

    
    

Spring 1

 

 

    
    

Spring 2

 

 

    
    

Summer 1

 

 

    
    

Summer 2

 

 

    
    

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8    

 

9    

 

Small Island    
Year 9 Poetry K.O   
    
    

10

GCSE English Language Paper 1 K.O    

Romeo and Juliet York notes revision guide

GCSE English Language Paper 2 K.O    

An Inspector Calls York Notes revision guide

GCSE English Language Paper 1 K.O    

GCSE English Language Paper 2 K.O

 

Power and Conflict poetry: Collins AQA GCSE English: Power and Conflict revision guide

11    
A Christmas Carol York notes revision guide    
Revision of all units studied    
Exams    
12    
Hamlet: York notes revision guide    

The Handmaid’s Tale: York notes revision guide

A Streetcar Named Desire: York notes revision guide    

Frankenstein: York notes revision guide

Revision of all units studied    

Coursework

13   
Romantic Poetry    

Contemporary poetry: Pearson Edexcel Poems of the Decade revision guide

Revision of all units studied   
Exams    
 CARES coverage    

All lessons link to the school’s core CARES values of Commitment, Aspiration, Resilience, Excellence and Self-Management.

Commitment: pupils are encouraged to put maximum effort into all tasks, and complete homework to a high standard on a weekly basis.

Aspiration: pupils know the importance of English to their future careers. They are encouraged to develop their verbal responses using full sentences, justifying and explaining their answers to difficult questions, and evidence their aspiration through the high-quality presentation of work in their exercise books.

Resilience: pupils deal with challenging topics across the range of texts that they study as part of the curriculum and are required to ‘think hard’ in every lesson. The range of literature that they study from the Elizabethan and Victorian era requires them to show resilience when interpreting and responding to these texts.

Excellence: pupils are encouraged to use high-level vocabulary in their responses, and are exposed to a wide-range of high-quality literature with a view to replicating structures and ideas in their own writing.

Self-management: pupils complete homework on a weekly basis, and are taught how to revise independently at home.

 

Access and Exposure/ Advice guidance

The themes that are studied through English texts, and the skills that are taught as part of the subject, equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to access a wide range of careers in which speaking, writing and reasoning are key elements.

 

British Values Coverag

The selection of texts studied address a range of important social and historical issues that are still relevant today. We strive to tackle these issues in an open and inclusive way where every student feels safe and secure in developing and expressing their beliefs. The texts we study, covering a range of literature from key British writers from Elizabethan England to contemporary writers, often deal with themes incorporating democracy (Animal Farm, An Inspector Calls), the rule of law (Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, Sherlock Holmes), individual liberty (Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre) and mutual respect and tolerance (Power & Conflict poetry, A Christmas Carol)

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Coverage

Cultural themes underpin the study of English Literature as genres and texts are compared, contrasted, discussed and evaluated. Each year group studies texts with a clear focus on SMSC: in year 7 we study both ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, with a focus on morality, and ‘Oliver Twist’, where we examine the social and historical context of Victorian England; in year 8 we explore the issue of colonialism through Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’; in year 9 students study the classic novel of Jane Eyre where we examine gender equality and contextual influences; at GCSE we study a variety of forms including the study of poetry from a wide range of cultures, allowing students to celebrate diversity and the contribution of a variety of global communities in modern Britain. Additionally, students engage with the issues of social responsibility in ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘A Christmas Carol, whilst GCSE students also study Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, focusing in part on youth violence, gender roles and patriarchal societies.

 

English Curriculum Coverage

    
    

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Autumn    
Oliver Twist    

Mastery writing skills

Sherlock Holmes    

Mastery writing skills, Narrative writing

Jane Eyre    

 

Narrative writing, Reading for Study

An Inspector Calls    

English Language Paper 1

A Christmas Carol    

English Language Paper 1 and 2 revision

Hamlet    

The Handmaid’s Tale

Romantic poetry    

Contemporary poetry

Spring    

A Midsummer Night’s Dream    

Mastery writing skills

The Tempest    

Mastery writing skills, Narrative writing

Small Island    

Narrative writing, Reading for Study

Romeo and Juliet    

English Language paper 2

Revision of all units studied    

Frankenstein    

 

A Streetcar Named Desire

Revision of all units studied   
Summer    
Introduction to poetry    

Mastery writing skills

Animal Farm    

Mastery writing skills, Creative writing

Poetry    

Reading for Study

Power & Conflict poetry    

English Language Paper 1 and 2 revision

Speaking & Listening

Exams    

Revision    

Coursework

Exams    

 

    

GCSE

Subject
Exam Board
Specification Code
Qualification Number
Recommended Websites
Recommended Textbooks/Visits

English Language

 

 

AQA

 

 

8700   

 

 

601/4292/3   

 

 

1. Collins AQA GCSE 9-1 English Language and English Literature revision guide

2. CGP GCSE English Language AQA revision guide (9-1)

English Literature
AQA
8702
601/4447/6
A Christmas Carol   

1. York Notes for GCSE study guide (New GCSE 9-1)

2. CGP: A Christmas Carol – The text guide

3. Collins Snap revision: A Christmas Carol AQA English Literature

 

Romeo and Juliet

1. York Notes for GCSE (New GCSE 9-1)

2. CGP: Romeo and Juliet – the text guide

3. Collins Snap revision: Romeo and Juliet AQA English Literature (available to students through teacher/ library)

 

An Inspector Calls

1. York Notes for GCSE (New GCSE 9-1)

2. CGP: An Inspector Calls – the text guide

3. Collins snap revision: An Inspector Calls AQA English Literature (available to students through teacher/ library)

 

Poetry

1. CGP: AQA Poetry guide – Power and Conflict anthology

2. CGP: Unseen poetry exam board AQA – The poetry guide

3. Collins AQA GCSE English: Power and Conflict revision guide

 

 

A-Level

 

Subject
Exam Board
Specification Code
Qualification Number
Recommended Websites
Recommended Textbooks/Visits
English Literature
Edexcel
9ET0   

 

601/5046/4
 

Prose

York notes for AS and A2: Frankenstein

York notes for A Level: The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Poetry

Pearson Edexcel Poems of the Decade (Hodder Education)

 

Drama

York notes for A Level: A Streetcar named Desire

York notes advanced: Hamlet