English

Year 7

In years 7, pupils will explore a broad range of texts from Shakespeare to more modern plays, contemporary novels and the classics. They will develop their reading and writing skills through a wide variety of assessments, ranging from analytical essays to the crafting of stories, autobiographies and non-fiction texts.

Modules/Units

Transition unit- A focus on developing pupils reading and writing skills as they join us in Year 7, with a heavy focus on autobiographical pieces.

Charles Dickens- A focus on studying pre-twentieth literature and developing pupils’ reading skills by teaching them about the PEE chain and analysing the text in detail. Pupils also develop these skills further when they study poetry.

Writing Narrative- pupils practice their creative writing skills.

Shakespeare- A focus on understanding and beginning to analyse Shakespeare, as well as understanding the nature of a text in performance.

Reading non-fiction- Skills from the transition unit will be developed, this time though pupils will focus on non-fiction pieces of writing rather than the autobiographies they looked at for the transition unit at the start of the year.

How pupils are to be assessed

We assess pupils using APP and award them levels. They are assessed every half term on either their reading or writing skills. Year 7 pupils are also assessed through their results on the Accelerated Reader.

 

 

Year 8

Following on from Year 7, pupils continue to explore a broad range of texts from Shakespeare to more modern plays, contemporary novels and the classics. They will develop their reading and writing skills through a wide variety of assessments, ranging from analytical essays to the crafting of stories, autobiographies and non-fiction texts.

Modules/Units

Pupils will study a novel and a selection of poetry to further develop their reading skills, use of PEE and the ability to critically analyse a text.

Reading non-fiction- Skills from Year 7 will be developed with pupils studying further examples of non-fiction texts.

Detective fiction- this allows pupils to study some pre twentieth century literature and learn the new skill of being able to compare and contrast texts.

Travel writing- pupils explore this genre in order to develop their creative writing skills.

Shakespeare- Another focus on understanding and beginning to analyse Shakespeare, as well as understanding the nature of a text in performance.

How pupils are to be assessed

We assess pupils using APP and award them levels. They are assessed every half term on either their reading or writing skills. Year 8 pupils are also assessed through their results on the Accelerated Reader.

Please provide a summary of how within your dept. you promote pupils to communicate and engage with each other, promote tolerance and respect of other pupils and their beliefs or points-of-view and how pupils can develop ideas independently:

 

 

Year 9

In year 9, pupils begin working with former GCSE texts and assignments so that by the time they reach Year 10 and 11, they have firmly set their foundations ready for GCSE English.

Modules/Units

The novel- pupils will study a total of two former GCSE text to begin develop the analytical skills required for the GCSE examinations.

Poetry- pupils will learn how to approach and write about an unseen poem.

Spoken language study- pupils will learn about the differences between spoken and written language.

Writing to persuade and argue- pupils develop the skills required for when they are tested on these in the GCSE examinations.

Non-fiction reading- pupils again analyse and explore a range of non- fiction texts.

How pupils are to be assessed

Year 9, are assessed every half term too and are awarded an examination grade from A*-G based on their performance in the assessment piece.

 

 

KS4

Preparing pupils for their GCSE examination, allowing them to develop their knowledge across both English Language and English Literature.

Modules/Units

To be confirmed- planning for the new GCSEs is underway. Also depends on the qualification pupils are doing e.g.- language and literature or English only.

How pupils are to be assessed

Every half term, pupils will be awarded a grade based on an assessment piece.

Exam Board

Current year 10 and 11- WJEC
From 2015- AQA