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English LANGUAGE & LITERATURE

English KS3 Curriculum


Year 7

Content / Topics

  • Transition: An introduction to analysing Language and structure, exploring a range of 19th Century Fiction extracts and whole class reading of Oliver Twist (LaAO1 and LaAO2)
  • Imaginative writing focused on describing setting and character (LaAO6)
  • An introduction to analysing the context, language, form and structure of poetry with a focus on The Lady of Shalott (LiAO2, LiAO3)
  • Analysing a range of Non-fiction extracts linked by the themes of Action and Adventure (LaAO1 and LaAO2)
  • Writing to argue and persuade linked to the themes of Action and Adventure (LaAO5)
  • Developing a personal viewpoint to a modern novel (LiAO1) like The Hobbit based on its language, form and structure (LiAO2)
  • Writing modern-day fairy tales (LaAO5&6)

Skills Taught

All skills taught are directly linked to the English Language and Literature GCSE Assessment Objectives.

  • Language AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas and select and synthesise evidence from different texts
  • Language AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writer’s use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers using correct subject terminology
  • Language AO5: Communicate effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences Organise information and ideas using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
  • Language AO6: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation
  • Literature AO1: Read and respond to a text maintaining a critical style and developing a personal response using textual references, including quotations to support and illustrate interpretations
  • Literature AO2: Analyse language form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Literature AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written

Year 8

Content / Topics

  • Evaluating and analysing a range of extracts with a focus on the Gothic horror genre (LaAO4)
  • Writing gothic narratives (LaAO6)
  • Analysing the context, language, form and structure of Romeo and Juliet and developing personal interpretations of it (LiAO1, LiAO2, LiAO3)
  • Comparing a range of non-fiction extracts linked by the themes of sport and entertainment (LaAO2 & LaAO3)
  • Writing to inform and review with a focus on travel and entertainment (LaAO5)
  • Offering a range of interpretations (LiAO1) for a modern novel like A Monster Calls and evaluating it based on its pace, imagery and perspective. (LiAO2)
  • Writing monologues and descriptions linked to real life events and experiences (LaAO5 &6)

Skills Taught

All skills taught are directly linked to the English Language and Literature GCSE Assessment Objectives

  • Language AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas and select and synthesise evidence from different texts
  • Language AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writer’s use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers using correct subject terminology
  • Language AO3:Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed across two texts
  • Language AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references
  • Language AO5: Communicate effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences Organise information and ideas using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
  • Language AO6: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation
  • Literature AO1: Read and respond to a text maintaining a critical style and developing a personal response using textual references, including quotations to support and illustrate interpretations
  • Literature AO2: Analyse language form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • Literature AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written

GCSE English Key Stage 4

Exam Board :Pearson Edexcel English language

Exam Board :Pearson Edexcel English Literature

http://www.qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-language-9-1-post-16-resits.html

http://www.qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-literature-2015.html

For more information about studying English Language and Literature, please see Mrs Jefferson.

English Language and Literature are compulsory qualifications for all students. These subjects are designed to test students’ knowledge of the English Language by ensuring that they have studied a wide range of texts and have learnt to pick out and analyse relevant information. The course will teach students to be critical readers and writers and will also involve elements of speaking and listening.

The courses will be taught using various techniques. Guided by the teacher, you will read, write and discuss. You will take part in whole class activities, small group activities and individual study. We aim to ensure that all our students are critical thinkers able to take the skills learnt into the next phase of their lives.

The English Language Course:

  • Paper 1 – 40% of total mark
  • Paper 2 – 60% of total mark
  • Spoken language study – separate, endorsed compulsory unity, assessed by teacher but does not count towards GCSE

The English Literature Course:

  • Paper 1 – 50% of total mark (Shakespeare and post 1914 literature)
  • Paper 2 – 50% of total mark (19th Century novel and poetry since 1798)

There are no tiered entries. All students will take the same examinations.

English Language is a core subject and students must have passed this at the level required by their chosen college in order to pursue further education.

English Literature is a very desirable GCSE to have and it allows students a great breadth of choice for the subjects that they may want to study in the future.

Career opportunities in English include: Author, Broadcaster, Actor/Actress, Advertising Executive, Lawyer, Creative Director, Politician, Librarian, TV Producer, Social worker, Sales Assistant, Editor, Journalist, Psychologist.