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English (Lang/Lit) and Drama

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Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11

 

Year 7

 

Subject Content 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'New Experiences'

Texts: Harry Potter, Animal Farm, Alice in Wonderland

  • Write for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Summarise main events, characters, ideas of a text.
  • Language features and structure whilst focussing on SPaG
  • Learn new vocabulary, with the help of etymology, context and dictionaries.
  • Make critical evaluations across texts 
  • Make inference and refer to evidence explicitly

Skills 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Language:

  • Critical reading skills
  • Text comparisons / Evaluation
  • Organisation, sequencing and structure of texts
  • Structure and Organise Texts
  • Writing for Purpose

 

English Literature:

  • Analysis of Literature Texts
  • Text Comparisons
  • Poetry Structure and Meaning


Year 8

 

Subject Content

 

 

 

 

 

'Relationships'

Main texts: A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men

  • Work collaboratively
  • Seek evidence in the text to justify point of view and inference
  • Read in different ways and for different purposes
  • Make critical evaluation and comparison across extracts, considering themes
  • Consider how your own writing reflects the audience and purposes for which it was intended.

Skills 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Language:

  • Critical reading skills
  • Text comparisons / Evaluation
  • Organisation, sequencing and structure of texts
  • Structure and Organise Texts
  • Writing for Purpose

 

English Literature:

  • Analysis of Literature Texts
  • Text Comparisons
  • Poetry Structure and Meaning


Year 9

 

Subject Content 

 

 

'Conflict'

Main Texts: An Inspector Calls, Jekyll and Hyde, War Poetry

  • Make notes, draft and write, including using information provided by others
  • Explore aspects of plot, characterisation, events and setting
  • Analyse a writer's choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features, and evaluate their effectiveness and impact
  • Summarise and organise material to support ideas
  • Be competent in the arts of speaking and listening

Skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

English Language:

  • Critical reading skills
  • Text comparisons / Evaluation
  • Organisation, sequencing and structure of texts
  • Structure and Organise Texts
  • Writing for Purpose


English Literature:

  • Analysis of Literature Texts
  • Text Comparisons
  • Poetry Structure and Meaning


Key Stage 4: Year 10

Course Name GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENGLISH LITERATURE
Exam Board AQA EDEXCEL

Assessment Detail

 

 

Students will sit 2 exam papers which will account for 100% of their grade*

Paper 1: Explorations and Creative Writing

Section A: Reading one literature fiction text.

Section B: Writing descriptive or narrative writing.

The paper accounts for 50% of the overall grade.

 

Paper 2: Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives

Section A: Reading  one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text.

Section B: Writing to present a viewpoint.

The paper accounts for 50% of the overall grade.

 

*nb that students will complete a teacher assessed compulsory Speaking and Listening endorsement

Students will sit 2 exam papers which will account for 100% of the their grade. The exam is closed book which means that texts are not allowed in the examination.

 

Paper 1: Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature

Section A: The Tempest a two-part question, with the first task focused on an extract of approximately 30 lines.

The second task is focused on how a theme reflected in the extract is explored elsewhere in the play.

 

Section B: An Inspector Calls ONE essay question.

 

Paper 2: 19th Century Novel and Poetry since 1789

Section A: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde a two part question, with the first part focussed on an extract of approximately 400 words.

The second part is an essay question exploring the whole text.

 

Section B: Conflict Poetry: ONE question comparing a named poem from the Pearson

Poetry Anthology conflict collection to another poem from that collection.

The named poem will be shown in the question paper.

Part 2: ONE question comparing two unseen contemporary poems.

Web Link to specification Specification Specification
Subject Content 

Autumn Term: Students will study a range of 19th, 20th and 21st century

Spring Term: students will study a range of non-fiction extracts to to explore a writer’s viewpoints and perspectives

Summer Term: Students must undertake a prepared spoken presentation on a specific topic.

Autumn Term: Students will study The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Spring Term: Students will read and study conflict poetry from the Edexcel Pearson Anthology and revisit the novel ‘Jekyll and Hyde’

Summer Term: Students will develop greater appreciation of poetry and practise their analytical writing skills through exploration of  a range of unseen poems

Skills Taught
  • Read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding.

  • Read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing.

  • Write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately.

  • Use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately.

  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • Study a Shakespeare play and a post-1914 British play or novel.

  • Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects.

  • Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response.

  • Study a 19th-century novel and a poetry collection from the Pearson Poetry Anthology.

  • Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects.

  • Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response.

  • Develop comparison skills.
Background/Extended Learning

Expose yourself to lots of rich vocabulary and experiences by reading books of interest on the KS4 reading list

 

Explain why you think a writer chose to begin and end a book the way they did considering language and structural features used.

Compare how one newspaper presents a serious event with another.


Follow the link below to complete activities to support assessment and exam preparation

BBC Bitesize

Follow the link below to complete revision activities

  • Research Elizabethan and Jacobean England.

  • What major events occurred during this time period? Research the political and social views of Shakespeare.

  • Research the Gunpowder Plot, Patriarchy, Colonialism and magic during this period of history.

Follow the links below to complete revision activities

 


Spark Notes
BBC Education

Cliffs Notes

 Key Stage 4: Year 11

Course Name GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENGLISH LITERATURE
Exam Board EDEXCEL EDEXCEL
Assessment Detail

Students will sit 2 exam papers which will account for 100% of their grade*

Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing

Section A – Reading: questions on an unseen 19th-century fiction extract.

Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks.
The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extract.

The total number of marks available is 64.

Assessment duration 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

Paper 2: Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing

Section A – Reading: questions on two thematically linked, unseen non-fiction

extracts.

Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extracts.

The total number of marks available is 96.

Assessment duration: 2 hours and 5 minutes.

 

*nb that students will complete a teacher assessed compulsory Speaking and Listening endorsement.

Paper 1: Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature

Section A: The Tempest a two-part question, with the first task focused on an extract of approximately 30 lines.

The second task is focused on how a theme reflected in the extract is explored elsewhere in the play.

 

Section B: An Inspector Calls ONE essay question.

 

Paper 2: 19th Century Novel and Poetry since 1789

Section A: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde a two part question, with the first part focussed on an extract of approximately 400 words.

The second part is an essay question exploring the whole text.

 

Section B: Conflict Poetry: ONE question comparing a named poem from the Pearson Poetry Anthology conflict collection to another poem from that collection.

The named poem will be shown in the question paper.

Part 2: ONE question comparing two unseen contemporary poems.

Web Link to specification Specification Specification
Subject Content 

Autumn Term: Students will study a range of 19th century fiction and 20th and 21st century non-fiction extracts focusing on English Language reading and writing skills.

Spring Term: Students will refine analytical reading skills and develop independent writing skills to build confidence prior to the exams in the Summer Term.

Autumn Term: Students will study The Tempest by William Shakespeare and revise An Inspector Calls.

Spring Term: Students will revise and revisit Jekyll and Hyde and Conflict poetry.

Summer Term: Students will revise and revisit all literary texts including: The Tempest, An Inspector Calls, Jekyll and Hyde and Conflict Poetry

Skills Taught
  • Read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding.

  • Read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing.

  • Write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately.
    Use grammar correctly, Punctuate and spell accurately.

  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

  • Study a Shakespeare play and a post-1914 British play or novel.

  • Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects.

  • Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response.

  • Study a 19th-century novel and a poetry collection from the Pearson Poetry Anthology.

  • Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects.

  • Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response.

  • Develop comparison skills.
Background/Extended Learning
  • Expose yourself to lots of rich vocabulary and experiences by reading books of interest on the KS4 reading list.

  • Explain why you think a writer chose to begin and end a book they way they did considering language and structural features used.

  • Compare how one newspaper presents a serious event with another.

 

Follow the link below to complete activities to support assessment and exam preparation

 

BBC Education

 

 

  • Revise key contexts, characters and themes for all set texts (The Tempest, An Inspector Calls, Conflict Poetry and Jekyll and Hyde).

  • Ensuring that relevant quotes are practised as part of independent study.

 

Follow the links below to complete revision activities

 


Spark Notes
BBC Education

Cliffs Notes