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English

Key Stage 3

KS3 topics:

Year 7:

History of language; Introduction to Shakespeare; Adventure and detective fiction writing; An introduction to media and Greek myths and legends.

Year 8:

Study of American literature, such as Of Mice and Men; Closer study of a Shakespeare play, typically A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Creative writing using poetry as a stimulus; Autobiographical writing and the study of playscripts.

Year 9:

Study of war poetry, looking at famous war poets such as Wilfred Owen; War novel study; Narrative writing, focusing on shaping a narrative and beginning the GCSE Literature course by studying either Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth or Othello.

How many lessons per fortnight? 8

ILT:  ILT is set once a fortnight, with the expectation that if none has been specifically set they should read independently. Typical ILT could be preparation for spelling tests, research or even timed written pieces.

Assessment: Formal assessments take place six times across the academic year. They are usually at the end of each half-term but smaller assessments can be conducted by the classroom teacher at different points throughout the term.

Out of classroom opportunities:  Theatre visits as well as involvement in the ‘Carnegie Medal Winner of Winners’ debate. We also have a visit from at least one author per year, examples include Chris Bradford, Alan Gibbons and Tanya Landman. As well as this, Year 7s get to receive a free book of their choice as part of the Book Buzz scheme.

Accelerated Reader is also encouraged throughout KS3 linking to House points.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 10:

Study of a nineteenth century text, typically A Christmas Carol; Inference and deduction skills; Prose set text such as An Inspector Calls or Blood Brothers; Creative and functional writing, Shakespeare set text, often Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet, Preparation for Speaking and Listening Eduqas assessment.

Year 11:

Study of Anthology poetry alongside preparation for approaching Unseen poetry within the GCSE Literature exam. Spring and Summer terms are devoted to revision of both Language and Literature and exam preparation.

How many lessons per fortnight? 8

ILT:  ILT is set once a fortnight, with the expectation that if none has been specifically set they should read independently. Typical ILT could be preparation for spelling tests, research or even timed written pieces.

Assessment: Formal assessments take place six times across the academic year. They are usually at the end of each half-term but smaller assessments can be conducted by the classroom teacher at different points throughout the term.