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English and English Literature 

Examination Board: AQA

Course: English Specification 8700 (English Language); 
                                                 8702 (English Literature)

Members of Department:  

    Mrs J. Farrow, Head of English
    Mrs S Watson, Second in English
    Miss E Stebbings
    Miss T Goodwin
    Mr S Trevorrow
    Mrs G Wilkinson
    Mr M Hardcastle

 

PROGRAMME OF STUDY 

Each subject programme of study will:

  • Provide a clear and coherent learning journey
  • Foster subject-based understanding of new knowledge, concepts and methods
  • Ensure students acquire knowledge and give opportunities for recall and application of this knowledge so that fluency is developed
  • Require students to think and reason for themselves
  • Explanations and resources enable students to engage with and master learning
  • Learning should develop a depth of understanding that brings richness to the subject but also a breadth of understanding that enriches wider life and learning
  • Develop a readiness for the next stage: be this the next lesson, the next unit of work, the next year or key stage; it prepares students for both academic, A Level, and future degree study, or vocational learning
  • Contain appropriate, regular and robust assessment methods for measuring student progress and to allow intervention where progress is not as expected.

In order to see an overview of the sequence and progression of learning in Business Studies please see their Programme of Study.

PDF icon  KS3 English Programme of Study

PDF icon  GCSE English Programme of Study

 

KEY STAGE 3

 

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will study a range of texts including prose, poetry and plays. Each unit links with GCSE skills but retains focus on the age appropriate development of reading and writing, for which pupils will be assessed regularly using milestone assessments. In Year 9, pupils will all follow the programme of study outlined below. 

Year 7 Texts include:

  • Autobiographical writing including extracts from ‘I am Malala’ and ‘Touching the Void’.
  • Beowulf
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • A novel from another culture
  • A selection of poetry

 

Year 7 Writing Tasks include:

  • Autobiographical writing
  • Newspaper report
  • Descriptive writing

 

Year 8 Texts include:

  • Lord of the Flies
  • Stone Cold
  • Oliver Twist
  • Frankenstein- the Play

 

Year 8 Writing Tasks include:

  • Analytical writing
  • Narrative writing
  • Letter to the Mayor of London
  • Monologue

 

Year 9 programme of study

Unit 1- Animal Farm

Unit 2- Point of View writing

Unit 3- Macbeth

Unit 4- Poetry (taken from AQA ‘Power and Conflict’ GCSE cluster)

Unit 5- Spoken Language presentations

 

KS3 recommended reading

We recommend that all students read for pleasure at home and we encourage pupils to use our library to take out books of their choice. Pupils will also read this book during class time if the opportunity arises, so should always have it with them. If your child is unsure what to read they are welcome to consult their English teacher or our school librarian, Mrs Johnson.

KS3 vocabulary study

Due to the increasingly challenging nature of the texts given to pupils in the exams for English Language GCSE, it has become more important than ever for pupils to know and use a wide range of vocabulary. To that end, pupils in KS3 all take part in a specially designed vocabulary programme whereby each year group studies the same list of 10 words every 2 weeks at various points during their lessons. These words are reviewed, revised and then tested to make sure they have been learnt. The list of words for each year group can be found via a link from the homepage.

KEY STAGE 4

Students will now all study English Language and Literature jointly (2 GCSEs). There are no tiers so each pupil sits the same exams. The content of study for each GCSE is as follows:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE 
ENGLISH LITERATURE

External examination                                           100%
Paper 1- Explorations in creative reading and writing                                                                     50%

Paper 2- Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives                                                                                             50%

 

 

External examination                                         100%
Paper 1- Shakespeare and the 19th Century novelTexts:
Romeo and Juliet (All sets)
Jane Eyre (Sets 1-3)
A Christmas Carol (Sets 4-6)                                 40%

Paper 2- Modern texts and poetry
Texts:
An Inspector Calls                                                  60%
Speaking and Listening                                          0%
 (1 activity)
‘Power and Conflict’ Cluster