English Language and Literature

Key Stage 3

Programmes of study for students in English
We deliver a skills based curriculum with a range of tasks across each academic year that will build skills progression in all three assessment strands of reading, writing and oracy. Each academic year students will develop and build key skills in reading, writing and spoken language, moving towards independent study for 9-1 GCSE awards. Units of work are structured to enable differentiation for students across the age and ability range in years 7-11.

Year 7

  • Students will build skills in: word reading, understanding and critical analysis of a range of texts.
  • Developing inference and deduction skills and using a range of reading strategies to find meaning in a range of literary and non – literary texts.
  • Understanding a writer’s viewpoint and the use of language structure and form of a range of text types, including speeches, play scripts, novels and media texts.
  • Students will build skills in: writing in a range of formats for specific audiences and purposes, developing an appropriate style with a developed accuracy and range of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Develop spoken language in formal and informal contexts

Through the study of: 

  • novels, play scripts, poetry and rhymes, non – fiction texts, including adverts, leaflets, autobiography and biography and the study of an author in depth to develop wider reading.
  • Students will also read widely and for pleasure as part of their English study in Year 7.

Year 8

  • Students will build and develop skills in: word reading, understanding and critical analysis of a range of texts.
  • Developing inference and deduction skills and using a range of reading strategies to find meaning in a range of literary and non – literary texts.
  • Understanding a writer’s viewpoint and the use of language structure and form of a range of text types, including speeches, play scripts, novels and media texts.
  • Develop their skills in cross referencing by studying texts thematically considering aspects of language, structure and form.
  • Understanding a writer’s viewpoint and the use of language structure and form of a range of text types, including speeches, play scripts, novels and media texts.
  • Students will build skills in: writing in a range of formats for specific audiences and purposes, developing an appropriate style with a developed accuracy and range of grammar, punctuation and spelling, often used for effect.
  • Writing in a wide range of formats for specific audiences and purposes with the reader in mind.
  • Writing using a range of vocabulary to match the form for effect.
  • Adapt spoken language to match a range of tasks both in formal and informal contexts, including speeches, arguments and debates.

Through the study of:
Short stories, a play by Shakespeare and selected thematic texts, poetry (Shakespeare study – an author in depth), seminal works of literature (written in English) Media and non- fiction texts, including travel writing.

Year 9

  • Students will develop and consolidate skills in: word reading, understanding and critical analysis.
  • Developing inference and deduction skills and using a range of reading strategies to find meaning in a range of literary and non – literary texts to develop analytical approaches to seen and unseen materials.
  • Understanding a writer’s viewpoint and the use of language structure and form of a range of text types, including speeches, play scripts, novels and media texts. To develop an argument in a text, supporting ideas in a variety of ways.
  • Develop their skills in cross referencing by studying texts thematically and making detailed comparisons between texts with a focus on language, structure and form.
  • Students will build skills in: writing in a range of formats for specific audiences and purposes, developing an appropriate style with a developed accuracy and range of grammar, punctuation and spelling, often used for effect.
  • Writing in a wide range of formats for specific audiences and purposes using appropriate planning for writing in timed conditions.
  • Writing using a range of vocabulary to match the form for effect with the reader firmly in mind.
  • Use spoken language for effect in a range of contexts, including use of drama to develop understanding of character and theme in drama texts, scripting and developing roles.

Through the study of:
Media and non – fiction texts with thematic links between texts, a play by Shakespeare, selected poetry from literary heritage and contemporary poets, extracts of pre 1914 prose, an author in depth (study of drama / poetry and / or prose). The study of GCSE set texts for Literature begins in Year 9 as transition to GCSE study.

Key Stage 4 GCSE STUDY

The majority of students will study both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Students will complete 2 GCSEs. Exams are completed at the end of Year 11 in May / June.

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AQA

100% EXAMINATION

Students will study for two examination papers:

Paper 1 : Explorations in creative reading and writing (1 hour 45 minute paper) where students’ reading skills will be assessed through the study of unseen texts. Skills of interpretation, summary, explanation, comparison and critical evaluation are assessed. Writing skills of composition, organisation and accuracy and range of spelling, punctuation and grammar are assessed in writing. Students will complete a creative writing task and will have a choice of task, usually in narrative or descriptive writing

Paper 2 : Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives. ( I hour 45 minute paper) where students’ reading and writing skills will be assessed through the study of unseen texts. Skills of interpretation, summary, explanation, comparison and critical evaluation are assessed. Writing skills of composition, organisation and accuracy and range of spelling, punctuation and grammar are assessed in writing.

Students will complete a ‘functional’ writing task , considering purpose, audience and form.

In Language exams, unseen texts will be sourced from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE AQA

100% EXAMINATION

Students who are entered for GCSE English Language will also study for English Literature as an additional GCSE. GCSE Literature is considered a facilitating subject and is a useful qualification for students wishing to further their English studies at Key Stage 5 and is a useful GCSE for those students considering studying at ‘A’ level. Students complete 2 examination papers.

Paper 1 : Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel (1 hour 45 minutes)

In examination conditions, students should be able to:

maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response and use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

The should show understanding of the relationship between texts and the contexts in which they were written and use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity , purpose and effect, when responding to an extract from a Shakespeare play and the play as a whole. They will also study a 19th century novel and respond to an extract and the whole novel in the examination.

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry (2 hours 15 minutes)

Students will study a modern drama or prose text and anthology poetry from the AQA Poems Past and Present AQA anthology. They will also respond to an unseen poem in the examination.

In examination conditions students should be able to:

maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response and use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

The should show understanding of the relationship between texts and the contexts in which they were written and use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity , purpose and effect, when responding to questions on drama / prose and poetry.

For all English examinations, there is one common paper for all students encompassing the grade range from 9-1.