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English Department – Curriculum Outline Year 7 2015-16

Unit

What will I do?

How will I be assessed?

Term 1

My First Impressions of Montgomery and descriptive/ narrative Writing

We will begin the journey into Key Stage 3 by completing a piece of writing about our first impressions of Montgomery and will move into working on narrative and descriptive writing. There will be a strong emphasis on the technical accuracy of your child’s writing. They will develop their technical skills in the areas of spelling, punctuation and grammar; paragraphing using varied and clear topic sentences; sentence structure and variety of sentence types and vocabulary. During this first half term we will evaluate the areas within writing that your child needs to develop and enhance as we progress through the year.

Novel Study

Term 2

Poetry

Reading and Writing NonFiction Transactional Texts

During this half term, students will read a novel with their class teacher. The choice of novel studied will vary, although popular choices are ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Divergent’, ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’, ‘Holes’, ‘Skellig’, and Stormbreaker’. As they read the novel as a class, students will learn new vocabulary and make inferences about characters, themes and context, learning how to use evidence to support their ideas by referring directly to the text. Alongside studying the novel’s setting, plot, and characterisation, and the effects of these on the reader, they will also gain a greater understanding of purpose, audience for and context of the writing and draw on this knowledge to support comprehension. Part of the first half term after Christmas focuses on poetry, where students will study a th range of pre 19 century and modern poets and poems, gain an appreciation of how poetry can be performed and create some of their own poetry. Students will also be taught subjectspecific terminology and revisit poetic techniques, such as metaphors, similes and personification, to use within their analysis whilst studying their poems. The poetry unit will act as a basic introduction to the poetry sections on Paper 2 of GCSE AQA English Literature. Students will develop their reading and writing skills across different text types and in reading across different time frames. They will learn how to draw inferences from and create their own formal letters, informal letters, reviews, reports, speeches and articles for newspapers and magazines and leaflets. They will learn how

In the first two weeks your son or daughter will write a piece entitled ‘My First Impressions of Montgomery.’ An assessment will take place in which your child will write a piece of narrative or descriptive writing. Homework will be set weekly. Near the time of the assessment, your child will be given the titles or genres to choose from and they will be able to complete some preparation work at home, as well as with their teacher. It would be fantastic if you could help your son or daughter to develop their ideas and prepare for the assessment. In addition, encouraging your child to read widely will really help them to develop their vocabulary and give them ideas to inspire them in their own writing. Students will complete an assessment where they are provided with an extract from the novel to analyse in response to a question. The second half of the question will require the students to respond by referencing other places in the text. Homework will be set weekly throughout the novel study.

Your child will complete a Literature reading assessment in the mid-year examination period where they will apply their understanding of a poet’s use of language and technique and be assessed on their ability to learn poetic techniques and their impact. Homework will be set weekly.

In the mid-year examinations students will be assessed via an AQA Key Stage 3 English Language examination paper. Homework will be set weekly.


Term 3

Shakespeare

‘Childhood in the 1800s’ th

Pre 19 Century Poetry and Prose

to adapt their language for different purposes and audiences and how to use rhetorical techniques for effect in their writing. There will be a strong emphasis on the technical accuracy of your child’s writing. They will develop their technical skills in the areas of spelling, punctuation and grammar; paragraphing using varied and clear topic sentences; sentence structure and variety of sentence types and vocabulary. This half term focuses on the studying of play scripts. Students will explore aspects of one or more of Shakespeare’s plays. Students will study the play(s) using active approaches, including rehearsal room techniques. Students will engage with plot, characters and themes through drama, discussion and ensemble tasks, developing a thorough working knowledge of the play(s). Students will also revisit the reading and writing of non-fiction texts during this During this half term students will study extracts from novels, poems and non-fiction written in the 1800s. They will learn about the social, historical context of these texts and develop strategies to decode texts with unfamiliar vocabulary and sentence structures. The texts will all be themed around childhood and will include extracts from ‘Oliver’ by Charles Dickens, poetry by William Blake and non-fiction texts by Dickens and other writers of the period.

It would be fantastic if you could help and support your child with the completion of practice tasks and ensure that they take responsibility for their independent revision and exam preparation.

There will be a reading assessment will take place during this half term based on their reading and understanding of the play(s). Students will be given an extract upon which to base their answer. Weekly homework will continue to be set throughout this unit.

Weekly homework will continue to be set throughout this unit.

Year 8 2015-16 Unit

What will I do?

How will I be assessed?

Term 1

Survival

Survival is the theme for this half term’s study of non-fiction. We will be exploring a variety of survival texts, developing our analytical reading skills and advancing our writing skills. As always in English, we will be focusing on reading skills, writing skills and expanding our oracy skills through class debates, discussions and question and answer sessions.

Seminal World Literature

An assessment will take place in which your child will write a piece of non-fiction relating to this half term’s theme. Homework will be set weekly and, in addition to this, it would be fantastic if you could support your son or daughter in completing independent reading around the theme. An assessment will take place in which your child will write a response showing their ability to analyse and embed discussion of the text’s social, historical context. Homework will be set weekly.

Term 2

Short Story Reading and Analysis

Seminal World Literature, the origins of English and the history of storytelling is the focus of study for this half term. We will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction, with a wide coverage of genres, historical periods, forms and authors, including works both pre 1914 and contemporary. As always in English, we will be focusing on developing students’ reading and writing skills and their appreciation of world literature, fables and tales. th Students will read and study a 19 Century There will be a Literature reading assessment short story entitled, ‘The Monkey’s Paw’. on ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ as part of your child’s mid-year examinations.


Fiction analysis and creative writing.

Term 2 and 3

Term 3

Analytical skills will be developed further during this unit. Students will study modern fiction openings, extracts and endings, developing their analysis skills. They will also be working on narrative and descriptive writing using the techniques analysed. As well as the development of ideas and content, there will be a strong emphasis on the technical accuracy of your child’s writing during this half term. They will develop their technical skills in the areas of spelling, punctuation and grammar; paragraphing using varied and clear topic sentences; sentence structure and variety of sentence types and vocabulary. Novel Study During this unit, which will commence after the mid-year examinations, students will study a novel in depth. They will develop their understanding of the writer’s craft, plot and character and will begin to build the skills needed for the GCSE English Literature Exam. They will learn inference and annotation skills and begin to use technical vocabulary to analyse the use of language in a novel. ‘Victorian During this half term students will study extracts Villains’ from novels, poems and non-fiction written in the 1800s. They will learn about the social, th Pre 19 Century historical context of these texts and develop Poetry & Prose strategies to decode texts with unfamiliar vocabulary and sentence structures. The texts will all be themed around ‘Victorian Villains’.

Year 9 2015-16 Unit What will I do? Non-Fiction Writing The GCSE course starts here! Term 1 (English Language Paper 2 Section B) Unseen Poetry (English Literature Paper 2 Section C)

Students will complete their Mid-Year exams based on their studies of reading and writing contemporary fiction for Language and the study of the short story for Literature. It would be fantastic if you could help and support your child with the completion of practice tasks and ensure that they take responsibility for their independent revision and exam preparation. Weekly homework will be set.

There will be an assessment on the novel studied. Homework will be set weekly.

Weekly homework will continue to be set.

This unit focuses on developing students’ functional English writing skills. We will learn about the different layouts and presentational features used in a range of text types. Rhetorical devices and levels of formality will be explored as we learn how to adapt our writing to match audience and purpose. With the focus on technical accuracy at the forefront, students will learn how to write for a range of ‘real-life’ situations and audiences. Students will be introduced to the skill of answering questions on unseen poems. They will revise the poetic techniques and learn how to write an extended response. The focus will be on showing understanding, analysing the use of poetic techniques and language and structuring a response in an essay style.

How will I be assessed? Students will be assessed by a response to a controversial statement. Homework will be set weekly. Students will complete a reflection on their work during this short unit. Homework will be set weekly.


Novel

Term 2

AQA Poetry Anthology

Paper 2 Section A and Revision of Paper 2 Section B

Term 3

‘Blood Brothers’ GCSE Literature set text Study

Creative Writing

During this unit, students will study a novel in depth. They will develop their understanding of the writer’s craft, plot and character and will focus on the skills needed for GCSE English Literature. They will learn about language analysis, essay structure and how to apply a range of literary terms to their work. In addition, students will learn how to write an analytical essay in response to questions about the characters and themes in the text studied. Students will study four of the poems from the AQA Poetry Anthology. These poems are ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’, ‘Exposure’, ‘Kamikaze’ and ‘Remains’. Students will learn about the context and content of these poems and they will learn how to connect the poems to each other. Students will further develop their ability to write an analytical essay in response to the poems.

There will be a reading assessment that will require the students to write in an essay style showing their knowledge and understanding of the whole text. Homework will be set weekly to reinforce the skills taught during the unit.

The students will complete a Literature exam on this unit during the Mid-Year examination period. Homework will be set weekly. The students will need to learn the poems, including quotations, and be able to connect them. It would be fantastic if you were to support them in this by quizzing them on the poems and encouraging them to complete all the revision tasks set. Building on the work done in the previous two Students will practise the skills needed for years to develop reading skills across different the different styles of exam question, text types, genres and time periods, we focus culminating in a practice paper in the Midon GCSE English Language Paper 2 Section B. Year examination period. Students will learn how to identify true/false statements about a text; how to summarise and Homework will be set weekly, linked to the compare two linked texts from different time skills and question types covered by the periods and how to analyse language and unit. structure within the texts. Reading of th contemporary and pre 19 century texts and the ability to identify writers’ techniques will be developed during this unit. The writing skills studied during the unit earlier in the year will be revised. Students will prepare for the set text ‘Blood Students will complete a ‘closed book’ (this Brothers’ for their GCSE English Literature GCSE. means that they will be only be working They will create a ‘Revision Ready’ exercise from memory) assessment on the play in book full of information on the social historical which they will choose from two questions context, characters and themes in this excellent and write a timed analytical essay response. play. They will be encouraged to learn quotations and details about the text and Homework will be set weekly. taught memorisation strategies to enable them to do this. Again, they will develop analytical essay writing skills that form the core way in which GCSE English Literature is assessed. Creative writing will provide students with the Weekly homework will be set to secure and opportunity to apply the skills they have develop students’ writing skills and acquired during Year 9 to their own writing. In vocabulary. addition to technical accuracy and vocabulary development, students will use their working knowledge of the writer’s craft, narrative structure, descriptive techniques, character and themes to create their own piece of extended creative writing.


Year 10 2015-16 Term 1

Unit

‘A Christmas Carol’ GCSE English Literature set text

Term 2

English Language Paper 2 Section A and B

What will I do? This half term we will focus on the study of ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell. While reading the play, students will learn about the social and historical context, plot, themes and key characters, learning quotes along the way. Students will be expected to carry out a significant amount of independent study in order to manage lesson time more effectively and develop their knowledge and understanding of the text.

How will I be assessed?

Their understanding will be tested with an essay response to their chosen question out of the two options provided before half term. They will then be assessed again on this text during the examinations in February. Homework will be set weekly and will include reading of the text, creation of notes on the characters and themes and practice exam style tasks. Revision will be required prior to the examination. This half term we will focus on the study of Their understanding will be tested with an Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. We will begin ‘Exploded Extract’ style exam question during with an introduction to the examination section the examinations in February. so students know what they will be expected to do. Homework will be set weekly and will include While reading the novella, students will learn reading of the text, creation of notes on the about the social and historical context, plot, characters and themes and practice exam themes and key characters, learning quotes style tasks. along the way. Students will be expected to carry out a significant amount of independent Revision will be required prior to the study in order to manage lesson time more examination. effectively and develop their knowledge and understanding of the text. We will focus on the skills required for English Students will complete a full examination Language Paper 2 Section A (Writers’ during the examination period. Viewpoints and Perspectives). Looking at a variety of non-fiction texts, your Homework will be set weekly. child will learn to identify and interpret relevant information and ideas in in sources th from the pre 19 Century and more modern eras. They will learn how to synthesise information from two sources with a common theme. Close language analysis skills will be taught with a focus on how a writer uses language for effect. As well as learning relevant terminology to identify the writer’s technique, students will practise writing in SQI (Statement, Quote, Inference) paragraphs and drawing comparisons between the texts studied. They will learn how to write different texts for different audiences and purposes, using the reading materials from Section A as stimulus.


Poetry Anthology English Literature Paper 2 Section B

This will be the first opportunity for students to familiarise themselves with the Power and Conflict cluster of poems from the AQA anthology. We will begin by approaching the poems as unseen, developing skills required another section of this examination. Students will learn how to analyse the poems; to identify and discuss poetic techniques used by the poets and how to make comparisons between the poems. Students will study modern fiction openings, extracts and endings, developing their analysis skills. They will also be working on narrative and descriptive writing using the techniques analysed. As well as the development of ideas and content, there will be a strong emphasis on the technical accuracy of your child’s writing during this half term. They will develop their technical skills in the areas of spelling, punctuation and grammar; paragraphing using varied and clear topic sentences; sentence structure and variety of sentence types and vocabulary. This half term students will revisit ‘Romeo and Juliet’ which they studied in Year 9 and ensure that they have a sound working knowledge of plot, characters and themes. They will also learn how to respond to the extract and whole text question in the examination.

Students will be given a poem to analyse and will then select another poem to compare it to in the assessment. Homework will be set weekly. Revision of the poems will be required prior to the assessment, including the learning of quotations. These skills will all be brought together and assessed in a full Paper 2 exam during the Year 10 exam period. Homework will be set weekly. It would be fantastic if you could help and support your child with the completion of practice tasks and ensure that they take responsibility for their independent revision and exam preparation.

Unit

What will I do?

How will I be assessed?

English Literature Paper 2

Students will revise ‘Blood Brothers’ studied in Year 10 and further develop their understanding of the play’s social historical context, characters and themes. They will prepare for the essay style question type that will be in the examination. Students will learn how to respond to an Unseen poem in the examination and analyse the poet’s use of techniques and language.

The first ‘Montgomery Final’ will be a complete paper. Homework will be set weekly and revision will be required prior to the ‘Final’.

Term 3

English Language Paper 1

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Revision English Literature Completion of any o/s Spoken Language assessments

Weekly homework will be set.

Year 11 2015-16 Term 1


English Literature Paper 1

Term 2

English Language Paper 1 Exam Preparation

English Language Paper 2 Revision

Term 3

Practice Questions & Papers/ Walking Talking Mocks

GCSE English Language and GCSE

Students will complete their study of the poems from the Power and Conflict section of the AQA Anthology. Students will revise ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’

Students will study modern fiction openings, extracts and endings, developing their analysis skills. They will also be working on narrative and descriptive writing using the techniques analysed. As well as the development of ideas and content, there will be a strong emphasis on the technical accuracy of your child’s writing during this half term. They will develop their technical skills in the areas of spelling, punctuation and grammar; paragraphing using varied and clear topic sentences; sentence structure and variety of sentence types and vocabulary. We will focus on the skills required for English Language Paper 2 Section A (Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives). Looking at a variety of non-fiction texts, your child will learn to identify and interpret relevant information and ideas in in sources th from the pre 19 Century and more modern eras. They will revise how to synthesise information from two sources with a common theme. Close language analysis skills will be revised with a focus on how a writer uses language for effect. As well as learning relevant terminology to identify the writer’s technique, students will practise writing in SQuID paragraphs (Statement, Quote, Inference and Development) and drawing comparisons between the texts studied. They will revise how to write different texts for different audiences and purposes, using the reading materials from Section A as stimulus. In this half term, your child will be guided through practice papers. Timed activities will be completed in class with timed activities being set weekly as homework. Many practice papers will be completed for Language and Literature so that your child has the confidence to navigate their way round their exam papers, completing them to their best standard. It is important to remember that prior preparation prevents poor performance!! The more we do, the more confidence they will have. This is your child’s opportunity to ‘showcase’ everything that they have been taught and

One assessment (depending on which they have studied first) will take place. Weekly homework will be set and will incorporate the learning of quotations. Students will complete a full Paper 1 examination during the second ‘Finals’ examination period Homework will be set weekly.

A full Paper 2 will be completed in order to assess the progress made during this revision unit. Homework will be set weekly.

Students will complete a range of practice papers in preparation for their exams. Weekly homework will be set and students will have the opportunity to attend intervention and complete practice papers at home as well as in lesson time. It would be fantastic if you could help and support your child with the completion of practice tasks and ensure that they take responsibility for their independent revision and exam preparation. The course is assessed 100% by examination.


English Literature Final Examinations

have worked so hard to achieve. We wish them every success!

It would be fantastic if you could help and support your child with the completion of practice tasks and ensure that they take responsibility for their independent revision and exam preparation.

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