English

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7
Term Topics
Autumn Aspects of Narrative, novel study
Spring Aspects of Poetry, Shakespeare’s Henry IV
Summer Introduction to Drama


Year 8
Term Topics
Autumn Modern novel, Poetry, Text Transformation, BBC Report
Spring Active Approaches to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Media: Twelve Angry Men
Summer The Art of Drama: Canterbury Tales


Year 9
Term Topics
Autumn Shakespearean Tragedy, Media
Spring Narrative: The Short Story
Summer Culture through Poetry, Transition into GCSE



KS4 Curriculum
Our GCSE students follow the AQA Syllabus for English Language and English Literature. A small group of select students follow the AQA English course in preparation for college and apprenticeships.

Year 10 Topics Assessment
Autumn Language Unit 1: Reading and Writing Non-Fiction texts, -
Language Unit 2: Speaking and Listening Controlled Assessment
5% of English Language GCSE
Spring Language Unit 3b: Creative Writing , Controlled Assessment
15% of English Language GCSE
Language Unit 3c: Spoken Language Study Controlled Assessment
10% of English Language GCSE
Language Unit 2: Speaking and Listening Controlled Assessment
5% of English Language GCSE
Summer Literature Unit 3: Shakespeare and Literary Heritage, Controlled Assessment
25% of English Literature GCSE
Language Unit 1: Reading and Writing Non-Fiction Texts Examination
Thursday 9th June 2011 (am)
40% of English Language GCSE
Language Unit 2: Speaking and Listening Controlled Assessment
5% of English Language GCSE
Year 11 Topics Assessment
Autumn Literature Unit 1: Exploring Modern Texts -
Language Unit 2: Speaking and Listening Controlled Assessment
5% of English Language GCSE
Spring Language Unit 3a: Extended Reading Controlled Assessment
15% of English Language GCSE
Literature Unit 2: Poetry Across Time -
Summer Literature Unit 2: Poetry Across Time Examination
35% of English Literature GCSE
Literature Unit 1: Exploring Modern Texts Examination
40% of English Literature GCSE



KS5 Curriculum
We offer GCSE English for students who do not achieve a C grade in Year Eleven. Students who achieve two C grades in GCSE have the option of choosing A Level English Literature or A Level English Language and Literature.

English Literature – AQA Specification B

AS Topics Assessment
LITB1 Aspects of Narrative Examination
Monday 23rd May 2011 (am)
60% of AS
LITB2 Dramatic Genres Coursework for submission in January 2011
40% of AS
AS Topics Assessment
LITB3 Texts and Genres Examination
Thursday 16th June 2011 (am)
60% of A2
LITB4 Further and Independent Reading Coursework for submission in January 2011
40% of A2

English Language and Literature – AQA Specification B

AS Topics Assessment
ELLB1 Introduction to Language and Literature Examination
Monday 23rd May 2011 (am)
60% of AS
ELLB2 Themes in Language and Literature Coursework for submission in April 2011
40% of AS
AS Topics Assessment
ELLB3 Texts and Genres Examination
Friday 24th June2011 (am)
60% of A2
ELLB4 Further and Independent Reading Coursework for submission in May 2011
40% of A2




Enrichment

We provide access to a range of enrichment activities for all year groups including:

  • A variety of theatre trips
  • Guest poets, authors and comedians leading creative workshops
  • Specialised English Language and Literature workshops with Royal Holloway University
  • The BBC Report
  • The Big Read
  • Newsday
  • World Poetry Day
  • Humanities Day
  • Stand up for Shakespeare
  • The Shakespeare Festival with the Royal Shakespeare Company

How to support your child:
Encourage your child to read books. While modern technology has many benefits, you can’t curl up with a computer!

Get involved with your child’s homework; discuss tasks with them and the different ways which they can complete these.

Familiarise yourself with the specification which your child is studying. Promote using a dictionary and thesaurus to develop and extend your child’s vocabulary. Click here for the BBC advice page

For more information contact:
Emma Cronshaw – Head of Department – English