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ENGLISH: Key Stage 3

The subject content is based around a set text.  The set texts are differentiated and the learning objectives linked to the set texts are also differentiated. Speaking and Listening activities are included in each unit of work.

Subject Content: Year 7

Autumn Term 1: students will study a modern novel and transactional writing (they will study the features of persuasive and argumentative writing):
• Assessment: what do you learn about a character from the novel
• Assessment: write a persuasive speech linked to a topic within the novel.
Autumn Term 2: students will study a collection of non-fiction extracts:
• Assessment: completion of an exam paper on non-fiction extracts where they will have to comment on language and structural features
• Assessment: completion of an exam where they will have to produce a piece of transactional writing which links to the extracts

Spring Term 1: students will learn about Shakespeare and Elizabethan context and begin to analyse some of Shakespeare’s language use by studying extracts from a range of his plays:
• Assessment: They will be assessed on how the theme of conflict is introduced in Act 1 Scene 2 of Macbeth
Spring Term 2: students will study a historical novel (either Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens or Streetchild by Berlie Doherty)and learn how to write a an engaging and original narrative:
• Assessment: They will be assessed on how the writer has used language and structure for effect based on an extract from the novel.
• Assessment: They will also be assessed on their narrative writing skills and will be asked to write the opening to the next chapter of the novel with a focus on describing setting.

Summer Term 1: Students will learn about different forms of poetry and be given an introduction to poetic terminology. Students will study the ballad, ‘The Lady of Shallot’ in more detail:
• Assessment: How does Alfred Tennyson create a sense of loneliness and isolation in ‘The Lady of Shallot’.
Summer Term 2: Students will study a range of 20th and 21st century extracts and how to write imaginatively about personal experiences:
• Assessment: Completion of an exam paper on a fiction extract where they will have to comment on its language and structural features
• Assessment: Completion of an exam where they will have to produce a piece of imaginative writing

Subject Content: Year 8

Autumn Term 1: students will study a modern novel and transactional writing:
• Assessment: How is atmosphere/setting presented in the extract from the novel.
• Assessment: Write a discursive review
Autumn Term 2: students will study a non-fiction text:
• Assessment: Exam which tests student understanding of 2 non-fiction extracts
• Assessment: Exam which tests student ability to write a transactional piece

Spring Term 1: students will study Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’:
• Assessment: How does Shakespeare use language and structure to portray Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting?
Spring Term 2: students will study ‘Gothic Horror' extracts and learn how to write descriptively and in the gothic style:
• Assessment: How does the writer use language and structure in one gothic extract
• Assessment: Write a description linked to a gothic extract, in the gothic style

Summer Term1 : Students will study a collection of modern poetry (including poems by Simon Armitage and Carol Anne Duffy):
• Assessment: Analyse the poet's use of imagery in one poem from the cluster
Summer Term 2: students will study a 20th or 21st century novel and how to write imaginatively about personal experiences:
• Assessment: Completion of an exam paper on a fiction extract where they will have to comment on its language and structural features
• Assessment: Completion of an exam where they will have to produce a piece of imaginative writing
 

Subject Content: Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Students will study ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck and will learn how to write for a range of purposes and forms:
• Assessment: What does Steinbeck show the reader about friendship in "Of Mice and Men" and what does this tell you about the society in which the novel is set?
• Assessment: Write a news article which reports on the death of the central character, Lennie Small:
Autumn Term 2:  Students will study a range of 20th and 21st century non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts
• Assessment: Exam which tests student understanding of 2 non-fiction extracts
• Assessment: Exam which tests student ability to write a transactional piece
 

Spring Term 1: Students will study either ‘The Tempest’ or ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare:
• Assessment: Explore how Shakespeare presents the character of (for example Lady Macbeth) as being (characteristic e.g. controlling) in the extract.
• Assessment: In this extract, there is ( theme e.g. conflict ) between the characters. Explain the importance of (theme e.g. conflict) elsewhere in the play.
Spring Term 2: Students will study 19th century literature. Either Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte or a collection of 19th century extracts taken from a range of novels:
• Assessment: How does the writer use language and structure to show . . .  in the extract?
• Assessment: Write an empathetic diary or letter which reflects the current circumstances of a character in the novel or extract
 

Summer Term 1: Students will study Poems from Different Cultures:
• Assessment: Compare how two of the poems from the cluster effect the reader.
Summer Term 2: students will study a 20th or 21st century novel and how to write imaginatively about personal experiences:
• Assessment: Completion of an exam paper on a fiction extract where they will have to comment on its language and structural features and critically evaluate it
• Assessment: Completion of an exam where they will have to produce a piece of imaginative writing
 

KS3 Skills Taught

The students will include variety of skills.

This includes selecting and retrieving information.

The students will be taught how to write imaginative and thoughtful texts.  They will also have to write with purpose and audience in mind.

Grammar, spelling and punctuation will also be covered.

Key Stage 4 
English Language & English Literature
Exam Board: Pearson Edexcel

Assessment Detail

English Language

Students will be assessed through two exam papers when they are in Year 11:
Component 1: Fiction and Imaginative writing (worth 40% of the total GCSE grade)
Section A – Reading: questions on an unseen 19th-century fiction extract.
Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extract.
● The total number of marks available is 64.
● Assessment duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Component 2: Non Fiction and literary non fiction and Transactional Writing (worth 60% of the total GCSE Grade)
Section A – Reading: questions on two thematically linked, unseen non-fiction extracts.
Section B – Writing: a choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extracts.
● The total number of marks available is 96.
● Assessment duration: 2 hours.

Speaking and Listening: The preparation and assessment of spoken language is a compulsory requirement of the course of study. It will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported grade, alongside the overall grade issued.
 

English Literature

Students will be assessed through two exam papers when they are in Year 11:
Component 1: Shakespeare and Post 1914 Literature (worth 50% of the total GCSE Grade)
Section A – Shakespeare: a two-part question, with the first task focused on an extract of approximately 30 lines. The second task is focused on how a theme reflected in the extract is explored elsewhere in the play.
Section B – Post-1914 British play or novel: ONE essay question.
The total number of marks available is 80.
Assessment duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Closed book (texts are not allowed in the examination).
 

Component 2: 19th Century Novel  and Poetry since 1789 (worth 50% of the total GCSE Grade)
Section A – 19th-century novel: a two part question, with the first part
focussed on an extract of approximately 400 words. The second part is an essay question exploring the whole text.
Section B – Part 1: ONE question comparing a named poem from the Pearson Poetry Anthology collection to another poem from that collection. The named poem will be shown in the question paper. Part 2: ONE question comparing two unseen contemporary poems.
The total number of marks available is 80.
Assessment duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Closed book (texts are not allowed in the examination).