English Overview

The English Department encourages students to achieve the highest possible standards and develop the ability to work independently. Our aims are:
  • To encourage an appreciation of the subject and enable students to become independent learners.
  • To broaden students' appreciation of language and literature, both by the study of all forms of literature and by the encouragement of their personal response and their own creative use of language.
  • To develop all students' abilities to communicate clearly, effectively and with increasing sophistication, in both spoken and written English, and in a variety of styles and tones appropriate to different contexts.
  • To increase motivation by providing authentic, meaningful and relevant learning experiences.
GCSE study begins in Year 10. Students follow the AQA specification for English Language and English Literature. Assessment is linear and takes place at the end of Year 11. Students sit two examinations for their English GCSE and two for their English Literature GCSE. Areas of study include Macbeth, Frankenstein, Blood Brothers and poetry. Students must also analyse unseen texts and produce their own creative and non-fiction style responses.

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Curriculum Overview

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • Writing to entertain

Skills we use:

  • Spelling, punctuation, grammar.
  • Understanding how to structure a short story.
  • Sentence structure, similes and metaphors, verbs and adverbs, redrafting.

Assessment:

  • Write the opening of a short story

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

We study:

  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare.

Skills we use:

  • Using evidence from a text.
  • Creating PEA chains, inference, analysis.
  • Writing an essay in response to a text.

Assessment:

  • Write an essay style response to the text.

Homework

  • Research on William Shakespeare
  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • Non-Fiction Writing.

Skills we use:

  • Reading for meaning, finding evidence, inference
  • Delivering a speech
  • Synthesising evidence from two texts

Assessment:

  • Non-fiction piece of writing

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

We study:

  • Roald Dahl Stories

Skills we use:

  • Making predictions.
  • Learning about context and why this is important when studying a text.
  • Creating PEA chains.
  • Writing an essay in response to a text.

Assessment:

  • Write an essay style response to the text.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • Analysing Non-Fiction Texts.

Skills we use:

  • Understanding the importance of genre, audience and purpose.
  • Understanding the difference between fact and opinion.
  • Learning the features of non-fiction texts.
  • Analysing non-fiction texts.
  • Writing an essay in response to a non-fiction text.

Assessment:

  • Analysing a non-fiction text.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

We study:

  • War Poetry

Skills we use:

  • Learning key poetic terminology and applying this to different poems.
  • Using evidence to support a view.
  • Creating PEA chains.
  • Considering the effect of language choice on the reader.
  • Inference
  • Analysis
  • Writing an essay in response to a text

Assessment:

  • Write an essay in response to a war poem.

Homework

  • Research on WW1
  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • Descriptive Writing.

Skills we use:

  • Exploring and using descriptive devices.
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Developing understanding of sentence structure.
  • Developing understanding of homophones.
  • Work on vocabulary, developing understanding of PEA chains.
  • Creating characters.

Assessment:

  • To produce a piece of descriptive writing.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

We study:

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Skills we use:

  • Exploring the use of notes.
  • Comprehension skills.
  • Developing understanding of PEA chains.
  • Using evidence to support a point of view.
  • Inference skills.
  • Annotating a script.
  • Language analysis.
  • Essay writing skills.

Assessment:

  • Write an essay style response to the text.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • Non-Fiction Writing.

Skills we use:

  • Develop understanding of the features of non-fiction writing.
  • Use persuasive devices.
  • Produce an advisory text.
  • Develop understanding of informative texts and produce an informative newspaper article.
  • Analyse a range of non-fiction texts and produce my own text.

Assessment:

  • Produce a piece of non-fiction writing.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

We study:

  • Heroes.

Skills we use:

  • Develop understanding of the role of context.
  • Create character profiles using evidence from the text.
  • Inference and deduction.
  • PEA chains.
  • Develop understanding of themes.
  • Develop understanding of literary devices.
  • Comprehension skills.
  • Essay writing skills.

Assessment:

  • Write an essay in response to the text.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • Non-Fiction Reading.

Skills we use:

  • Using evidence from a text.
  • Language analysis.
  • Comprehension skills.
  • Synthesising.
  • Comparing and contrasting texts.
  • Skimming and scanning.
  • PEA chains.
  • Understanding writers’ viewpoints.
  • The effect of different sentence structures and punctuation.

Assessment:

  • Analysing a non-fiction text.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

We study:

  • Murder and Madness.

Skills we use:

  • Learning key poetic terminology and applying this to different poems.
  • Using evidence to support a view.
  • Creating PEA chains.
  • Considering the effect of language choice on the reader.
  • Inference
  • Analysis
  • Writing an essay in response to a text.

Assessment:

  • Write an essay in response to a poem.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • Creative and narrative writing.

Skills we use:

  • Exploring and using descriptive devices.
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Developing understanding of sentence structure.
  • Developing understanding of homophones.
  • Work on vocabulary.
  • Developing understanding of PEA chains.
  • Creating characters.

Assessment:

  • Write a short story.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

We study:

  • Othello by William Shakespeare.

Skills we use:

  • Exploring the use of notes.
  • Comprehension skills.
  • Developing understanding of PEA chains.
  • Using evidence to support a point of view.
  • Inference skills.
  • Annotating a script.
  • Language analysis.
  • Essay writing skills.

Assessment:

  • Write an essay in response to the text

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • Non-fiction writing.

Skills we use:

  • Develop understanding of the features of non-fiction writing.
  • Use persuasive devices.
  • Produce an advisory text.
  • Develop understanding of informative texts.
  • Produce an informative newspaper article.
  • Analyse a range of non-fiction texts and produce my own text.

Assessment:

  • Produce a non-fiction text

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

We study:

  • Of Mice and Men (Novel)

Skills we use:

  • Develop understanding of the role of context.
  • Create character profiles using evidence from the text.
  • Inference and deduction.
  • PEA chains.
  • Develop understanding of themes.
  • Develop understanding of literary devices.
  • Comprehension skills.
  • Essay writing skills.

Assessment:

  • Write an essay in response to the text.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • Non-fiction reading

Skills we use:

  • Using evidence from a text.
  • Language analysis.
  • Comprehension skills.
  • Synthesising.
  • Comparing and contrasting texts.
  • Skimming and scanning.
  • PEA chains.
  • Understanding writers’ viewpoints.
  • Effect of different sentence structures and punctuation.

Assessment:

  • Write an essay analysing non-fiction texts.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

We study:

  • Love and relationships

Skills we use:

  • Learning key poetic terminology and applying this to different poems.
  • Using evidence to support a view.
  • Creating PEA chains.
  • Considering the effect of language choice on the reader.
  • Inference and analysis.
  • Writing an essay in response to a text.

Assessment:

  • Write an essay in response to a poem.

Homework

  • Lexia
  • Homework booklet

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • Key Technical Skills and Poetry Anthology

Skills we use:

  • Analysis of how different word groups, sentence types, sentence structures and punctuation effect the meaning of texts.
  • Research the authors.
  • Identify meanings, language, features and structures of half of the poems in the anthology.

Assessment:

  • GCSE based structural analysis questions on unseen text and GCSE based poetry questions on selected anthology poem.

Homework

  • Homework Booklet 1

We study:

  • Reading, Understanding and Responding to Texts and Blood Brothers

Skills we use:

  • Retrieval of key information from unseen texts;
  • Supporting ideas with evidence and quotations;
  • Developing understanding of inference and implication
  • Summarise and synthesise from more than one text
  • Understand and explain background, plot, characters, settings and key themes in Blood Brothers.

Assessment:

  • GCSE based language analysis questions on unseen text and GCSE based questions on Blood Brothers

Homework

  • Homework Booklet 2

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • Explaining and Commenting on Writer’s Methods and Effects and Frankenstein

Skills we use:

  • Explain and comment on use of language and techniques.
  • Show how writers create characters.
  • Examine how writers use structural features.
  • Show how writers create meanings and effects with language, structure and form.
  • Understand and explain background, plot, characters, settings and key themes in Frankenstein.

Assessment:

  • GCSE based questions on writers’ intentions on unseen text and GCSE based questions on Frankenstein

Homework

  • Homework Booklet 3

We study:

  • Forming a Critical Response and Unseen Poetry

Skills we use:

  • Interpretations.
  • Gathering and presenting evidence on language, structure and mood.
  • Construct convincing responses to literary and non-fiction texts.
  • Understand and analyse meaning, language, features and structure in unseen poems.

Assessment:

  • GCSE based essay questions responding to language and structure on unseen text and GCSE based questions on an unseen poem.

Homework

  • Homework Booklet 4

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • Comparing Texts and Macbeth

Skills we use:

  • Compare views and perspectives in non-literary non-fiction from the twentieth century.
  • Compare non-fiction prose texts and the ways viewpoints are presented to the reader in texts.
  • Understand and explain background, plot, characters, settings and key themes in Macbeth.

Assessment:

  • GCSE based questions on comparing and contrasting unseen texts and GCSE based questions on Macbeth.

Homework

  • Homework Booklet 5

We study:

  • Writing Creatively and Point of View Writing

Skills we use:

  • Describing setting, atmosphere, characters and events.
  • Developing structure of narratives and creating convincing characterisation and voice.
  • Understanding what point of view writing is;
  • Matching tone and register.
  • Matching features to text types and conventions
  • Selecting key vocabulary
  • Using punctuation for effect

Assessment:

  • GCSE based fiction and non-fiction extended writing tasks.

Homework

  • Homework Booklet 6

Term 1

September-OctoberOctober-December

We study:

  • Exam Skills Paper 1 and Poetry Anthology

Skills we use:

  • Infer key information.
  • Understand genre and conventions.
  • Analyse language and structure techniques;
  • Evaluate the impact of language and structure.
  • Use language and structure techniques in GCSE exam type questions.
  • Study the authors, meanings, language, features and structures of the remaining poems in their anthology.

Assessment:

  • Practice questions from Paper 1 and practice questions on poem from Anthology.

Homework

  • Homework Booklet 1

We study:

  • Exam Skills Paper 1 and Blood Brothers

Skills we use:

  • Develop and practice skills and strategies for Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 and Q5 on paper 1.
  • Refresh and develop understanding and explanations of background, plot, characters, settings and key themes in Blood Brothers.
  • Response to personal feedback.

Assessment:

  • English Language Paper 1 mock exam and English Literature Paper 2 mock exams.

Homework

  • Homework Booklet 2

Term 2

January-FeburaryFebruary-April

We study:

  • Exam Skills Paper 2 and Frankenstein

Skills we use:

  • Synthesise information from unseen texts;
  • Analyse vocabulary at word level;
  • Understand how writers use language to achieve audience and purpose.
  • Identify ideas and perspectives.
  • Explain how they are conveyed in GCSE exam type questions.
  • Refresh and develop understanding and explanations of background, plot, characters, settings and key themes in Frankenstein.

Assessment:

  • Practice questions from Paper 2 and practice questions on Frankenstein.

Homework

  • Homework Booklet 3

We study:

  • Exam Skills Paper 2 and Unseen Poetry

Skills we use:

  • Develop and practice skills and strategies for Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 and Q5 on paper 2.
  • Refresh and develop understanding and analysis of meaning, language, features and structure in unseen poems.
  • Response to personal feedback.

Assessment:

  • English Language Paper 2 mock exam and English Literature Paper 1 mock exams.

Homework

  • Homework Booklet 4

Term 3

April-JuneJune-July

We study:

  • Exam Revision and Macbeth

Skills we use:

  • Recover and develop key exam strategies.
  • Respond to personalised feedback to secure and develop specific individual skills for paper 1 and paper 2.
  • Refresh and develop understanding and explanations of background, plot, characters, settings and key themes in Macbeth.

Assessment:

  • English Language Papers 1 and 2 mock exams and English Literature Papers 1 and 2 mock exams.

Homework

  • Personalised revision

We study:

  • Exam Revision

Skills we use:

  • Recover and develop key exam strategies.
  • Respond to personalised feedback to secure and develop specific individual skills for English Language and English Literature.

Assessment:

  • English Language Papers 1 and 2 mock exams and English Literature Papers 1 and 2 mock exams.

Homework

  • Personalised revision

Examination Details

GCSE English Language

Contact: Mrs C. Marks
Applies to: Year 10 & 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Spec Code: 8700
Specification: Download

GCSE English Literature

Contact: Mrs C. Marks
Applies to: Year 10 & 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: AQA
Spec Code: 8702
Specification: Download