What will your child be learning?

The schemes of learning that year 7 will focus on throughout the year are:

* Texts based on the theme of modern myths or fables including studying the novel ‘Terror Kid’ by Benjamin Zephaniah

* Texts based on the theme of journeys and adventures including studying the novel ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson

* Texts based on the theme of conflict including a study of a range of poems with opportunities for poetry slam performance

Within each theme, we will enjoy writing creatively and studying a range of texts, including poetry, prose, drama and non-fiction

Students will also participate in the Accelerated Reader (AR) programme. The programme develops reading skills by offering students a range of books of their personal reading ability. From there, students can move up the levels by reading books and then completing online comprehension quizzes.

How will your child be assessed?

STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE REGULAR FEEDBACK TO HELP THEM DEVELOP EACH SKILL TAUGHT, BUT WILL ALSO BE ASSESSED TWICE A YEAR IN DECEMBER AND MARCH

ASSESSMENTS WILL BE COMPRISED OF EXAM STYLE QUESTIONS TESTING INFORMATION RETRIVAL, ANALYSIS OF LANGUAGE AND CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS

Students will also be assessed at the end of each Accelerated Reader book to see if they can move to a more difficult reading level.

How can you help your child?

Students will be expected to read their AR book at home for 20 minutes per evening. Please support them in this by encouraging them to read as much as possible. Please also encourage them to read books other than just their AR book!

Please also encourage your child to discuss the things they are learning in lessons.

How will Homework be organised?

Homework will be set regularly by your child’s English teacher. It may be related to technical accuracy; it could be research about a topic studied in lessons or it could be work designed to be an extension of the work done in class.

What will your child be learning?

The schemes of learning that year 8 will focus on throughout the year are:

* Texts based on the theme of pre-1900 literature including studying gothic short stories such as ‘The Monkey’s Paw’, ‘The Red Room’ and ‘The Raven’

* Texts based on the theme of dystopia and utopia including studying extracts from ‘1984’ by George Orwell, ‘The Time Machine’ by H.G. Wells, and ‘A Clockwork Orange’ by Anthony Burgess

* Texts based on the theme of relationships including a study of Roald Dahl’s ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ and ‘Stone Cold’ by Robert Swindells

Within each theme, we will enjoy writing creatively and studying a range of texts, including poetry, prose, drama and non-fiction

Students will also participate in the Accelerated Reader (AR) programme. The programme develops reading skills by offering students a range of books of their personal reading ability. From there, students can move up the levels by reading books and then completing online comprehension quizzes.

How will your child be assessed?

STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE REGULAR FEEDBACK TO HELP THEM DEVELOP EACH SKILL TAUGHT, BUT WILL ALSO BE ASSESSED TWICE A YEAR IN DECEMBER AND MARCH

ASSESSMENTS WILL BE COMPRISED OF EXAM STYLE QUESTIONS TESTING INFORMATION RETRIVAL, ANALYSIS OF LANGUAGE AND CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS

Students will also be assessed at the end of each Accelerated Reader book to see if they can move to a more difficult reading level.

How can you help your child?

Students will be expected to read their AR book at home for 20 minutes per evening. Please support them in this by encouraging them to read as much as possible. Please also encourage them to read books other than just their AR book!

Please also encourage your child to discuss the things they are learning in lessons.

How will Homework be organised?

Homework will be set regularly by your child’s English teacher. It may be related to technical accuracy; it could be research about a topic studied in lessons or it could be work designed to be an extension of the work done in class.

What will your child be learning?

The schemes of learning that year 9 will focus on throughout the year are:

* Texts based on the theme of war and conflict including studying a selection of war poetry and ‘The Tempest’

* Texts based on the theme of the struggle for identity including studying ‘Of Mice and Men’ and a range of non-fiction texts

* Key Stage 4 preparation including a range of 19th Century literature, an introduction to the GCSE course and an introduction to ‘Macbeth’

Within each theme, we will enjoy writing creatively and studying a range of texts, including poetry, prose, drama and non-fiction

How will your child be assessed?

STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE REGULAR FEEDBACK TO HELP THEM DEVELOP EACH SKILL TAUGHT, BUT WILL ALSO BE ASSESSED TWICE A YEAR IN DECEMBER AND MARCH

ASSESSMENTS WILL BE COMPRISED OF EXAM STYLE QUESTIONS TESTING INFORMATION RETRIVAL, ANALYSIS OF LANGUAGE AND CREATIVE WRITING SKILLS

How can you help your child?

Please encourage your child to read as much as possible. Students in Year 9 should be regularly engaging with fiction and non-fiction so asking your child to read you the news from a paper or a website can be a valuable regular activity.

Please also encourage your child to discuss the things they are learning in lessons.

How will Homework be organised?

Homework will be set regularly by your child’s English teacher. It may be related to technical accuracy; it could be research about a topic studied in lessons or it could be work designed to be an extension of the work done in class.

Exam Board:  AQA

Qualification:  English Language  

What are the main topics I will study for the qualification?

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Spoken Language

Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes. This specification will ensure that students can read fluently and write effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.  The spoken language element will also equip students with the following skills:

  • presenting information and ideas: selecting and organising information and ideas effectively and persuasively for prepared spoken presentations; planning effectively for different purposes and audiences; making presentations and speeches
  • responding to spoken language: listening to and responding appropriately to any questions and feedback
  • spoken standard English: expressing ideas using standard English whenever and wherever appropriate.

 

How will I be assessed in the subject?

You will take two challenging and interesting exams at the end of Year 11:

Paper 1:  Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)

  • Section A: Reading – one literature fiction text
  • Section B: Writing – descriptive or narrative writing

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)

  • Section A: Reading – one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
  • Section B: Writing – writing to present a viewpoint

You will also be assessed for speaking and listening although this will not count towards your final grade:

Non examination Assessment:  Spoken Language

  • presenting
  • responding to questions and feedback
  • use of standard English

Exam Board:  AQA

Qualification:  English Literature

What are the main topics I will study for the qualification?

We will study:

  • 15 poems from the AQA Anthology
  • one 19th century novella (‘Jekyll and Hyde’ or ‘A Christmas Carol’)
  • one 20th century play (‘An Inspector Calls’)
  • one Shakespeare play (‘Macbeth’)
  • unseen poetry analysis

These topics will help students to develop the following skills:

  • literal and inferential comprehension
  • critical reading
  • evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, grammatical and structural features
  • comparing texts
  • producing clear and coherent text
  • accurate Standard English

 

How will I be assessed in the subject?

You will take two challenging and interesting exams at the end of Year 11:

Paper 1:  Shakespeare and the 19th century novel (50%)

  • Section A: ‘Macbeth’
  • Section B: ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ or ‘A Christmas Carol’

Paper 2:  Modern texts and poetry (50%)

  • Section A: ‘An Inspector Calls’
  • Section B: Poetry from the Anthology
  • Section C: Unseen poetry