English

Year 7

Autumn Half term 1 – Poetry

Students study a selection of poems from different eras and cultures. This unit focuses on developing students’ abilities to analyse how poets use language, form and structure.

Half term 2 – Gothic

This unit enables students to develop their abilities to write imaginative and entertaining texts inspired by the gothic genre.

Spring Half term 3 – Reading non‐fiction texts

Students study a variety of non‐fiction texts, such as leaflets and newspaper articles, and examine how writers use language to achieve certain effects.

Half term 4 – The Ancient Greeks

Through studying a selection of Greek Myths, students produce their own non‐fiction texts related to these stories.

Summer Half term 5 – Class reader

Students study a novel and explore its context, language and central themes.

Half term 6 – Introduction to Shakespeare

Students examine the context in which Shakespeare was writing and produce creative writing pieces inspired by events in one of his plays.

Year 8

Autumn Half term 1 – WW1 Poetry

Students study famous war poems and explore how poetry was used as
form of propaganda during WW1.

Half term 2 – Major Writers

Students examine a selection of texts from major writers, such as Charles
Dickens, and produce creative writing pieces from the perspective of the
characters they study.

Spring Half term 3 – Reading non‐fiction texts

Students analyse non‐fiction texts which are designed to argue, persuade, or advise the reader. They examine language and presentational devices used and explore their effects.

Half term 4 – Writing non‐fiction texts

Following on from the previous half‐term’s work, students produce their own non‐fiction texts which are designed to argue, persuade, or advise the reader.

Summer Half term 5 – Class reader

Students study a novel and explore its context, language and central
themes.

Half term 6 – Shakespeare

Students analyse, review and comment on an aspect of Shakespeare’s
work. For example, comparing how a Shakespearean scene has been
interpreted by two different directors.

Year 9

Autumn Half term 1 – Poetry

Students study a cluster of poems from the AQA GCSE ‘Moon on the Tides’ anthology to enable them to develop the skills they will be using at GCSE.

Half term 2 – Class reader

Students study a novel and complete GCSE style tasks, such as using an aspect of the novel as inspiration for their own piece of creative writing.

Spring Half term 3 ‐ Shakespeare

Students practise answering controlled assessment style questions about characters or themes.

Half term 4 ‐ Writing skills

Students practise answering GCSE style exam questions which cover the following skills: inform/explain/describe and persuade/argue/advise.

Summer Half term 5 – Reading skills

Students practise answering non‐fiction GCSE exam style questions on use of language and presentational features.

Half term 6 – Introduction to GCSE course.

Students will begin to study one of their GCSE texts.

Year 10

Autumn Sets 4 & 5

  • GCSE  English Controlled Assessment ‐ 3a – Prose – Different Cultures – ‘Of Mice and Men’
  • GCSE  English Controlled Assessment – 3a– Drama – Shakespeare – ‘Macbeth’

Sets 1, 2 & 3

  • GCSE English Language Controlled Assessment– ‘Of Mice and Men’
  • GCSE English Literature June  exam preparation – 20th Century Drama – ‘An Inspector Calls’
Spring Sets 4 & 5

  • GCSE English Controlled Assessment ‐ 3a – Literary Heritage – Poetry
  • GCSE English Controlled Assessment ‐ 3b  – Creative Writing Part 1

Sets 1, 2 & 3

  • English Literature Controlled Assessment – Shakespeare & English Literary Heritage Poetry
  • English Literature exam preparation – Poetry – AQA Anthology
Summer Sets 4 & 5

  • GCSE English Controlled Assessment 3b  – Creative Writing Part 2
  • Preparation for mock English exam in June/July

Sets 1, 2 & 3

  • Revision for English Literature GCSE exams in May/June
  • Preparation for Mock English Language exam in July

Year 11

Autumn Sets 3, 4 & 5

  • Preparation for IGCSE English First Language exam 06/11/13
  • 3 x Written c/w
  • Speaking and listening c/w
  • Revision for December mock exam – ‘Of Mice and Men’

Sets 1 & 2

  • English Literature ‐ Controlled Assessment – Shakespeare & English Literary Heritage Poetry
  • Mock  exam preparation – AQA Anthology Poetry across Time / 20th Century Drama – An Inspector Calls
Spring Sets 3, 4 & 5

  • Literature exam preparation – ‘Romeo and Juliet’ & Poetry

Sets 1 & 2

  • English Literature June exam preparation – AQA Anthology Poetry across Time / 20th Century Drama – An Inspector Calls
Summer All sets

  • Revision for exams in May/June

Year 12

Autumn 2 x Coursework ‐ ‘Loot’ – Orton, ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ – Shakespeare

Exam preparation – Poetry – W H Auden and Robert Browning.

Spring Exam preparation ‐ Aspects of Narrative

2 x Prose texts

2 x Poetry texts 1800 ‐ 1945

Summer Revision for exams in May/June

Year 13

Autumn Coursework – Comparative study of an aspect of two texts

Exam preparation – Elements of the Gothic
Macbeth – Shakespeare
Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Spring Coursework – an application of an aspect of the pre‐released anthology to a literary text

Revision of exam texts

Summer Revision for exams in May/June

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