Curriculum

English

Intent


To unlock the belief in and for all students in their ability to become: 
- confident, curious and critical readers and writers
- eloquent and articulate speakers
- engaged and compassionate listeners. 
It is our aim that through the study of both fiction and non-fiction texts we will enable our students to develop culturally, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. 

YEAR 7

The curriculum plan is designed to act as a foundation year for secondary English, introducing the students to a range of literary, non-fiction, Shakespeare and poetry texts. In studying these we are seeking to develop reading, writing, critical thinking and oracy skills gained in primary school and prepare students for further development of these skills in Year 8.
 

  • Students in X4 and Y4 follow the ‘Hackney Lit’ program to accelerate their basic literacy skills development.
  • To develop Level 2 vocabulary, all students complete a minimum of 2 Bedrock ‘lessons’ a week online for their homework.

Year 7 English Curriculum Map 2020-2021

YEAR 8

The curriculum within Year 8 consciously builds on skills and knowledge gained in Year 7 and looks forward to Year 9. The sequence of topics aims to balance non-fiction and literary texts through several shorter text anthologies supplemented with whole text analysis; the skills and contextual knowledge arising from exploring these texts are cumulative and act as a stepping-stone towards more challenging texts in Year 9.
 

  • Students in X4 and Y4 follow the ‘Hackney Lit’ program to accelerate their basic literacy skills development.
  • To develop Level 2 vocabulary, all students complete a minimum of 2 Bedrock ‘lessons’ a week online for their homework.

Year 8 English Curriculum Map 2020-2021

YEAR 9

Building on Year 8’s study, the Year 9 curriculum is designed to be a platform for refining skills and developing knowledge required for Key Stage 4 as well as introducing new literary concepts. For example, through studying a whole novel as well as the study of a Shakespearean text ('The Merchant of Venice') during the Autumn term and Spring 1, students are prepared for the introduction of their first GCSE English Literature text in the Summer Term (‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’). Through studying a second full Shakespeare text, knowledge of context, language and dramatic devices are further developed whilst study of a collection of Love Poetry is designed to help prepare students to study a cluster of themed poems later in Key Stage 4.
 

  • A small number of students benefit from additional curriculum support time which alternates between boosting basic skills, supporting main class topics and following the AQA Functional Skills program.
  • To develop Level 2 vocabulary, all students complete a minimum of 2 Bedrock ‘lessons’ a week online for their homework.

Year 9 English Curriculum Map 2020-2021

YEAR 10

With the introduction of the first English Literature text, 'The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and My Hyde' in the final term of Year 9, Year 10 will primarily focus on the study of all AQA English Literature GCSE texts. In addition to this, the students will begin preparation for their AQA English Language GCSE. Focusing on literary texts first, we aim to revise and refine key knowledge and skills. With increased interleaving of topics within lessons we aim to develop retention of key knowledge and concepts. We explicitly teach skills for the English Language GCSE during the summer term in preparation for their end of Year exams.
 

  • AQA English Literature texts include: 'Macbeth', 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde', 'An Inspector Calls' and the AQA Poetry Anthology - Power and Conflict.
  • To develop Level 2 vocabulary, some nominated students complete a minimum of 2 Bedrock ‘lessons’ a week online for their homework.
  • A small number of students benefit from additional curriculum support time which alternates between boosting basic skills, supporting main class topics and following the AQA Functional Skills program.
  • Some selected students in Year 10 follow the Bedrock online vocabulary building program.

Year 10 English Language and English Literature Map 2020-2021

YEAR 11

This year will focus on preparing our Year 11 students for their English Language and English Literature GCSEs. Focusing on literary texts first, we aim to revise and refine key knowledge and skills. With increased interleaving of topics within lessons we aim to develop retention of key knowledge and concepts. We explicitly teach skills for the English GCSE during the summer term in preparation for their end of Year exams which in turn builds a platform for a differentiated approach to skills and topics covered in Year 11.
 

  • All students are entered for GCSE English Language and English Literature exams.

Year 11 English Language and English Literature Curriculum Map 2020-2021

A-LEVEL ENGLISH LITERATURE

Our A Level English Literature qualification encourages students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of a broad range of English literature. Students apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation to engage critically and creatively with both set texts and others of their own choosing. Students will study pre-1900 drama and poetry, Dystopian Literature, Shakespeare and produce two pieces of coursework consisting of a close-reading essay and a comparative essay.

Year 12 and Year 13 English Literature Curriculum Map 2020-2021

A-LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Through the English Language A Level course (OCR) we seek to provide our students with a deep knowledge of how the English language works and encourage them to engage creatively with areas of topical debate. Students will explore language in use in various contexts and will carry out an independent investigation in an area of particular interest to them from the Summer of Y12 through Y13 which allows students to pursue more detailed work in a field of particular personal interest therefore offering excellent preparation for study at University level. Whilst the course provides continuity from GCSE English there are also many new areas of study including: Language Change, Language and Technology, Language in the Media, Language and Power, Language and Gender, Children’s Language Acquisition and exploring the range of frameworks (building blocks) of language.

Year 12 English Language Curriculum Map 2020-2021

Year 13 English Language Curriculum Map 2020-2021

CAREERS IN ENGLISH

For information on careers in English please see the below document:

Careers in English

CONTACT US

For further information regarding English please contact the following:

  • Mrs Andrea Darrie (Assistant Head Teacher in charge of English) - a.darrie@st-josephs.slough.sch.uk
  • Ms Laura Kell (Second in Charge of the English Department) - l.kell@st-josephs.slough.sch.uk