English

Skill

We want all of our students to have the ability to read and write confidently, so that they can express themselves with clarity. We want students to have the necessary language tools to be able to appreciate the written word of others and to be able to use the written word to empower themselves.

Character

We want students to be competent readers. Reading will open doors for students to develop their character as it will allow them to express themselves. We want students to develop confidence because they have the language to articulate their ideas and opinions about literature and the world around them.

Experiences

Students will have the opportunity to engage critically with writers from a range of periods in history and experience the world through others’ eyes. They will read texts of their own choosing for pleasure, not only to develop a love of reading, but to encourage mindfulness. We want all students, having engaged with authors’ ideas, to take on a narrative voice and create their own descriptive pieces. Finally, students will express the views and understanding they have developed.

Criticality

English will develop students’ ability to think critically about the world around them and the written word. This study will encourage them to understand the human experience and themselves. English will encourage students to understand who they are and to develop emotional intelligence, so that they can articulate their own thoughts and feelings and also understand the thoughts and feelings of others.

THEME/FOCUS  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 9 (KS3) Of Mice and Men

(Modern text)

Taming of the Shrew

(Shakespeare)

Poetry Comparison and Different Voices

(A celebration of diversity through literature)

Year 10 Romeo and Juliet/ Lang Paper 1 A Christmas Carol/ Lang Paper 1 Poetry Anthology/ Lang Paper 2
Year 11 Romeo and Juliet/ Lang Paper 1

(A Christmas Carol revision)

Poetry Anthology/ Lang Paper 2 An Inspector Calls/ Lang Paper 1
Year 12 1) An Understanding of the time frames from which they will study literature. the shares context on WW1

2) Analytical writing to fulfil exam criteria for essay writing.

3) Students study a novel (Birdsong) for the first question of Paper 2 allowing them an insight into the realities of war- women in the home front- from a post-modern narrative perspective.

1)A study of the AQA suggested anthology, making explicit links to the play form (AO2)

2)Content for question 3 paper 2 comparing poetry and the play My Boy Jack.

3)Confidence in annotating and responding to unseen prose within the WW1 contextual time frame.

1)WNTTAK is a text taught for NEA exploring literature under a range of themes to insight independent, critical analysis under any chosen area.

2)Frankenstein is a text taught for NEA exploring literature under a range of themes to insight independent, critical analysis under any chosen area

This term aims to build confidence in independent reading and responding (the aims of the NEA) but also to build in variation for texts to write about for the NEA.

Year 13 1) An Understanding of the time frames from which they will study literature. the shares context on WW1

2) Analytical writing to fulfil exam criteria for essay writing.

3) Students study a novel (Birdsong) for the first question of Paper 2 allowing them an insight into the realities of war- women in the home front- from a post-modern narrative perspective.

4) Students will plan and write their NEA independently, using limited lessons time, after-school sessions.

1)A study of the AQA suggested anthology, making explicit links to the play form (AO2)

2)Content for question 3 paper 2 comparing poetry and the play My Boy Jack.

3)Confidence in annotating and responding to unseen prose within the WW1 contextual time frame.

1)To understand Shakespeare as a key writer during the Renaissance era, examining extracts from many of his texts but with a focus on Taming of the Shrew forming the content for Paper 1

2)Study of The Great Gatsby to form the second half of Paper 1. Studied in comparison to the AQA anthology of poems from different ages and influences.

3)Question 2, Paper 1. Students will study approaches to exploring unseen poetry and effective ways of writing a comparison essay