English

Years 7-9

Introduction and Overview

All pupils will develop Competency, Creativity, and both Critical and Cultural Understanding of texts as part of the aims of the KS3 National Curriculum Programme of Study (POS).  Through this, we aim to give students opportunities to become skilled communicators in speaking, reading and writing.  As writers they will explore their own creative imagination in a range of different forms.  Students will also address the significance of a writer’s social and historical context and its relevance to present day issues.  Throughout KS3 students will master the skills of deconstructing texts.

The KS3 PoS prepares all children for the English Language and Literature GCSE which all students start in May of Year 9.  By the end of the year, they should have completed their English Language GCSE Spoken Language Endorsement.  This requires them to do a videoed presentation to a group in which they will talk about a topic of their choice and answer questions.

Students will have regular opportunities to participate in a number of different English related challenges which are designed to celebrate their creativity provide really audiences for their skills.

E.g.  A poetry recital challenge (Yr7), a Ghost story challenge (Yr8) and A Non-Fiction writing challenge (Yr9)

Curriculum Overview

Knowledge Organisers 

All Years English Language Technical Accuracy

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Extra-Curricular Offer

The Department will also seek out English Enrichment activities, such as trips to see live theatre productions, cinema showings and other opportunities where they arise.

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading and try to ensure that they have a reading book for school which is appropriate for their age and ability.
  • Ask them questions about the book they are reading and share your own reading experience with them.
  • Visit your child’s bookshelf on Accelerated Reader from time to time to celebrate their reading journey and quiz successes.
  • Use Accelerated Reader book finder to help find new books.
  • During their homework, encourage your child to carefully proof-read their work; reading out loud might help them to pick up mistakes.
  • A graduated spelling booklet is available from school and may be issued by a class teacher if you would like to support your child with spelling at home.

Web Links

www.BBCbitesize.co.uk 

https://www.arbookfind.co.uk

Additional Reading

Additional fictional reading is tailored through the AR programme but if your child would like to further explore some of the authors we cover in KS3 then there is a list below.

Year 7

  • Roald Dahl
  • Michael Morpurgo
  • Neil Gaiman
  • C.S Lewis
  • Frances Hodgson-Burnett
  • Lynne Reid-Banks
  • Charles Dickens

Year 8

  • Benjamin Zephanniah
  • Grace Nichols
  • Susan Hill
  • Louis Sachar
  • R.J. Palacio
  • Mary Shelley
  • Bram Stoker
  • Edgar Allan Poe

Year 9

  • Stephanie Collins
  • James Dashner
  • Marjorie Blackman
  • George Orwell
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Grahame Greene
  • Ray Bradbury

Years 10-11

Introduction and Overview

English follows the AQA English Language (8700) and English Literature (8702) GCSE.  This represents two separate GCSEs 

The English Language Syllabus consists of two papers.  Paper 1 Creative Reading and Writing and Paper 2 Different Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives.

It is 100% exam based and will produce a GCSE grade (1-9 - 9 being the highest).

It tests the students ability to:

  • Understand implied meaning and read inference.
  • To summarise.
  • To comment on writer’s use of language and structure.
  • To compare different texts.
  • To evaluate texts.

The English Literature Syllabus (8702) consists of two papers:  

  • Paper 1:  Shakespeare and the Nineteenth Century Novel 
  • Paper 2: A Modern text and AQAs Anthology of poems – Love and Relationships and Unseen Poetry.

Curriculum Overview

 

Knowledge Organisers 

All Years English Language Technical Accuracy

Year 10

Year 11

 

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Make good use of BBC Bitesize
  • Purchase texts which can be annotated
  • Purchase revision guides

Web Links

Make good use of the web-links and revision guides.

www.bbcbitesize/GCSE/.co.uk

https://senecalearning.com

https://mrbruff.com

Additional Reading

They may find the Oxford AQA English Language textbooks useful.

Students should continue to use AR to find independent reading books.

However these additional classic texts would support their Literature study.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  • Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Colour Purple – Alice Walker