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English

Pupils will commence their English GCSE course in year 9. They will undertake the examination in June of year 10. Should pupils make the necessary progress, normally three levels progress and a minimum of a 'C' grade from years 7 to 10, they will be entered for GCSE Literature in year 11.

Year 7

• In Year 7, pupils undertake units of work that follow the assessment objectives that are outlined at GCSE for both the Language and Literature specifications.

• Initially, pupils engage with these objectives by completing a range of innovative and engaging activities centred on Roald Dahl’s autobiography ‘Boy’. As the year progresses they then move on to the study of non-Fiction texts and persuasive writing. The final units of work are focused on Literature, specifically the study of key scenes from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and a selection of poetry.

• Extra support for their studies is available on request from classroom teachers and the school library which has an extensive collection of books that will develop, support and stretch pupils' understanding of English by offering them the opportunity to loan interesting texts.

• SEND support in Year 7 is coordinated by school SENCO, Miss J Tandy. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

• Led by the Literacy Coordinator, all pupils in year 7 undertake two Reading assessments in order to identify their reading age and their ability to access the secondary curriculum; research shows that pupils need a minimum reading age of 9 years and 6 months to do this. The reading age assessments identify pupils to join either our Literacy Catch Up programme or one of our Guided Reading groups. For more information about these interventions please contact the Literacy Coordinator.

• Pupils are offered the chance to attend an extra-curricular trip to Stratford to experience a Shakespeare play and learn about his early life.

• Pupils can find out more details about the course from their individual English teachers. For prospective pupils who require attention content information, this is available upon request from the Head of Department.

• Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course may request a copy of detailed course content from the Head of Department.

• The following websites also provide information about the GCSEs students will be sitting in Year 11:

• English Language - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

• English Literature - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

Year 8

• In Year 8, pupils undertake units of work that follow the assessment objectives that are outlined at GCSE for both the Language and Literature specifications.

• Pupils study: English Language: creative writing, literary fiction, non-fiction, writing non-fiction. English Literature: pupils study key scenes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and a selection of poetry

• Extra support for their studies is available on request from classroom teachers and the school library which has an extensive collection of books that will develop, support and stretch pupils' understanding of English by offering them the opportunity to loan interesting texts.

• SEND support in Year 8 is coordinated by school SENCO, Miss J Tandy. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

• Alongside their studies, each class reads two novels per year. These readers are carefully chosen to suit the needs of the pupils in each group.

• Pupils are offered the chance to attend an extra-curricular trip to Stratford to experience a Shakespeare play and learn about his early life.

• A termly 'Spelling Bee' competition takes place and winners are awarded prizes and certificates.

• Both National Poetry Day and World Book Day are celebrated by classes undertaking special activities on these days.

• Extra-curricular activities include the ‘Mock Trial Competition’ and ‘Comic Club’, which is a weekly group that uses comics as stimulus for debating, public speaking and creative writing amongst other things.

• Pupils can find out more details about the course from their individual English teachers. Pupils who require further content information, this is available upon request from the Head of Department.

• Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course may request a copy of detailed course content from the Head of Department.

• The following websites also provide information about the GCSEs students will be sitting in Year 11:

• English Language - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

• English Literature - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

Year 9

• In Year 9, pupils begin to study key components of the AQA GCSE English Language and Literature courses.

• Pupils begin the autumn term focusing on English Language Paper 1.

• Also in the autumn term, William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ is studied at length to ensure pupils feel confident in their understanding of characters, themes, quotations, historical/social context, and overall structure of the text.

• We ask all pupils to have their own copy of this English Literature set text for the closed-book examination so that they can make their own revision notes and to ensure that they study the text at home by revising independently.

• In order to consolidate pupil understanding of the play, all pupils watch a theatre company perform ‘Macbeth’ in school.

• Following the study of ‘Macbeth’, pupils will then revise skills in preparation for English Language Paper 1 alongside studying poems from the Power and Conflict cluster of the AQA GSCE Poetry Anthology.

• Extra-curricular activities include the ‘Mock Trial Competition’ and ‘Comic Club’, which is a weekly group that uses comics as stimulus for debating, public speaking and creative writing amongst other things.

• Extra support for their studies is available on request from classroom teachers and the school library which has an extensive collection of books that will develop, support and stretch pupils' understanding of English by offering them the opportunity to loan interesting texts.

• Pupils can find out more details about the course from their individual English teachers. Pupils who require more content information, this is available upon request from the Head of Department.

• Parents seeking additional information about the demands of the course may request a copy of detailed course content from the Head of Department.

• SEND support in Year 9 is coordinated by school SENCO, Miss J Tandy. Additional resources for Pupil Premium Grant Funding are assessed on a pupil-by-pupil basis where appropriate.

• A direct link to purchase the recommended Heinemann edition of ‘Macbeth’ can be found here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/MacBeth-Heinemann-Shakespeare-Richard-Durant/dp/0435026445

• Possible revision guides can be found to purchase here:

• https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1841461164?ref_=ams_ad_dp_ttl

• https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/GCSE-English-Language-Revision-Guide-Grade-Course/1782943692

• To support their learning in Year 9 pupils can access the following websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/dramamacbeth/
http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/macbeth/
https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/media/Documents/English/Study_and_Revise_Macbeth_sample_material.pdf

• The following websites also provide information about the GCSEs students will be sitting in Year 11

:• English Language - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

• English Literature - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

 

 

Year 10

The Year 11 course covers the core components for both AQA English Language and AQA English Literature.

Please find further information by clicking on the links below:

English Literature

English Language

Year 11

The Year 11 course covers the core components for both AQA English Language and AQA English Literature.

Please find further information by clicking on the links below:

English Literature

English Language


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