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English

What Is Special About This Subject?

It encourages students to appreciate the richness of the English language in all its forms with literacy at its core. It empowers students to empathise and value the thoughts and experiences of the world around them.

What Is The Learning Journey Through This Subject?

Key Stage 3 - English

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THIS SUBJECT?

The purpose of teaching English is to increase students’ understanding of the language and to develop their ability to use it as effectively as possible in all its forms.

WHAT KNOWLEDGE AND THEMES ARE COVERED?

Year 7 and 8

Term

Theme

Content Covered

1

Curiosity

Y7 - History of the English Language.(where the English language comes from and how it has evolved over time.

Y8 - Conspiracy theories- using conspiracy stories such as Geli Raubal, Marilyn Monroe and Sam Cooke to encourage curiosity and expressing and building on their own opinions.

2

Shakespeare season

Yr 7 - Richard III

Yr 8 - Romeo and Juliet

3

Poetry

Y7 - 7 styles of poetry

Y8 - Poetry from around the world

4

Compare, Contrast, Communicate.

Comparing texts and learning about transactional text (newspapers, diaries, blogs, formal/informal letters). Through the development of oracy skills

5

Novel Study

Y7 - The Rules by Paul Orton

Y8 - Outcast United Warren StJohn

Discovering exciting language and exploring character development.

6

Play study

Y7 - Our Day Out by Willy Russell

Y8 - Billy Elliot

 

Year 9

Term

Theme

Content Covered

1

Term 1: Did curiosity kill the cat?

19th Century Non-fiction

2

Term 2: Did Shakespeare actually write his plays?

Shakespeare

3

Term 3: How do we live in modern times? 

Unseen poetry

4

Term 4: What is the Tell Tale Heart?

Comparison

5

Term 5: What makes a hero?

Novel Study

6

Term 6: What makes you who you are?

Blood Brothers

HOW IS IT ASSESSED?

English is assessed in line with NTC Standards guidelines .  Each students’ work is assessed at the end of each project and their progress is monitored throughout the year.

 

What extra-curricular activities can students get involved in?

Debating Club

Year 9 visit to London Dungeons

Tear 7 and 8 Shakespeare Workshop

 

What can my child do at home to improve his progress in this subject?

Reading the texts at home that he will study on this programme which are highlighted above in the learning of English.

WHERE DOES THIS TAKE ME?

The skills learnt in English ensure that all KS3 students have improved their understanding and application of the skills required at KS4 for the study of English Language and English Literature.  For example, the students will study prose, poetry and drama; the English ‘triplets’ for reading, writing, speaking and listening are taught in projects throughout the year .

 

Key Stage 4 – GCSE English Language And Literature

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?

You will study towards to separate qualifications, a GCSE in English Language and a GCSE in English Literature

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes. It will ensure that students can read fluently and write effectively and are able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.

 

Topic

Content Covered

AQA

Language Paper One -

Exploration in Creative Reading and Writing

-      Acting on Feedback

Improving reading and writing responses

AQA

Language Paper Two

Writers’ Perspectives and Viewpoints

How non-fiction writers use to language to convey their perspectives and ideas

Language Paper Two - Acting on Feedback

Mock exam for Paper One

-      improving reading and writing responses

Language Paper Two

-      how writers use language to create exciting and engaging stories

Paper One and Two

-      Revision

HOW IS THIS QUALIFICATION ASSESSED?

You will sit two exams alongside other non-examination assessments:

  • Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing– Written exam of 1 hour 45 minutes which makes up 50% of the GCSE
  • Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – Written exam of 1 hour 45 minutes which makes up 50% of the GCSE
  • Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language
    • o Set and marked by the teacher throughout course
    • o Separate endorsement (0% weighting of the GCSE)

GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE

This course will encourage students to develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Through literature, students have a chance to develop culturally and acquire knowledge of the best that has been thought and written. Studying GCSE English Literature should encourage students to read widely for pleasure, and as a preparation for studying literature at a higher level.

 

Topic

Content Covered

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell - set play

Themes of poverty, relationships and family

Dramatic techniques and understanding of the form of a play

Poetry - Power and Conflict Poetry

Themes of power and conflict reflected in the poems

Understanding of the form of poetry and how they are connected

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens - 19th Century set text

Themes of poverty, greed and hypocrisy

Understanding of the social and historical context of the novella

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Themes of regicide, witchcraft and leadership

Dramatic techniques and understanding of the form of a play

Unseen poetry by various poets

Looking at different forms, themes and ideas from various poets

Understanding of how poetic techniques are used effectively

HOW IS THIS QUALIFICATION ASSESSED?

You will sit two exams:

  • Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19thCentury Novel – Written exam of 1 hour 45 minutes which makes up 40% of the GCSE
  • Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry – Written exam of 2 hour 15 minutes which makes up 60% of the GCSE

WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I ACHIEVE?

A GCSE from AQA in English Language and a separate GCSE from AQA in English Literature

What extra-curricular activities can students get involved in?

Year 10 Blood Brothers Visit

Year 11 Globe Visit

 

What can my child do at home to improve his progress in this subject? Reading the texts at home that he will study on this programme which are highlighted above in the learning of English.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

Speak to Mr Keating (keating@ntc.kent.sch.uk) or any of the English team.