Our English curriculum is delivered by a dedicated team of experienced professionals. We work hard to provide lessons that engage, inspire and challenge so that students of all abilities enjoy English and make excellent progress.
In Year 7 the English Curriculum seeks to promote the fun and enjoyment of English, while reinforcing the skills developed at Key Stage 2. We look to engage students with interesting and exciting activities and promote learning environments that will stimulate their imaginations and foster a love of literature that will hopefully last a lifetime.
We teach students the skills for reading, writing and speaking and listening. Students are placed in an appropriate group based on their KS2 levels, CAT test and Literacy Assessment. Once we get to know students on a personal level and have a view of their specific skills and abilities there is the opportunity for groups to be changed after October and Christmas if necessary.
Year 7 begins with a transition unit all about autobiography and getting to know each other. Throughout the year schemes of work include study of a novel (‘Coraline’, ‘Trash’ or ‘Skellig’), a play by Shakespeare, poetry and a non-fiction unit based around local legends, with two key assessment tasks for each unit. Each unit of work aims to give students an experience of the range of assessment opportunities that they will encounter during Key Stages 3 & 4.
Homework is set on a regular basis, with a range of reading, writing and research-based tasks linked directly to every unit of work studied in class. Students may be issued with homework books they will be using for all the homework task they’ll complete throughout the year.
During the year students will be assessed and challenged with a wide range of tasks and schemes of work that cover the main foci for Reading and Writing. Schemes of work focus on a range of topics: a non-fiction unit based around The Titanic, close study of a novel (‘Holes’ or ‘Once’), a selection of modern drama texts (‘Our Day Out’, ‘The Crucible’ and/or ‘Journey’s End’), a poetry unit based around the themes of ‘Heroes and Villains’ and a gothic horror unit, with a selection of 19th century short stories to prepare the students for the requirements of the new English Language GCSE . Most of the Year 8 units of work have strong cross-curricular links with History, as a range of texts studied are base around WW1, WW2 and the Holocaust.
Students build on their Year 7 literacy work to develop their analytical skills in response to literary or non-fiction and media texts. Speaking and listening skills will be developed through group presentations and class discussions. Homework in Year 8 continues to be set in the same format as in Year 7.
This is a transition year in English when students are perfecting the skills and experience to prepare them for GCSE courses in Language and Literature. Students in Y9 study a novel (‘Animal Farm’ or ‘Midwinter Blood’), a modern drama text (‘Educating Rita’) and a play by Shakespeare, along with an extensive writing skills unit, where students read and write a range of creative and transactional texts. The Summer Term will focus on poetry, both unseen and set anthology poems, in preparation for the English Literature GCSE.
All of the changes that are coming about in terms of GCSE from 2015 have meant that it has never been more important for students to be prepared for the challenges that they will meet on this course. Our Year 9 curriculum is a course that forms excellent ‘real life’ preparation for the requirements of GCSE at KS4 while also furnishing students with the opportunity to really get their teeth into more challenging texts.
All students at KS3 are encouraged to keep up their independent reading with regular visits to the library and the opportunity to take part in a wide range of reading initiatives around the school designed to maintain support a love of literature and reading.
|Year 10 & 11|
At KS4 English we focus on the key skills needed for students to succeed in the wider world. We look at analysis of text and speech; develop skills in critical reading and focus on research and critical thinking. All of this is done through a series of units designed to cover a wide variety of English Language and Literary foci that encompass the new Edexcel syllabus for GCSE English Language and Eduqas (WJEC for out of Wales centres) syllabus for English Literature. Throughout the KS4 course we study a range of texts from English Literary Heritage (Shakespeare and a 19th century novel), Poetry, a modern drama or prose text, Media and Non-Fiction.
The course offers an eclectic and considered range of texts and experiences that aim to engage our students and further develop the joy of literature that we aim to instil in them from a very early age. The new (2015 onward) GCSE is dual award meaning that students will leave with a diverse knowledge and GCSE accreditation in two separate English disciplines.
We also aim to further develop the students’ joy of literature by offering a range of educational trips. We work very closely with Theatre Royal in Norwich and other theatres to be able to offer a range of performances for students to enjoy. Recently, we’ve organised trips to see the productions of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’, ‘The History Boys’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ . Every year in the summer term we also aim to offer a trip to Poland, where Year 9, 10 and 11 students are given the opportunity to visit Auschwitz concentration camp and build on the cross-curricular links between Literature and History they have developed throughout their study of a number of literary and non-fiction texts.