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Overall Curriculum Principles & Intent

The English curriculum at Adeyfield Academy aims to teach students to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas to others and so that others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, students have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Language skills are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

The overarching aim for English curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

The purpose of education is usually described as being about the following:

  • Transmission of culture
  • Preparation for work
  • Preparation for effective citizenship
  • Preparation for life

Our English curriculum support this in that it aims to ensure that all students:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding -  developing the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting language use according to context, purpose and audience
  • Use discussion in order to learn; being able to explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Our KS3 curriculum is sequenced broadly in chronological order. This is based upon the premise that ‘if it’s widely accepted that history is best taught sequentially, then why not literature?’ If every text students study relates back to the texts they’ve studied previously then they will be able to make strong relational  and independent links between texts and contexts and therefore become flexible learners and thinkers. Our aim is for students to be able to piece together the story of language  and literature from its classical roots, through to the Victorian and modern periods. It is our intention that this platform best prepares students for KS4 and KS5 study as students have the knowledge of history and context that they can apply to their study of 19th, 20th and 21st Century texts.

As a faculty we recognise however that  cultural capital isn’t just about Shakespeare etc; it’s also about students’ ability to think and communicate. This means that knowledge of grammar, language and terminology is particularly powerful and why it plays an important role within our curriculum.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 Knowledge and Skill

Unit of Work

Knowledge and

Skills

Curriculum Links

and Sequencing

National Curriculum

(including KS2)

Greek Myths


7 weeks

* Origin of roots -

    language and etymology
* Greek Myths and their

   relevance and

   connection with today
* Comprehension/ 

   Informational retrieval
* Language analysis of

   extracts
* Fiction & Non Fiction

   Writing
* Structuring a written

   response

GCSE link

➔  English Language       

       Paper 1 - Fiction
➔  English Literature

       Paper 1 and 2 

Wider Curriculum Links

➔ Historical
➔ Cultural
➔SMSC

Sequencing Links

➔ Intro to Shakespeare 7
➔ AMSND 7
➔ Etymology - all SoL

  • Learning new vocabulary explicitly linked to context
  • Understanding purpose and audience
  • Literary heritage
  • Read a range of texts
  • Discussion of themes and conventions
  • Evaluate how writers use language

An Introduction to Shakespeare


7 weeks

* Shakespeare’s life
* Historical and social context

     of the time
* Shakespearean Theatre

     (The Globe)
* The monarchy and

     religion
* Superstition
* Puritanism
* Comprehension/ 

     Informational retrieval
* Language analysis of

     Shakespearean

     extracts
* Descriptive writing
* Structuring a written

     response

GCSE Link:
➔ English Language

     Paper 1 - Fiction
➔ English Literature

      Paper 1 - Shakespeare Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Historical
➔    Cultural - relating to Shakespearean theatre
➔    Religious ideology
➔    SMSC
Sequencing Links:
➔    Greek Myths 7
➔    AMSND 7
➔    Macbeth 10
➔    Literature Countdown

          11

  • Study of Shakespeare
  • Historical periods
  • Making inferences and referring to evidence in the text
  • writing for a specific purpose and audience
  • Learning and applying knowledge of vocabulary
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing
  • Read a range of plays
  • Discussing themes and conventions
  • Assessing the effectiveness of writing
  • Identifying how language and structure shape meaning

A Midsummer
Night’s Dream


8 weeks

  • Elements of Shakespearean comedy
  • Plot, character and theme development
  • Context, both historical and generic
  • Descriptive writing
  • Extract analysis
  • Structuring a written response

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature

         Paper 1 - Shakespeare Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Historical
➔    Cultural - relating to

        Shakespearean theatre
➔    SMSC
Sequencing Links:
➔    Greek Myths 7
➔    An Introduction to

         Shakespeare 7
➔    Macbeth 10
➔    Literature Countdown

         11

  • Reading a whole play by Shakespeare
  • Promotes challenge, interest and enjoyment Knowing how language, structure and form shape meaning
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing
  • Write for a specific audience and purpose Using Standard English confidently in their own writing
  • Read a range of plays
  • Discussing themes and conventions
  • Assessing the effectiveness of writing
  • Identifying how language and structure shape meaning

The Gothic


6 weeks

  • Origins of Gothic writing
  • Historical context of Gothic writing
  • Elements of the Gothic
  • Reading techniques of skimming and scanning The difference between implicit and explicit information
  • Creative writing skills
  • Language analysis
  • Reading skills and strategies

GCSE Link:
➔  English Language

       Paper 1 - Fiction

Wider Curriculum Links: ➔ Historical
➔ Religious ideology
➔ Psychological
➔ SMSC
Sequencing Links:
➔ Jekyll and Hyde 7
➔  A Christmas Carol 10
➔  Language P1 10
➔  Language P1

         Countdown 11

  • Pre-1914 English Literature texts
  • Reading for challenge, interest and enjoyment
  • Studying a range of authors
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing
  • Studying the effectiveness and impact of textual features
  • Reading a range of fiction and historical texts
  • Familiarity with a range of fiction
  • Identifying themes and conventions of writing Identifying how language and structure contribute to meaning
  • Identifying the audience for and purpose of writing
  • In narratives develop setting and character
  • Proofreading and editing
  • Select appropriate grammar and vocabulary in writing

Jekyll and Hyde


10 weeks

  • Context - historical, thematic and generic
  • Plot, character and theme development
  • Vocabulary development
  • Narrative writing techniques
  • Language  and structure analysis
  • Literary techniques
  • Reading for meaning
  • Comprehension skills
  • Textual analysis skills
  • Analytical writing skills
  • Embedding quotes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Evaluation skills
  • Application of vocabulary
  • Linking contextual influences

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature 

       Paper 1 - 19th Century

       Text

Wider Curriculum Links: ➔ Spiritual
➔    Philosophical
➔    Historical
➔    Moral
➔    Social
Sequencing Links:
➔    The Gothic 7
➔    19th Century 8
➔    A Christmas Carol 10
➔    Literature P1

         Countdown 11

  • Reading whole texts that are challenging
  • Learning new vocab
  • Making inferences and referring to evidence in the text
  • Studying setting, plot and characterisation Applying their growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to their writing
  • Imaginative writing
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing
  • Reading of a 19th century text
  • Knowledge of purpose, audience and context
  • Identifying and Interpreting themes and ideas
  • Exploring plort, character
  • Read an increasingly wide range and challenging texts
  • Predicting what might happen in texts based on generic conventions
  • Participate in discussions about texts
  • Write narratives focussing on setting and character
  • Assessing the effectiveness of writing

Year 8 Knowledge and Skill

Unit of Work

Knowledge and

Skills

Curriculum Links

and Sequencing

National Curriculum

 

19th Century Texts
 

4 weeks

★    Elements of travel and

        adventure writing
★    Developing

        Vocabulary
★    Developing

        punctuation
★    Narrative perspectives
★    Transactional writing
    Literary analysis
★    Use of effective

       vocabulary, punctuation

       and language devices

GCSE Link:
➔    English Language Paper 1 - Fiction Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Geographical
➔    SMSC
➔    Cultural
Sequencing Links:
➔    Jekyll and Hyde 7
➔    Fantasy 8
➔    Of Mice and Men 8
➔    Language P1 10
➔    A Christmas Carol 10
➔    Language Countdown

         P1 11
 

  • Reading extracts
  • Developing an appreciation and love of reading
  • Knowing the purpose, audience and context of writing
  • Reading critically
  • Drawing on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions and apply to own work
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing

Fantasy

 

7 weeks

★    Elements of the

         fantasy genre
★    Key elements of

         setting
★    Elements of fantasy

         characters
★    Toderov’s  character

         types
★    Structural techniques

         of different text types
    Creative writing
★    Literary analysis

GCSE Link:
➔    English Language Paper

         1 - Fiction Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Philosophical
➔    Spiritual
Sequencing Links:
➔    Greek Myths 7
➔    AMSND 7
➔    Language P1 10
➔    Language Countdown

         P1 11

  • Reading short stories and extracts
  • Developing an appreciation and love of reading
  • Knowing the purpose, audience and context of writing
  • Reading critically
  • Drawing on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions and apply to own work
  • Plan, draft

War Poetry

 

5 weeks

  • Context of the World War 1
  • Propaganda and its role in the war
  • Life of front line soldiers
  • Different viewpoints and reasons of war
  • Personal context of war poets
  • Research skills
  • Poetry analysis (language, structure, form)
  • Poetry comparative skills

GCSE Link:
➔ English Literature Paper             2 - Poetry
Wider Curriculum Links:

➔ Historical
➔    Physcological
➔    Geographical
➔    Political
➔    Ethical
Sequencing Links:
➔    Freedom & Oppression                8
➔    Poetry and Identity 9
➔    Unseen Poetry 10
➔    Power & Conflict                         Poetry 10/11
➔    Literature P2                                   Countdown 11

  • Developing an appreciation of poetry
  • Making inferences and referring to evidence in the text
  • Knowing the purpose, audience and context of the writing
  • Knowing how language, structure and form shape meaning
  • Studying a range of poets
  • Responding to poetic texts
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing

Dystopian
Fiction

 

5 weeks

  • Elements of dystopian fiction
  • Narrative perspectives
  • Dystopian themes
  • Creative writing
  • Textual analysis
  • Applying conventions of dystopia to own writing

GCSE Link:
➔    English Language Paper

         1 - Fiction Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Technology
➔    Environment
➔    Economic
➔    Political
➔    SMSC
Sequencing Links:
➔    Fantasy 8
➔    Language P1 10
➔    Language Countdown

         P1 11
➔    A Level

  • Reading short stories and extracts
  • Developing an appreciation and love of reading Knowing the purpose, audience and context of writing
  • Reading critically
  • Drawing on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions and apply to own work
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing

Oppression and
Freedom

 

5 weeks

  • Context behind the Slave Trade and the experiences of slaves
  • Elements of article writing
  • Language Analysis
  • Transactional writing
  • Reading non Fiction texts

GCSE Link:
➔    English Language

          Paper 2 - Non-Fiction Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Historical
➔    Ethical

➔    Political
➔    SMSC
Sequencing Links:
➔    Dystopian Fiction 8
➔    War Poetry 8
➔    Of Mice and Men 8
➔    Language P2 11
➔    Language Countdown

         P2 11
 

  • Reading extracts
  • Developing an appreciation and love of reading Knowing the purpose, audience and context of writing
  • Reading critically
  • Drawing on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions and apply to own work
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing

Of Mice and
Men

 

10 weeks

  • Context: The Great Depression, The
  • American Dream, Itinerant Workers, The
  • Dust Bowl
  • Themes: Friendship, Loneliness, Gender
  • & Racial Inequality, Hope
  • Plot and Narrative Development
  • Character Development
  • Reading analysis
  • Creative writing
  • Transactional writing

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature

         Paper 1 - Novel Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Historical
➔    Cultural
➔    Political
➔    Economical
➔    SMSC
➔    Ethical
➔    Geographical
Sequencing Links:
➔    Dystopian Fiction 8
➔    Freedom & Oppression

         8
➔    19C Travel 8
➔    Language Countdown

          11
➔    Literature Countdown

         11

  • Reading whole texts that are challenging
  • Learning new vocab
  • Making inferences and referring to evidence in the text
  • Studying setting, plot and characterisation Applying their growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to their writing
  • Imaginative writing
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing

Year 9 Knowledge and Skill 

Unit of Work Knowledge and Skills Curriculum Links and Sequencing National Curriculum

The Crucible

 

10 weeks

★    Context: The Salem

         Witch Trials, Tragedy
★    Themes: Reputation,

         Hysteria, Tolerance,

          Goodness, Judgement,

         Consequences
★    Plot and Narrative

         Development
★    Character Development
★    Reading analysis
★    Creative writing
★    Transactional writing

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature

         Paper 2 - Drama

Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Historical
➔    Cultural
➔    Political
➔    SMSC
➔    Ethical
Sequencing Links:
➔    AMSND 7
➔    Dystopian Fiction 8
➔    Freedom &

         Oppression 8
➔    Of Mice and Men 8
➔    Macbeth 10
➔    Language Countdown

         11
➔    Literature

          Countdown 11
➔    A Level

●    Reading whole texts

        that are challenging
●    Learning new

         vocabulary
●    Making inferences

        and referring to

         evidence in the text
●    Studying setting, plot

        and characterisation
●    Applying their

       growing knowledge

        of vocabulary,

        grammar and text

        structure to their                  writing
●    Imaginative writing
●    Plan, draft, proof-

        read and edit their

        own writing

Lord of The Flies

 

10 weeks

  • Context - historical, thematic &  generic
  • Plot, character and theme development
  • Vocabulary development
  • Narrative writing techniques
  • Language  and structure analysis
  • Literary techniques
  • Reading for meaning
  • Comprehension skills
  • Textual analysis skills
  • Analytical writing skills
  • Embedding quotes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Evaluation skills
  • Application of vocabulary
  • Linking contextual influences

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature

          Paper 2 Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Historical
➔    Cultural
➔    Political
➔    SMSC
➔    Ethical

Sequencing Links:
➔    Dystopian Fiction 8
➔    The Crucible 9
➔    An Inspector Calls 10
➔    A Level
 

  • Reading whole texts that are challenging
  • Learning new vocab
  • Making inferences and referring to evidence in the text
  • Studying setting, plot and characterisation
  • Applying their growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to their writing
  • Imaginative writing
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing

Poetry and
Identity

 

6 weeks

  • Poetic structures
  • Poetic forms
  • Poetic devices
  • Social influences
  • Cultural influence
  • Religious influences
  • Geographical influences
  • Colonialism
  • Cultural Displacement
  • Imperialism
  • Reading for meaning
  • Comprehension skills
  • Textual analysis skills
  • Analytical writing skills
  • Embedding quotes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Evaluation skills
  • Application of vocabulary
  • Linking contextual influences
  • Comparative analysis skills
  • Application of SALSA

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature

         Paper 2 - Poetry   

Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Historical
➔    Cultural ➔ Political
➔    Geographical
➔    Ethical
➔    Environment
➔    SMSC
➔    PLTS
Sequencing Links:
➔    War Poetry 8
➔    Unseen Poetry 10
➔    Poetry Clusters

         10/11
➔    Literature

         Countdown 11

  • Reading poetry since 1789
  • Knowledge of purpose, audience and context
  • Identifying and Interpreting themes and ideas Seeking evidence within a text to support a point of view
  • Analysing a writer’s choice of vocab, form, structure and grammatical features Making informed and personal responses
  • Making critical comparisons between texts
  • Building vocabulary

Step Up to GCSE

 

4 weeks

  • Narrative Theory
  • Narrative Hooks
  • Narrative Endings
  • Developing Character
  • Creating Environment & Setting
  • Developing Speech in Narrative
  • Sensory  / Colour Imagery
  • Strategies for Reading 19th Century
  • Texts: Periodic Sentences and Decoding
  • Vocabulary
  • Perspectives & Viewpoints
  • Tabloids & Broadsheets
  • Editorials
  • Emotive Language and Property Adverts
  • Reviews & Letter Writing
  • 21st Century Texts: Blogging
  • Creative writing
  • Literary analysis
  • Use of effective vocabulary, punctuation and language device Structural devices
  • Transactional writing
  • Literary analysis
  • Use of effective vocabulary, punctuation and language devices
  • Reading analysis

GCSE Link:
➔    English Language

          Paper 1 - Fiction
➔    English Language

         Paper 2 - Non-Fiction Wider Curriculum Links:

➔    PLATS
➔    SMSC
Sequencing Links:
➔    Language P1 10
➔    Language P2 11
➔    Language Countdown

         P1 11
 

  • Knowing the purpose, audience and context of writing
  • Drawing on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions and apply to own work
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing
  • Imaginative writing
  • Making inferences and referring to evidence in the text
  • Studying a range of texts
  • Reading extracts
  • Developing new vocab
  • Plan, draft, proof-read and edit their own writing

Spoken
Language
Endorsement

 

2 weeks

  • Research skills
  • Transactional writing skills
  • Drafting, editing and proof-reading skills
  • Oracy skills

GCSE Link:
➔    Spoken Language

          Endorsement

Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    PLATS
➔    SEAL
➔    SMSC
➔    Enterprise
Sequencing Links:
➔    All SOL - Oracy

  • Speak confidently, audibly and effectively, including through:
  • Using Standard English when the context and audience require it
  • Working effectively in groups of different sizes and taking on required roles, including leading and managing discussions, involving others
  • productively, reviewing and summarising, and contributing to meeting goals/deadlines
  • Listening to and building on the contributions of others, asking questions to clarify and inform, and challenging courteously when necessary
  • Planning for different purposes and audiences, including selecting and organising information and ideas effectively and persuasively for formal spoken presentations and debates
  • Listening and responding in a variety of different contexts, both formal and informal, and evaluating content, viewpoints, evidence and aspects of presentation
  • Improvising, rehearsing and performing play scripts and poetry in order to generate language and discuss language use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact.

Macbeth

 

6 weeks

  • Shakespeare / King James and Jacobean society
  • Witchcraft and superstition
  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • Gender ideology
  • The religious landscape
  • Social ideology of the time
  • Tragedy as a genre
  • Plot, character & themes
  • Key vocab relating to the topic
  • Reading for meaning
  • Comprehension skills
  • Textual analysis skills
  • Analytical writing skills
  • Embedding quotes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Evaluation skills
  • Application of vocabulary
  • Linking contextual influences

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature

         Paper 1 -

         Shakespeare

Wider Curriculum Links: ➔ Historical
➔    Philosophical
➔    Moral
➔    Political
➔    Religious
➔    Social
➔    Gender
Sequencing Links:
➔    Greek Myths 7
➔    An Introduction to

        Shakespeare 7
➔    AMSND 7
➔    Literature Countdown 11
➔     A Level

  • Reading of a play by Shakespeare
  • Knowledge of purpose, audience and context
  • Identifying and Interpreting themes and ideas
  • Exploring plot, character and themes
  • Seeking evidence within a text to support a point of view
  • Analysing a writer’s choice of vocab, form, structure and grammatical features Making informed and personal responses
  • Building vocabulary

Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11 GCSE Specification

Unit of Work Knowledge and Skills Curriculum Links and Sequencing National Curriculum

Macbeth

 

4 weeks

  • Shakespeare / King James and Jacobean society
  • Witchcraft and superstition
  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • Gender ideology
  • The religious landscape
  • Social ideology of the time
  • Tragedy as a genre
  • Plot, character & themes
  • Key vocab relating to the topic
  • Reading for meaning ★ Comprehension skills
  • Textual analysis skills
  • Analytical writing skills
  • Embedding quotes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Evaluation skills
  • Application of vocabulary
  • Linking contextual influences

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature

         Paper 1 - Shakespeare Wider Curriculum Links: ➔ Historical
➔    Philosophical
➔    Moral
➔    Political
➔    Religious
➔    Social
➔    Gender
Sequencing Links:
➔    Greek Myths 7
➔    An Introduction to

         Shakespeare 7
➔    AMSND 7
➔    Literature

        Countdown 11
➔    A Level

  • Reading of a play by Shakespeare
  • Knowledge of purpose, audience and context
  • Identifying and Interpreting themes and ideas
  • Exploring plot, character and themes
  • Seeking evidence within a text to support a point of view
  • Analysing a writer’s choice of vocab, form, structure and grammatical features
  • Making informed and personal responses
  • Building vocabulary

A Christmas Carol

 

10 weeks

  • Dickens
  • The 19th century
  • Historical / Social context
  • Political diatribe
  • Realist fiction as a genre
  • Philanthropy
  • Social class division
  • Industrial revolution
  • Workhouses and the Poor Law
  • Christianity
  • Charity
  • Plot, character & themes
  • Key vocab relating to the topic
  • Reading for meaning
  • Comprehension skills
  • Textual analysis skills
  • Analytical writing skills
  • Embedding quotes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Evaluation skills
  • Application of vocabulary
  • Linking contextual influences

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature

         Paper 1 - Novel Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Historical
➔    Religious
➔    Social
➔    Moral
➔    Economic
Sequencing Links:

➔    Jekyll and Hyde 7
➔    Gothic and Horror 7
➔    Of Mice and Men 8
➔    Literature

         Countdown 11
➔    A Level
 

  • Reading of a 19th century text
  • Knowledge of purpose, audience and context
  • Identifying and Interpreting themes and ideas
  • Exploring plort, character and themes
  • Seeking evidence within a text to support a point of view
  • Analysing a writer’s choice of vocab, form, structure and grammatical features
  • Making informed and personal responses
  • Building vocabulary

Language
Paper 1 -
Explorations in
Creative
Reading and
Writing

 

6 weeks

  • Narrative structures
  • MAIDSPECS
  • Characterisation methods
  • Structural devices
  • Linguistic & Literary devices
  • Vocabulary
  • Descriptive and narrative methods
  • Reading for meaning
  • Comprehension skills
  • Textual analysis skills
  • Analytical writing skills
  • Information retrieval
  • Analysis of language
  • Analysis of structure
  • Evaluative skills
  • Embedding quotes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Application of vocabulary
  • Application of narrative & descriptive writing skills
  • Application of structural features
  • Application of linguistic and literary techniques
  • Application of sentence types & grammatical features

GCSE Link:
➔    English Language

          Paper 1 - Fiction Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    PLATS
➔    Social
➔    Psychological
➔    Philosophical Sequencing Links:
➔    Gothic and Horror 7
➔    Fantasy 8
➔    Dystopian Fiction 8
➔    Of Mice and Men 8
➔    Language

         Countdown 11

  • Reading for different purposes
  • Summarising and synthesising ideas and information
  • Identifying and interpreting themes ideas and information
  • Exploring aspects of plot, character and theme
  • Seeking evidence in a text to support a viewpoint Analysing a writer’s choice of vocab, form and structural features
  • Write accurately, fluently and effectively at length Selecting and using judicious vocab, grammar and structures
  • Organising ideas effectively
  • Revise, edit and proofread reflecting on whether writing archives purpose and intended impact

An Inspector Calls

 

8 weeks

  • Priestly
  • Historical contexts of 1912 & 1945
  • The Titanic
  • WWI & WWII
  • Socialism
  • Capitalism
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Old & new money
  • Patriarchy & the role of women
  • Social class system
  • Traditional vs progressive viewpoints
  • Plot, character & themes
  • Key vocab relating to the topic
  • Reading for meaning
  • Comprehension skills
  • Textual analysis skills
  • Analytical writing skills
  • Embedding quotes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Evaluation skills
  • Application of vocabulary
  • Linking contextual influences

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature

          Paper 2

Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Historical
➔    Social
➔    Moral
➔    Political
➔    Gender
➔    Economic / Commercial Sequencing Links:
➔    Greek Myths 7
➔    AMSND 7
➔    Macbeth 10
➔    SLE 9
➔    Language Paper 1 10
➔    Literature

         countdown 11
➔    A Level

  • Reading a 20th century play
  • Knowledge of purpose, audience and context
  • Identifying and Interpreting themes and ideas
  • Exploring plot, character and themes
  • Seeking evidence within a text to support a point of view
  • Analysing a writer’s choice of vocab, form, structure and grammatical features Making informed and personal responses
  • Building vocabulary

Language
Paper 2 -
Viewpoints and Perspectives

 

8 weeks

  • The 19th Century
  • Non-fiction text types
  • Reading for meaning
  • Comprehension skills
  • Textual analysis skills
  • Analytical writing skills
  • Information retrieval
  • Summarising skills
  • Analysis of language
  • Analysis of structure
  • Comparative analysis skills
  • Embedding quotes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Application of vocabulary
  • Transactional writing skills
  • Application of structural features Application of linguistic andCommunication literary techniques
  • Application of sentence types & grammatical features

GCSE Link:
➔    English Language

         Paper 2 Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Psychological
➔    Cultural
➔    Historical
➔    Social
➔    PLATS
Sequencing Links:

➔    War Poetry 8
➔    Freedom and

          Oppression 8
➔    Of Mice and Men 8
➔    Language

         Countdown 11
 

  • Reading for different purposes
  • Summarising and synthesising ideas and information
  • Identifying and interpreting themes ideas and information
  • Exploring aspects of plot, character and theme
  • Seeking evidence in a text to support a viewpoint Analysing a writer;s choice of vocab, form and structural features
  • Write accurately, fluently and effectively at length Selecting and using judicious vocab, grammar and structures
  • Organising ideas effectively
  • Revise, edit and proofread reflecting on whether writing archives purpose and intended impact Making critical comparisons between texts

Poetry
Anthology -
Power and
Conflict

 

9 weeks

  • Types of conflict
  • Man vs Self
  • Man vs Man
  • Man vs Society
  • Man vs Nature Man vs Machine man vs Fate
  • Man vs Supernatural
  • Key vocab relating to the topic
  • SALSA
  • Reading for meaning
  • Comprehension skills
  • Textual analysis skills
  • Analytical writing skills
  • Embedding quotes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Evaluation skills
  • Application of vocabulary
  • Linking contextual influences
  • Comparative analysis skills
  • Application of SALSA

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature

         Paper 2 Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Historical
➔    Cultural
➔    Philosophical

➔ Psychological
➔    Social
➔    Geographical
➔    Moral / Ethical
➔    Technology
Sequencing Links:
➔    War Poetry 8
➔    Poetry & Identity 9
➔    Unseen Poetry 10
➔    A Level

  • Reading poetry since 1789
  • Knowledge of purpose, audience and context
  • Identifying and Interpreting themes and ideas
  • Exploring plot, character and themes
  • Seeking evidence within a text to support a point of view
  • Analysing a writer’s choice of vocab, form, structure and grammatical features Making informed and personal responses
  • Making critical comparisons between texts
  • Building vocabulary
  • Analysing a writer’s choice of vocab, form, structure and grammatical features Making informed and personal responses
  • Building vocabulary

Unseen Poetry

 

3 weeks

  • Poetic Techniques
  • Language
  • Structure
  • Form
  • Interpretations
  • Reading for meaning
  • Comprehension skills
  • Textual analysis skills
  • Analytical writing skills
  • Embedding quotes
  • Paragraph structure
  • Evaluation skills
  • Application of vocabulary
  • Linking contextual influences
  • Comparative analysis skills
  • Application of SALSA

GCSE Link:
➔    English Literature

         Paper 2 Wider Curriculum Links:
➔    Historical
➔    Cultural
➔    Philosophical

➔ Psychological
➔    Social
➔    Geographical
➔    Moral / Ethical
➔    Technology
Sequencing Links:
➔    War Poetry 8
➔    Poetry & Identity 9
➔    Power & Conflict

         Anthology 10
➔    A Level

  • Reading poetry since 1789
  • Knowledge of purpose, audience and context
  • Identifying and Interpreting themes and ideas
  • Exploring plot, character and themes
  • Seeking evidence within a text to support a point of view
  • Analysing a writer’s choice of vocab, form, structure and grammatical features Making informed and personal responses
  • Making critical comparisons between texts
  • Building vocabulary

 

 

 

GCSE English Language

Exam Board: AQA

Specification Number: 8700

Course Content:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading & Writing (50% of qualification)

  • Section A: This section requires students to focus on reading a short prose extract and respond to four questions that assess reading skills
  • Section B: This section requires students to write either a piece of descriptive writing based upon a picture stimulus or a short story on a given topic

Paper 2: Writers’ Perspectives and Viewpoints. (50 % of qualification)

  • Section A: This section requires students to read two short non-fiction extracts and then respond to four questions that assess reading skills
  • Section B: This section requires students to respond to a given task that allows them to express and explore their perspectives and viewpoints on a range of subject matter through their writing

Spoken Language (non-exam assessment)

During the course of their study, students will be given opportunities to practise their speaking and presentation techniques. A particular focus will be placed on developing presentational techniques.

Mode of Assessment:

100% written examination.

 

GCSE English Literature 

Exam Board: AQA

Specification Number: 8702

Course Content:

English Literature is all about developing an appreciation that writers have the ability through the written word to explore the society and the period of history in which they lived. When studying literature, students will have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics and develop opinions. 

Course Content:

Paper 1: Shakespeare and 19th Century novel (40% of qualification).

  • Section A: Macbeth by William Shakespeare – a play of ambition, greed and consequence.
  • Section B: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – a novel that explores the themes of social inequality and responsibility.

Paper 2: Post-1914 Drama, Poetry Anthology and Unseen Poetry (60% of qualification).

  • Section A: An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley – A play which often prompts much debate. To what extent should we be held responsible for our actions? Should we see ourselves as individuals or as members of one body?
  • Section B: A Poetry Anthology based upon the themes of Power & Conflict
  • Section C: Unseen Poetry.

Mode of Assessment:

100% written examination.

 

A Level English Literature

Exam Board: Edexcel

Level of course: 3

Aim of course:

The aim of the course is to enable students to gain a solid understanding of how texts can be explored and interpreted in multiple ways so that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident, autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for both exams and non-exam assessment, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English Literature that provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at university.

Component 1: Drama (30% of qualification)

  • One Shakespeare play and one other play from the genre of tragedy
  • Written examination, lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes

Component 2: Prose (20% of Qualification)

  • Two prose texts from linked by theme. At least one of the prose texts is pre-1900
  • Written examination, lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Component 3: Poetry (30% of Qualification)

  • A selection of post-2000 poetry and a selection of poems from a literary period
  • Written examination, lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Component 4: Non-Examination Assessment (20% of Qualification)

  • Students produce one assignment: an extended comparative essay referring to two texts. The advisory total word count is 2500–3000 words

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