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English language and literature

English language and literature

English at Ashington Academy is taught with a passion as students learn vital life long skills. Students develop their skills in reading: learning to be fluent when accessing a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction.

Students learn to read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts. They summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts and use their knowledge gained from wider reading to inform and improve their own writing. Students learn to write effectively and coherently using standard English and a variety of sophisticated and ambitious vocabulary and punctuation.

Year 7

Learning outcomes

During Year 7 students will study and learn a range of reading and writing skills, necessary to their preparation and success at KS4. Students will learn key structures needed to effectively construct a piece of descriptive and viewpoint writing. They will learn and develop different reading skills, to support their critical understanding and analysis of various fiction and non-fiction texts.

Topics taught

  • Descriptive writing
  • Reading a novel
  • Viewpoint writing
  • Gothic writing
  • Poetry (including Shakespeare’s sonnets)

Year 8

Learning outcomes

During Year 8 students will study and learn a range of reading and writing skills, necessary to their preparation and success at KS4. Students will develop the key structures needed to effectively construct a piece of descriptive and narrative writing. They will learn and develop different reading skills to support their critical understanding and analysis of various fiction texts. They will enhance their understanding of how the context of a novel, play and poetry influences a writer and how it then effects a reader’s interpretations.

Topics taught

  • Descriptive writing
  • 19th Century novel
  • Narrative writing
  • Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet
  • War poetry

Year 9

Learning outcomes

During Year 9 students will embark on their GCSE preparation. They will study and extend their range of reading and writing skills, necessary for success at the end of Year 11. Students will master the key structures needed to effectively construct a piece of descriptive and narrative writing. They will learn and develop different reading skills, to support their critical understanding and analysis of various fiction texts. They will continue to enhance their understanding of how the context of a play and poetry influenced the writer and, in turn, how it impacts on the reader. Students will develop their analytical writing skills, which are necessary when studying their GSCE Literature texts.

Topics taught

  • Descriptive writing
  • English Language Paper 1: Section A. Reading
  • Viewpoint writing; Section B
  • Viewpoint writing; Section A
  • Shakespeare: Macbeth
  • Poetry: AQA Love & Relationships

Year 10

Learning outcomes

During Year 10 students will learn to embed the key structures needed to effectively construct a piece of descriptive and narrative writing. They will secure the use of more complex and sophisticated vocabulary. Students will develop greater accuracy in the spelling, sentence structures and paragraphing. They will develop and secure different reading skills, to support their critical understanding and analysis of various fiction texts. They will develop a detailed and thorough understanding of how the context of a play and poetry influences a writer and how it impacts on the reader. Students will practise and secure their analytical writing skills under timed conditions.

Topics taught

  • Descriptive writing
  • Viewpoint writing
  • Language Paper 1. Section A:Reading
  • Language Paper 2. Section A:Reading
  • Shakespeare: Macbeth
  • Poetry; AQA Love & Relationships
  • Unseen Poetry.
  • AQA Modern Text: An Inspector Calls

Year 11

Learning outcomes

During Year 11 students will continue to practise and embed the key structures needed to effectively construct a piece of descriptive and narrative writing. They will master the use of more complex and sophisticated vocabulary. Students will develop greater accuracy in the spelling, sentence structures and paragraphing. They will enhance their different reading skills, to support their critical understanding and analysis of various fiction texts. They will rehearse and embed their detailed and thorough understanding of how the context of a play, novel and range of poetry influences a writer and how it effects a reader’s interpretations. Students will practise and secure their exam skills under timed conditions, to prepare them fully for their final exams.

Topics taught

  • Descriptive writing
  • Viewpoint writing
  • Language Paper 1. Section A:Reading
  • Language Paper 2. Section A:Reading
  • Shakespeare: Macbeth Revision
  • Poetry; AQA Love & Relationships
  • AQA Modern Text: An Inspector Calls Revision
  • Spoken Language
  • 19th Century novel
  • Unseen Poetry
English allows you to be creative and express your opinions.
Sam Nesbitt, Year 10

What's been happening in the English department recently?

The English department successfully ran a residential visit to Arvon, Shropshire for a number of Year 9 students. This proved to be an enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable weekend for both students and staff. Students were able to enhance their creative writing skills with the guidance and support of a range of professional writers in the wonderful setting of Hurst house, the residence of the writer, John Osborne.

Hurst house
The poetry analysis we do in class is very interesting and allows you to dig deeper and find a different meaning behind the words and phrases.
Lois Coffey, Year 10