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English language and literature

English language and literature

Year 7 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Read a range of non-fiction text types, including a selection related to travel and exploration.
  • Write for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the SPaG skills acquired from the Key Stage 1 and 2 English programmes of study.

ASSESSMENT

  • Comparative reading of non-fiction texts.
  • Informative writing for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Speaking and listening assessment.

HOMEWORK

  • Collate an anthology of non-fiction text types.
Term 1.2
  • Study a play by Shakespeare.
  • Learn about the language, historical period, form and author.
  • Study the setting, plot, characters and the effects.

ASSESSMENT

  • Creative/imaginative writing.
  • Extended writing to assess reading.
  • Speaking and listening assessment: role-play and drama.

HOMEWORK

  • Independent research to create a Shakespeare fact file.
Term 2.1
  • Study a complete 20th Century novel.
  • Infer and deduce with reference to textual evidence and understand how language presents meaning.
  • Analyse the presentation of a specific theme.

ASSESSMENT

  • Analytical writing, using the PEE(E) structure.
  • Creative writing in character.
  • Speaking and listening assessment: discussion/presentation.

HOMEWORK

  • Themed work and reading.
Term 2.2
  • Investigate language change over time.
  • Know the differences between spoken and written language.
  • Understand registers.

ASSESSMENT

  • Comprehension/comparison of a range of texts from a variety of historical periods.
  • Plan, draft and edit a language related presentation.
  • Speaking and listening assessment: speech/presentation.

HOMEWORK

  • 'My Language' study.
  • Investigate spoken language.
Term 3.1
  • Understand a range of poems from a variety of periods and genres.
  • Know how language, devices and structures have been used to present meaning.
  • Analyse poems and make comparisons.

ASSESSMENT

  • Write a range of poems.
  • Re-creative writing from a poem.
  • Comparative writing based on two poems studied.
  • Speaking and listening assessment: role play and drama.

HOMEWORK

  • Poetry writing.
  • Reading and comprehension work.
Term 3.2
  • Study a variety of media texts and explore a range of techniques.
  • Understand the use of language and presentational devices and their impact on the reader.
  • Write a newspaper story or script for a news programme on television.

ASSESSMENT

  • Analyse features and their impact.
  • Writing to persuade/inform/entertain.
  • Plan, draft and edit a news script or newspaper article.
  • Speaking and listening assessment: rehearsing and performing.

HOMEWORK

  • Media textual analysis.

Year 8 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Develop an understanding of a range of extreme sports.
  • Study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Develop writing skills. Students are to cover a reading and writing unit based on a scheme of work written by AN and texts in the Ignite textbook unit 1 In Search.

ASSESSMENT

  • A piece of writing to inform, it could be a 'how to' guide to an unusual sport.
  • Speaking and listening debate about the advantages and disadvantages of participating in dangerous sports.
  • A piece of creative writing.

HOMEWORK

  • Research extreme and unusual sports to be able to inform the class of the associated dangers.
Term 1.2
  • Study a modern novel.
  • Develop an understanding of a modern novel. (Most likely to be 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas').
  • Study either: 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne, 'The Fire Eaters' by David Almond or 'Bog Child' by Siobhan Dowd.

ASSESSMENT

  • Writing to argue.
  • Analytical writing examining the relationship between the two boys.

HOMEWORK

  • Homework is a research task based on the contrasting lifestyles of the German and the Jewish races.
Term 2.1
  • Study a Shakespeare play.
  • Study 'Macbeth'.
  • Explore the language of Shakespeare: historical period, form and author.
  • Macbeth: setting, plot, character, their effects. Compare and evaluate a variety of productions and interpretations.

ASSESSMENT

  • Creative writing about the use of power.
  • Analytical writing examining the reason for Macbeth's downfall.
  • Speaking and listening: role play, hot seating.
  • Speaking and listening - drama based activities with key scenes.

HOMEWORK

  • Independent research to create a Shakespeare fact file.
Term 2.2
  • Develop poetry analysis skills.
  • Explore a range of poems based on World War One. Students will learn about: context of WW1, background of the key poets, imagery, language features, meaning and tone.
  • Explore the Ignite 2 textbook unit 2 'Words of War'.

ASSESSMENT

  • Creative writing: create a poem.
  • Comparative writing based on two poems.

HOMEWORK

  • Reread the poems and write a 'Desert Island Disc' selection, explaining your choices.
Term 3.1
  • Analyse the themes and stylistic features of gothic / horror literature.
  • Explore a range of non-fiction extracts based on the gothic / horror genre.
  • Analyse a range of texts, including 'Dracula', 'The Tell Tale Heart', 'The Raven', 'The Red Room', 'The Hound of the Baskervilles', 'The Woman in Black', 'Frankenstein' and 'Great Expectations' chapters 1 and 8.

ASSESSMENT

  • Write an alternative ending or prequel.
  • Write your own horror story.
  • Speaking and listening: hot seat the characters.

HOMEWORK

  • A 250 word summary of the techniques used in two of the extracts in order to build suspense.
Term 3.2
  • Analyse how the English language is used today in different contexts.
  • Explore different aspects of language and how language is used. This work will be based on unit 6 of Ignite textbook 1, 'Your Language' and unit 6 of Ignite book 2, 'The Power of Communication.'
  • Examine the differences between spoken and written language and the way that technology impacts upon our language use.

ASSESSMENT

  • A piece of writing to inform and persuade.
  • A speaking and listening assessment based on a play script produced by the students.

HOMEWORK

  • Produce a transcript of a piece of formal and informal speech from TV and write a hundred word summary explaining the differences.

Year 9 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Understand the historical context surrounding the novella.
  • Understand character, plot and themes within the novella.
  • Make personal responses to the novella, commenting on devices used by Steinbeck.

ASSESSMENT

  • Analytical writing examining the relationship between George and Lennie.

HOMEWORK

  • Various differentiated homework opportunities. To be set according to homework timetable.
Term 1.2
  • Identify linguistic features used within a range of non-fiction texts.
  • Comment on the effect of linguistic features used in non-fiction writing.
  • Write to argue/persuade/advise/inform.

ASSESSMENT

  • Writing to argue - write a letter to Nicky Morgan in response to an article published about school days being extended until 6pm.

HOMEWORK

  • Various differentiated homework opportunities. To be set according to homework timetable.
Term 2.1
  • Understand contextual influences affecting the author and the text.
  • Understand the plot, characters and themes within the play.
  • Make personal responses about relationships and presentation of characters within the play.

ASSESSMENT

  • Analytical writing examining the relationship between Mrs Kay/Mr Briggs and the children.

HOMEWORK

  • Various differentiated homework opportunities. To be set according to homework timetable.
Term 2.2
  • Understand what makes a successful piece of creative writing.
  • Develop the ability to use the imagination to create a story.
  • Use adventurous and wide-ranging vocabulary in creative pieces.

ASSESSMENT

  • Descriptive writing piece

HOMEWORK

  • Various differentiated homework opportunities. To be set according to homework timetable.
Term 3.1
  • Identify a range of poetic devices.
  • Comment on the effect of the device.
  • Analyse poems and be able to draw comparisons between poems.

ASSESSMENT

  • Comparative writing based on two poems studied.

HOMEWORK

  • Various differentiated homework opportunities. To be set according to homework timetable.
Term 3.2
  • Understand character, plot and themes within the two stories.
  • Make personal responses to the two stories, commenting on devices used by Dickens.
  • Compare the two texts.

ASSESSMENT

  • Comparative writing based on the two stories.

HOMEWORK

  • Various differentiated homework opportunities. To be set according to homework timetable.

Year 10 (English language)

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Develop understanding and application of literary criticism vocabulary.
  • Use language to create character, sense of place and atmosphere.
  • Analysing the effect of textual structure on the reader.

ASSESSMENT

  • Paper 1 Section A exam practice.

HOMEWORK

  • Additional paper 1 section A exam questions.
Term 1.2
  • Analyse how writers convey opinions.
  • Synthesize evidence from a range of texts.
  • Explore point of view in a narrative.

ASSESSMENT

  • Creative writing assessment.

HOMEWORK

  • Creative writing skills development.
Term 2.1
  • Develop speaking and listening skills.
  • Explore the craft of descriptive writing.
  • Develop skills of narrative writing.

ASSESSMENT

  • Speaking and listening assessment.

HOMEWORK

  • Descriptive and narrative writing practice.
Term 2.2
  • Explore texts in context.
  • Analyse bias in texts.
  • Write to present a viewpoint.

ASSESSMENT

  • Textual analysis to explore bias.

HOMEWORK

  • Exploring the context of a chosen text.
Term 3.1
  • Explore the skills required for the writing element of Paper 1.
  • Develop comparative textual analysis skills.
  • Explore the skills required for the writing element of Paper 2.

ASSESSMENT

  • Comparative textual analysis assessment.

HOMEWORK

  • Skills development task for comparative textual analysis.
Term 3.2
  • Practise Paper 1 (Reading) skills.
  • Practise Paper 2 (Reading) skills.
  • Practise writing skills for Paper 1 and Paper 2.

ASSESSMENT

  • Summer progress exam.

HOMEWORK

  • Revision for summer progress exam.

Year 10 (English literature)

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Study 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B.Priestley.
  • Complete an exploratory study of 'An Inspector Calls' by J.B. Priestley in preparation for the AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 2 section A examination.
  • Analyse and explore dramatic techniques, themes, characterisation, political and social issues presented by the playwright.

ASSESSMENT

  • Written analysis of character or theme.

HOMEWORK

  • Contextual research on the author and the era in which the play was written and is set.
Term 1.2
  • Study 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens.
  • Prepare Paper 1 Section B exam - 19th century novel analysis.
  • Explore the writer's techniques and the genre characteristics of prose.

ASSESSMENT

  • Timed essay in examination conditions.

HOMEWORK

  • Research on the context of the novel and the author.
Term 2.1
  • Continue with 'A Christmas Carol', analysing and preparing for Paper 1 Section B exam - 19th century novel analysis.
  • Complete AQA Poetry Anthology exam preparation - 'Power and Conflict'.
  • Learn and explain the effects of various poetic techniques and devices.

ASSESSMENT

  • Comparative essay practice in exam conditions.

HOMEWORK

  • Research on the poets studied.
Term 2.2
  • Study 'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare.
  • Prepare Paper 1 Section A as exam Preparation. Explore genre characteristics and dramatic devices of drama texts and performance.
  • Explore characters, themes, issues and structure in the play.

ASSESSMENT

  • Essay practice in examination conditions.

HOMEWORK

  • Contextual research of Shakespeare.
Term 3.1
  • Complete preparation for the unseen poetry exam question.
  • Revisit poetic terms and literary devices - revisit and revise terms and definitions.
  • Explore past papers, practise annotating and analysing unseen poems.

ASSESSMENT

  • Exam-style essay practice.

HOMEWORK

  • Independent unseen poetry analysis on a poem of the student's choice.
Term 3.2
  • Complete 'Power and Conflict' poetry analysis - AQA Anthology.
  • Explore and annotate the remaining 15 poems focusing on power and conflict.
  • Revise and explain the effects of various poetic techniques and devices.

ASSESSMENT

  • Exam practice essay in timed conditions.

HOMEWORK

  • Select one poem to analyse and annotate; present your analysis to the rest of the class.

Year 11

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Explore the stylistic conventions and range of purposes within non-fiction writing.
  • Finalise Component 4 coursework.
  • Understand plot, character and context in 'Of Mice and Men'.

ASSESSMENT

  • Coursework 
  • Exam practice

HOMEWORK

  • Research based tasks.
  • Comprehension questions.
  • Exam style essay questions.
Term 1.2
  • Understand a variety of poems, focusing on structure, style, narrative, techniques and how to analyse effectively.
  • Evaluate plot, themes, characters and context of either 'An Inspector Calls' or 'Romeo and Juliet'.
  • Explore comprehension skills required in order to successfully answer questions in the winter progress examination.

ASSESSMENT

  • Winter progress exam.
  • Exam style essays.

HOMEWORK

  • Comprehension questions.
  • Research tasks.
  • Character/plot analyses.
Term 2.1
  • Explore skills required for analysing unseen poetry. Practise answering comparative questions of already learned poems in preparation for section C of the Literature examination.
  • Understand how to successfully analyse themes, ideas and characters in preparation for the Literature examination based on 'Of Mice and Men', and 'Romeo and Juliet' or 'An Inspector Calls'.
  • Develop Language examination skills in preparation for the examination.

ASSESSMENT

  • Practice papers
  • Mini essays

HOMEWORK

  • Therapy and testing methods for the exam.
  • Comprehension style questions.
Term 2.2
  • Prepare for Component 5 Speaking and Listening assessment.
  • Revise Literature poems and texts. Practise how to answer questions successfully.
  • Understand language skills needed in order to successfully answer the questions in the examination.

ASSESSMENT

  • Guided progress exam.

HOMEWORK

  • Practice papers.
Term 3.1
  • Revise plot, characterisation and theme within 'Of Mice and Men', and 'Romeo and Juliet'/'An Inspector Calls'.
  • Revise poetic techniques and the effect of literary devices within the set poems (Edexcel Anthology Section C).
  • Complete Speaking and Listening assessment.

ASSESSMENT

  • Component 5 speaking and listening

HOMEWORK

  • Practice papers.
Term 3.2

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