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The English Department concentrates on embedding a love of English and creating a safe environment for all students to speak, listen, read, write and think. Enjoyment and a love of language and literature is fundamental to the planning and delivery of our curriculum.

Communication skills are vital.  Being able to speak, listen, read and write are the cornerstones of building personal relationships and being successful in all aspects of life.


Year 7

Year Plan

TermLanguage/LiteratureCurriculum and Specific Lesson ObjectivesAssessmentAssessment ObjectivesWeek
1LiteratureMODERN PROSE
Private Peaceful
45 minute Character essay
AO1 - Students can INTERPRET

- The explicit and implicit ideas
- Evidence and use it to support analysis
- Across different texts of different types
- The text in many different ways

AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect
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1LanguageCLASSIC FICTION
Extracts from A Christmas Carol
45 minute essay
Extract - 2 parts
AO1 - Students can INTERPRET

- The explicit and implicit ideas
- Evidence and use it to support analysis
- Across different texts of different types
- The text in many different ways

AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect
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2LiteratureDRAMA
The Tempest
45 minute essay
Extract - 2 parts
AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect

A04 - Students can EVALUATE

- A text critically using evidence
- A text based upon genre knowledge
- A text in terms of the writer's aims/purpose
- A text in terms of impact on the reader
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2LanguageFICTION WRITING
Ogre & Tortoise
45 minute response
Image Inspired
A05 - Students can WRITE

- For different GAPs (Genre, Audience, Purpose)
- Choosing terminology appropriately for the GAP
- With flair, style and originality
- An organised, cohesive, paragraphed text fitting the context

A06 - Students can EDIT

- vocabulary for purpose and effect
- sentence types for purpose and effect
- grammar for accuracy and effect
- punctuation for accuracy and effect
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3LiteraturePOETRY
Love through the ages
30 minute response
Unseen Poem
AO1 - Students can INTERPRET

- The explicit and implicit ideas
- Evidence and use it to support analysis
- Across different texts of different types
- The text in many different ways

AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect
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3LanguageSPEAKING & LISTENING
Shakespeare by Heart
Group PerformanceAssessment Criteria - Students can

- Use Spoken Standard English
- Express ideas, information and feelings
- Organise and structure his or her presentation
- Meet the needs of the audience
- Listen to questions/feedback and provide an appropriate response in a straight forward manner
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Year 8

Year Plan

TermLanguage/LiteratureCurriculumAssessmentAssessment ObjectivesWeek
1LiteratureMODERN PROSE
Stone Cold
45 minute essay
Character/Theme
AO1 - Students can INTERPRET

- The explicit and implicit ideas
- Evidence and use it to support analysis
- Across different texts of different types
- The text in many different ways

AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect
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1LanguageCLASSIC FICTION
Jekyll & Hyde
45 minute essay
Extract - 2 parts
AO1 - Students can INTERPRET

- The explicit and implicit ideas
- Evidence and use it to support analysis
- Across different texts of different types
- The text in many different ways

AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect
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2LiteratureDRAMA
Much Ado
45 minute essay
Extract - 2 parts
AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect

A04 - Students can EVALUATE

- A text critically using evidence
- A text based upon genre knowledge
- A text in terms of the writer's aims/purpose
- A text in terms of impact on the reader
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2LanguageFICTION/NON-FICTION WRITING
Ogre & Tortoise
45 minute response
GAP Response (P2 q5)
A05 - Students can WRITE

- For different GAPs (Genre, Audience, Purpose)
- Choosing terminology appropriately for the GAP
- With flair, style and originality
- An organised, cohesive, paragraphed text fitting the context

A06 - Students can EDIT

- vocabulary for purpose and effect
- sentence types for purpose and effect
- grammar for accuracy and effect
- punctuation for accuracy and effect
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3LiteraturePOETRY
Conflict
30 minute response
Unseen Poem
AO1 - Students can INTERPRET

- The explicit and implicit ideas
- Evidence and use it to support analysis
- Across different texts of different types
- The text in many different ways

AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect
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3LanguageSPEAKING & LISTENING
Debating
Group PerformanceAssessment Criteria - Students can

- Use Spoken Standard English
- Express ideas, information and feelings
- Organise and structure his or her presentation
- Meet the needs of the audience
- Listen to questions/feedback and provide an appropriate response in a straight forward manner
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Year 9

Year Plan

TermLanguage/LiteratureCurriculumAssessmentAssessment ObjectiveWeek
1LiteratureMODERN PROSE
Lord of the Flies
45 minute essay
Character/Theme
AO1 - Students can INTERPRET

- The explicit and implicit ideas
- Evidence and use it to support analysis
- different texts of different types
- The text in many different ways

AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect
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1LanguageCLASSIC FICTION
Jane Eyre
45 minute essay
Extract - 2 parts
AO1 - Students can INTERPRET

- The explicit and implicit ideas
- Evidence and use it to support analysis
- Across different texts of different types
- The text in many different ways

AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect
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2LiteratureDRAMA
Macbeth
45 minute essay
Extract - 2 parts
AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect

A04 - Students can EVALUATE

- A text critically using evidence
- A text based upon genre knowledge
- A text in terms of the writer's aims/purpose
- A text in terms of impact on the reader
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2LanguageFICTION WRITING
Ogre & Tortoise
45 minute response
GAP Response (P2 q5)
A05 - Students can WRITE

- For different GAPs (Genre, Audience, Purpose)
- Choosing terminology appropriately for the GAP
- With flair, style and originality
- An organised, cohesive, paragraphed text fitting the context

A06 - Students can EDIT

- vocabulary for purpose and effect
- sentence types for purpose and effect
- grammar for accuracy and effect
- punctuation for accuracy and effect
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3LiteraturePOETRY
Heritage/Modern
30 minute response
Unseen Poem
AO1 - Students can INTERPRET

- The explicit and implicit ideas
- Evidence and use it to support analysis
- Across different texts of different types
- The text in many different ways

AO2 - Students can ANALYSE

- The writer's use of language for effect
- The writer's use of structure for effect
- The writer's use of form for effect
- The writer's use of techniques for effect
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3LanguageSPEAKING & LISTENING
Team Entrepreneurial Competition
Group Performance
Pitch your product
Assessment Criteria - Students can

- Use Spoken Standard English
- Express ideas, information and feelings
- Organise and structure his or her presentation
- Meet the needs of the audience
- Listen to questions/feedback and provide an appropriate response in a straight forward manner
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Key Stage 4 English Language

The examinations and Spoken Language Presentation will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

AO1: Students will be able to identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas, selecting and synthesising evidence from different texts

AO2: Students will be able to explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views

AO3: Students will be able to compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

AO4: Students will be able to evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

AO5(a): Students will be able communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences.

AO5(b): Students will be able to organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

AO6: Students will be able to use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

AO7: Students will be able to demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

AO8: Students will be able to listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations

AO9: Students will be able to use spoken standard English effectively in speeches and presentations

 

PaperWhat is assessed?How is it assessed?Questions
Paper 1:
Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
• Section A:
Reading - one literature fiction text
• Section B:
Writing - descriptive or narrative writing
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 80 marks
• 50% of GCSE
Reading:
(40 marks) (25%) – one single text
Q1 retrieve information (1 x 4 marks)
Q2 analysis of language and Q3 analysis of structure (2 x 8 marks)
Q4 extended evaluate question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing:
(40 marks) (25%)
Q5 extended descriptive or narrative writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)
Paper 2:
Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
• Section A:
Reading - one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
• Section B:
Writing - writing to present a viewpoint
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 80 marks
• 50% of GCSE
Reading:
(40 marks) (25%) – two linked texts
Q1 true/false statements (1 x 4 marks)
Q2 summary of differences (1 x 8 marks)
Q3 analysis of language (1 x 12 marks)
Q4 extended comparative question (1 x 16 marks)

Writing:
(40 marks) (25%)
Q5 extended writing to present a viewpoint question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)
Non-examination Assessment:
Spoken Language
(AO7–AO9): presenting, responding to questions and feedback and using standard English accurately • Teacher set throughout course
• Marked by teacher
• Separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)
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Key Stage 4 English Language (iGCSE)

Reading:

  • Demonstrate a precise understanding of extended texts
  • Synthesise, develop, analyse and evaluate facts, ideas and opinions
  • Effectively summarise, paraphrase and re-express
  • Demonstrate understanding of how writers achieve their effects
  • Recognise and respond to sophisticated linguistic devices
  • Extract appropriate information for specific purposes

Writing:

  • Express effectively what is thought, felt and imagined
  • Order and convey facts, ideas and opinions effectively
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated use of imaginative and varied vocabulary
  • Demonstrate a clear sense of audience and context
  • Demonstrate accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Use effectively a variety of sentence structures

 

PaperWhat is assessed?How is it assessed?Questions
Paper 1:
Reading Passages
Section A:
Transactional Writing
Section B:
Analysis of Language
Section C:
Summary question
• Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
• 50 marks
• 50% of GCSE
Q1: Write a non-fiction text using the stimulus material
(15 marks for reading, 5 marks for writing)
Q2: Analysing writers’ language choices (10 marks for reading)
Q3: Bullet point summary of key information (15 marks)
Written summary of key information (5 marks)
Paper 2:
Coursework
Portfolio
Coursework One:
Descriptive/Narrative Writing
Coursework Two:
Non-Fiction Writing
Coursework Three:
Response to a Text
NEA
• 50 marks
• 50% of GCSE
Coursework One: 40 marks for writing
Coursework Two: 40 marks for writing
Coursework Three 40 marks for writing, 10 marks for reading
(Writing marks for the three pieces will be added together and an average will be taken and added to the reading mark for Coursework Three

Key Stage 4 English Literature

The examinations will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

AO1(a): Students will be able to read, understand and respond to texts.

AO1(b): Students will be able to maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response and use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

AO2: Students will be able to analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3: Students will be able to show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

AO4: Students will be able to use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

PaperWhat is assessed?How is it assessed?Questions
Paper 1:
Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
• Romeo and Juliet
• Frankenstein
• Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes
• 64 marks
• 40% of the GCSE
Section A Romeo and Juliet:
Students will answer one question on their play of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B Frankenstein:
Students will answer one question on their novel of choice. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.
Paper 2:
Modern texts and poetry
• An Inspector Calls
• Conflict Poetry
• Unseen Poetry
• Written exam: 2 hours and 15 minutes
• 96 marks
• 60% of the GCSE
Section A - An Inspector Calls:
Students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B - Conflict Poetry:
Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.

Section C - Unseen Poetry:
Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

English Language A level

(Examining Board: AQA Syllabus/Code: English Language B (AS: 7701; A2: 7702)

Assessment objectives

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all AS and A level English Language specifications and all exam boards.

The examinations and non-examination assessment will measure to what extent students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Apply appropriate methods of language analysis, using associated terminology and coherent written expression.
  • AO2: Demonstrate critical understanding of concepts and issues relevant to language use.
  • AO3: Analyse and evaluate how contextual factors and language features are associated with the construction of meaning.
  • AO4: Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic concepts and methods.
  • AO5: Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.

Course Summary

English Language A level provides students with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate how language is used in different situations.

The AS course introduces the linguistic language levels that linguists apply to analyse the functions and structures of language; this means students will need to scrutinise features closely.

Paper 1 – focuses on textual variations and representations and requires scientific skills of comparison and analysis.

Paper 2 – concentrates on language diversity and will test students writing skills as they consider attitudes towards Language. There is no coursework at AS level.

For the A2 course, again there are two examinations.

Paper 1 – centres more closely around textual representation and particularly how children develop and acquire language from birth to 11 years old.

Paper 2 – considers the diverse nature of language and requires students to evaluate and link previous learning on the topic of language change.

The coursework involves a 2,000-word investigation, where students are required to create and test their own language theory alongside a piece of original writing of 1,500 accompanied by a commentary detailing and analysing their own linguistic choices.

For a more detailed breakdown of subject requirements, please click on the following link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702/specification-at-a-glance

Recommended text

AQA A Level English Language: Student Book

Author Dan Clayton, Author Angela Goddard, Author Beth Kemp, Author Felicity Titjen, and Series Editor Angela Goddard

ISBN: 978-0-19-833400-2 | Publication date: 16/04/2015 


Examination breakdown

NameAssessmentWeightingNameAssessment TypeWeighting
Paper 1Language and the individual examination50% of AS
1hr 30 mins
70 marks
Paper 1Language & Society examination40% of A2
2hr 30 mins
100 marks
Paper 2Language varieties examination50% of AS
1hr 30 mins
70 marks
Paper 2Language Diviersity examination40% of A2
2hr 30 mins
100 marks
CourseworkLanguage in Action coursework20% of A2
3,500 words

Useful Links

KS3

www.booktrust.co.uk – reading lists

www.bbb.co.uk/bitesize – revision tips

GCSE and A level

www.MrBruff.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY9-W7RW33Q  (Mr. Bruff Clips)

http://www.sparknotes.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY9-W7RW33Q

General Shakespeare for all key stages

http://shakespeare.about.com/

Past examination papers www.aqa.org.uk