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Head of Department: Mrs K Appleby

English Teacher: Mr D Stockdale (Assistant Headteacher)
English Teacher: Miss R Haydock
English Teacher: Mrs L Gibson-Tipping
English Teacher: Miss Z McFetridge
English Teacher: Mrs F Roberts
English Teacher: Miss R Ward

Teacher Assistant: Mrs J Williams

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KS4 English Language
Year 9

Various forms of writing are developed: report, poetry, article and narrative/descriptive writing. When students are taught these different forms of writing, they will also focus on their technical accuracy - spelling, punctuation, sentences and structure.

Year 10

Reading skills:

Literary reading worth 15% of GCSE grade and includes: analysing language critically, explaining writer's technique/purpose with cross-reference between texts.

Writing skills:

Using language and linguistic devices to describe and narrate. Technical accuracy is a main focus including: sentence structures, varied punctuation and spelling.

Pupils complete two essays Controlled Assessments; one of descriptive writing and the second a narrative piece. The choice of titles changes each year.

Year 11

Reading skills for examinations:

Pupils must have a detailed understanding of texts, to enable them to select appropriate material to identify purpose, collate information from different sources and make comparisons and cross-references where appropriate. Pupils must also develop and sustain interpretations of writers' ideas; explaining and evaluating how writers use different features to influence reader.

Writing skills for examinations:

Pupils must be able to approach any 1 of 7 possible genres: formal/informal letters, reports, leaflets, articles, reviews or speeches. They are required to develop methods enabling them to write clearly and effectively by selecting vocabulary appropriate to tasks, in ways to engage reader. Furthermore, they must organise ideas in sequenced structures with a variety of sentence structures and punctuation to give clarity and cohesion to their work. Finally, they must be accurate with spelling and tense agreement.

KS4 English Literature
Year 9

Reading “War Horse”, pupils examine impressions of characters and how these are achieved with linguistic techniques. A range of poetry is studied exploring the use of language. In Year 9, students study Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, exploring the characters, theme and plot; discussing how these relate to the social and historical context of the play.

Year 10 & 11

Reading skills:

Pupils study Literary Heritage Drama through reading “A Taste of Honey”. This will include character analysis, setting and atmosphere, their impressions of characters. Character theme questions

Pupils also study Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” with 2 additional poems. Pupils are required to critically analyse language, explaining the writer's technique/purpose and they must be able to cross-reference between all 3 texts.

Pupils also read a range of contemporary poetry and complete a comparative study of these poems.

Writing skills:

Lessons focus on technical accuracy for exam purposes and the planning for writing essays on literature questions.

Year 9 Curriculum Map

Autumn 1Sports Spring 1Poetry of Music Summer 2Get Creative
Teaching:W 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 ,6R 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5 Teaching:AO1AO2 Teaching:AO3
 Report about sporting facilities in areaReading skills – various sporting textsSE – analyse commentary transcript  Analyse music lyrics/poem using MILTSS&L Assessment (individual presentation)  Prep for Reading and Writing FS exams May entry Creative writing   - Narrative/Descriptive
Assessment Focus:ReadingWritingS&L Assessment Focus:ReadingS&L Assessment Focus:Writing
Autumn 2War Horse Spring 2Advertising Summer 2Romeo and Juliet
Teaching:AO2S&L 1, 2, 3, 4 Teaching:W 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 ,6R 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5 Teaching:AO2
 Analytical essay – How is … presented in the text? S&L Assessment (Group activity) November Entry  Analyse selection of advertisements Write an article about recommending a product  Character/theme essay
Assessment Focus:Reading Assessment Focus:ReadingWriting Assessment Focus:Reading

Functional Skills for Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening

R1 = Select and use different types of texts to obtain and utilise relevant information

R2 = Read and summarise, succinctly, information/ideas from different sources

R3 = Identify the purposes of texts and comment on how meaning is conveyed

R4 = Detect point of view, implicit meaning and/or bias

R5 = Analyse texts in relation to audience needs and consider suitable responses

W1 = Present information/ideas concisely, logically, and persuasively

W2 = Present information on complex subjects clearly and concisely

W3 = Use a range of writing styles for different purposes

W4 = Use a range of sentence structures, including complex sentences, and paragraphs to organise written communication effectively

W5 = Punctuate written text using commas, apostrophes and inverted commas accurately

W6 = Ensure written work is fit for purpose and audience, with accurate spelling and grammar that support clear meaning in a range of text types.

SL1 = Consider complex information and give a relevant, cogent response in appropriate language

SL2 = Present information and ideas clearly and persuasively to others

SL3 = Adapt contributions to suit audience, purpose and situation

SL4 = Make significant contributions to discussions, taking a range of roles and helping to move discussion forward

Year 10 Curriculum Map

Autumn 1 Spring 1 Summer 1
Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Language: Narrative Controlled Assessment – The Interview(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.19.09.14

Literature – Unit 2a Literary Heritage Drama

A Taste of Honey (ATOH)

AO1 respond to texts critically & imaginatively

AO2 explain how language, structure & form conbtribute to writer’s themes, ideas & settings

AO4 relate texts to their social, cultural & historical contexts

(4 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.17.10.14

Language: S & L Task

(1 week) DEADLINE: Thurs.23.10.14

Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Literature – Poetry & Drama (Literary Heritage)Romeo & Juliet/Havisham/On My First Sonne

Title: Theme is ‘Loss’ (Title TBC)

AO1 – AO3 ( Unit 3 Mark Scheme = 40 marks total)

(5-6 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.13.02.15

Language: S & L Task (Optional)

(1 week) DEADLINE: Fri.13.02.15

Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Literature – Unit 2a Contemporary ProseHeroes

AO1 respond to texts critically & imaginatively

AO2 explain how language, structure & form conbtribute to writer’s themes, ideas & settings

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.08.05.15

Language: Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(2 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.12.06.15

Autumn 2 Spring 2 Summer 2
Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Lang/Lit: OMAM Controlled Assessment – Curley’s Wife DevelopmentAO1 – AO4 ( Unit 3 Mark Scheme = 40 marks total)

(6 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.12.12.14

Language: S & L Task

(1 week) DEADLINE: Fri.19.12.14

Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Literature – Contemporary Poetry (comparative study)AO1 – AO3 (Use selected poems from Anthology to complete practice exam questions)

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Thurs.12.03.15

Language: Descriptive Controlled Assessment – A Scene at a Fireworks’ Display

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.19.09.14

Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Language: Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)(2 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.22.05.15

PLEASE NOTE THAT END OF YEAR EXAMS WILL BEGIN MON.15.06.15

Language: Spoken Language Study Controlled Assessment – A Title TBC

Understand variations in spoken language

Evaluate impact of spoken language choices

(5 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.17.07.15

Functional Skills for Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening

R1 = Select and use different types of texts to obtain and utilise relevant information

R2 = Read and summarise, succinctly, information/ideas from different sources

R3 = Identify the purposes of texts and comment on how meaning is conveyed

R4 = Detect point of view, implicit meaning and/or bias

R5 = Analyse texts in relation to audience needs and consider suitable responses

W1 = Present information/ideas concisely, logically, and persuasively

W2 = Present information on complex subjects clearly and concisely

W3 = Use a range of writing styles for different purposes

W4 = Use a range of sentence structures, including complex sentences, and paragraphs to organise written communication effectively

W5 = Punctuate written text using commas, apostrophes and inverted commas accurately

W6 = Ensure written work is fit for purpose and audience, with accurate spelling and grammar that support clear meaning in a range of text types.

SL1 = Consider complex information and give a relevant, cogent response in appropriate language

SL2 = Present information and ideas clearly and persuasively to others

SL3 = Adapt contributions to suit audience, purpose and situation

SL4 = Make significant contributions to discussions, taking a range of roles and helping to move discussion forward

Year 11 Curriculum Map Language & Literature

Autumn 1 Spring 1 Summer 1
Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Language: Spoken Language Study Controlled Assessment Title – How spoken language is used in different contexts; how is spoken language used in a television chat show?Understand variations in spoken language

Evaluate impact of spoken language choices

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.19.09.14

Literature – Unit 2a Contemporary Prose

Heroes

AO1 respond to texts critically & imaginatively

AO2 explain how language, structure & form conbtribute to writer’s themes, ideas & settings

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.10.10.14

Language: Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(2 weeks) DEADLINE: Thurs.23.10.14

Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Literature – Contemporary Poetry (comparative study)AO1 – AO3 (Use selected poems from Anthology to complete practice exam questions)

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri23.01.15

Language: Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.13.02.15

Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  BASED ON PREDICTION OF ENGLISH LITERATURE EXAM BEING SIMILAR DATE AS LAST YEAR

Language: Writing Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(1 week) DEADLINE: Fri.24.04.15

Language: Reading Non-Fiction Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(1 week) DEADLINE: Fri.01.05.15

Literature: Teacher’s choice

(1 week) DEADLINE: Fri08.05.15

Language: Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(2 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.22.05.15

Autumn 2 Spring 2 Summer 2
Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Literature – Unit 2a Literary Heritage Drama A Taste of Honey (ATOH)

AO1 respond to texts critically & imaginatively

AO2 explain how language, structure & form conbtribute to writer’s themes, ideas & settings

AO4 relate texts to their social, cultural & historical contexts

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.21.11.14

Language/Literature: Exam Skills/Prep (Schedule to be confirmed)

(2 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.05.12.14

PLEASE NOTE THAT MOCK EXAMS WILL BEGIN MON.08.12.14

During Exam Week & throughout the last week (Mon.08.12.14 – Fri.19.12.14)

Language/Literature: ensure all admin is complete for Controlled Assessments/Spoken Language Assessments (Units 3 & 4)

Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Language: Reading Non-Fiction Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.13.03.15

Literature – Unit 2a Literary Heritage Drama & Contemporary Prose

Unit 2a Study Chosen Different Cultures Prose – OMAM Revision

Unit 2a Literary Heritage Drama – ATOH Revision

Unit 2a Contemporary Prose – Heroes Revision

Anything else you may feel your class needs

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Thurs.02.04.15

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LITERATURE EXAM WILL BE DURING SUMMER 1

Functional Skills for Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening

R1 = Select and use different types of texts to obtain and utilise relevant information

R2 = Read and summarise, succinctly, information/ideas from different sources

R3 = Identify the purposes of texts and comment on how meaning is conveyed

R4 = Detect point of view, implicit meaning and/or bias

R5 = Analyse texts in relation to audience needs and consider suitable responses

W1 = Present information/ideas concisely, logically, and persuasively

W2 = Present information on complex subjects clearly and concisely

W3 = Use a range of writing styles for different purposes

W4 = Use a range of sentence structures, including complex sentences, and paragraphs to organise written communication effectively

W5 = Punctuate written text using commas, apostrophes and inverted commas accurately

W6 = Ensure written work is fit for purpose and audience, with accurate spelling and grammar that support clear meaning in a range of text types.

SL1 = Consider complex information and give a relevant, cogent response in appropriate language

SL2 = Present information and ideas clearly and persuasively to others

SL3 = Adapt contributions to suit audience, purpose and situation

SL4 = Make significant contributions to discussions, taking a range of roles and helping to move discussion forward

Year 11 Curriculum Map English Only

Autumn 1 Spring 1 Summer 1
Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Controlled Assessments:Complete any unfinished Unit 3 work

(2 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.12.09.14

Reading Non-Fiction Skills

Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.10.10.14

Writing Skills

Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Thurs.23.10.14

Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Reading Non-Fiction SkillsExam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.23.01.15

Writing Skills

Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.13.02.15

Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Writing SkillsExam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(2 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.08.05.15

Reading Non-Fiction Skills

Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.22.05.15

Autumn 2 Spring 2 Summer 2
Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Reading Non-Fiction SkillsExam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.21.11.14

Writing Skills

Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(2 weeks) DEADLINE: Thurs.05.12.14

PLEASE NOTE THAT MOCK EXAMS WILL BEGIN MON.08.12.14

During Exam Week & throughout the last week (Mon.08.12.14 – Fri.19.12.14)

Language: ensure all admin is complete for Controlled Assessments/Spoken Language Assessments (Units 3 & 4)

Assessment Objectives & Key Outcomes  Reading Non-Fiction SkillsExam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Fri.13.03.15

Writing Skills

Exam Skills (Schedule to be confirmed)

(3 weeks) DEADLINE: Thurs.02.04.15

Functional Skills for Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening

R1 = Select and use different types of texts to obtain and utilise relevant information

R2 = Read and summarise, succinctly, information/ideas from different sources

R3 = Identify the purposes of texts and comment on how meaning is conveyed

R4 = Detect point of view, implicit meaning and/or bias

R5 = Analyse texts in relation to audience needs and consider suitable responses

W1 = Present information/ideas concisely, logically, and persuasively

W2 = Present information on complex subjects clearly and concisely

W3 = Use a range of writing styles for different purposes

W4 = Use a range of sentence structures, including complex sentences, and paragraphs to organise written communication effectively

W5 = Punctuate written text using commas, apostrophes and inverted commas accurately

W6 = Ensure written work is fit for purpose and audience, with accurate spelling and grammar that support clear meaning in a range of text types.

SL1 = Consider complex information and give a relevant, cogent response in appropriate language

SL2 = Present information and ideas clearly and persuasively to others

SL3 = Adapt contributions to suit audience, purpose and situation

SL4 = Make significant contributions to discussions, taking a range of roles and helping to move discussion forward