Key Stage 3 (Year 7 - 9)
Key Stage 4 (Year 10 - 11)
In the Autumn term pupils will be following the Short Story unit. In this unit pupils will read and analyse a variety of short stories from different time periods. Writers include: Anthony Horowitz, H.G Wells, Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl and many more. Pupils will also be expected to write their own short story towards the end of the unit.
During the Spring term Year 7 will read a contemporary novel. They will explore characterisation, themes and explore how writers use language to achieve various effects. Novels include: Skellig, Private Peaceful, How to Train your Dragon, The Thief of Always and many more.
Finally, In the Summer term, pupils will look at different Shakespeare plays and his use of language. In the second half of the term all pupils will read from a selection of poems from various writers throughout history.
At the beginning of the Autumn term Year 8 will start with the Journeys unit. This unit covers non-fiction writing from various time periods including Bill Bryson and Captain Scott's diary. Pupils will analyse how texts have been constructed and attempt to write their own non-fiction piece.
In the first half of the Spring term pupils will study a collection of diverse cultures poems or poems about war. They will look at poems from writers all over the world including John Agard, Grace Nichols and Seamus Heaney to home-grown greats such as Carol Ann Duffy and Wilfred Owen. In the second half of the term and into the first half of the Summer term pupils will read a contemporary novel. They will explore the novel in detail and learn to make links to other stories. Novels include: Wonder, Northern Lights, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and the Village by the Sea.
The Summer term will have pupils either working through a media unit that focuses on the film 'Jaws' or a Shakespeare unit based around 'Much Ado about Nothing'. The media unit looks to further develop their analytical skills while looking at a different style of text. Pupils will learn important skills such as connotation, inference and deduction. In the Shakespeare unit pupils will be challenged to read their first full play and analyse the use of language, form and structure.
In the Autumn term pupils will start the Different Cultures unit similar to the old GCSE specification. They will read either, 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck or 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee. Pupils will explore the writers' craft, structure and the importance of social and historical contexts. There will also be opportunities to read extracts from other texts for literary enrichment. Pupils will eventually sit an assessment similar to the old style GCSE exams.
In the beginning of the Spring term pupils will study a collection of GCSE poems from a variety of writers such as Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage and Wendy Cope. These poems are from the old GCSE specification and are designed to engage and challenge students. In the second half of the spring term pupils will be following a creative writing unit that will look at both fiction and non-fiction writing in preparation for the new GCSE specification.
At the end of key stage 3 pupils will follow a more GCSE style route to prepare them for the start of key stage 4. In the first half of the rem pupils will follow the bridging unit. This unit will develop pupils' reading of different texts (both fiction and non-fiction) and test how well they can respond to them. In the final half term, pupils will study the Shakespeare play that will be in the final exam in Year 11. This is an opportunity to understand and enjoy the play before it is studied for exam purposes in Year 10 and 11.
Year 10 (new specification)
During the first term classes will be studying either 'An Inspector Calls' or a collection of contemporary short stories from various writers. Pupils will be preparing for their English Literature GCSE exams by exploring language, form and structure. The exam will be closed book so pupils will be expected to revise quotations. Questions will be about the characters within the stories or the themes. Some explanation of context (both social and historical) is important.
In the second part of the Winter term and the first half of the spring term pupils will be developing their language skills to tackle the English Language paper 1 (worth 50% of their English Language grade). The reading section of the paper requires pupils to read an unseen extract from a fictional text and answer questions on content, language, structure and evaluate how the writers achieve certain effects. The writing section of the paper will expect pupils to write either a narrative or a descriptive account.
In the second half of the Spring term pupils will develop analytical skills to explore poetry. In the exam pupils will be asked questions about a collection of fifteen poems they have studied and questions on poems they have not seen before. Poems include British contemporary poets, war poets and poets from the Romantic period. Therefore, pupils will be expected to understand the content, the writer's use of language, explain how structure is important and be able to compare two unseen poems.
Finally, in the Summer term classes will further develop their language skills for the English Language paper 2 exam (worth 50%).The reading section of the paper requires pupils to read two unseen non-fiction texts and answer questions on content, language and structure. One text will be modern and the other text will be pre 20th century; both texts will be linked by theme. Pupils will also need to compare the two non-fiction texts with each other. The writing section of the paper will expect pupils to write an argument or make a comment on an aspect that will be relevant to their lives.
If there is time left at the end of the year, classes will revise 'Romeo and Juliet' by Shakespeare. They first read the play at the end of Year 9.
Year 11 (old specification)
Classes will first study the different cultures novel, either 'To Kill a Mockingbird' or 'Of Mice and Men.' Pupils will explore characters, themes and be able to confidently comment on the writer's use of language, form and structure. A knowledge of the social and historical contexts is important in the this exam.
After the half term pupils will return their focus to the IGCSE English Language exam in preparation for their exams. Pupils will develop their reading skills such as reading for meaning, commenting on language use and summarising. Pupils may be entered for the early entry exam in November or take a mock exam in December. At the end of the Winter term, pupils will begin reading from a collection of poems from either Carol Ann Duffy or Simon Armitage,
In January pupils will study 'Animal Farm' for their English Literature exams. Pupils will explore characters, themes and be able to confidently comment on the writer's use of language, form and structure. A knowledge of the social and historical contexts is important in the this exam.
After the half term, pupils will complete the poems from the OCR anthology and will develop their analytical skills to answer questions in the exam. Once completed, pupils will return to revise for the IGCSE English Language exam until May 2016.
In the final run to the exam period of May and June, pupils will revise all four of their Literature texts (this includes 'An Inspector Calls' which was studied in Year 10).