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Curriculum Summary - English 

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life”

  Walt Disney

English Language and English Literature is taught at The Albion Academy by an extremely creative and hard-working team of English specialists.  Lessons focus on developing pupils’ critical thinking skills, whilst promoting progress and achievement.  Pupils are also encouraged to develop their love of literature through the delivery of a range of classic and contemporary novels.  We endeavour to inspire a love of reading and writing in all pupils that we teach through creative writing competitions, extra-curricular clubs and extensive use of the school library facilities.

KS3 Overview

Pupils will build on their reading and writing skills gained at KS2 and develop an enjoyment of reading and writing for pleasure.  They will also be introduced to critical thinking and analytical reading skills.  Pupils will be encouraged to consider language and structural choices both when analysing a text and when creating a piece of writing.

Year 7

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

AUTUMN 1: Poetry- Me, Myself and I.

 

Skills: Inference and deduction, information retrieval, language and its effect.

Reading Assessment: Analysis of a poem based on the theme of identity.

Speaking and Listening content: Getting to know you.

Creative Writing Opportunity:  Pupils to create poetry anthologies.

SMSC: Class discussions and group work based on identity, incorporating religion, gender and race.

 

AUTUMN 2: A Christmas Carol

 

Skills: To identify and understand information relating to both character and theme, inference and deduction, to relate texts to their social and historical context.

Reading Assessment: Unseen extract assessment based on a character within the novel.

SMSC: Class discussions and group work based on charity and morality.

SPRING 1 & 2: Class novel.

 

 

Texts: Individual teachers will choose from: Skellig, Holes, Private Peaceful, The Book of Dead Days or Fire Eaters.  Novels will be chosen based on ability and class interests.  Non-fiction texts will also be chosen by individual teachers based on the themes and content of the class novels chosen.

Skills: To understand and comment on language choices, to discuss the effect of these choices on a reader, to understand a writer’s viewpoint.

Reading Assessment: Analysis of a theme from the novel (extract based and the wider novel)

Writing Assessment: Newspaper article writing based on key event within the novel.

Non-Fiction Opportunities: Non-fiction extracts relating to themes and events within novels to be used to teach the features of non-fiction writing.

SMSC: Class discussion and group work based on themes such as good versus evil, life and death and friendship.

 

SUMMER 1&2: Plays and performance.

 

Skills: The structure and organisation of texts, inference and deduction, imaginative writing, varying sentences of clarity and effect.

Reading Assessment: Unseen extract based assessment on the play adaptation of The Witches.

Writing/Drama Opportunity: Script writing.

Speaking and Listening: Performance of drama creations based on themes included in the play studied.

End of year Assessments: Formal reading and writing assessments- Optional Tests.  Pupils to complete revision of core skills ahead of final assessments.  Tests are based solely on unseen texts, including both fiction and non-fiction.

 

Year 8

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

AUTUMN 1&2: Of Mice and Men and transactional writing skills.

 

Skills: Inference and deduction, information retrieval, language and its effect, to relate texts to their social and historical context.

Reading Assessment: Analysis of a theme from the novel (extract based and the wider novel)

Speaking and Listening content: Monologue opportunity as a character from the novel.

Writing Assessment: Writing to review- review of the novel.

SMSC: Class discussions and group work based on the themes of the novel- racism, sexism, disability.

 

 

 

SPRING 1 & 2: Class novel.

 

 

Texts: Individual teachers will choose from: The Book Thief, Grandpa’s Great Escape, Small Steps, Coraline.   Novels will be chosen based on ability and class interests.  Non-fiction texts will also be chosen by individual teachers based on the themes and content of the class novels chosen.

Skills: To understand and comment on language choices, to discuss the effect of these choices on a reader, to understand a writer’s viewpoint.

Reading Assessment: Analysis of a theme from the novel (extract based and the wider novel)

Writing Assessment: Newspaper article writing based on key event within the novel.

Non-Fiction Opportunities: Non-fiction extracts relating to themes and events within novels to be used to teach the features of non-fiction writing.

SMSC: Class discussion and group work based on themes such as friendship, family, religion, morals.

 

SUMMER 1&2: Plays and performance.

 

Texts: The Witches (play adaptation) DNA, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Skills: The structure and organisation of texts, inference and deduction, imaginative writing, varying sentences of clarity and effect.

Reading Assessment: Unseen extract based assessment on the play being studied by each class.

Writing/Drama Opportunity: Script writing.

Speaking and Listening: Performance of drama creations based on themes included in the play studied.

End of year Assessments: Formal reading and writing assessments- Optional Tests.  Pupils to complete revision of core skills ahead of final assessments.  Tests are based solely on unseen texts, including both fiction and non-fiction.

 

Year 9

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

AUTUMN 1&2: Romeo and Juliet and transactional writing skills.

 

Skills: Inference and deduction, information retrieval, language and its effect, to relate texts to their social and historical context.

Reading Assessment: Analysis of a theme from the play (extract based and the wider novel)

Speaking and Listening content: Presentation on William Shakespeare and his work.

Writing Assessment: Persuasive writing task- writing an article for the school website.

SMSC: Class discussions and group work based on the themes of the play- family, love, war, conflict, death.

 

Additional Assessment Opportunity: Pupils to create an unseen poetry assessment.  Poems chosen to reflect the events/theme contained within the play.

 

 

 

SPRING 1 & 2: Class novel.

 

 

Texts: Individual teachers will choose from: Stone Cold, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Life if Pi.  Novels will be chosen based on ability and class interests.  Non-fiction texts will also be chosen by individual teachers based on the themes and content of the class novels chosen.

Skills: To understand and comment on language choices, to discuss the effect of these choices on a reader, to understand a writer’s viewpoint.

Reading Assessment: Analysis of a theme from the novel (extract based and the wider novel)

Writing Assessment: Newspaper article writing based on key event within the novel.

Non-Fiction Opportunities: Non-fiction extracts relating to themes and events within novels to be used to teach the features of non-fiction writing.

SMSC: Class discussion and group work based on themes such as good versus evil, life and death and friendship.

 

SUMMER 1&2: Plays and performance.

 

Texts: A View From the Bridge

Skills: The structure and organisation of texts, inference and deduction, imaginative writing, varying sentences of clarity and effect.

Reading Assessment: Unseen extract based assessment on the play adaptation of AVFTB

Writing/Drama Opportunity: Script writing.

Speaking and Listening: Performance of drama creations based on themes included in the play studied.

End of year Assessments: Formal reading and writing assessments- Optional Tests.  Pupils to complete revision of core skills ahead of final assessments.  Tests are based solely on unseen texts, including both fiction and non-fiction.

 

KS4 Overview- In Key Stage 4 all pupils study two qualifications: English Language and Literature.

Year 10: Qualifications: GCSE English Language & GCSE English Literature   Examination board: Edexcel

Year 10

Language

Literature

Autumn 1

Transactional writing skills. Writing to:

  • • Persuade/argue
  • • Review/comment

Introduction to Shakespeare play.

Autumn 2

Read whole post-1914 text.

Spring 1

Writing skills- grammar for writing.

Read whole 19th century novel.

Spring 2

Imaginative writing.

Summer 1

Non-fiction.

Reading and comparison of non-fiction texts.

Poetry Anthology

Summer 2

Revision of all 3 lit texts ahead of mock exams.

Year 11: Qualifications: GCSE English Language (Edexcel) & GCSE English Literature  (AQA)

Year 11

Language

Literature

Autumn 1

Unit 3

-Revisit spoken language terminology & assessments to be completed.

 

Autumn 2

Unit 1

-Non-fiction skills, presentational features and language skills

-Unit 1 Reading and Writing assessments to be completed.

Spring 1

Controlled Assessment Catch up.

Pupils to complete any missing controlled assessments from Units 1 & 3

Coursework Catch up.

Intervention with coursework (OMAM) to take place where needed.

Unseen Poetry Skills

Poems from a range of collections to be used to enhance analysis skills

Spring 2

Language Unit 2 skills.

Revision of Of Mice and Men content- characters and themes.

Revisit Novel

Pupils to engage with exam style questions based on the novel studied in year 10.

Summer 1

Revision- focus on timings and past papers.

EXAM: Tuesday 7th June 2016

Revision- focus on timings and past papers.

EXAM: Monday 23rd May 2016