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English Department

In this section, the English department provides an overview of the KS3 and KS4 curriculum and resources to aid revision and support progress.

Department Contacts

Staff Role
E. Greenacre (EEG) Department Leader
E. Kyasiima (EEK) Literacy Leader
V. Bronizewski KS3 Leader

Assessment

All students complete three assessments every half term; this enables us to monitor their progress and effectively organise intervention when necessary. During the half term the students complete two initial assessments which are marked in detail with teacher’s explicitly explaining to students their strengths and areas of improvement, which is followed by the chance to improve their work.  Also, the students complete a common assessment. This means that all students complete the same task within the same week of school in quiet working conditions so that we can monitor what they are able to do independently and we use this data to inform our progress reports.

Assessment Objectives:

Reading Skills:

  • A01 – Select and retrieve information from a text
  • A02 – Explain and analyse the writer’s use of methods, including structural devices
  • A03 – Compare and contrast texts / make links to historical context
  • A04 – Evaluate and critique the writer’s use of methods

Writing Skills

  • A05 – Use language and structure to create interesting, engaging texts
  • A06 – Use vocabulary, sentence structure and punctuation accurately and for effect

We want our students to leave TCA as excellent communicators in their written work, ability to read and oral skills so they can lead successful adult lives. Therefore, we ensure students develop a love of reading through the Accelerated Reader Programme with regular visits to the library, as well as integrating literacy into our KS3 lessons. Furthermore, the KS3 curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure students acquire the skills needed to be successful in the new GCSEs. KS3 students study a range of texts, including modern prose, drama, Shakespeare and Poetry to equip them with the ability to understand, explain and analyse a range of writer’s methods, as well as providing opportunities for them to develop their own creative writing skills. 

Year 7

Term Text Skills
1 Harry Potter

AO1, AO2: Retrieving information from texts and explaining your impression of characters

2 Frankenstein AO1, AO5: Retrieving information from texts and writing imaginatively
3 Poetry: Ballads AO2, AO6: Explaining writers' use of words and techniques and using punctuation accurately
4 Shakespeare: The Tempest

AO1, AO5: Retrieving information from texts and writing imaginatively

5 Travel Writing AO2, AO6: Explaining writers' use of words and techniques and using punctuation accurately
6 Fiction Extracts AO1, AO5: Retrieving information from texts and writing persuasively

 Year 8

Term Text Skills
1 Private Peaceful

AO1, AO2: Retrieving information from texts and explaining your impression of characters

2 Dracula AO2, AO5: Retrieving information from texts and writing imaginatively
3 Non-Fiction Extracts AO3, AO6: Compare writers' viewpoints and use punctuation effectively
4 Sci-Fi Short Stories

AO2, AO5: Analyse writers' use of words and techniques and write imaginatively

5 Shakespeare:  Midsummer Night's Dream 

AO2, AO6: Analysing your impression of characters and using punctuation effectively 

6 Poetry AO3, AO5: Compare writers' viewpoints and write imaginatively

Year 9

Term Text Skills
1 Woman in Black

AO4, AO5: Evaluate how the writer creates a tense atmosphere and write imaginatively

2 Shakespeare: Macbeth

AO2, AO6: Analyse and evaluate your impression of characters and use advanced punctuation effectively

3 Of Mice and Men

AO4, AO5: Evaluate how the writer presents characters and write imaginatively

4 Journey’s End AO2, AO6: Explore and analyse writer's viewpoint on key themes and use advanced punctuation
5 Poetry AO3, AO5: Compare writers' viewpoints and write imaginatively
6 Non-Fiction and Fiction Extracts

AO3, AO6: Compare writers' viewpoints and use advanced punctuation

In Year 10 our students complete their GCSE Literature qualification and then in Year 11 they complete their English Language qualification. This enables students to focus on developing key skills and also supports them in remembering key quotations for the new GCSE Literature exams. In both Year 10 and Year 11 we follow the AQA exam board, which also includes and assessment of the students’ speaking and listening skills.

GCSE English Language and English Literature

Year 10 Year 11
Term Text Term Text
1

Drama: Blood Brothers or An Inspector Calls

1

Shakespeare revision and Language Paper 1 revision

2

Novel: A Christmas Carol or Jekyll and Hyde

2

Novel revision and Language Paper 1 revision

3

Poetry: AQA Power and Conflict anthology

3

Drama revision and Language Paper 2 revision

4

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

4

Poetry revision and Language Paper 2 revision

5

AQA English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2

5

Language and Literature revision to be determined by class teacher

6

AQA English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2

6  

Revision Resources:

Homework for all year groups is set on ‘Show My Homework’ and is designed to support and develop the learning that is taking place in our classrooms in relation to our Schemes of Learning. Homework is set on a weekly basis and should take 60 minutes to complete.

Additional KS4 Revision Resources:

  • BBC Bitesize provides valuable information on KS4 texts used in the AQA exams.
  • AQA website for past papers/Class teacher for revision booklets and exam practice.
  • The English Department provides revision text books at GCSE Evening.