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In the English Department at SCC, we are passionate in our aim to cultivate students’ skills, confidence and creativity across the three strands of the English curriculum – reading, writing and speaking and listening. We want to see our students entering the wider world with the self-assurance to communicate their thoughts and ideas in an intelligent and sensitive manner, understanding that different contexts require different types of self-expression.

 

We place considerable focus on the importance of reading, knowing that instilling a love of reading will ultimately underpin a student’s success, not only in English, but across the curriculum.  With this in mind, we ask students to respond to a wide variety of literature. During their course of study, they will read classic works of fiction, drama and poetry from the breadth of the literary canon; as well as reading an exciting collection of contemporary works, and an extensive range of non-fiction texts. 

 

The English Department consists of a vibrant and thoroughly dedicated team of specialised and experienced teachers.  Our lessons are designed to engage and stimulate thought, promoting inquisitive and independent learners.  The department works in close relationship with the library and the Accelerated Reader programme, which is an important element of all English lessons at KS3 and fundamental to the success of literacy within the school.

 

All classrooms are fitted with interactive whiteboards and a collection of supportive texts, such as dictionaries and thesauri. In addition, the college’s computer suites are regularly used as an integral part of our teaching.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 4-6 depending on the year group and ability.

 

Aims of the course:  

During Key Stage 3, pupils study a range of topics from poetry, prose and plays. Pupils will focus on a variety of examples of literature and are prompted to form their own interpretations and discuss their ideas. They will also study various styles of writing and are introduced to a range of techniques which will help them write with fluency and accuracy. Throughout the Key Stage, pupils will develop their ability to analyse texts, evaluate their impact on the reader and consider the impact of context. Furthermore, pupils are also encouraged to develop their speaking and listening skills, helping them become confident speakers and considerate listeners.

 

Term by term content:

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

A Guide to S.C.C. and Short Story Writing

This aims to help pupil improve their basic writing skills, including editing and drafting by encouraging them to explore the school and everything it has to offer in order to help support the transition from primary to secondary school. Short story writing continues to develop writing skills.

Set Text

Pupils study an appropriate text of the teachers’ choice. The aim is to encourage them to gain an understanding of characters, plot, setting and writer’s craft.

Term 3

Term 4

Writing for P.A.F.

Pupils study a range of writing styles, focusing on genre, audience and purpose and language features.

Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Pupils study the events of the play as a whole with a close reading of set scenes. They will also explore characters, plot and setting in detail.

Term 5

Term 6

Non-fiction Texts: Travel Writing

Exploration of various travel texts and writing styles to match the genre.

 

Formal end-of-year examination of reading and writing skills.

Part 1

Introduction to Poetry

Pupils read a range of poems and study the writer’s craft and the effect on the reader.

Part 2

Chaucer

Pupils look at a selection of Chaucer’s tales with a focus on language analysis.

 

Year 8

Term 1

Term 2

Set Text

Pupils study an appropriate text of the teachers’ choice. The aim is to encourage them to gain an understanding of characters, plot, setting and writer’s craft.

Non-Fiction Texts

Writing skills with a focus on personal writing: journals, letters, diaries and blogs.

Term 3

Term 4

Writing for P.A.F.

Pupils study a range of writing styles, focusing on genre, audience and purpose and language features.

War Poetry

Exploring the use of language, structure, form, imagery, context and the poet’s intentions.

Term 5

Term 6

Key Skills & Pre 20th Century fiction

Preparation for end-of-year exam followed by a focus on descriptive writing and extended analysis of pre-20

 

th century fiction (purpose, meaning, language & structure.)

 

Part 1

Gothic Literature, including 19th Century texts. Exploration of language, structure and author’s intention.

Part 2

Creative Writing: development of creative writing skills focusing on reading creative pieces and experimenting with and developing their own craft as writers

Year 9

Term 1

Term 2

Set Text

Pupils study an appropriate text of the teachers’ choice. The aim is to encourage them to gain an understanding of characters, plot, setting and writer’s craft.

Non-Fiction Texts: 19th Century onwards

Focus on PAF, and analysing writer’s craft including travel writing.

 

Term 3

Term 4

Of Mice and Men

Exploration of writer’s craft, characterisation, setting, language, structure and context.

Romeo and Juliet

Exploration of writer’s craft, characterisation, setting, language, structure and context.

Term 5

Term 6

Key Skills and Literary Heritage

Preparation for the end-of-year exam and detailed, extended analysis of language and structure, developing comparative analysis skills

Conflict Poetry

Students will study a range of poems from the power and conflict cluster of the AQA 8702 English Literature GCSE. They will focus on understanding and inferring using quotes, language, structure, form and context.

 

Homework:

Homework is recorded on Show My Homework which can be accessed by students, parents and guardians.

 

Opportunities for further study:

Clubs:

Book Thieves

Comic Club

Homework Club – Library before and after school

 

Programmes:

Accelerated Reader for all KS3 pupils

Home Connect – allowing parents to monitor Accelerated Reading progress

 

Website links for resources:

BBC Bitesize English 

Channel 4 Learning English

I Am Learning: KS3 English App 

 

 

Suggested revision guides/ books:

Name: KS3 English Workbook (with answers)

Retail Price: £5.77

ISBN number: 978-1847622587

 

Weblink to purchase: Amazon

Name: KS3 English Study Guide (CGP)

Retail Price: £4.95

ISBN number: 978-1847622570

 

Name: KS3 English Complete Study & Practice

Retail Price: £10.79

ISBN number: 978-1847621566

 

Name: Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for KS3 - Workbook (with answers and online edition)

Retail Price: £5.95

ISBN number: 978-1782941170

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum 

Qualification: GCSE

Examination Board: AQA

Specification Code: 8700

 

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 6

This course is taught alongside the English Literature GCSE, there are no additional lessons.  In addition to the timetabled classes, throughout Year 11 a number of extra sessions are provided for students in need of extra support, including a weekly OSL session available to all students and regularly holiday OSL sessions.

 

Aims of the course: 

As one of the core subjects, the study of English has always been vital for every student.  However, now more than ever, it is clear that students who are able to read and write to a good standard are more likely to be successful in other subjects. Achieving a good grade in English is imperative in securing students’ future prospects – all college and employment routes require an English GCSE grade 5 and above. 

 

At S.C.C., we use personalised teaching styles, ability setting, high quality lessons and targeted interventions to give every student the best possible chance of succeeding. It is our aim that by the end of Year 11, all students will be able to communicate fluently in spoken and written English, as well as being able to read with understanding and insight.

 

Entry Requirements:  

All mainstream students in Years 10 and 11 study GCSE English Language.

 

Course Structure:

All exam boards now offer linear courses with examined assessments at the end of the two years. Throughout the course students will study their reading, writing and spoken language skills. Examinations are no longer tiered and so all examination texts will be challenging.  Class teachers will differentiate skills and activities throughout the course in order to meet the needs of all ability levels.

 

Assessment & Examinations:

Students will be formatively assessed throughout the course with extended written tasks to give students advice about how to improve their skills and there will be a summative assessment at the end of every term to measure students’ progress.

 

At the end of Year 11 students sit the two examinations which each equally assess reading and writing skills.

 

For the 2016-17 academic year, the examination dates for English GCSE Language are:

 

 

 

AQA English Language

(June 2017)

 

Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing

 

1 Hour 45 Minutes

80 marks

50% of GCSE

 

AM

6.6.17

 

Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

1 Hour 45 Minutes

80 marks

50% of GCSE

 

 

AM

12.6.17

Term by term content:

 

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons:  Literature Poetry Anthology

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Revising Modern Drama –‘An Inspector Calls’

Term 2

Literature: The 19th Century Novel – ‘A Christmas Carol

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Revising the 19th Century Novel – ‘A Christmas Carol’

Term 3

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Modern Drama – ‘An Inspector Calls

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Revising Shakespeare –  ‘Macbeth’

Term 4

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Shakespeare – ‘Macbeth

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Revising Conflict Anthology poems and Unseen poetry

Term 5

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Shakespeare – ‘Macbeth

Revision of all topics – terminal exams during Term 5

Term 6

Spoken Language preparation and examination.

 

 

Opportunities for further study:

At S.C.C. we offer English Literature A Level at Post-16.  In order to take this course, students need to have achieved a minimum of a grade 6 at GCSE for either English Language or English Literature. 

 

Website links for resources:

 

Suggested revision guides/ books:

Name: New GCSE English Language AQA Workbook - For the Grade 9-1 Course (Includes Answers) (CGP) Retail Price: £4.46

ISBN number: ISBN: 978-1782943709

 

Weblink to purchase: Amazon

Name: My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE English Language Revision Book

Retail Price: £6.79

ISBN number: ISBN: 978-471832055

 

Course: English Literature

Qualification: GCSE

Examination Board: AQA

Specification Code: 8702

 

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week6

This course is taught alongside the English Language GCSE, there are no additional lessons.  In addition to the timetabled classes, during year 11 a number of extra sessions are provided for students in need of extra support, including a weekly OSL session available to all students and regularly holiday OSL sessions.

 

Aims of the course: 

The study of English Literature is an excellent way for students to develop their knowledge and  understanding of novels, plays and poems as well as exploring a range of spiritual, moral emotional and cultural topics.  In the S.C.C. English department, we love to make lessons more creative and provide opportunities for reading; imaginative writing, discussion, drama-based exploration as well as practising for the more focused exam-based questions. 

 

This course will include the study of a play by Shakespeare, a 19th Century novel, a modern drama and poems from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries so it will develop students’ familiarity with the English literary heritage and how literature has developed over time.

 

Entry Requirements: 

All mainstream students in Years 10 and 11 study GCSE English Literature.

 

Course Structure:

 

Assessment & Examinations:

Students will be formatively assessed throughout the year with extended written tasks to give students advice about how to improve their skills and there will be a summative assessment at the end of every term to measure students’ progress.

 

At the end of Year 11 students sit the two examinations which will be closed book and will test students’ ability to analyse and compare elements from the texts they have studied.

 

For the 2016-17 academic year the examination dates for English GCSE Literature are:

 

 

AQA English Literature

(May 2017)

 

Paper 1: Macbeth and A Christmas Carol

1 Hour 45 Minutes

64 marks

40% of GCSE

 

AM

22.5.17

 

Paper 2: An Inspector Calls, Power and Conflict Poetry and Unseen Poetry

2 Hours 15 Minutes

96 marks

60% of GCSE

 

AM

26.5.17

 

Term by term content:

 

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons:  Literature Poetry Anthology

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Revising Modern Drama –‘An Inspector Calls’

Term 2

Literature: The 19th Century Novel – ‘A Christmas Carol

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Revising the 19th Century Novel – ‘A Christmas Carol’

Term 3

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Modern Drama – ‘An Inspector Calls

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Revising Shakespeare –  ‘Macbeth’

Term 4

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Shakespeare – ‘Macbeth

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Revising Conflict Anthology poems and Unseen poetry

Term 5

Three lessons: Language Skills

Three lessons: Literature – Shakespeare – ‘Macbeth

Revision of all topics – terminal exams during Term 5

Term 6

Spoken Language preparation and examination.

 

 

Opportunities for further study:

At S.C.C. we offer English Literature A Level at Post-16.  In order to take this course, students need to have achieved a minimum of a grade 6 at GCSE for either English Language or English Literature.

 

Website links for resources:

Suggested revision guides/ books:

Name: New GCSE English Literature AQA Unseen Poetry Study and Exam Practice - For the Grade 9-1 Course Price: £4.73

ISBN number: 978-1782943648

 

Weblink to purchase: Amazon

Name: New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Power and Conflict Anthology - For the Grade 9-1 Course (CGP)

Price: £4.46

ISBN number: 978-1782943617

 

Name: Macbeth: York Notes for GCSE Workbook: Grades 9-1

Price: £3.59

ISBN number: 978-1292100814

 

Name: An Inspector Calls: York Notes for GCSE Workbook: Grades 9-1

Price: £4.79

ISBN number: 978-1292100791

 

Name: A Christmas Carol: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) Workbook Paperback – 30 Mar 2016

Price: £4.79

ISBN number: 978-1292138077

 

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

 

Qualification: A-level

Examination Board: AQA

Specification CodeEnglish Literature B (7717)

 

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 

Six. Course content is divided between two teachers. In addition to this, a number of extra sessions are provided for students in need of extra support and in the run up to exams.

 

Aims of the course: 

This specification is centered on different ways of reading and on the connections which exist between texts. There is a strong focus on the study of critical theory and on understanding how texts can be connected and be interpreted in multiple ways so that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for both exams and non-exam assessment, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English literature that provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at university.

 

Entry Requirements

A grade 6 or higher in either English Language or English Literature GCSE.

 

Course Structure

This specification is a two year linear course with all assessments taken at the end of course. The study of genre and the corresponding set texts are studied in tandem with an introduction to literary and critical theory. Term by term content is detailed below.

 

Assessment & Examinations

This linear A-level specification is designed to be taken over two years with all assessments taken at the end of the course (detailed below). Students are formatively assessed throughout the term with extended written tasks to provide them with advice about how to improve their skills and there is a summative assessment at the end of every term to measure students’ progress.

 

At the end of year 12 students sit a full trial examination which assesses all the texts and genres studied. In year 13 students complete two extended critical essays on a prose text and poetry text of their choice.

 

Assessments:

Paper 1: Literary genres

What's assessed

Option 1A: Aspects of tragedy

Study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900

Assessed

·        written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

·        closed book

·        75 marks

·        40% of A-level

Questions

Section A: one passage-based question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section B: one essay question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section C: one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

Paper 2: Texts and genres

What's assessed

Option 2A: Elements of crime writing

Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900

Examination will include an unseen passage.

Assessed

·        written exam: 3 hours

·        open book

·        75 marks

·        40% of A-level

Questions

Section A: one compulsory question on an unseen passage (25 marks)

Section B: one essay question on set text (25 marks)

Section C: one essay question which connects two texts (25 marks)

Non-exam assessment: Theory and independence

What's assessed

Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology

Two essays of 1250–1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical anthology

One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.

Assessed

  • 50 marks
  • 20% of A-level
  • assessed by teachers
  • moderated by AQA

Term by term content:

 

Year 12

Year 13

Term 1

Introduction to tragedy and crime writing genres. Set text focus: Othello and Atonement.

Independent reading for prose NEA. Literary Theory – revising and developing. Redrafting of poetry NEA.

Term 2

Continue set text focus. Introduction to literary theory: feminism, literary value and the cannon.

Redrafting of prose NEA.

Unseen analysis skills for Elements of crime writing.

Term 3

Set text focus: Death of a Salesman and Crime Poetry Selection.

Exam skills and revising all tragedy genre texts.

Exam skills and revising all crime writing genre texts.

Term 4

Set text focus: Selected Poems of John Keats and Brighton Rock. Literary theory: ecocriticism and narrative.

Exam skills & revising:  Othello, Death of a Salesman, Atonement, Crime Poetry Selection, Keats, Brighton Rock.

Term 5

Continue set text focus. Exam skills and revision of all tragedy and crime texts.

Practice exam papers until the exam.

Term 6

Marxist and post-colonial literary theory. Selection of poetry texts for NEA.