Curriculum

English

English

Mrs D Bainborough

Director of English

Mrs A Le Brunn–Healey

Lower School English Co-ordinator, Literacy Co-ordinator

Mrs D Bainborough 
Miss L Bishop 
Miss E Cann 
Mr D Collett
Miss L Evans 
Mrs A Goss 
 Mrs H Goldup-Martin
Mrs J Lucas 
 Miss E Le Brunn 
Mrs A Le Brunn-Healey
 Mrs R Richards 
Mrs R Simmons 

Department Vision

The English department is focused on reaching, maintaining and exceeding the very highest standards to ensure students achieve beyond what they thought they were capable of. The department is passionate about inspiring students and supporting them in developing a lifelong love of learning and literature. In order to do this, staff are dedicated to delivering a skills-based curriculum at all key stages that gives students the tools they need in Reading, Writing and Spoken Language so that they understand what steps they must take to succeed. The Head of Learning is dedicated to supporting department staff so that this vision can be achieved with and for our students.

Lower School School (KS3 - Years 7 & 8)

In Years 7 and 8, students are set in parallel groups according to ability and are taught appropriately yet with challenge at all levels. Topics taught are constantly being reviewed to ensure they prepare students for the rigor of GCSE examinations. The curriculum focuses on exposing students to a wide variety of literature, from Shakespeare to modern travel writing. Non-fiction skills and units are also built in, with a focus on narrative and descriptive writing. There is also a drive to maintain literacy skills throughout English work, which we believe will help facilitate progress in all subjects, not just English.

Students in Lower School also have one PiT lesson every two weeks (Personal Improvement Time) where they respond directly to feedback from marking to help to support progress. Reading is also highly promoted by the department, with one homework every two weeks dedicated to this. We also play an active role in the Accelerated Reading Programme which supports students in developing independence in reading. 

Upper School (KS4 - Years 9, 10 & 11)

Year 9

In Year 9, we focus largely on preparing students for the context of their literature exams at GCSE by starting to read the set texts. Currently, this includes An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet as well as poetry as set by the exam board. 

GCSE

Students in sets 1 and 2 will take GCSE language at the end of year 10 and GCSE literature at the end of year 11. 

Students in sets 3-7 will take GCSE literature at the end of year 10 and GCSE language at the end of year 11. 

English Language Paper 1:
Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
English Language Paper 2:
Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives
English Literature Paper 1:
Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
English Literature Paper 2:
Modern texts and poetry

What's assessed?

  • Section A: Reading - one literature fiction text
  • Section B: Writing - descriptive or narrative writing

What's assessed?

  • Section A: Reading - one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
  • Section B: Writing - writing to present a viewpoint

What's assessed?

  • Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet
  • The 19th-century novel – A Christmas Carol

What's assessed?

  • Modern texts – An Inspector Calls
  • Poetry – AQA Anthology ‘Relationships’ cluster
  • Unseen poetry

How is it assessed?

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

How is it assessed?

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

How is it assessed?

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE

How is it assessed?

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE

How is the paper broken down?

Reading: 40 marks, 25%

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 20 marks)

Writing: 40 marks, 25%

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

How is the paper broken down?

Reading: 40 marks, 25%: Two linked texts

  • 1 short form question (1 x 4 marks)
  • 2 longer form questions (1 x 8, 1 x 12 marks)
  • 1 extended question (1 x 16 marks)

Writing: 40 marks, 25%

  • 1 extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

How is the paper broken down?

  • Section A Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet: Students will answer one question on Romeo and Juliet. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
  • Section B The 19th-century novel: A Christmas Carol Students will answer one question on A Christmas Carol. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

How is the paper broken down?

  • Section A Modern texts: Students will answer one essay question on An Inspector Calls.
  • Section B Poetry: Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster.
  • Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing.

Sixth Form (KS5 - Years 12 & 13)

We study the AQA English Literature (A) course, which is assessed as a linear course at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1: Love through the agesPaper 2: Texts in shared contextsNon-exam assessment:
Independent critical study: texts across time

What’s assessed

Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900 and one Shakespeare play (Currently Othello)

What’s assessed

WW1 and its aftermath OR post–1945 literature

Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000

Exam will include an unseen extract

What’s assessed

Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900.

One extended essay (2,500 words) and a bibliography

Assessed

  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • Open book in Section C only
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A–level

Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Open book
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A–level

Assessed

  • 50 marks
  • 20% of A–level
  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA

Other Information

We offer and provide many opportunities to visit the theatre, often taking advantage of opportunities at our local theatre, The Marlowe as we feel this is vitally important in any students’ understanding of drama (an assessed part of new GCSE). We also take advantage of our local universities and have guest lecturers presenting on topics such as feminism and WW1 literature. 

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