The curriculum will offer pupils the chance to build their knowledge through a 5 year course which prepares them for both Language and Literature GCSE and life beyond the school. It will give all pupils, regardless of ability, the opportunity to succeed and become adults who are able to evaluate critically, speak confidently, articulate their thoughts and communicate successfully. The curriculum will develop a love of reading in all pupils ensuring they are prepared to access a full school curriculum with confidence. Ours is a knowledge curriculum; it enables pupils to be able to achieve their full potential by applying and mastering critical thinking, skills which are based on the secure commitment of knowledge to long-term memory from Year 7. English and English Literature elements of the curriculum will complement and dovetail into each other. Language will be taught through Literature and Literature will be placed at the heart of the curriculum and taught chronologically. The curriculum enables pupils to acquire knowledge of a broad canon of Literature, including locating unseen poems and understanding the ideals of Chaucer, Shakespeare and beyond. This, in turn, enables pupils to understand religion and philosophical ideas whilst connecting and interleaving their knowledge from a range of subjects across the curriculum, broadening their daily experience and increasing their cultural capital. The curriculum is designed for mastery. From year one of the course we are building the knowledge of the pupils in order to allow them to tackle difficult concepts with ease in later years. The curriculum also enables mastery of grammar, spelling and vocabulary.
Pupils are taught thematically, enjoying a broad range of literature, non-fiction texts and plays. This is a summary of topics that the department cover in Key Stage 3, from years 7 until 9.
Throughout both key stages, the English department aims to promote a love of reading and an appreciation of literature.
We develop opportunities that allow pupils to express their thoughts and ideas both creatively and imaginatively. We encourage wide-reading to develop understanding and knowledge about the subject.
The curriculum at key stage 3 builds upon and develops prior learning. Schemes of Learning are challenging, rigorous and enjoyable. Pupils are prepared thoroughly for key stage 4 and the expectations of GCSE.
At key stage 4 pupils follow both AQA English Language and AQA English Literature courses. Both courses are assessed through examination.
Pupils will have studied a range of texts and explored a range of skills including:
Year 11 Revision Timetable
'a reminder to pupils that this was available and given out at 'Revision Fest'. There is an expectation that pupils are using this tool to aid their revision as we move towards the exam season.