The Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School

English

Head of Department: Mrs H Wright

Dept Office: 159C

E-mail: hwright@holytrinitycrawley.org.uk

 

 

 

Staff Team:

Miss L Rendle – Second in Department, KS4 Coordinator

Mr C Rogers – Lead Practitioner for High Achievers and Sixth Form, KS5 Coordinator

Mr M Ransley – KS3 Coordinator

Ms L Ingham – Lead Practitioner

Mrs S O’Neil-  Joint Head of Drama

Mrs A Osborne – Joint Head of Drama

Miss C Gillman – English teacher

Mr D Knox-Crawford – English teacher

Scroll down for Curriculum Details for each year group.  

 

English Year 7 

What is the Aim of the Year? 

The Year 7 curriculum in English is designed to start the students on a journey through the English literary history and heritage as, at GCSE, students are expected to have read a wide range of varying texts, including novels from the literary heritage texts. There will be a balance between the development of reading and writing skills, with an additional focus on speaking and listening.

What are the Big Ideas?  

Reading skills – a good student:

  • Shows solid understanding and a personal response to a range of texts.
  • Is developing a wider understanding of how context affects meaning and can lead to different interpretations.
  • Gives detailed explanation of writer’s/speaker’s use of linguistic and literary features. Explores their effects on shaping overall meaning.
  • Clearly identifies the writer’s viewpoint and purpose, demonstrating an understanding of this and the ways they are produced.
  • Effectively uses and embeds apt textual reference and quotations as evidence.

 Writing skills – a good student:

  • Produces sustained texts that apply a variety of writing techniques to produce texts appropriate for purpose and audience.
  • Mainly uses paragraphs to aid meaning and purpose of the writing.
  • Uses a variety of sentences and punctuation for effect.
  • Is able to spell most high frequency words accurately
  • Has a wide vocabulary and is beginning to use ambitious and uncommon words
  • Uses grammar and a wider range of punctuation accurately.
  • Can maintain consistent and appropriate use of tense with occasional lapses

Spoken communication skills – a good student:

  • Will confidently deliver an effectively planned, engaging spoken presentation, beginning to grapple with complex ideas.
  • Role-play will be convincing and imaginative where appropriate.
  • Students will engage and beginning to lead in discussion and interaction with others and will be able to respond to other’s ideas appropriately

 What will I Do? 

Our Literary Past & Present (a variety of non-fiction, poetry and prose)

·        Exploring Dickens (prose)

·        Imaginative Worlds (prose)

·        Real audiences (non-fiction)

·        Legends and Lore (poetry and prose) 

Assessment :

·        There will be a baseline test, for both reading and writing, at the start of the year.

·        All assessments for reading and writing will be assessed using PIA, with opportunities for DIRT tasks where students can improve their work following teacher advice.

·        All assessments are on-going during the year by the class teacher, with official assessments recorded on a half-termly basis.

·        There will be a formal exam in the summer term. 

Useful Links: 

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English Year 8

What is the Aim of the Year? 

The Year 8 curriculum is designed to build on the skills introduced in Year 7. There will be a balance between the development of reading and writing skills, with a smaller but equally important focus on speaking and listening.

The texts studied will be a variety of prose, poetry, drama and non-fiction.

What are the Big Ideas?  

Reading skills – a good student:

  • Shows solid understanding and a personal response to a range of texts.
  • Is developing a wider understanding of how context affects meaning and can lead to different interpretations.
  • Gives detailed explanation of writer’s/speaker’s use of linguistic and literary features. Explores their effects on shaping overall meaning.
  • Clearly identifies the writer’s viewpoint and purpose, demonstrating an understanding of this and the ways they are produced.
  • Effectively uses and embeds apt textual reference and quotations as evidence.

 Writing skills – a good student:

  • Produces sustained texts that apply a variety of writing techniques to produce texts appropriate for purpose and audience.
  • Mainly uses paragraphs to aid meaning and purpose of the writing.
  • Uses a variety of sentences and punctuation for effect.
  • Is able to spell most high frequency words accurately
  • Has a wide vocabulary and is beginning to use ambitious and uncommon words
  • Uses grammar and a wider range of punctuation accurately.
  • Can maintain consistent and appropriate use of tense with occasional lapses

Spoken communication skills – a good student:

  • Will confidently deliver an effectively planned, engaging spoken presentation, beginning to grapple with complex ideas.
  • Role-play will be convincing and imaginative where appropriate.
  • Students will engage and beginning to lead in discussion and interaction with others and will be able to respond to other’s ideas appropriately

 What will I Do? 

·        Narrative adventures (a variety of prose and non-fiction)

·        Non-fiction around a theme (non-fiction and poetry)

·        19th Century short stories (prose)

·        The Tempest by Shakespeare (drama)

·        Awakening Conscience (prose and non-fiction) 

Assessment :

·        All assessments for reading and writing will be assessed using PIA, with opportunities for DIRT tasks where students can improve their work following teacher advice.

All assessments are on-going during the year by the class teacher, with official assessments recorded on a half-termly basis.

·        There will be a formal exam in the summer term.

 Useful Links: http://www.showmyhomework.co.uk

 English Year 9

What is the Aim of the Year? 

Year 9 is the year that students start the study of their GCSE English Language and Literature. There will continue to be a balance between the development of reading and writing skills. In the Autumn term the students will study the Shakespeare play ‘Macbeth‘. In the Spring term, the students will begin their GCSE study.

 

What are the Big Ideas?  

Reading skills – a good student:

  • Shows solid understanding and a personal response to a range of texts.
  • Is developing a wider understanding of how context affects meaning and can lead to different interpretations.
  • Gives detailed explanation of writer’s/speaker’s use of linguistic and literary features. Explores their effects on shaping overall meaning.
  • Clearly identifies the writer’s viewpoint and purpose, demonstrating an understanding of this and the ways they are produced.
  • Effectively uses and embeds apt textual reference and quotations as evidence.

 Writing skills – a good student:

  • Produces sustained texts that apply a variety of writing techniques to produce texts appropriate for purpose and audience.
  • Mainly uses paragraphs to aid meaning and purpose of the writing.
  • Uses a variety of sentences and punctuation for effect.
  • Is able to spell most high frequency words accurately
  • Has a wide vocabulary and is beginning to use ambitious and uncommon words
  • Uses grammar and a wider range of punctuation accurately.
  • Can maintain consistent and appropriate use of tense with occasional lapses

Spoken communication skills – a good student:

  • Will confidently deliver an effectively planned, engaging spoken presentation, beginning to grapple with complex ideas.
  • Role-play will be convincing and imaginative where appropriate.
  • Students will engage and beginning to lead in discussion and interaction with others and will be able to respond to other’s ideas appropriately

 PLEASE NOTE: For the Spring term, students will be assessed against the GCSE criteria.

 What will I Do? 

·        Macbeth by Shakespeare (drama)

·        GCSE study for English Literature and/or Language (prose, poetry and non-fiction)  

 

Assessment :

·        All assessments for reading and writing will be assessed using PIA, with opportunities for DIRT tasks where students can improve their work following teacher advice.

·        All assessments are on-going during the year by the class teacher, with official assessments recorded on a half-termly basis.

·        There will be a formal exam in the summer term.

 Useful Links:  http://www.showmyhomework.co.uk

GCSE English  Year 10  Edexcel English Language (1ENO) English Literature (1ETO)

What is the Aim of the Course? 

Students will prepare for two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature, taught in integrated lessons. Students will study a range of texts, including fiction and non-fiction from different time periods. They will continue to develop creative and transactional writing skills. A Spoken Language Endorsement will also be completed.

Exam Assessment Details 

English Language Assessment objectives:

READING

AO1 

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas
  • Select and synthesise evidence from different texts

 AO2 Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views

AO3 Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

 AO4 Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

 WRITING

AO5

  • Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences
  • Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

 AO6 Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

 SPOKEN LANGUAGE

AO7 Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

AO8 Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback to presentations

AO9 Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations

 English Literature Assessment objectives:

AO1 Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to:

  • maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response
  • use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations

 AO2 Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate

AO3 Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written

 AO4 Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

 What will I Do?  

Year 10:

Term 1: Shakespeare play and Poetry Unit 1

Term 2: Poetry Units 2 and 3, Unseen Poetry and Language Paper 1 skills

Term 3: 19th Century Fiction, Language Paper 2 skills

Year 11:

Term 1: Post-1914 Fiction

Term 2: Poetry Unit 4, 19th Century Unseen texts

Term 3: Revision of Literature texts

 Internal Assessments 

Year 10:

  • Throughout the year, assessments for reading and writing will be assessed using PIA, with opportunities for DIRT tasks where students can improve their work following teacher advice. These assessments are on-going during the year by the class teacher, with official assessments recorded on a half-termly basis.
  • There will be a formal exam in the summer term for GCSE English Language Paper 2.

 Year 11:

  • Throughout the year, assessments for reading and writing will be assessed using PIA, with opportunities for DIRT tasks where students can improve their work following teacher advice. These assessments are on-going during the year by the class teacher, with official assessments recorded on a half-termly basis
  • There will be four mocks throughout the year:

Autumn term:

GCSE English Literature, Paper 1: Shakespeare and Poetry

GCSE English Language, Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing

Spring term:

GCSE English Literature, Paper 2: 19th Century Literature and Post-1914 texts

GCSE English Language, Paper 2: Non-fiction and Transactional Writing

 Click the Link for:

GCSE English Language Specification

There are no past papers so far as this is a new syllabus

Useful Links: 

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