Our English curriculum has been designed to develop a love of English language and literature through a culturally rich, diverse and exciting curriculum. It is sequenced to build and refine students’ skills from Key Stage Two. Over time, students’ abilities to respond to texts analytically and independently will be developed with a focus upon vocabulary, textual reference and the methods used by writers to create meanings and develop their perspectives. An equivalent focus upon writing will enable our students to become confident, articulate and engaged students who can present a range of views effectively as well as express their imagination and creativity.
The diagram above outlines the direction we take but underpinning this learning journey (and each text or topic that we teach) are a number of key skills.
In writing they are:
Expanding vocabulary and increasing sentence variation
As above, plus teaching perspectives and a variety of style models, such as writing articles or speeches.
As above, plus teaching students to use specific methods in their writing, such as imagery or rhetorical devices, and structural devices to provide more cohesive and challenging texts.
In reading they are:
Selecting relevant quotations and references to support a view of character, theme or place, and developing an understanding of connotations and inferences.
As above, plus an explicit reference to a writer’s methods, the wider themes of a text and some structural features.
As above, plus an understanding of how viewpoints are developed, comparisons revealingly made and structural features contribute to meanings.
Years 10 and 11
All Year 10 and 11 students study the AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature courses, with examinations at the end of Year 11. Across Year 10, students are introduced to a broad range of skills, genres and question styles that they will need for their examinations at the end of Year 11 as well as the bulk of literary texts they will need to know. Beginning with the play An Inspector Calls and the classic novella A Christmas Carol, students will then study a range of non-fiction and fiction extracts to develop their skills of inference, analytical writing and original writing. They will also study a collection of poetry on the theme of Love and Relationships.
After studying the play Romeo and Juliet during the first term, Year 11 is focused on preparing students for their exams at the end of the year, teaching any poems not explored in Year 10 and returning to and revising all the core texts. The year will also be heavily focused on developing students’ creativity, idea development and responses to previously unseen texts. Assessment becomes a real focus later in the year as students take an increasing number of mock assessment and exams to prepare them for their final exams.