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Introduction

In the English Department, we aim to provide students with an inspirational, rigorous and personalised curriculum which develops written and spoken literacy whilst also instilling a genuine love of literature. The study of English is not only limited to texts and books but it gives us all skills that are essential in order to access to the world around us. Being able to form opinions, understand political movements or ideas, having confidence to critically engage with society and listening to a diverse range of perspectives and attitudes all underpin the study of English at all stages and levels at Tabor.

We create a safe and stimulating learning environment, encouraging students to be independent in their learning whilst building their knowledge of the given topic.

English 1

 

KS3

KS3 learners are offered a broad and balanced curriculum.  It encompasses a wide range of learning experiences focusing on social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues with a foundation based on spelling, punctuation and grammar.  Students will study works by historical and contemporary writers as part of their programmes of study.  Years 7-9, students develop their knowledge in different topics whilst reading and writing and infusing speaking and listening activities to engage with challenging texts, tasks and ideas.

Our Year 7 curriculum allows our learners to learn and gain an awareness of the world around them through exploring creative texts with diverse themes. To ease transition, we explore the human condition and address how we are individuals and understand the necessity to embrace difference.  In year 8, our learners will make links and build upon their knowledge of Year 7.  Enjoying sustained investigations on themes ranging from racism and diversity, love and relationships and evoking a curiosity for understanding our environment. In year 9, their learning journey continues and we continue to develop students’ awareness and understanding of the world around them.  We begin to introduce more challenging themes and texts that will give the students the foundation needed to prepare them for KS4. KS3 is about widening the pupils’ knowledge of their environment and improving their cultural capital.  Throughout each unit of work, we set differentiated independent learning tasks that deepen understanding.

To build upon the ‘love of reading’, we have a ‘reading’ lesson once a week with a visit to the library where students can participate in ‘Accelerated Learner’ – a proven programme to increase the reading ages in students.

Year 7:

Autumn Week

3 weeks

Autumn 1 & 2 Spring 1 & 2 Summer 1 & 2
Who are we and where do we come from?

Cover themes of culture, diversity and Identity.

Themes that will continue throughout KS3

including curiosity which will lead

to the next theme of mystery.

Cover knowledge of key terms,

culture and diversity and British values

with an aim to increase

cultural capital.

 

Reading and writing

 

 

We are detectives

Mystery Fiction (modern literature The Man with the yellow face/

Lamb to the Slaughter and19C Sherlock Holmes 

The Speckled Band).

Themes of curiosity, knowledge and identity. 

Consolidate links with 19th Century and 20th Century.

 

Reading and writing.

 

 

Scheme of work

Modern text

The Boy in the Striped Pjs

and other texts (poetry links) – students

to study the theme of war,

conflict, friendship & prejudice/diversity

through a novel study with

accompanying poetry.

Differentiation –

top sets to compare).

 

 

Shakespeare

Intro to Comic characters in

Shakespeare’s plays

and MSND.

Covers themes of

relationships/

marriage/

love/

conflict/

duplicity/

relation-ships

Library lesson once every three weeks.

Students to read their own book for enjoyment. Tasks linked to reading. SPAG based activities too.

Class reader: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. (more able group).

Assessment:

All students have to sit an End of unit assessment just before every half term holiday. These scores and levels are recorded and monitored for progress. This will embed AQA Assessment Goals. Students are expected to attempt one HW on a weekly basis. Tasks will be provided by the teacher. Students should have at least an extended piece of writing every 2 weeks. This should be teacher or peer assessed.

YEAR 8:

Autumn 1 & 2 Spring 1 & 2 Summer 1 & 2
Gothic works – A 19C writing task

 

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson. A 19C Novel.

Consolidate knowledge of 19C England.

Studying the themes of supernatural, poverty, love, relationships, family and difference through a novel study.

 

 

Scheme of work: A modern novel: Noughts and Crosses and poetry from other cultures –

Themes of family, difference, discrimination, conflict, corruption and prejudice/diversity through a novel study with accompanying poetry.

SR1: Shakespeare - HAMLET – villains and heroes.   Themes of family, difference, conflict, Appearance vs. Reality. Role of women. Religion, Honour, and Revenge.  Corruption, Death.

 

 

SPEECH WRITING:

POETRY – POLITICAL POETRY (power and conflict)

-           The power of Nature

-           Experiencing Conflict

-           Political Power

-           Personal Power

 

 

 

 

 

Library lesson once every three weeks.  Students to read their own book for enjoyment.  Tasks linked to reading.  SPAG based activities too

Class reader: Of Mice and Men/outsiders/Monster Calls / & one lesson every three weeks in library where the students will read their own book.

Addressing themes such as: culture/poverty/fear/gender/race/discrimination

Assessment:

All students have to sit an End of unit assessment just before every half term holiday. These scores and levels are recorded

and monitored for progress. This will embed AQA Assessment Goals. Students are expected to attempt one HW on a weekly

basis. Tasks will be provided by the teacher. Students should have at least an extended piece of writing every 2 weeks. This

should be teacher or peer assessed.

YEAR 9:

Autumn  Spring Summer
A1: S1: The Death Penalty and ‘Moonrise’ contemporary novel

 

 

 

 

 

Never Let Me Go. (modern literature) – SR1: SR2: Scheme of work: Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

 

A2: Scheme of work: 19th Century Novel: Great Expectations. 

Consolidate knowledge pf 19C Britain.

Themes of relationships/growing up/inequality/family

 

 

 

 

 

 

S2: Creative writing.  What an inspiration.

Covers themes of power/control/relationship/death/family

 

 

 

 

 

 

S2:

Scheme of work: AQA (new) Poetry Anthology Love and Relationships.

 

Library lesson once every three weeks.  Students to read their own book for enjoyment.  Tasks linked to reading.  SPAG based activities too.

Class reader: Woman in Black/Treasure Island/Perks of being a wall flower

Tasks for class reader: creative writing/character analysis/understanding context/genre conventions/writing non-fiction/spoken language.  Addressing themes such as injustice/justice/discrimination/race/culture/growing up/maturity/family/class

All students to complete extended writing at least once a fortnight and an end of unit assessment.

KS4

In KS4, all students study two GCSEs: English language and English literature. Coursework and controlled assessments are no longer undertaken; instead all pupils are assessed via examinations.  This entails reading a wider range of texts from: 19th century fiction, non-fiction and non-literary sources, also including short stories from contemporary writers and plays rich in British culture. Building from KS3, pupils are also given the opportunity to present their views about a topic of interest developing their oracy and confidence for public speaking.

In preparation for their Literature examinations, students will study: either Jekyll & Hyde or A Christmas Carol. All classes will study ‘Lord of the Flies’.  Their Shakespeare text will be ‘Macbeth’. In preparation for their exams, there is a requirement to study poetry and our students will be looking at the AQA Poetry Anthology and looking at the ‘Power and Conflict cluster’.  The aim is for students to have a secure and in-depth knowledge of the key texts and be able to respond to a question linked by character or theme.

To prepare students for their English Language exam, there are two papers: Paper One has a fictional source in which they will answer questions and Paper Two is a non-fiction paper with sources from different time periods.  There are a series of stimulating questions for the students to respond to where both reading and writing skills are challenged.

For English Language there is also a non-examined speaking and listening task that aims to develop effective communication skills.  Building on their experience at KS3, students are supported throughout the course by their teachers and post-holders within the department.

Revision and intervention classes are run at certain points throughout the year to support students in their learning and their preparation for these important qualifications.  Please see below the assessment requirements for both the English Language and English Literature examinations, which will take place for our year Eleven in May/June 2021.

YEAR 10:

Autumn 1 Spring 1 & 2 Summer 1 & 2
Four weeks: Scheme of work: Language paper 1. Questions 1,2,3,4.  (AO1/2/3)

 

Six weeks:

Scheme of work: Conflict Poetry.

Scheme of Assessment: Literature exam question (AO1/2/3/4).

Four weeks (going into Spring term): Scheme of work: Language paper 2. Questions 1,2,3,4.  (AO1/2/3)

 

Eight weeks: Scheme of work:  Shakespeare: Macbeth

Scheme of Assessment:  Literature exam question (AO1/2/3/4).

 

 

Six weeks: (continued)

Scheme of work: Conflict Poetry.

Scheme of Assessment: Literature exam question (AO1/2/3/4).

 

Seven weeks: Scheme of work: Modern Novel.  ‘Lord of the Flies’.  Scheme of Assessment: Literature exam question (AO1/2/3/4).

 

Three weeks: Scheme of work: Language paper 1. Questions 1,2,3,4.  (AO1/2/3)

Scheme of work: Language paper 2. Questions 1,2,3,4.  (AO1/2/3)

 

Six weeks:

Scheme of work: 19th Century Jekyll & Hyde/A Christmas Carol

 

 

Three weeks:  Poetry and unseen poetry. Literature paper 2.

Scheme of Assessment: Literature exam.  Questions: 27/27.2/27.3  (AO1/2/3)

 

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Four weeks: Spoken Language Assessment:

Scheme of Assessment: Language spoken language assessment.  (AO7/8)

(Embed skills of Q5 P2)

Four weeks (going into Spring term): Scheme of work: Language paper 2. Questions 1,2,3,4.  (AO1/2/3)

 

 

Three weeks: Scheme of work: Language paper 1 & 2. Questions 5.  (AO1/2/3/4)

 

 

 

YEAR 11:

Autumn  Spring Summer
One/two weeks: Language Spoken language assessment.  (To be taught alongside revision of J & H)

 

Introduction lesson and speech to be set as homework. 

5 weeks:  Revision of Lord of the Flies

(AO1/2/3/4)

Two weeks: Scheme of work: Language paper 1 & 2..  (AO1/2/3/4/5/6)

 

Jekyll and Hyde to continue lesson two following introduction of Spoken Language element.

 

Four weeks:  Scheme of work: Revisit 19th Century Novel: (J & H/ACC) Scheme of Assessment: Literature exam question (AO1/02/03/4).

Three weeks: Language Paper 2

 

 

Three weeks: Scheme of work: Revision of key texts:

Week 1 – Macbeth – plot/character/theme

Week 2 – Lord or the Flies – plot/character/theme

Week 3 – Jekyll & Hyde/A Christmas Carol – plot/character/theme

Week 4 – Poetry – power and conflict

Three weeks: Language paper 1

Three weeks: Scheme of work:

Paper 1

One week: Scheme of work: Poetry – unseen  (AO1/2/3/4) Revision each Wednesday:

Teacher’s choice – to complete a timetable for each term.

 

Three weeks: Poetry Revision – power and conflict:  Scheme of work: Poetry – Power and Conflict

AO1 – AO3

Taught in clusters of themes

 

One week: Poetry Revision – power and conflict:  Scheme of work: Poetry – Power and Conflict

AO1 – AO3

Taught in clusters of themes

 

 

 
Five weeks:

Scheme of work: Shakespeare: Macbeth.

Scheme of Assessment: Literature exam question (AO1/02/03).

Two weeks: Language paper 1

Two weeks: Scheme of work: Language paper 1 Questions 1,2,3,4.,5 (AO1/2/3)

(One paper = one week)

 

 
Mock exams:

 

 

   

GCSE Results 2021

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving

80% grades 9-4 for English Language and

69% for English Literature

Extra-Curricular

  • Book club
  • Creative writing club

Useful Links

Resource/text books available for AQA English Language 9-1:

  • New GCSE English Language AQA Revision Guide – for the Grade 9-1 Course Paperback – 4 Aug 2015 by CGP Books
  • New GCSE English Language AQA Workbook – for the Grade 9-1 Course (includes Answers) Paperback – 10 Aug 2015 by CGP Books (Author, Editor)
  • AQA GCSE English Language: Student Book 2: Assessment preparation for Paper 1 and Paper 2 Paperback – 12 Mar 2015 by Jane Branson and Peter Ellison

Resource/text books available on Amazon AQA English Literature 9-1:  (Ensure that you know which text your child is studying)

  • New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Love & Relationships/Power and conflict  Anthology – the Grade 9-1 Course Paperback – 12 Aug 2015 by CGP Books (Author, Editor)
  • Lord of the Flies: York Notes for GCSE Workbook: Grades 9-1 Paperback – 4 Aug 2015 by Ms Clare Constant (Author)
  • Much Ado about Nothing: York Notes for GCSE Workbook: Grades 9-1 Paperback – 4 Aug 2015 by Mike Gould (Author
  • Much Ado about Nothing: York Notes for GCSE (Grades A*-G) 2010 Paperback – 2 Jul 2010 by James Sale (Author)
  • Jekyll & Hyde: York Notes for GCSE 2015 Paperback – 4 Aug 2015 by Lucy English (Author)
  • Jekyll and Hyde: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) Workbook: YNA5 GCSE a Christmas Carol 2016 Paperback – 30 Mar 2016 by Ms Beth Kemp

Useful Links