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What Will I Learn?

In Year 7 students build on the skills developed at Key Stage 2 by studying a wide range of challenging novels, plays and poetry in addition to developing accuracy and creativity in their writing.

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How Will I Be Assessed?

Every 2 weeks – assessed extended writing

Every half term – formal assessment

Students also have their work and homework rigorously marked for literacy to support their developing spelling, punctuation and grammar.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

In Year 7 lessons are designed to build on skills and develop a passion for reading and writing through group and individual work, independent learning and extended writing through classwork and homework. Students will also be asked to present and share work with their peers, developing their communication skills in a variety of ways.

In addition to this, students will also have a library lesson once every 2 weeks in which they complete the Accelerated Reader programme to develop their reading skills.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

The skills developed in Year 7 enable students to bridge the gap between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3, preparing them for the challenges and rigor of the Year 8 curriculum

What Will I Learn?

In Year 8 students develop their ability to be inquisitive and independent through studying plays, poetry, novels and a range of non-fiction texts, learning to consider analytically ideas about genre, context and the writer’s point of view. Additionally, students will develop their creative writing, extending their creative ideas and vocabulary.

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How Will I Be Assessed?

Every 2 weeks – assessed extended writing

Every half term – formal assessment

Students also have their work and homework rigorously marked for literacy to support their developing spelling, punctuation and grammar.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

In Year 8 students develop confidence and fluency in using language and, through discussion and the study of literature, cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them in supportive, challenging and engaging learning environments.

In addition to this, students will also have a library lesson once every 2 weeks in which they complete the Accelerated Reader programme to develop their reading skills.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

In Year 8 the curriculum focuses on creating independent and resilient learners who are able to question and challenge not only the texts they study, but the work they produce, preparing them for beginning to build on their GCSE skills in Year 9.

What Will I Learn?

In Year 9 students begin to build on the skills required for GCSE learning, studying a range of complex texts, responding to them critically and producing a range of extended fiction and non-fiction creative writing pieces.

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How Will I Be Assessed?

Every 2 weeks – assessed extended writing

Every half term – formal assessment

Students also have their work and homework rigorously marked for literacy to support their developing spelling, punctuation and grammar.


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

In Year 9 lessons are challenging, pushing students to maximise on their potential through a diverse range of classroom and homework activities such as independent research, group work, close text analysis and formal presentations. Students will be supported in writing a range of extended pieces to develop their extended writing skills.

In addition to this, students will also have a library lesson once every 2 weeks in which they complete the Accelerated Reader programme to develop their reading skills.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

The Year 9 curriculum is designed specifically to equip students with the necessary knowledge and expertise to access the demands of the GCSE specifications in both English Language and English Literature, preparing students to work to their full potential throughout their GCSE courses.

What Will I Learn?

In Year 10 students begin their AQA GCSE English Language (8700) and AQA GCSE English Literature (8702) courses.

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How Will I Be Assessed?

Regular exam questions set by your teacher in class and for homework, marked using exam criteria

Every half term – formal exam question assessment

1 x PPE examination – Summer Term


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

In preparation for their GCSE English Literature examinations, students will critically study a collection of poetry (AQA Power and Conflict Anthology), a 19th Century text (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde), a Shakespeare play (Macbeth) and a modern text (An Inspector Calls). Lessons will develop students understanding of the set texts and their ability to analyse and evaluate the language and views of their writers.

In preparation for their GCSE English Language examinations, students will practice the skill of analysing and reflecting on unseen fiction and nonfiction texts, in addition to developing their creative writing skills, building their vocabulary and understanding of genre, purpose and audience


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Year 10 is critical in laying the foundations of the key knowledge required for terminal GCSE examinations in Year 11. During Year 10, almost all of the set texts are covered – making this an essential year for building students’ understanding before they perfect their exam skills in Year 11.

What Will I Learn?

In Year 11, students will complete the final year of their GCSE English Language (8700) and GCSE English Literature (8702) courses, preparing for their terminal examinations.

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How Will I Be Assessed?

Regular exam questions set by your teacher in class and for homework, marked against exam criteria

Every half term – formal exam question assessment

2 x PPE examinations – 1 in Winter Term and 1 in Spring Term


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Students will complete the study of their set texts, focusing on revision and building their analytical and critical skills. Students will spend time practising their exam technique, perfecting their response to exam style questions and ensuring they have a good knowledge of set texts and wider reading material. Students will use peer and teacher assessment to help them progress and develop their ability to write at length in exam conditions.

In addition to this, students will work on their speaking and listening skills for their Spoken Language Accreditation as part of the GCSE English Language in Spring Term, using presentational, debating and group discussion skills to further advance their communication skills.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature are essential, not only for further study of the English itself, but to progress in any educational course or occupational field of a student’s choosing.

GCSEs in this subject provide students with the skills required to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and communicate accurately and appropriately in response to different tasks and audiences. Furthermore, students study challenging and diverse stories, characters and parts of history which support their social and emotional development into adulthood.