Key stage 3

English language and literature are taught together at key stage 3 and develop the core skills required for both GCSE subjects and beyond. Once the students reach year 10, the two subjects become more defined, leading up to the two separate qualifications that the students will achieve at the end of year 11. Students also have the opportunity to study A Level language and A Level literature as part of the HSFC provision.

Cultural capital is at the heart of our curriculum, providing students with the opportunity to explore a range of texts from a variety of different writers, backgrounds and experiences. This not only supports their knowledge and understanding of the world around them but also encourages healthy and lively debates about topics that matter to them.

Each topic in key stage 3 ensures that students are exposed to religious, social, cultural and historical fiction and non-fiction texts and we offer a range of opportunities to reflect upon the knowledge discovered, debate current affairs and develop a personal response as a result. The curriculum is planned sequentially to build skills and knowledge in preparation for the demands of key stage 4.

Students have the opportunity to work on their communication skills alongside their ability to read and write in a range of different styles, text types and situations, all preparing the individual for life after the academy. Our curriculum is recursive, allowing students many opportunities to revisit, build and explore topics and skills taught in previous units, which in turn will increase fluency and independence.

Aims of the subject
We aim to:
• Provide students with the tools required to communicate in a range of social and cultural settings including the world of employment.
• Focus on the core skills required to function in society.
• Build on the skills taught at KS2 including skimming and scanning, reading for meaning, analysing and evaluating.
• Enable students to articulate their viewpoint on a wide range of issues.
• Provide creative writing opportunities for students within all topics.
• Broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live in.
• Deliver a recursive curriculum, which builds on the skills taught in previous years.

Key stage 4

Our key stage 4 curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully complete GCSEs in both English language and literature.

We supply opportunities to ensure progress in years 10 and 11 through
learning in the classroom and at home.

The study of English is important because:
• all future employers will ask for this qualification
• students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing effectively
• students will be able to use language to effectively communicate with others
• it is a pathway to future opportunities both in employment and education

Exam board: AQA
Qualification type: GCSE
Contact: Miss Terrey
cterrey@holgate-ac.org.uk

Year 10

Autumn term 1Literature Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel: Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Maintain a critical style and develop a personal response, use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and contexts in which they were written
  • Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

 

Autumn term 2 Literature Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel: Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Maintain a critical style and develop a personal response, use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and contexts in which they were written

 

 

Spring term 1Language Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing: Section B – Writing

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

 

Spring term 2Language Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing: Section A – Reading

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas
  • 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
  • Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

 

Summer term 1Literature Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry: J. B. Priestley – An Inspector Calls

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Maintain a critical style and develop a personal response, use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and contexts in which they were written
  • Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

 

Summer term 2Literature Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry: J. B. Priestley – An Inspector Calls

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Maintain a critical style and develop a personal response, use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and contexts in which they were written
  • Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

Spoken Language endorsement

  • Be audible
  • Use Spoken Standard English
  • Be intelligible
  • Use language appropriate to the formal setting of the presentation
  • Express ideas
  • Organised and structured speech
  • Meet the needs of the audience
  • Listen and respond to questions

Year 11

Autumn term 1Literature Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry: Anthology / Unseen poetry

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Maintain a critical style and develop a personal response, use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and contexts in which they were written

Language Paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives: Section A – Reading

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas
  • 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
  • Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

 

Autumn term 2Literature Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry: Anthology / Unseen poetry

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Maintain a critical style and develop a personal response, use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and contexts in which they were written

Language Paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives: Section B – Writing

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

Revision – Literature Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry: J. B. Priestley – An Inspector Calls

 

Spring term 1Revision – Literature Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel

Revision – Language Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

 

Spring term 2Revision – Literature Paper 2 Modern Texts and Poetry

Revision – Language Paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

 

Summer term 1 – Revision for the summer exams

 

AQA GCSE English Language

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

AQA GCSE English literature

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

How will I be assessed?

  • Examinations

Future pathways and careers

  • Further study of English
  • Higher education
  • English skills are vital for any job role
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