Subjects

English

Mrs Preston

Throughout Key Stage 3, we develop students’ reading skills focusing on comprehension of both fiction and non-fiction texts as well as understanding of the writer’s craft. We also practise key writing skills, particularly in the genres of writing to describe and to persuade. There is a clear focus on developing the spelling, punctuation and grammar of students’ work. At Key Stage 4, all students are entered for separate GCSE courses in English Language and English Literature although the subjects are taught together. Speaking and listening is assessed within class and students are awarded a separate Spoken Language grade.

English Language & Literature KS3
Aims:
  • To promote enthusiasm for reading and to encourage reading independently for pleasure.
  • To enable students to write with accuracy and fluency creating a coherent structure to their work.
  • To develop understanding of the English literary heritage through the study of pre=20th century texts.
  • To develop students’ reading comprehension and ability to analyse texts.
  • To develop oracy skills through speaking and listening activities including presentations, whole class discussions and debates.

 

Content:
Year 7
Year 8
  • Reading Students will study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including a modern novel such as ‘Millions’ or ‘Private Peaceful’, a Shakespearean play such as ‘Macbeth’, a range of poetry and non-fiction articles.
  • Reading Students will study a range of fiction and non-fiction, including a modern novel such as ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ war poetry, a Shakespearean play and a range of non-fiction articles. Students will develop skills in analysing texts including using inference and referring to evidence in texts. They will develop understanding of language, structure and form to prepare for GCSE.
  • Writing Students will write for a range of purposes and in different forms, including writing to describe from a visual stimulus and writing to persuade. Students will re-visit essential punctuation and grammar skills and will develop skills of editing and proof-reading their work.
  • Writing Students will be taught to apply their growing knowledge of vocabulary and rhetorical devices through a range of written tasks, including writing to describe or explain and writing to argue/advise.
  • Speaking and listening Students will gain confidence through giving short speeches and presentations and taking part in debates or role plays.
  • Speaking and listening Students will be taught to use Standard English with confidence through questioning and taking part in class discussions and debates.
English Language & Literature KS4
Aims:
  • To promote an interest in reading and literature including texts from the literary canon such as Shakespeare.
  • To develop students’ reading comprehension and textual analysis of both fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • To enable students to write for different purposes and audiences.
  • To enable students to produce clearly structured and technically accurate written work.
  • To develop confidence in oral work so students express their opinions in formal, standard English.

 

Content:
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • Key texts – classic modern fiction such as ‘Of Mice and Men’, Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Victorian/Gothic fiction based on extracts from classic texts, war poetry from the GCSE anthology.
  • Key texts – classic modern drama such as ‘An Inspector Calls’, poems of power and conflict from the GCSE anthology.
  • Key texts – classic pre-twentieth century fiction such as ‘Jekyll and Hyde’
  • Key skills – building confidence towards GCSE skills (see year 10 skills).
  • Key skills – writing to describe/narrate and writing to explain/argue/persuade; accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar; reading for information and inference; analysis of the language and structure of both fiction and non-fictions texts; comparison of texts; understanding of the writer’s views and intention.

 

  • Key skills – revision of all the key skills for the GCSE examinations.

 

Key assessment details:

In Years 9 and 10 students will be assessed regularly using GCSE examination-style tasks. There will be formal assessments at the end of each unit of work. In Year 10, students will sit a past GCSE English Language paper. Students will also complete a formal speaking and listening assessment involving a presentation to the class for their spoken language award; this is assessed by classroom teachers. In the autumn term of Year 11, students will sit a formal mock examination based on past papers in English Language and English Literature. Students will also practise essay writing skills through regular extended responses to exam style questions and examination set texts.

Media Studies

Media Studies can be taken as a GCSE option subject, with study beginning from Year 9. The Media Studies course enables students to pursue a range of academic interests and disciplines within the scope of a subject that is of increasing relevance to the world we live in. In learning about forms of mass communication, students are encouraged to draw on their existing experience of the media and to develop their abilities to analyse, as well as to create their own media products.

Aims
  • To increase ‘media literacy’ and to provoke meaningful questions about the influence of the media world, as experienced on a day-to-day basis.
  • To study across a range of different Media including broadcasting forms like TV, Video Games and Music Video, Online forms and Print Forms.
  • To provide extensive and meaningful coverage of media theory and up-to-date media practice and technologies.
  • To use creativity to produce media products based on the application of media theories and concepts.
  • To provide opportunities to learn about real media products and industries.

 

Content:
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
  • Students are introduced to the world of the media and are encouraged to consider the impact it has on the modern world.
  • Continuing from Year 10, students are taught a range of more complex theories about Audience and Media Language.
  • Students practise analysing ‘unseen’ sources using the four key concepts.
  • They learn to analyse a range of media texts using the key concepts underpinning the subject- Media Language, Audience, Representation and Institutions.
  • During the course of the year, students produce their own media text in response to a brief presented by the exam board, AQA.
  • Students study a range of ‘close-study products’ to enable them to respond to Paper 1 and 2 of the GCSE Media examination.
  • During the first year of study, particular focus is given to TV and Film openings, music videos, film and advertising.
  • Students revise key theories, terms and concepts in preparation for their final GCSE examination.

 

Assessment:

Paper 1 Examination (1 hr 30 min)– 35% of total marks. The exam will include a mixture of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and one extended response question assessing breadth of knowledge and in-depth knowledge of the media. Part of the exam will involve analysis of both an unseen media text and texts studied in advance of the examination.

Paper 2 Examination (1hr 30 Min)- 35% of total marks. This exam focuses on textual analysis and will include a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions. Students have to draw upon their knowledge of the ‘close-study products’ they will have studied during year 10 and 11.

Non-Examination Assessment–30% of total marks

Students complete a ‘Practical Production’ piece that is linked to a contemporary media issue.