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Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

Course Overview (What will students learn?)

Year 7:

  • HT1 – The Tulip Touch (Literature – play)
  • HT2 – Travel Writing (Non-fiction)
  • HT3 – Romeo and Juliet (Introduction to Shakespeare)
  • HT4 – Wonder (Literature – novel)
  • HT5 – Wonder (Literature – novel and end of year exam)
  • HT5 – Poetry unit

Year 8:

  • HT1 – Stormbreaker (Literature – novel)
  • HT2 – War Poetry (Literature – poetry)
  • HT3 – The Exam (Literature – play)
  • HT4 – Charity Leaflets (Language: non-fiction)
  • HT5 – End of year examination prep (Fiction analysis)
  • HT6 – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Film analysis)

Internal Assessment:

Assessments are carried out in class at the end of every unit and an end of year exam is sat in the summer months.

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Course Title: AQA English Language/English Literature

Grading: 9-1

Year 9:

  • HT1: The Wall (Literature – novel)
  • HT2 – Love and Relationships/Power and Conflict (Introduction to GCSE Poetry anthology)
  • HT3 – Non-fiction analysis
  • HT4 – Don’t Ge Me Started (Non-fiction writing)
  • HT5 – Of Mice and Men (end of year exam assessment)
  • HT6 – Macbeth (introduction to GCSE Shakespeare text)

Year 10:

  • HT1 – Macbeth (Literature Paper 1)
  • HT2 – Descriptive/narrative writing (Language Paper 1)
  • HT3: Anthology Poetry (Literature Paper 2)
  • HT4: An Inspector Calls (Literature Paper 2)
  • HT5: Writing with a point of view (Language Paper 1)
  • HT6: Unseen Poetry (Literature Paper 2)

Year 11:

  • HT1: Analysis of literary writing (Language Paper 1)
  • HT2: Jekyll and Hyde (Literature Paper 1)
  • HT3: Analysis of non-fiction writing (Language Paper 2)
  • HT4: Revision
  • HT5: Revision

Course Overview: (What will students learn?)

English Language:
  • AO1:
  • - Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas
  • - Select and synthesise evidence from different texts
  • AO2: 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.
  • AO3: Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts.
  • AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references.
  • AO5: 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.
  • AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation. (This requirement must constitute 20% of the marks for each specification as a whole).
  • AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting.
  • AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to question and feedback on presentations.
  • AO9: Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.
English Literature:
  • AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to:
  • - Maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response
  • - Use textual reference, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations
  • AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
  • AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
  • AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
External Assessment:
  • English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • English Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspective
  • English Literature Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry
Internal Assessment:

Students are assessed at the end of every unit in lessons. Mock exams will take place at the end of year 10 and periodically throughout year 11. ​​​​​​

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