English

The English Department comprises a team of specialist teachers working closely with the Support for Learning Department, who are backed up by a number of teaching assistants and sixth form volunteers.

Students are taught in sets according to ability and level of attainment in English. At Key Stage 3, their work is assessed according to National Curriculum levels and they are provided with either written or verbal feedback as appropriate.  At Key Stage 4, work is assessed according to GCSE assessment criteria.
 

ENGLISH AT KEY STAGE 3

Years 7 and 8

 

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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

Idsall has an excellent Library and Resource Centre, and Key Stage 3 students are encouraged to make extensive use of it. Reading is a highly valued activity and students are given a recommended reading list for each of the first three years. The books listed are not essential for study but have been chosen because they are well written and enjoyable to read. Our aim is to extend the range of choice available for private reading and to encourage students to develop the habit of reading widely for pleasure.

There is a school policy for home study and accordingly the English Department aims to set one written or learning homework each week. Half an hour should be spent on English home study in Year 7, and this amount of time is gradually increased so that it becomes at least an hour by Year 9. In addition, we expect our students to read regularly at home and keep records of the titles of books, their content and any further impressions in their best English book.  Pupils are encouraged to read at least one book independently each half term and to complete at least two tasks from the Reading Task Bank that is on the VLE.

It is very helpful for students to carry with them, at all times, a small, lightweight dictionary and thesaurus. The Collins Gem Dictionary and the Oxford Mini Dictionary are both excellent and have durable, plastic covers. Similarly, we recommend the Collins Gem Thesaurus.

We encourage students to word process some of the work which they submit for assessment. They are also expected to have a supply of pens and pencils, and would benefit from having crayons and highlighters for use within lessons. Usually, fountain or cartridge pens aid good presentation, but some students find fibre tips or roller ball pens more convenient. Biros tend to be more suitable for rough work, but are, of course, always useful.

Year 7

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

School Days:

- How schools are depicted in literature through the years.

- Persuasive/Descriptive writing.
 

Autumn 2

Poetry Through the Ages:

-       Beowulf

-       The Canterbury Tales

PRACTICE PAPER 1

Spring 1

Shakespeare – whole text study

Texts TBC

Spring 2

Whole novel study:

‘The Hobbit’ or ‘The Jungle Book’

PRACTICE PAPER 2

Summer 1

Other Cultures Project

-       Study of a variety of short stories

-       Poetry from Other Cultures

-  Independent study 

Summer 2

Practice Paper Reading Skills

 

 

 

Year 8

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Adventure story writing

 

 

 

Autumn 2

Poetry Through the Ages:

-The Romantics

- Comparative study of two poems.

PRACTICE PAPER 1

Spring 1

Study of non-fiction

- Covers the newspaper reports of Jack the Ripper

 

Spring 2

Shakespeare – whole text study

Texts TBC

PRACTICE PAPER 2

Summer 1

Writing to Argue/Persuade

 

Summer 2

In-depth study of a whole novel.

END OF YEAR EXAMINATION

Throughout both years, students will also complete a number of other tasks (including letter/leaflet writing, creative writing and reading of another novel) but this is left to the discretion of the class teacher.  Each term, Practice Papers to test writing and comprehension skills are also set and assessed.

ENGLISH AT KEY STAGE 4

Year 9

The Year 9 curriculum has been designed to provide a firm basis for study at GCSE as a number of tasks mirror those that will be encountered in Years 10 and 11.  This also includes using GCSE style mark schemes and assessments.  As with Years 7 and 8, Practice Papers will be used termly to test writing and comprehension skills.

Year 9

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Writing to Persuade and Argue (also includes a Speaking and Listening assessment).

Autumn 2

Poetry Through the Ages: World War One

Comparative essay on selection of poems.

Spring 1

Creative Writing - Horror.

Spring 2

In-depth novel and study of Gothic Literature - 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.

Summer 1

Study of a Shakespeare play.

Summer 2

In-dept study of another novel. Possibly 'Of Mice and Men' or 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.

Years 10 and 11

The most important point to bear in mind is that a qualification in English is crucial for higher education and for many jobs. Students will study English Language and English Literature (2 GCSEs). The basic elements of these courses are:

English Language

Spoken Language (NEA)

100% Examination; two papers

Reading - 50%

Writing - 50%

English Language

100% Examination; 2 papers

Texts studied:

  • ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley
  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare
  • AQA Poetry Anthology: Love and Relationships

Year 10

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

LANGUAGE: Paper 1, Fiction.  Questions 1, 2 and 3.

LITERATURE: A Christmas Carol; Introduction to Poetry.

ASSESSMENTS: Practice Paper response to Paper 1, Q1, 2 and 3

Essay on ‘A Christmas Carol’; poetry response.

Autumn 2

LANGUAGE: Paper 1, Section B.  Writing to Describe and Narrate.

LITERATURE: Ctd… A Christmas Carol and Poetry study.

ASSESSMENTS: Story/Description

Comparative Poetry Response; Extract-based timed essay for ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Spring 1

LANGUAGE:  Paper 1, Q4 response – evaluation.  Consolidation of Q1,2 and 3 skills. Spoken Language.

LITERATURE: An Inspector Calls.

ASSESSMENTS: Paper 1, Q4 timed response; essay on the presentation of characters in ‘An Inspector Calls’; Spoken Language assessment.

Spring 2

LANGUAGE:  Paper 2, Section B  writing from a viewpoint.

LITERATURE: An Inspector Calls; study of Anthology Poetry.

ASSESSMENTS: Writing to Argue; timed response to ‘An Inspector Calls’; Unseen Poetry response.

Summer 1

LANGUAGE: Paper 1 – whole paper revision for End of Year examination.

LITERATURE: Romeo and Juliet

ASSESSMENTS:  Extract based essay on ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

Summer 2

LANGUAGE: Introduction to Paper 2 reading skills.

LITERATURE: Romeo and Juliet; Poetry revision.

ASSESSMENTS: END OF YEAR EXAMINATION: Whole Paper 1 (LANG); whole Paper 2 (Literature)

Year 11

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

LANGUAGE: Paper 1 reading and writing skills revision.

LITERATURE: Ctd. Romeo and Juliet; poetry.

ASSESSMENTS: Whole Paper 1; Romeo and Juliet extract-based timed assessment.

 

Autumn 2

LANGUAGE: Paper 2 reading skills revision.

LITERATURE: revision of ‘A Christmas Carol’ ; poetry study.

ASSESSMENTS:  Whole Paper 2, Section A; extract-based essay on ‘A Christmas Carol’.

MOCK EXAMINATION

Spring 1

LANGUAGE: Whole Paper 2 revision.

LITERATURE: Revision of all texts.  Poetry Anthology to be completed.

ASSESSMENTS: Whole Paper 2 (LANG); Whole Paper 1 (LIT.)

Spring 2

Ongoing examination practice.

Summer 1

Ongoing examination practice.

Summer 2

 

ENGLISH AT KEY STAGE 5

English Language

This course builds on what students know already from GCSE in order to teach the skills every linguist needs to explore the language system, including modality, and the differences between spoken and written language.  There are opportunities for students to demonstrate their engagement with language in the real world – including people’s attitudes to current language issues, as well as exploring language in particular contexts.  English Language gives students the practical ‘tools’, whether for the workplace or for higher education, to become independent, critical readers and analysers of language use in the 21st century.

A2 Level:

Autumn: Language and Speech – information/attitudes and prejudices surrounding spoken accents and dialects; Language, Identity and Power; Preparation of coursework.

Spring:  Language and Speech; Language and Cultural Production/Language of Popular Written Texts/Preparation of coursework

Summer:  Exam preparation

English Language

Year 12

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1 and 2

Grammar revision

Introduction to Child Acquisition of Language, Language Varieties and Social Groups.

Begin preparation of coursework.

Spring 1 and 2

Continued work on Child Acquisition of Language, Language Varieties and Social Groups in preparation for examination.
Ongoing coursework.

Summer 1

Exam preparation.

Summer 2

Begin aspects of A2 course.

A2 Level:

English Language

Year 13

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1 and 2

Language and Speech - information/attitudes and prejudices surrounding spoken accents and dialects.

Spring 1 and 2

Language and Speech - Language and Cultural Production/Language of Popular Written Texts.
Preparation of coursework.

Summer 1

Examination practice.

Summer 2

 

English Literature

AS Level

The course is based around the Love Through the Ages. It includes texts written over the last 500 years.

The examination (100%) is divided into two papers.  These are:

  • Paper 1: ‘Othello’ – extract-based assessment; Pre-C20th Poetry Anthology
  • Paper 2:  Unseen Prose response; comparison of two novels – ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘A Room with a View’.

English Literature

Year 12

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

Study of ‘A Room with a View’  

Study of ‘Othello’

Introduction to the Pre-C20th Anthology

Ongoing study of Unseen Prose

Autumn 2

Study of ‘A Room with a View’ 

Study of ‘Othello’

Pre-C20th Anthology

Ongoing study of Unseen Prose

Spring 1

Study of ‘The Great Gatsby’ 

Study of ‘Othello’

Introduction to the Pre-C20th Anthology

Ongoing study of Unseen Prose

Spring 2

Study of ‘The Great Gatsby’ 

Study of ‘Othello’

Introduction to the Pre-C20th Anthology

Ongoing study of Unseen Prose

Summer 1

Examination practice

Summer 2

Begin study of the A2 course:  reading of ‘Journey’s End’ and ‘A Doll’s House’ (coursework)

A2 Level

Students will study ‘World War One and its Aftermath’ and ‘Love Through the Ages’.  20% of whole A-level is a 2,500 word essay based on a comparison of two texts and must include a pre-C20th text – we will probably use ‘A Doll’s House’ for this. 

The examination (80% of the A-Level).

Two papers

Paper 1: Love Through the Ages – ‘Othello’, comparison of novel and pre-C20th poetry; unseen poetry response.

Paper 2: World War One and its Aftermath - ‘Up the Line to Death’ – poetry anthology response; unseen Prose extract; comparison of ‘Journey’s End’ and ‘First Casualty’.

English Literature

Year 13

First Half Term

Second Half Term

Autumn 1

‘Up the Line to Death’

‘Journey’s End’

Unseen Poetry Practice

Independent Study for Coursework 
 

Autumn 2

‘Up the Line to Death’

‘First Casualty’

Unseen Poetry Practice / Unseen Prose

Independent Study for Coursework

Spring 1

‘Up the Line to Death’ ; revision of poetry/novel

‘First Casualty’ and ‘Journey’s End’

Unseen Poetry Practice / Unseen Prose

Independent Study for Coursework – complete.

Spring 2

‘Up the Line to Death’ ; revision of ‘Othello’

‘First Casualty’ and ‘Journey’s End’

Unseen Poetry Practice / Unseen Prose

 

Summer 1

Examination practice and preparation.

Summer 2

 

For further advice or to find out more about the English curriculum at Idsall School, please contact Miss Smith.

Updated September 2016.

 


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