English

Course Description 

The English Department at Gaynes aims to provide students with a challenging, inspiring and thought-provoking curriculum. We continually strive to help and develop all of our students to improve their written and spoken literacy, as well as to embed a genuine love of literature, whilst constantly encouraging students to be independent thinkers and to approach their learning with creativity and resilience. The English department plays a central role in teaching students transferable skills that are essential in other subjects and in life. Students are given a voice through their work in English, meaning their work in the subject makes them more empowered, confident and secure in their identity and their place in the world. We are committed to reflecting the experiences of a range of different cultures as well as exploring British values both in the present day and throughout history.

 

Our expectations

Students are expected to read upwards of 9 books an academic year to develop their understanding, grow their vocabulary and stimulate their creative mindset.  As well as reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, students should also read from media such as newspapers.  For homework, students should practise given spellings and correct and re-draft work to increase their progress.   They should also create revision guides to assist memorisation of key literature quotes.

2019-20 Curriculum Overview

2019-2020 Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1
7 weeks 8 weeks 6 weeks
7 Scheme of Work: Writing Workshop (Based on Harry Potter and The Crucible) Scheme of Work: Romeo and Juliet Scheme of Work: Understanding the Gothic through The Dracula Play
Literature : AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4 (GCSE component – English Literature Shakespeare Macbeth) (GCSE component – English literature C19 Prose Jekyll and Hyde)
Language: AO7, AO8, AO9 Literature : AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4 Literature : AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4
Introduction to Dickens
Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing
8 Scheme of Work: Relationship poetry Scheme of Work: Much Ado About Nothing Scheme of Work: The Gothic through Dickens and Bronte
Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing
9 Scheme of Work: Conflict poetry Scheme of Work: Shakespeare: Heroes and Villains Scheme of Work: The Gothic through short stories and Stevenson
Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing
10 Literature Scheme of Work: An Inspector Calls Scheme of Work:  Power and Conflict Poetry and Paper 1 Q5 Scheme of Work: Poetry and Paper 1
Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing; mini assessments Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing; mini assessments Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing; mini assessments
11 Language Scheme of Work: Macbeth Scheme of Work: Language Paper 1 and 2 Scheme of Work: An Inspector Calls and Jekyll and Hyde
Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing
2019-2020 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
6 weeks 5 weeks 7 weeks
7 Scheme of Work: Travel Writing Scheme of Work: Private Peaceful Novel Study Scheme of Work: Poetry from other cultures
(GCSE component English Language writing tasks and English language reading non-fiction) (GCSE component English Literature Power and Conflict Poetry and English Language reading fiction) (GCSE component English Language writing tasks and English Literature poerty)
Language writing: AO5, AO6 +  Literature AO4 Literature: AO1, AO2, AO3 Language writing: AO5, AO6 + Literature AO4
Language reading:  AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4, AO7, AO8, AO9 Writing to describe Language reading:  AO1, AO2, AO4 Language reading:  AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4
Dracula
Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing
8 Scheme of Work: Writing to Argue and Influence (speeches, newspapers and letters) Scheme of Work: Animal Farm Novel Study Scheme of Work: Short stories - The Moon on the Tides Anthology
Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing
9 Scheme of Work: Media: Tabloid/Broadsheet viewpoints and perspectives. Scheme of Work: Novel Study – Choice: Of Mice and Men, To Kill A Mocking Bird or The Woman in Black. Scheme of Work: GCSE English paper 1
Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing
10 Literature Scheme of Work: Language Paper 2 Scheme of Work: Jekyll and Hyde Scheme of Work: Language Paper 1 and 2
Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing; mini assessments Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing; mini assessments Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing; mini assessments
11 Language Scheme of Work: Unseen Poetry and Paper 2 - Reading Non-Fiction texts Scheme of Work: Language and Literature Carousel Lessons Scheme of Work:
Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment: Extended answer questions. Reading and writing Scheme of Assessment:

At KS3 students develop a range of skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening; this is achieved through engaging with challenging texts, tasks and ideas. Students are taught in sets to ensure that students’ learning is as challenging and personalised as possible. Students are regularly assessed and monitored so that we can celebrate exceptional achievement and ensure that we support them in their areas of difficulty. Lessons are planned to be challenging and engaging, encouraging students to become increasingly confident and reflective learners. A focus on improving skills across the key stage ensures clear progression between units and prepares pupils for the necessary skills required at GCSE and beyond.

In KS3 learners are offered a broad and balanced curriculum which encompasses a wide range of learning experiences, social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues, with a foundation based on spelling, punctuation and grammar.  Students will study works by historical and contemporary writers as part of their programmes of study.

All KS3 classes have a reading lesson once a week where pupils have the opportunity to read and discuss a set text with their class. These lessons encourage pupils to develop their voices as active readers, their inference skills and their ability to respond critically to a text.  These skills are essential at both KS3, KS4 and beyond. The department also enjoys excellent collaboration with the school’s library, which is stocked with books to cater for students with a range of interests

Course Overview

Students at GCSE follow the AQA GCSE English language and Literature Course (8700 and 8702):

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse

Assessment components

The English Language GCSE encourages students to read a range of high-quality, challenging literature and non-fiction texts from a range of genres and types, including texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

There is an emphasis on making sure that students are able to write clearly and accurately, in clear Standard English. To ensure that this is achieved there is an increased emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as on the appropriate use of a range of increasingly sophisticated vocabulary and writing techniques.

The English Literature GCSE encourages students to read a wide range of classic literature fluently and will include assessment of:

  • A 19th century novel: ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or A Christmas Carol’
  • A Shakespeare play: ‘Macbeth’
  • A selection of poetry since 1789 including representative Romantic poems, on the theme of Power and Conflict.
  • British fiction or drama from 1914 onwards: ‘An Inspector Calls’

Future Careers

English lends itself to a wide range of careers.  Some examples include careers as a/an: Teacher, Lawyer, Curator, Digital Copywriter, Editorial assistant, English as a foreign language teacher, Lexicographer, Magazine or Newspaper journalist, Publishing copy-editor/proof-reader, Web content manager, Writer.

Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving 74.2% grades 9-4 in English Language and 83.9% grades 9-4 in English Literature.

The English Department provides a range of extra-curricular activities, such as creative writing clubs like The Writer’s society.

Curriculum-linked visits are also led by the Department, with trips to libraries, theatres, museums, workshops and other locations of literary significance planned. Outside theatre companies and speakers are also planned to visit Gaynes to deliver presentations and performances.

English language:

  • Read a range of fiction. This will increase imaginative, descriptive and narrative writing skills.
  • Read a range of non-fiction texts (free online broadsheet newspapers, magazines, internet articles, newsletters, reviews, reports, letters (formal and informal), leaflets and apps, (e.g. The Guardian) to ensure you are familiar with a range of writing styles and expand your vocabulary.
  • You should complete two hours of homework for English each week; you can always correct and redraft work independently to make sure students are improving constantly. Reading through and discussing homework is very useful.
  • Learn new vocabulary and check spellings using a dictionary and a thesaurus.
  • Try to use formal spoken language or Standard English when speaking to teachers or other members of staff.
  • You can use guides (available in the library) which include activities to improve punctuation, paragraphing and sentence variation.
  • Use Google Classroom to access relevant resources and information on units students are studying.
  • Parents can also check the website for updates and information on trips and competitions.
  • Resource/text books are available on Amazon to support your learning at GCSE. Look for guides relating to AQA English Language 9-1.

English Literature

  • Try to read any set novels or plays at least twice in your own time.
  • Watch different versions of the texts you have studied.
  • Read a range of poetry-head to the library for inspiration.
  • Push your reading beyond set texts and develop opinions about writers’ stylistic choices, e.g. how they structure novels, plays and poetry.
  • Check your homework diary on a regular basis to ensure you’re not missing anything.
  • Use the internet to revise characters, themes, quotes and relevant context.
  • Revision guides are available in the library or bookshops.
  • Students can and should independently create revision guides to memorise key quotes using cue cards, sugar paper, post-its, etc.
  • Use Google Classroom to access relevant resources and information on Literature units students are studying.

Useful Websites for GCSE: