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Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

English

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Our over-riding aim is to ensure that each student, whatever their ability, should reach their full potential. Developing students’ English and Literacy skills is, of course, fundamental to unlocking their potential across the academic curriculum and beyond. The English Department strives to foster a positive attitude towards English by presenting it as an interesting, creative, challenging and useful subject.

For further information please contact Charlotte Bateson  C.Bateson@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk

 

 

Curriculum summary

Years 7 and 8

Throughout Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) all students will study a wide range of literature texts to improve their reading skills, writing skills and literacy in preparation for their GCSEs in Key Stage 4.

Collectively, these texts represent a healthy and interesting range of genres and themes to ensure students enjoy their learning. Students study texts that are appropriate to their ability whilst remaining challenging and thought-provoking, often tackling wider issues beyond the subject itself. Some of the texts they will study throughout the three years are below:

  • ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ (John Boyne)
  • ‘Private Peaceful’ (Michael Morpurgo)
  • ‘Coraline’ (Neil Gaiman)
  • ‘Blood Brothers’ (Willy Russell)
  • ‘Of Mice and Men’ (John Steinbeck)
  • ‘Stone Cold’ (Robert Swindells)
  • ‘Oliver Twist’ (Charles Dickens)
  • ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (William Shakespeare)
  • ‘Twelfth Night (William Shakespeare)
  • ‘A View from the Bridge’ (Arthur Miller)
  • World War One poetry
  • Spiritual poetry

Students will also learn how to craft their own writing in preparation for their English Language GCSE. They will learn how to write creatively, informatively, descriptively and persuasively for a range of audiences and forms. In addition, students will learn to improve their vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar within the English curriculum of every year group.

Please contact V.Pitt@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk for any queries regrading Year 7 and 8.


Year 9

All texts studied throughout Year 9 will be directly relevant to the GCSE course. In the autumn term, students will study Shakespeare and 20th century fiction, whilst Spring and Summer will see them begin their GCSE course through studying Language, Non-Fiction, poetry and ‘An Inspector Calls’ by JB Priestley. All the texts studied in the spring and summer term will be assessed at GCSE. The exam board for English Literature and English Language is AQA; please see their website for the full specification.


Years 10 and 11

Throughout Years 10 and 11, all students will complete their two GCSEs in AQA English Language (8700), and AQA English Literature (8702).

For English Language, following on from the introductory schemes and the study of ‘An Inspector Calls’ by JB Priestley in Year 9, students will continue to study a range of texts based on the following:

  • Unseen 19th century fiction
  • Creative writing
  • Unseen 20th and 21st century non-fiction and literary non-fiction

For English Literature, students will study the following texts for their courses:

  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Charles Dickens)
  • ‘Macbeth’ (William Shakespeare)
  • Power and Conflict poetry anthology (produced by AQA)

In both Year 10 and Year 11, students will be assessed regularly on all aspects of each course and will be expected to show progression throughout. 

Assessment

All three Key Stages have formal federation assessments every half-term. Students who are in Key Stage 3 will have a literature and a language assessment each half-term as will students in Key Stage 4 who will also have more regular exam focused assessment set by their class teachers; students who are in Key Stage 5 will have one assessment each half-term based on examination papers. There is an additional mock examination for Year 11 in the Summer 1 term.


Year 11

The final assessments for Year 11 will be as follows.


English Language

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

1 hour and 45 minutes, 80 marks, 50% of Language GCSE

Section A: Reading. Source reading provided (unseen), 40 marks,25% of Lang GCSE

One literary fiction text provided. Read and then answer:

  • One short answer question (4 marks)
  • Two longer questions (2 x 8 marks)
  • One extended question (20 marks)

Section B: Writing, 40 marks, 25% of Lang GCSE

One extended writing question asking for descriptive or narrative writing (24 marks for content, 16 marks for accuracy)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

1 hour and 45 minutes, 80 marks, 50% of Language GCSE

Section A: Reading. Source material provided (unseen), 40 marks, 25% of Lang GCSE

One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text provided. Read then answer:

  • One short answer question (4 marks)
  • Two longer questions (1 x 8 marks, 1 x 12 marks)
  • One extended question (16 marks)

Section B: Writing, 40 marks, 25% of Lang GCSE

One extended question, writing to present a viewpoint (24 marks for content, 16 marks for accuracy)


English Literature

All assessments are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment. All assessments are compulsory.

Paper 1: Macbeth and A Christmas Carol.

How it's assessed:

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes, 64 marks, 40% of GCSE

Questions Section A - Shakespeare:

Students will answer one question on Macbeth. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Questions Section B - A Christmas Carol:

Students will answer one question on A Christmas Carol. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

What's assessed:

• An Inspector Calls

• Conflict Poetry

• Unseen poetry

How it's assessed:

Written exam: 2 hour 15 minutes, 96 marks, 60% of GCSE

Questions Section A - Modern texts:

Students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on An Inspector Calls.

Questions Section B - Poetry:

Students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from the Conflict Poetry anthology.

Section C - Unseen poetry:

Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.


A Level English Literature: Year 12 and Year 13 (Key Stage 5)

A Level English Literature (9ETO – Edexcel) is assessed in the following four units:

Drama

Worth 30% of the course

Examination unit

Studied texts: ‘Hamlet’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

Prose

Worth 20% of the course

Examination unit

Studied texts: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Frankenstein’

Poetry

Worth 30% of the course

Examination unit

Studied texts: ‘Poems of the Decade’; ‘English Romantic Verse’ and unseen poetry

Coursework

Worth 20% of the course

Studied texts: ‘Journey’s End’ and ‘Regeneration’

Examples of work

Homework

Every student receives two pieces of homework per week from English. One homework task will always be based on their current learning from their lessons. The other homework task will always be to read for one hour a week. Students are encouraged to read a whole range of different texts that challenge them and expose them to developed vocabulary. Broadsheet newspapers are particularly effective in helping raise a student’s reading abilities, but we strongly urge students to read what they enjoy.

Examples of homework

'Of Mice and Men' assessment (Year 8)

Poetry assessment (Year 7)

'Romeo & Juliet' homework (Year 8)

Travel writing homework (Year 9)

Year 8 were reading a play called Our Day Out, in which some of the characters went on a trip and visited a few locations.  As homework, our students were asked to create a 3D model of one of the locations visited.  Ronnie Foster created this 3D model, The Zoo.

English homework 14.7.15

You can see more examples of homework in all our subjects in our homework portfolio.

How to revise and prepare for exams

As we head into a more challenging and demanding curriculum, assessment and examination system it is important that students in all year groups in the Academy understand how to prepare efficiently and successfully for exams.
 
All students sit externally set tests every half term which they must prepare for fully. These are cumulative tests which means they test more knowledge and skills as the year progresses.
 
The end of year exam will test knowledge and skills across the whole year period, for all years groups. We believe in teaching our students how to prepare for exams as they are an important life skill.

GCSE revision support and intervention for Year 11 English begins in September and runs until the Summer examinations.

See our exam preparation page for information about helpful revision guides and timetables, as well as details of additional interventions for each subject.

Helpful revision links

KS3 English: www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv

KS3 English Literature: www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zykdmp3

GCSE English: www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zr9d7ty

GCSE English Literature: www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zckw2hv

GCSE/A-level: www.englishbiz.co.uk

Spark Notes: www.sparknotes.com

Poetry Archive: www.poetryarchive.org

Past exam papers for Years 11 and 13: www.xtremepapers.com

Careers

English is a crucial subject and significantly increases a student’s employability later in life. Students who do well in English are given fantastic opportunities to pursue a number of careers. Some examples are listed below:

  • Professions (law, human resources, banking, accountancy, insurance)
  • Public sector (administration, civil service, health service, local government, police, armed forces)
  • Teaching (schools, colleges, universities, teaching English aboard)
  • Media (journalism, publishing, television and radio, copywriting, events management)
  • Influencing (advertising, public relations, marketing, retail management, sales)
  • Helping (social work, youth work, probation work, nursing, housing)
  • Information (librarianship, archives, information officer, bookseller)

English is also a subject which can be taken to a high academic level with students studying MAs and PhDs.