English

Key Stage 3 Curriculum


Year 7

Students are taught across four sets. Students’ work is theme based. Grammar is taught throughout the lessons where appropriate. Students will work in exercise books which will serve as a complete record of their work in class. Pair and group work gives students opportunities to discuss ideas and they are encouraged to reflect upon their learning and understand their criteria for success.

Literature is also taught through various schemes of work studied in the year. Students are encouraged to read widely at home.

There are also extra literacy lessons to support students who are struggling with basic literacy.

The long-term plan for year 7 is as follows:

  • Autumn term: autobiography, ‘War Horse’ the novel; advertising.
  • Spring term: an introduction to Shakespeare; poetry
  • Summer term: detective & crime; storytelling project.


Year 8

Students are taught in two bands, X and Y. There are three groups in each band; they are streamed. Students’ work is theme based. Grammar is taught throughout the lessons where appropriate. Students often draft their work in their exercise books before producing finished pieces for their folders. Pair and group work gives students opportunities to discuss ideas and they are encouraged to reflect upon their learning and understand their criteria for success.

Literature is also taught through various schemes of work studied in the year. Students are encouraged to read widely at home.

The long-term plan for year 8 is as follows:

  • Autumn term: Novel; travel fiction
  • Spring term: Dragon’s Den; Macbeth
  • Summer term: Cultural poetry; Script and screen


Year 9

Students are taught across four sets. Students’ work is theme based. Grammar is taught throughout the lessons where appropriate. Students will work in exercise books which will serve as a complete record of their work in class. Pair and group work gives students opportunities to discuss ideas and they are encouraged to reflect upon their learning and understand their criteria for success.

Literature is also taught through various schemes of work studied in the year. Students are encouraged to read widely at home.

The long-term plan for year 8 is as follows:

  • Autumn term: Novel – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas; travel fiction
  • Spring term: Dragon’s Den; Macbeth
  • Summer term: Cultural poetry; Script and screen


Year 10

Students begin their GCSE course which will be completed in year 11. Depending on which group some students may take the exam in English in year 10 or wait until year 11. All students will take the literature exam in year 11

Students are taught in two bands, X and Y. There are four groups in each band; they are streamed in that group 1 in each band will follow the AQA English exam syllabus and the iGCSE. Group 2/3 and 4 will follow the iGCSE course English & literature. Group 1 is expected to get A*-C; group 2/3 are expected to get a C grade; group 4 is hoped to get a C grade, but will be a small group to give extra support.


Course contents for iGCSE English Language

Coursework:

  • A creative writing piece, eg Buried
  • A persuasive piece, eg ‘Don’t get me started’
  • A discussion of a non-fiction piece of writing.

Exam: 2hours:

  • A comprehension and essay.

Speaking & Listening exam:

  • All students must record a 15mins speech and conversation on a topic of their choice.

AQA GCSE in English


Controlled conditions pieces

  • A creative writing piece, eg Buried
  • A creative writing piece based on a poem they study, eg ‘My Last Duchess’
  • An essay on a Shakespeare text, eg discuss the relationship of Juliet with her parents as seen in ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
  • An essay comparing some poetry studied, eg Discuss the characters’ attitudes to power as seen in the poems studied.
  • An essay on a novel, eg Discuss the relationship between George and Lennie in the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’.


Exam: 2hrs 15mins

The paper tests the understanding of non-fiction and media texts. There are two sections. Section A asks about source material; section asks the students to write two essays.


Speaking & Listening exam

Three pieces:

  • An individual talk to a group
  • A paired discussion
  • A drama-based activity


Year 11

Students will complete their GCSE course which was started in year 10. Depending on which group some students may have taken the exam in English in year 10 or waited until year 11. All students will take the literature exam in year 11.


iGCSE English Literature exam course content

All exam:

  • A collection of poems are taught and an exam question on ½ poems.
  • A novel is taught, eg ‘The Great Gatsby’ and a question in the exam.
  • A Shakespeare play, ‘The Tempest.

By having a variety of exams and opportunities it is hoped to achieve the maximum success for the students.

Students will be given ample opportunity to practise past exam papers through mock exams that will inform further targets for progress. They will also have the opportunity to improve coursework grades and controlled conditions pieces to further enhance their overall grade.

In the English department we have a designated member of staff in both key stages committed to supporting the raising of achievement.


Enrichment activities

The faculty organise a number of extra-curricular activities throughout the year:

  • Coursework catch-up sessions
  • Controlled conditions improvement sessions
  • Theatre trips
  • Various competitions


Career Opportunities

English is vital to support the majority of careers as it is about communication. It also helps to enhance your understanding of the world.

Suggested pathways using English:

  • Anything in the media - journalism
  • Public relations
  • Public services
  • Teaching
  • The arts – theatre, drama
  • Politics & government
  • Travel industry


Department Trips

The English department run a number of trips across the year with a view to enriching the education of the students at Greenwood Academy. Some examples have been:

  • Harry Potter World (Year 7-8)
  • Birmingham Library to meet Charlie Higson (Year 7-8)
  • Cinema to see Great Gatsby (literature text for Year 11)

Some planned trips for the coming year are:

  • Harry Potter World (Year 7-8)
  • Birmingham Library Experience (Year 7)
  • Theatre trip to see War Horse (Year 7)
  • Rewards trip to see Shakespeare play (Year 10-11)