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English and media

Our vision…

A high level of fluency in English is central to effective learning; a high level of critical media literacy is an essential survival tool in the modern world. The English and media department are a team of dedicated professionals who work collaboratively to develop passion in learning, creativity and respect for the individual. We value intellectual curiosity, open discussion and co-operative decision making. We challenge and encourage students, helping them to take responsibility for their learning and to work responsibly with their peers.

Our chief aim is to ensure that all pupils leave us with a high level of literacy. A love of literature in all its forms and a deeper understanding of how text and different texts are interpreted, manipulated and created; how context is critical to understanding and how meaning is constructed through a variety of textual techniques and strategies.

Subject Areas

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Media Studies

Year seven

Course overview

Key stage three is structured thematically. Year seven pupils engage with a range of texts and tasks under broad topics of "In search of adventure", "Fantasy" and "People & places". The course develops their ability to read a variety of text types and genres analytically, using quotation effectively and explaining the impact of specific techniques used by writers. Alongside this they will develop skills required for creating original and imaginative pieces of work where emphasis is on control through structure, punctuation and sentence variation as well as language selection and figurative expression.

Useful information

There are a range of useful websites that pupils can make use of outside of the classroom and in support of their completion of the fortnightly reading challenge homework tasks. These include:

BBC Bitesize; Education Quizzes

The Library's micro site is full of relevant materials to support learning outside of the classroom.

Year eight

Course overview

Key stage three is structured thematically. Year eight pupils engage with a range of texts and tasks under the broad topics "Horror", "Against the odds" and "Another world." The course develops their ability to read a variety of text types and genres analytically, using quotation effectively and explaining the impact of specific techniques used by writers. Alongside this they will further develop skills required for creating original and imaginative pieces of work where emphasis is on control through structure, punctuation and sentence variation as well as language selection and figurative expression.

Useful information

There are a range of useful websites that pupils can make use of outside of the classroom and in support of their completion of the fortnightly Reading Challenge homework tasks. These include:

BBC Bitesize; Education Quizzes

The Library's micro site is full of relevant materials to support learning outside of the classroom.

 

Year nine

Course overview

The year nine course is designed to securely bridge key stages three and four. Pupils study a range of prose, poetry and drama from different cultures and time periods that are grouped thematically across the academic year: "Moving on up", "A journey through literature" and "Crime & punishment." They will also study a range of non-fiction texts.

Pupils are required to read critically, analysing quotations to explore the ways in which writers create particular effect/meaning. Original and imaginative writing is also a key focus; pupils will encounter, and be required to apply, a range of strategies in order to ensure that they can produce writing that is fit for purpose, demonstrating control and ensuring their responses are deliberately entertaining.

There is significant focus on developing an understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written, plus specific emphasis on comparing and contrasting texts. This mirrors the demands of the new GCSE specification.

Useful information

Key stage three pupils complete a minimum of six assessments across each academic year: three reading and three writing. Pupils have a class book in which lesson-to-lesson activities are completed and an APP (Assessing Pupil Progress) book which contains formal assessments related to each topic covered. The APP book is passed on through years seven to nine ensuring that progress is tracked thoroughly. All assessments marked for writing skills are awarded two judgements, one for content and one for technical accuracy (SPaG).

End of year exam: Pupils will sit a pared-down version of the AQA English language GCSE paper comprising two sections: reading and writing. The paper requires pupils to respond analytically to an unseen fiction extract. Finally, they are required to produce an original piece of writing that is entertaining and deliberately structured in line with a set theme. Pupils will also sit an English literature exam requiring them to respond analytically to an extract from Macbeth.

 

Year ten English language

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8700

Final Assessment :  This is a linear qualification, assessment is 100% external examination: 2 papers each weighted 50% of final qualification. Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing and Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives.

In addition pupils must complete 1 non-examination assessment, mandatory but 0% of GCSE in the use of effective spoken language.

Course Overview

The GCSE English Language course will enable pupils of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. The two equally-balanced papers, relate reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks whilst the reading sources act as stimulus for writing tasks, providing pupils with a clear route through each paper.  Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers. Paper 2, Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.

Autumn Term            

Paper 1 - Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Primary focus - Reading

Spring Term               

Paper 1 - Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Primary focus - Writing                             

Summer Term

Consolidation of Paper 1 skills

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives introduced

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be formally assessed throughout Year 10. Pupils will sit a GCSE style paper as part of the End of Year 10 Examinations.

Year ten English literature

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8700

Final Assessment :  This is a linear qualification, assessment is 100% external examination: Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel (40%) and Paper 2: modern texts and poetry (60%)

Course Overview

The GCSE English Literature course is designed to inspire, challenge and motivate pupils, using a skills based approach that is consistent across the genres. All pupils will study Macbeth, writing about an extract in detail and the play as a whole. Pupils will study a range of texts from a selection including A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein, an Inspector Calls or Animal Farm. Pupils will also study poems from the AQA Power and Conflict Anthology.

Autumn Term
  • Paper 1 - Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
  • Primary Focus - Macbeth
  • Paper 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry
  • Primary focus – Unseen poetry and anthology cluster (Power and Conflict)

Spring Term

  • Paper 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry
  • Focus - unseen poetry and anthology cluster
  • Focus - An Inspector Calls or Animal Farm

Summer Term

  • Consolidation of content and skills across Papers 1 & 2
 

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be formally assessed throughout Year ten. Pupils will sit a GCSE style paper as part of the end of year ten examinations.

Year ten media studies

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8572

Final Assessment :  Pupils are assessed through three components : Two written exam papers (35% each), and Controlled Assessment (30%).

Course Overview

Media Studies is a contemporary and interactive course which encourages pupils to develop their creative, analytical, research, and communication skills, through exploring a range of media forms and perspectives. Pupils will study a range of topics including, media language and media representations in magazines, advertising and online. Pupils will also consider the influence of the media industry through radio, music videos and film.

Autumn Term

Media one

  • Media language and media representation
  • Media industries and media audiences

Spring Term

Media two

  • Television
  • News and interactive media
  • Controlled assessment

Summer Term

  • Media one – review and revision

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be formally assessed throughout year ten. Pupils will sit a GCSE style paper as part of the end of year ten examinations.

 

Year eleven English language

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8700

Final Assessment :  This is a linear qualification, assessment is 100% external examination: two papers each weighted 50% of final qualification. Paper one: explorations in creative reading and writing and paper two: writers’ viewpoints and perspectives.

In addition pupils must complete one non-examination assessment, mandatory but 0% of GCSE in the use of effective spoken language.

Course Overview

The GCSE English language course will enable pupils of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures. The two equally-balanced papers, relate reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks whilst the reading sources act as stimulus for writing tasks, providing pupils with a clear route through each paper.  Paper one, explorations in creative reading and writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers. Paper two, writers' viewpoints and perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.

Autumn Term

  • Paper two: writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
  • Primary focus reading (section A)
  • Section B intro; primary focus - reading

Spring Term

  • Paper two: writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
  • Writing focus (section B) in addition to section A
  • Paper one revised

Summer Term

  • Exam preparation and revision

Year eleven English literature

Exam Board: www.aqa.org.uk

Specification: 8700

Final Assessment:  This is a linear qualification, assessment is 100% external examination: Paper one: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel (40%) and Paper two: modern texts and poetry (60%.

Course Overview
The GCSE English Literature course is designed to inspire, challenge and motivate pupils, using a skills based approach that is consistent across the genres. All pupils will study Macbeth, writing about an extract in detail and the play as a whole. Pupils will study a range of texts from a selection including an Inspector Calls or Animal Farm. Pupils will also study poems from the AQA Power and Conflict Anthology.

Autumn Term

  • Paper 2 – Modern Texts and Poetry 
  • Primary focus – Unseen poetry and anthology cluster
  • Paper 1 - Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
  • Primary Focus - Macbeth

Spring Term

  • Paper 2 – Modern Texts and poetry 
  • Focus – Unseen poetry and anthology cluster
  • Focus – An Inspector Calls or Animal Farm        
     

Summer Term

  • Revision and exam preparation

Internal Assessment
Pupils will be formally assessed throughout year eleven.

Year eleven media studies

Exam Board : www.aqa.org.uk

Specification : 8572

Final Assessment :  Pupils are assessed through three components : Two written exam paper (35% each), and Controlled Assessment (30%).

Course Overview

Media Studies is a contemporary and interactive course which encourages pupils to develop their creative, analytical, research, and communication skills, through exploring a range of media forms and perspectives. Pupils will study a range of topics including, Media Language and Media Representations in magazines, advertising and online. Pupils will also consider the influence of the Media Industry through radio, music videos and film.

Autumn Term

Media 1 – review and revision

  • Media Language and Media Representation
  • Media Industries and media Audience

Media 2 – Review and Revision

  • Television
  • News and Interactive Media
  • Controlled Assessment

Spring Term

Media 1 – review and revision

  • Media Language and Media Representation
  • Media Industries and media Audiences

Media 2 – Review and Revision

  • Television
  • News and Interactive Media

Summer Term

  • Exam Preparation and Revision