English

Within our highly successful English department, we pride ourselves on our energetic delivery of varied and vibrant units of study. We nurture pupils’ imagination and creativity whilst developing their skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. We offer five English lessons each week to pupils in all year groups; within KS3 one of these is a dedicated reading lesson during which pupils can visit our well-stocked and welcoming Library. Many pupils also benefit from the prestigious Accelerated Reader programme, which has the potential to increase reading ages by more than two years. In addition to the wealth of opportunities offered to pupils within their timetabled English lessons, we also have a stringent intervention programme which ensures each and every pupil will be offered any additional personalised support that they may require as they complete their learning journey.

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9, pupils will study a wide range of novels, plays and thematic units chosen by their class teachers from the lists below. Each of these challenging yet thoroughly engaging units will allow for the sequential development of core English skills.

Reading skills include:

  • Comparison of texts, extracts and authors

  • Analysis of language and structural techniques

  • Reflection on effects created within a text

  • Analysis of the atmosphere created within a text

  • Study of the presentation of characters and themes within a text

  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of a piece of writing

Writing skills include:

  • Pupils will learn the specific conventions of writing for a wide range of purposes – both transactional and imaginative - including to advise, describe, persuade and review

  • Pupils will be encouraged to recognise how to adapt their writing to meet the needs of diverse audiences

  • Exploration of different Text Types including letters, articles, speeches and more!

  • Development of SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)

  • Spelling Focus Programme

Year 7 Text List

  • 19th Century Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – studied by all pupils

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare – studied by all pupils

  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

  • Wonder by R J Palacio

  • Two Weeks with the Queen by Morris Gleitzman

Year 8 Text List

  • 19th Century Novel: The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - studied by all pupils

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – studied by all pupils

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

  • Holes by Louis Sachar

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

  • Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Year 9 Units

  • The Greatest Showman

  • Crime and Punishment

  • Exploration and Adventure

  • Shakespeare Study: Plays include Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V, Hamlet

  • Romanticism in Literature: Includes poetry by William Wordsworth, John Keats and Lord Byron

  • Inspirational Speeches of the 21st Century

Introducing Pupils to Prominent Literary Texts

Shakespeare

As stated above, all pupils will study three Shakespeare plays during KS3. Class teachers will use each text to allow pupils to develop their understanding of the Bard’s language whilst encouraging them to make thematic links across various sections of the play. In addition to this, pupils will be encouraged to consider the context in which the plays were written in order to deepen their appreciation of key scenes. Also, there will be the opportunity for our budding performers to use drama to bring the plays to life!

Poetry

Through a study of carefully chosen poems interwoven into the novel and theme based units in KS3, pupils are given the opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of this complex art form. Alongside their analysis of poems written by various historical and modern-day poets, pupils will experience the challenge of creating their very own poems using the poetic and structural techniques that they encounter in their study of poetry.

Assessment

Throughout each unit pupils will be assessed for Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Each end of unit assessment will follow the format of a GCSE style exam paper specifically designed by the examination board for Key Stage 3 pupils. This early and very gentle introduction to GCSE skills allows pupils the opportunity to start developing a confidence in the demands of the GCSE courses studied at Key Stage 4.

GCSE English Language (Edexcel)

Component 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing (1ENO/01)

Students will be assessed by a 1 hour 45 minute exam which constitutes 40% of their English Language GCSE. In preparation for this, they will:

  • Study extracts from a range of prose fiction

  • Develop skills to analyse and evaluate 19th-century fiction extracts

  • Develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader

  • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately

Component 2: Non-fiction and Transactional Writing (1EN0/02)

Students will be assessed by a 2 hour exam which constitutes 60% of their English Language GCSE. In preparation for this, they will:

  • Study a range of 20th- and 21st-century non-fiction texts (including literary non-fiction

  • Develop skills to analyse, evaluate and compare non-fiction extracts

  • Develop transactional writing skills for a variety of forms, purposes and audiences

  • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately

Component 3: Spoken Language Endorsement (1ENO/03)

The component is internally assessed under controlled conditions, and externally monitored by Pearson.

  • Candidates must undertake a prepared spoken presentation on a specific topic in a formal setting, listen and respond to questions and feedback, and use spoken English effectively

  • Students are awarded a grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction)

GCSE English Literature (Edexcel)

Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature (1ET0/01)

Pupils will be assessed by a 1 hour and 45 minute exam which constitutes 50% of their English Literature GCSE. In preparation for this, they will:

  • Study a Shakespeare play and a post-1914 British play or novel

  • Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects

  • Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response

Component 2: 19th-century Novel and Poetry since 1789 (1ET0/02)

Pupils will be assessed by a 2 hour and 15 minute exam which constitutes 50% of their English Literature GCSE. In preparation for this, they will:

  • Study a 19th-century novel and a poetry collection from the Pearson Poetry Anthology

  • Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects

  • Develop skills to maintain a critical style and informed personal response

  • Develop comparison skills


FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you have any questions regarding the English Curriculum at The Wordsley School, please contact Miss S McCann (Curriculum Achievement Leader) on (01384) 816015.