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KS3 English - Information for parents with children in Years 7, 8 and 9

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum for English enables students to learn the following Reading and Writing skills for three hours per week. Students should be completing the independent workbooks to consolidate a range of these skills. 

 

Reading Skills:

  • Independent reading comprehension
  • Inference to explain what a writer is suggesting
  • Understanding a writer's purpose and message
  • Analysing language and structure methods used by a writer 
  • Applying relevant context to develop understanding of a text

 

Writing Skills: 

  • Developing a range of connected and imaginative ideas
  • Using a range of figurative language methods for effect
  • Organising writing with an effective structure
  • Using high levels of technical accuracy (spelling, range of vocabulary, paragraphing, punctuation and grammar)

 

Year 7 Content

So far this academic year, Year 7 have studied fantasy writing, reading a novel, public speaking, non-fiction reading and writing to persuade and have begun a unit on poetry. Following the Easter holidays, Year 7 will continue studying the poetry unit, including Romantic poetry, poetic forms and poetry writing. 

 

Year 8 Content

So far this academic year, Year 8 have studied R.C. Sherriff's 'Journey's End', descriptive writing, public speaking, WW1 Poetry and a Shakespeare play. Following the Easter holidays, Year 8 will begin a unit on literary non-fiction writing including letters and diaries. 

 

Year 9 Content

So far this academic year, Year 9 have studied Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein', descriptive writing, unseen poetry, public speaking and Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' and have begun a unit on non-fiction reading and writing. Following the Easter holidays, Year 9 will continue the non-fiction unit which will include reading and summarising articles and writing to persuade. 

 

Extension Work

Having a broad understanding and experience of culture is paramount to excelling in the English classroom. Please see the English KS3 Cultural Enrichment Pack for extra activities, suggestions and website links including information on how to access Seneca that students can explore to extend their learning.

GCSE English Language - Information for parents and students

At GCSE we study the AQA exam board specification, which can be found at this link. 

 

Pupils in Year 10 have covered the following: 

GCSE English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Find example exam papers here.  

  • Reading: one literature fiction text and answering four set questions. 
    It is important for students to revisit these skills for the 2021 examination.  To do this, students can read and analyses the opening of page of a novel.  They should consider how the writer uses language techniques to describe.  They should also consider how the opening is structured to keep the reader interested. 

    Useful online resources to support this: 
  • Writing: descriptive and narrative writing. 
    Students can search google for an interesting image and then describe it using varied language techniques.  Useful images to search for include: busy streets, landmarks, countryside, journeys, and rivers. Students can also produce short stories based on these images.  Students should aim for two sides of writing, and remember to vary techniques and sentence structures. 

    Useful online resources to support this: 

 

GCSE English Language Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

Find example exam papers here.  

  • Writing: Writing to present a viewpoint
    Students have written and delivered speeches on powerful topics to their class.  Students now need to develop their viewpoint writing into other forms.  Students should practice writing letters and articles, as well as speeches, in preparation for the summer 2021 exam. These responses need to have clear viewpoints on relevant issues. To help with this, students should reseach some key issues and make notes on their viewpoint on these. Issues can include: advantages and disadvantages of social media; the use of mobile phones for primary aged children; over-reliance on cars; global travel and its impact; how to help the the local community - plus any other engaging topics.

    Useful online resources to support this: 

 

 

GCSE English Literature - Information for parents and students

At GCSE we study the AQA exam board specification, which can be found at this link.  

 

Pupils in Year 10 have covered the following: 

GCSE English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel

Find example exam papers here.

  • Shakespeare: students have studied ‘Romeo and Juliet’ 
    To revise this students can make notes on key themes and characters.  These notes should include evidence from the play that students can learn off by heart. It would also be beneficial to re-read the play and watch film versions of the play.

    Useful online resources: 
  • 19th Century Novel: students have studied 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens.
    To revise this students can make notes on key themes and characters.  These notes should include evidence from the play that students can learn off by heart. It would also be beneficial to re-read the novel and watch film versions of the novel.

    Useful online resources: 

A-level English Language - Information for parents and students

We follow the AQA English Language Specification which can be found in full at this link.

So far this academic year, Year 12 have studied the following:

 

Paper 1:

Students have studied how language is used in a wide range of different texts to create meanings and representations as part of their Paper 1 work.

 

Paper 2:

Students have studied Language and Gender, Language and Occupation, Language and Sociolect and Accent and Dialect as part of their Paper 2 work.

 

Coursework:

Pupils have completed one piece of coursework (an editorial and commentary) worth 10% of the A Level grade.

 

Following the Easter holidays, Year 12 will begin to work on their Language investigation and complete a short unit on Global English. 

A-level English Literature – Information for parents and students

We follow the AQA Specification A; click on this link to see it in full.

So far this academic year, Year 12 have studied the following:

 

Paper 1: Love Through the Ages

  • Section C: comparing ‘The Great Gatsby’ to fifteen poems from the pre-1900 section of the poetry anthology. It’s important that pupils regularly revise this material so that they retain this key knowledge. They can re-read their booklets and annotations and make detailed revision notes, mind-maps, cue cards, etc.
  • Section B: comparing two unseen poems about love. Pupils have studied many poems about love and have other example papers that they can use to plan and practise their skills.

 

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts

  • Section A: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Skirrid Hill’. Pupils have studied both texts and in the final exam will choose to answer one Section A question on one of them. Once again, pupils should revise all of this key knowledge. If all of the poems of ‘Skirrid Hill’ were not yet covered, please do not worry as they will be covered on our return.

 

All of A Level English Literature is assessed through extended written answers. There are example questions here on this website and all pupils will have the mark scheme, which is exactly the same for all questions.

 

Non Examination Assessment (Coursework)

Pupils have begun planning their coursework in class. They should continue to plan: reading and annotating the texts they have chosen, using the booklet as a guide. However, there is no need to worry about writing this coursework yet.

 

Useful resources for this course are:

Seneca

Melvyn Bragg’s ‘In Our Time’ podcasts such as this one on The Romantics 

YouTube videos about the pre-1900 poems from MissHannaLovesGrammar

YouTube videos about ‘The Great Gatsby’ from Mr Bruff

Notes on ‘Skirrid Hill

Notes on ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ from the National Theatre

 

English Documents