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English
SUBJECT LEADER
Mr P. Bradbury
p.bradbury@kingsmeadschool.net


SUBJECT VISION
Our vision for English is to nurture and develop a passion for literature and language skills within our students and to enable them to use this to help them grow into confident, articulate and erudite young adults. We strive to achieve this through our detailed and balanced curriculum. We aim to help our students become critical readers, writers and thinkers and to be able to communicate effectively with others. We also seek to enable them to grapple with the best that has ever been thought, said and written and to prepare them to contribute effectively to 21st century society.

The curriculum design for English focuses on the introduction of Cultural Capital as it allows pupils to gain wider knowledge on literature heritage and critical responses when studying each topic. Each academic year ensures coverage of key skills – in KS3 pupils start to embed them and become more aware of how to use them effectively and at KS4 pupils focus on consolidating and using them at a high standard to gain and exceed their target grades. This contributes to the success of other subjects allowing pupils to use their reading and writing skills when producing clear and detailed responses.

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7

Autumn Term
The first unit studied is Myths and Legends where the focus is on Ovid, exploring writing styles to foster creativity and imagination. Students will then study poetry from the October half term up until Christmas, which will enable students to build cultural capital and explore texts from other cultures.

Spring Term
In the Spring Term Year 7 will study the novel 'My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece' up until February half term, after which the following unit is an Introduction To Shakespeare. Here students will study excerpts from various plays to give them an overview of various themes, characters and plot devices from some of Shakespeare's most famous works.

Summer Term
In the Summer term, the first unit is the novel ‘The Hunger Games’ which will introduce the concept of dystopia (built upon in Year 9), followed by a unit on ‘Travel and Adventure’ which aims to consolidate reading and writing skills and introduce students to the wider world.

Year 8

Autumn Term
The first unit studied in Year 8 is Detective Fiction, which introduces students to the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with the Sherlock Holmes adventure ‘The Speckled Band’ and also Roald Dahl’s ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ classic short story ‘Lamb to the Slaughter.’ This is followed by the novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ in the second autumn half term, introducing students to a wide range of historical, social and cultural context.

Spring Term
In the Spring term, students will study a poetry cluster entitled ‘Love and Relationships’ which aims to embed cultural capital and explore our literary heritage, whilst building analytical and poetry reading skills. The next unit is ‘Shakespeare and Gender’, which will build knowledge from Year 7 working with Shakespeare texts with a focus on the role of women in plays such as ‘Macbeth.’

Summer Term
The Summer term begins with a focus on persuasive writing and the art of grammar where students will learn how to write persuasively and consider how their writing is constructed. This is then followed in the second half term by the novel ‘The Woman in Black’, which will introduce students to the Gothic genre and help them embed cultural capital and explore our literary heritage.

Year 9

Autumn Term
In the first Autumn half term, students will study ‘Lord of the Flies’, which will enable them to explore symbolism, ethics and morals, ideas about power and abuse of power and society and leadership (to prepare for ‘An Inspector Calls’ and Power and Conflict poetry at GCSE). In the second half term the unit studied is ‘The Supernatural’, in which students will explore the gothic horror genre, ideas about the supernatural, ideas about redemption and morality (which will also help prepare for studying ‘A Christmas Carol’ at GCSE).

Spring Term
In the Spring term, the novel studied is ‘Oliver Twist’, which will allow students to explore Victorian literature, class, poverty and realism (to prepare for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at GCSE). This is then followed by ‘Macbeth’, in order for students to study texts in performance, themes of power and responsibility, themes of gender and power, ideas of tragedy and the tragic hero in Literature (to prepare for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at GCSE).

Summer Term
In the Summer term, the first unit for Year 9 is ‘Dystopia’, through which students experience a broad range of texts from the dystopian genre of Literature with key emphasis on the themes of society, ethics and morals and ideology (to prepare for ‘An Inspector Calls’ and Power and Conflict poetry at GCSE). The second unit focuses on poetry – with an emphasis on critical reading, comparing texts, evaluation of a writer’s choice of language, form and structure.

KEY STAGE 4

Year 10

Autumn Term
English Language - Students study Paper 1 of the English Language examination, focusing on approaches to embedding analytical skills with a specific focus on how techniques are used by the writer and their effects on the reader. They also study approaches to consciously crafting with a focus on descriptive devices, varied punctuation and sentence structures and complex vocabulary.

English Literature - Students study An Inspector Calls and the Power and Conflict poetry cluster, with focus on literal and inferential comprehension, critical reading, evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, grammatical and structural features, producing clear and coherent text, accurate Standard English.

Spring Term
English Language - Students study Paper 2 of the English Language examination, focusing on approaches to embedding summary and comparative analysis, exploration of writer viewpoints and impacts on the reader. They will also identify how to effectively use purpose, audience and text type and using devices, punctuation, sentence types and vocabulary to fit the task.

English Literature - Students continue to study the poetry cluster and also 'Romeo and Juliet', with focus on literal and inferential comprehension, critical reading, evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, grammatical and structural features, producing clear and coherent text, accurate Standard English.

Summer Term
English Language -Students will revise Paper 1 skills, by looking at approaches to embedding analytical skills with a specific focus on how techniques are used by the writer and their effects on the reader. They also complete their Spoken Language Endorsement (a verbal presentation they must write and perform) and study approaches to consciously crafting with a focus on descriptive devices, varied punctuation and sentence structures and complex vocabulary.

English Literature - Students revise 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Romeo and Juliet', with continued focus on literal and inferential comprehension, critical reading, evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, grammatical and structural features, producing clear and coherent text, accurate Standard English.

Year 11

Autumn Term
English Language - Students revise Paper 2 of the English Language examination, where they must read fluently and write effectively. They must also demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.

English Literature - Students revise 'A Christmas Carol' and 'An Inspector Calls', where the focus will be on revisiting, revising and building on plot, characters and themes to develop interpretations of these and address any misconceptions.

Spring Term
English Language - Students revise Paper 1 of the English Language examination, where they must read fluently and write effectively. They must also demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.

English Literature - Students revise the poetry cluster and 'An Inspector Calls', where the focus will be on revisiting, revising and building on plot, characters and themes to develop interpretations of these and address any misconceptions.

Summer Term
English Language - Students revise Paper 2 of the English Language examination, where they must read fluently and write effectively. They must also demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.

English Literature - Students will complete Paper 1 and 2 practice exams and revise course content in preparation for the examinations.

KEY STAGE 5

Years 12 and 13

Autumn Term
Students study the poetry cluster 'Love through the Ages' and 'The Great Gatsby', as well as Shakespeare's 'Othello.' They are encouraged to read widely and independently, engage critically and creatively, develop and apply knowledge of literary analysis contexts and others’ interpretations and explore contemporary issues including gender, power, class and conflict.

Spring Term
Students study Unseen Poetry through the Ages (from renaissance to the present day), the poetry cluster 'Love through the Ages' and 'The Great Gatsby', as well as Shakespeare's 'Othello.' They are encouraged to read widely and independently, engage critically and creatively, develop and apply knowledge of literary analysis contexts and others’ interpretations and explore contemporary issues including gender, power, class and conflict.

Summer Term
Students consolidate revision on the texts studied this year and also begin preparation for their Non Exam Assessment, for which they will select their own texts for comparison.

How does this subject develop the whole child?

Contribution to RSE/LIMB/Pledge
Reading lessons/literature cover sensitive topics – such as racism and gender inequality.

Cultural Capital Development
The curriculum is extremely innovative as it offer breadth and inspiration through the study of a wide range of literary figures, themes and genres. It motivates and inspires pupils to consider how characters, themes and settings are crafted and why and use the knowledge to construct their own imaginative ideas to develop effectively. Trips to the theatre such as Romeo and Juliet and performances of A Christmas Carol are used to inspire pupils and allow them to become familiar with events that take place in the set texts, as well as broadening their cultural awareness and experiences.

Cross Curricular Links and Projects
English allows pupils to learn the adequate skills to read, write, speak and listen effectively – the skills are able to be transferred cross-curriculum in other subjects and inference and contextual awareness supports subjects such as history to gain a deeper insight of locations, era, authors, critics and historical theories. Studying historical eras such as The Elizabethan era provides deeper awareness of the constraints in society and it can be used in history lessons.

Opportunities to develop your Leadership Skills through this subject
'- Critical thinking
- Creativity
- Problem solving

Activities you will complete in this subject linking to the Kingsmead Edge
'- Be a learning leader in English – each year group every half term new pupils are selected.
- Take on the role of student librarian.

Links to developing extended writing, reading and numeracy
'- In all English lessons we offer opportunities to develop extended writing skills by completing analytical and
creative tasks.
- Wider reading is embedded with class reader sessions once every two weeks, extracts from the 19th-21st
century are analysed in depth and core literary texts offer insight into different eras.
- Numeracy – venn diagram and tension graphs used to explore events across a text and character
development.

Exam Boards and Links
AQA English Language
AQA English Literature

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