English Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Miss C Skelly

The English Faculty’s policy is to provide opportunities for all students to achieve their full potential and to promote and enable academic achievement of the highest calibre. Not least among our aims is a desire to foster within our students a love of English.

Overview of Curriculum KS3

Throughout their time at Oulder Hill, students in KS3 are taught English in mixed ability groups. Each year group has 4 one hour lessons per week. In year 7, it is the policy of the school that classes be kept as small as possible. Students will be set homework on a regular basis, usually twice a week. Homework will involve either a writing task, research, planning, learning or reading. Each homework will normally involve about thirty minutes of private study. Students are assessed regularly in lessons and at the end of each unit of work with a common assessment piece. Staff will make constructive comments which aim to point out the strengths in their work and highlight weaknesses for future action.

 

 

KS3 LTP

From September 2017

Half term 1 [6.5 wks]

Literary Drama

Prep for paper 1 section A

Half term 2 [7.5 wk]

Lang paper 2 reading and writing

Half term 3 [5.5 wks]

Poetry

(no AO4)

Paper 2 section B

Half term 4 [5.5 wk]

Lang paper 1b writing

Half term 5 [6 wk]

Language

paper 1A: reading

Half term 6 [7 wks]

Literary Prose or drama

Lit Paper 1 or 2

 

 

 

Year 7

‘Changes’

Drama

Lit AOs 1,2,3,4

Either:

Frankenstein – GBe, MLy

Dracula – Eke

 

1.    Lang Paper 2A:

Reading Non Fiction Texts

Lang AOs 1,2,3

2.    Language Paper 2b – teach OPPSVER writing skills for writing for a purpose AOs 5 & 6

 

GBE

POETRY:

Lit AOs1,2,3

 

GBe/MLY

 

New novel

Which will cover language AOS for both Lang papers as well as some Literature

 

 

Lang Paper 1A: Responding to Lit Texts AOs 1,2, 4 (prep for EOY exam)

 

Lit Paper 2A: Modern Texts

Animal Farm

MLY

 

Or

other approved novel

Language Paper 1B: Narrative Writing – teach OPPSVER writing skills for

text transformation

AOs 5,6

Mid Term Break

GBe

EOY Exams for paper 1a

 

 

 

Year 8

Relationships

Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’

Lit AOs1,2,3,4

 

MLy / GBe

1.    Lang Paper 2A:

Reading Non Fiction Texts

Lang AOs 1,2,3

2.    Language Paper 2b – teach OPPSVER writing skills for writing for a purpose

 

GBE

POETRY:

Lit AOs1,2,3

 

GBe/MLY

New novel

Which will cover language AOS for both Lang papers as well as some Literature

 

 

Lang Paper 1A: Responding to Lit Texts AOs 1,2, 4 (prep for EOY exam)

 

Prose Study:

OMAM

EKE

 

Or

other approved novel

Language Paper 1B: Narrative Writing – teach OPPSVER writing skills for

text transformation

AOs 5,6

Dulce et Decorum

 

GBE

EOY Exams for paper 1a

 

English Literature English Language

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts by

• maintaining a critical style and developing an informed personal response

• using textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

 

Reading AO1:

·     identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas

• select and synthesise evidence from different texts

 

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

 

AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views

 

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

 

AO3: Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

 

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

Writing AO5:

i.   Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences.

ii.  Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

 

AO6: use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation. (This requirement must constitute 20% of the marks for each specification as a whole.)

S&L: AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

 

AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations

 

AO9: Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

 

Overview of Curriculum KS4

 

Pupils in current Years 9, 10 and 11 are following 2 GCSE qualifications, one in English Language and the other in English Literature. They will be awarded 2 separate GCSE grades following their exams in the summer term of Year 11.

In Year 9, the two courses are taught in 4 one-hour long lessons each week. This increase to nine lessons over two weeks in Years 10 and 11. At KS4, students are set by ability in one of 12 teaching groups. Both GCSE qualifications are obtained through an exam worth 100% of the final grade awarded. There is also an Individual Speaking Test which students must undertake, which is recorded, and this is a separate qualification.

There is only tier of entry for examination in both Language and Literature.

The specification code for GCSE English Language is 8700 (UK):

View Specification

The specification code for GCSE English Literature is 8702:

View Specification

 

KS4 LTP

Sept 2017

Half term 1

(6.5 wks)

Half term 2

(7.5 wks)

Half term 3

(5.5 wks)

Half term 4

(5.5 wks)

 

Half term 5

(6 wks)

Half term 6

(7 wks)

Year 9

‘Conflict’

Lit paper 1

Shakespeare’s ‘MACBETH’ GBE

OR

R&J

Lit AOs1,2,3,4

 

Lang Paper 2A: reading – compare

Non-Fiction –C19th & C20th /21st All Qs

AOs 1,2,3,

 

Language Paper 2b – teach OPPSVER writing skills for writing for a purpose AOs 5 & 6

 

Lit paper 2B POETRY: only teach Prelude, Exposure, Storm Island, Remains

Lit AOs1 (2,3)

All Poems

 

GBE

Lang Paper 1A: Responding to Literature Texts –

AOs 1,2 4

Lang P1 PPE

Lit Paper 2A: Modern Texts

An Inspector Calls

AOs 1,2,3, [AO4 = 4 marks]

 

Lang paper 1b – Narrative/descriptive writing

Once a week

 

 

 

Year 10

 

Lit Paper 2B

Anthology Poems

‘Power & Conflict’

AOs 1,2,3

7 poems min

 

Lang Paper 2A: reading – compare

Non-Fiction –C19th & C20th /21st All Qs

AOs 1,2,3,

 

Language Paper 2b – teach OPPSVER writing skills for writing for a purpose AOs 5 & 6

 

 

Lang Paper 1A:

Responding to literature texts

Lang AOs

1, 2, 4

GBE

 

Lang paper 1b – Narrative/descriptive writing

 

 

 

P1 PPE All Qs

Lit Paper 1A

Shakespeare

AOs 1,2,3,

[AO4 = 4 marks]

Macbeth or R&J

1 lesson per week

Lit Paper 1B: C19th novel

AOs 1,2,3

Frankenstein or A Christmas Carol

1 lesson per week

GBe/MHa & MLy

Lit Paper 2B

Anthology Poems

‘Power & Conflict’

AOs 1,2,3

3 poems min

Lit Paper 2C Unseen poetry

Lit AOs1,2

GBE

 

Lit Paper 2A: Modern Texts

An Inspector Calls

AOs 1,2,3,

[AO4 = 4 marks]

NEW KS4 LTP

September 2016

 

 

Year 11

 

Lit Paper 1B: C19th novel

AOs 1,2,3

Frankenstein or A Christmas Carol

1 lesson per week

GBe/MHa & MLy

 

GBE

Practice Lang paper 1a skills

 

 

Lit Paper 1A

Shakespeare AOs 1,2,3, [AO4 = 4 marks]

Macbeth or R&J

GBE & MHA

Practice Lang paper 1b skills

 

 

 

 

Lit P1 PPE

 

 

 

Lit Paper 2B

Anthology Poems

‘Power & Conflict’

AOs 1,2,3

Final five poems and revisit others

 

Lang Revision

Paper 1 – all

& Paper 2 – all

 

Lit revision:

Paper 1 – all

& Paper 2 – all

 

Two lessons a week for each.

Revision to reflect class performance data in mock exams

& Exams

 

Lang Revision

Paper 1 – all

& Paper 2 – all

For approx. 2 weeks

 

 

Lang Revisiting

Paper 1&2 – Writing

Lit revision:

Paper 1 – all

& Paper 2 – all

 

 

English Literature English Language

AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts by

• maintaining a critical style and developing an informed personal response

• using textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.

 

Reading AO1:

·     identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas

• select and synthesise evidence from different texts

 

AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

 

AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views

 

AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

 

AO3: Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

 

AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

Writing AO5:

i.   Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences.

ii.  Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

 

AO6: use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation. (This requirement must constitute 20% of the marks for each specification as a whole.)

S&L: AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

 

AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations

 

AO9: Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

 

Additional Information

To encourage good reading habits and ensure regular practice we ask students to have a reading book with them every day. We trust that you will take an active interest in your child’s reading and also ensure that great care is taken of books. In addition to class readers and books loaned from the school library, your child will also have the opportunity to borrow books from English Book Boxes.