English Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Mrs C Banham

The English Faculty’s policy is to empower and inspire literate individuals who are competent and confident users of English, whilst providing 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 Key Stage 3

Throughout their time at Oulder Hill, students in KS3 are taught English in mixed ability groups, with the exclusion of year 7 students with a KS2 reading score of below a 100 and year 8 students who require additional help with their reading skills. 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.

HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6

 

 

Y7

 

Drama: Frankenstein

 

 

 

Modern text: novel

 

(Animal Farm, Cirque du Freak, Holes or Ghost Messenger)

 

 

Poetry and extracts

 

Spoken Language

 

 

WRITING

Fiction: the creature’s first-person narrative

READING

Extract analysis (HA pupils may link to other parts)

WRITING

Non-fiction: an article based on an issue raised in the novel

READING

Extract analysis (some should link to other parts)

WRITING

Fiction: inspired by a poem

READING

Poetry analysis

(EoY exam)

 

 

Y8

 

Modern text: novel

 

(Oliver Twist, Of Mice and Men, Lord of the Flies, Brother in the Land or The Hound of the Baskervilles)

 

 

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

 

Poetry and extracts

 

Spoken Language

WRITING

Non-fiction: speech on an issue raised in the novel

READING

Extract analysis (most will link to other parts)

WRITING

Fiction: description of a setting inspired by the play

READING

Extract analysis

WRITING

Fiction: inspired by a poem

READING

Poetry analysis

(EoY exam)

 

HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6

 

 

 

Y9

 

C19th novel: A Christmas Carol

 

Poetry: comparison

 

Kamikaze, The Emigree, COTLB, Bayonet Charge, Exposure, Remains

 

 

Poetry: unseen

 

Cover Poppies and War Photographer as unseen

 

 

Modern text: An Inspector Calls

 

Exam prep

 

Following PPE, cover remaining poems: SOTI, MLD, Tissue

*Also cover London, Prelude, Ozymandias and COMH

*One writing lesson per week (or equivalent)

 

*Interleave ACC

*One writing lesson per week (or equivalent)

 

*Interleave poetry

*One writing lesson per week (or equivalent)

 

 

*Interleave poetry

*One writing lesson per week (or equivalent)

 

 

Overview of Curriculum Key Stage 4

Pupils in current year10 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.

In Years 10-11, students are taught in 9 one-hour long lessons each week. In Year 10 these are also mixed ability groups, but students are setted, according to ability in Year 11. 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 one 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

HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6

 

 

 

Y10

 

Shakespeare: Macbeth

(cover Acts 1-3 before PPE)

 

Poetry: comparison and unseen

Any poems not covered in Y9; comparison skills.

 

 

Modern text: An Inspector Calls (exam approaches)

 

Exam prep: revision of all texts

 

Spoken Language

 

Viewpoint writing

*Interleave ACC in HT1 and AIC in HT2

*One writing lesson per week

*Interleave Macbeth

*One writing lesson per week

*Interleave poetry

*One writing lesson per week

 

Macbeth – extract only

 

PPE Literature Paper 1

(30th October 2019)

 

Poetry comparison

 

 

PPE Literature Paper 2

(1st April 2020)

 

 

GCSE Literature exams

Spoken Language presentations

(filming 7th July 2020)

 

Y11 Lang

 

Paper 1 Section B

(approx. one lesson per week)

 

 

 

Paper 1 Section A

(approx. two lessons per week)

 

Paper 2 Section A

(approx. two lessons per week)

 

Paper 2 Section B

(approx. one lesson per week)

 

 

Exam prep

 

PPE Language Paper 1

(mid-November)

 

 

PPE Language Paper 2

(March)

 

 

Y11

Lit

 

Shakespeare: Macbeth

 

 

C19th novel: A Christmas Carol (exam approaches)

 

Poetry: comparison and unseen (exam approaches)

 

 

Modern text: An Inspector Calls (exam approaches)

 

Exam prep: revision of all texts

*Interleave poetry *Interleave AIC *Interleave Macbeth *Interleave ACC

 

PPE Literature Paper 1

(mid-November)

 

PPE Literature Paper 2

(March)

 

GCSE Language and Literature exams