English Faculty

Teaching and Learning Director
Mrs C Banham

The English Faculty believe English is integral: it underpins every aspect of learning as language is power. Therefore, through our own passion for English, we endeavour to empower and inspire literate individuals who are competent, confident, articulate and aspirational. We will engender a love of literature, language and communication through immersion in a broad range of texts, topics and learning journeys. This is central in the preparation of learners for life beyond Oulder Hill, as independent citizens with dynamic leadership skills, who can successfully express their thoughts and ideas in a variety of contexts, within the school environment and beyond.

Overview of Curriculum Key Stage 3

Throughout their time at Oulder Hill, students in KS3 are taught English in placed into ability groups. These groups are fluid and are revisited frequently. Moreover, each group has 4 lessons per week.

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 amount to 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.

Y7

HT1

Monday 6th Sept – Friday 22nd Oct = 7 weeks

HT2

Monday 1st Nov – Friday 17th Dec = 7 weeks

HT3

Tuesday 4th Jan – Friday 18th Feb = 6.5 weeks

HT4

Tuesday 1st March – Friday 8th April = 5.5 week

HT5

Monday 25th April- Friday 27th May = 4 weeks

 

HT6

Monday 6th June – Friday 22nd July = 6 weeks

 

Outsiders

Transactional writing through non-fiction articles

Read half term 2 novel one lesson a week

Assessment: Writing Date: WC 04/10

Novel:

Animal Farm (set 1 + set 2)

Oliver Twist (all other set

Assessment: Reading Date: WC 29/11

Fiction Writing

Using Extracts as a Stimulus

Assessment: Writing Date: WC 24/01

Poetry:

Other Cultures

Assessment: Reading Date: WC 14/03

Shakespeare Project:

Vocabulary Heroes and Villains Speeches

Assessment: Reading Date: WC 13/06

Modern Text and Non Fiction Articles:

Ghost Boys

Overview of Curriculum Key Stage 4

Y8

HT1

Monday 6th Sept – Friday 22nd Oct = 7 weeks

HT2

Monday 1st Nov – Friday 17th Dec = 7 weeks

HT3

Tuesday 4th Jan – Friday 18th Feb = 6.5 weeks

HT4

Tuesday 1st March – Friday 8th April = 5.5 weeks

HT5

Monday 25th April- Friday 27th May = 4 weeks

HT6

Monday 6th June – Friday 22nd July = 6 weeks

 

 Relationships

Novel:

Lord of the Flies (set 1 + set 2)

Of Mice and Men (all other sets

Shakespeare:  Using Hamlet Extracts as a Stimulus

Assessment: Reading Date: WC 24/01

Modern Text and Narrative/Descriptive Writing: The Girl Who Stole the Elephant.

Assessment: Writing Date: WC 14/03

Short Stories: based on diversity

Assessment: Writing Date: WC 13/06

Poetry: Relationships

Assessment: Reading Date: WC 04/10

 

Assessment: Writing Date: WC 29/11

Pupils in current Years 9-11 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. 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

Sets in KS4 are similar to those in KS3: students are placed into ability groups. Once again, all groups are reviewed regularly.

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

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The specification code for GCSE English Literature is 8702:

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Y9

HT1

Monday 6th Sept – Friday 22nd Oct = 7 weeks

HT2

Monday 1st Nov – Friday 17th Dec = 7 weeks

HT3

Tuesday 4th Jan – Friday 18th Feb = 6.5 weeks

HT4

Tuesday 1st March – Friday 8th April = 5.5 weeks

HT5

Monday 25th April- Friday 27th May = 4 weeks

HT6

Monday 6th June – Friday 22nd July = 6 weeks

Lit A Christmas Carol – Context and Plot focus P&C Poetry: Kamikaze COTLB Remains P&C Poetry: The Emigree Checking Out Me History Poppies Macbeth: Context and Plot Focus
Assessment: Reading Date: WC 29/11

Assessment: Poetry

Date: WC 24/01

Lang Paper 1b: Narrative/Descriptive Writing Paper 1a Reading: Qs 1-3

Assessment: Qs1-3

Date: WC 14/03

Paper 2b: Writing for a Purpose

Assessment: Writing

Date: WC 13/06

Assessment: Writing

Date: WC 04/10

Students in Y9 will be introduced to some of the set texts and key poems, they will require for their GCSE Literature exam. They will focus on understanding of the plots/key ideas as well as the context that surrounds and reinforces some of the texts/poems. As they progress into Y10, further set texts will be introduced and students will combine the knowledge they already have with methods used by the writers.

For GCSE English Language, students will be taught how to develop familiar skills gained at KS3, as well as gaining a working knowledge of how to adapt these for GCSE style questions.

Y10

HT1

Monday 6th Sept – Friday 22nd Oct = 7 weeks

HT2

Monday 1st Nov – Friday 17th Dec = 7 weeks

HT3

Tuesday 4th Jan – Friday 18th Feb = 6.5 weeks

HT4

Tuesday 1st March – Friday 8th April = 5.5 weeks

HT5

Monday 25th April- Friday 27th May = 4 weeks

HT6

Monday 6th June – Friday 22nd July = 6 weeks

 

Lang

Language P1b: Narrative/Descriptive

Assessment: P1b Date: WC 04/10

Language P2a: Reading Qs 2 and 4 Language P1a: Reading Qs 1, 2 and 3

Language P1a: Reading Q4 (Q5 to be revisited on a Teacher Level Analysis basis)

Assessment:

Date: WC 14/03

Language P2b: Writing for a purpose (Structuring answers)

Assessment:

Date: WC 13/06

Language P2b: Writing for a purpose

Develop for Speaking & Listening presentation

 

 

 

 

Read ACC to understand plot

Lit

P&C Poetry: · Exposure, The Prelude, Storm on the Island, Tissue, Remains

Understanding of ideas and methods

Unseen Poetry, including Comparison

Assessment: Unseen Date: WC 29/11

P&C Poetry: London, Ozy, MLD, Bayonet Charge, War Photographer, Kamikaze

Develop to include comparison

Assessment:

Date: WC 24/01

Macbeth: Knowledge and context focus Literature P2a: AIC Knowledge and context focus

For current students in Y10, they will be introduced to all of set texts and some of the set poems that they will require for their GCSE Literature exam. They will focus on understanding of the plots/key ideas as well as the context that surrounds and reinforces some of the texts/poems. As they progress into Y11, further poems will be introduced and students will combine the knowledge they already have with methods used by the writers.

For GCSE English Language, students will be taught how to develop familiar skills gained in previous years whilst also being introduced and progressing higher order skills, such as synthesis and evaluation. Some time is also spent in teaching exam expectations and conditions.

During their time in Y10, students will also complete their Speaking and Listening endorsement, where they will present and answer questions on a topic of their choosing.

Y11

HT1

Monday 6th Sept – Friday 22nd Oct = 7 weeks

HT2

Monday 1st Nov – Friday 17th Dec = 7 weeks

HT3

Tuesday 4th Jan – Friday 18th Feb = 6.5 weeks

HT4

Tuesday 1st March – Friday 8th April = 5.5 weeks

HT5

Monday 25th April- Friday 27th May = 4 weeks

HT6

Monday 6th June – Friday 22nd July = 6 weeks

Lang Language P2: Reading Skills and Writing for a Purpose (Recap structure and develop to timed conditions)

Language P1: Reading Skills and Narrative/Descriptive Writing

(Recap structure and develop to timed conditions)

 

Class Teacher to determine focus from assessment analysis.

Lit Literature P2a: An Inspector Calls (Recap plot, methods and context. Develop to timed conditions) Literature P2b&c: Anthology Unseen and Comparison Unseen (Recap structure and develop to timed conditions)

Literature P1a: ACC (main focus) & Shakespeare

(Recap plot, methods and context. Develop to timed conditions)

Assessment

P2a Reading Section (Lit P2a AIC)

Date: WC 27/09

Lang P2b Lit P2b&c +(2a)

Assessment: Unseen Date: WC 29/11

Lang P1b Lit: Macbeth

Date: WC 24/01

Lang P1a Lit A Christmas Carol

Date: WC 14/03

For current students in Y11, they will revisit key texts and poems required for their GCSE Literature exam as well as skills needed for their GSCE English Language exam. These will then be developed into exam preparation.