English

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Mrs Jayne Southwell

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Year 7
The Year 7 course aims to establish a base line of skills across the three areas assessed for the National Curriculum. Course Description: Consolidation units are taught in modules focusing upon the following areas: Reading: non-fiction – study of newspapers, letters, book reviews and information from web pages, media analysis. Fiction – study of extended prose texts, for Private peaceful sonnets and extracts from Shakespeare’s plays. Writing: non-fiction – writing reports, leaflets and a cross media project. Fiction: writing creatively to describe, imagine and entertain and the creation of a Poetry anthology. Speaking and Listening: Learning to argue constructively for a given purpose using persuasive language and presentational techniques.

In addition there are Literacy support work groups and grammar lessons complementing a specified element of learning. Pupils also spend one lesson per fortnight following drama. Homework: 1 x 3 per 2 week cycle. All homework should be recorded in planners, checked and re-written if necessary. In addition pupils should read a variety of books (a minimum of 15 minutes each day) and complete exercises from their literary Skills booklets when set. There is always English Homework. Assessment:

Pupils are continuously assessed through the year in line with assessment focus for Reading and Writing. After term one pupils set targets based upon initial teacher assessment of performance. A national curriculum assessment sheet is kept in exercise books in order that pupils can not only level their own work but also identify area for improvement. Levels can also be related back to teacher’s comments. Some language tests will be assessed numerically.

Year 8

The Year 8 course develops the skills and knowledge that form the basis of the English curriculum. Course Description:-

Building on the skills acquired in Year 7. Development work focuses upon the following areas: - Reading: Non - fiction autobiographical accounts linked to the theme of travel. Fiction, study of extended prose text, analysis of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Writing: non-fiction – travel writing, media unit focusing on terminology and viewpoint, fiction - writing creatively using a range of sentence structures and stylistic features to create clarity and interest, exploring poetry. Speaking & Listening: learning different strategies to engage a listener’s interest and promote a point of view through precise expression and sustained debating. In addition literacy work extended personal reading and individual research projects are delivered one lesson per fortnight in library lessons alternating with drama. Homework: 1 x 2 per 2 week cycle. All homework should be recorded in planners, checked and re-written if necessary. In addition pupils should read a variety of books (a minimum of 20 minutes each day) and complete exercises from their literary Skills booklets when set. There will also be tasks linked to an extended project. Assessment - Pupils are continuously assessed through the year in line with assessment focus for Reading and Writing. After term one pupils set targets based upon initial teacher assessment of performance. A national curriculum assessment sheet is kept in exercise books in order that pupils can not only level their own work but also identify area for improvement. Levels can also be related back to teacher’s comments. Some language tests will be assessed numerically.

Year 9

The Year 9 course further develops the skills and knowledge that form the basis of the English curriculum. Reading: An introductory unit to the language of literature. Language skills. Comparative Literature. Writing: Review writing and argumentative writing. Transactional writing. Narrative and descriptive writing. Speech writing. Rhetoric. Using quotations. Approaching Shakespeare for GCSE assessment.

 
 

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