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English at All Saints Academy aims to develop a love of the subject which is nurtured and builds upon vital foundations in preparation for GCSE in both Language and Literature. Through English, we promote a passion for wider fiction and non-fiction reading of 19th to 21st Century content (linked to GCSE Language) to enable students to fully access unseen material. This enables students to develop critical and analytical reading skills to understand how writers achieve effects and influence readers. Also, students will develop creativity in both the written and spoken word by adapting tone, style, register and form linked to specific audiences. Throughout the curriculum, we promote awareness of social, cultural, historical and moral contextual factors, enabling students to become better thinkers and more empathetic human beings.

Through utilising a wide range of teaching and learning strategies, we encourage students to work independently, taking responsibility for their own learning and showing resilience in preparation for future education and career pathways. There are three to five one-hour English lessons per week. Students who fall behind in their expected progress can be offered extra literacy lessons. We also provide additional support through our student leaders.

Implementation:

 

Year 7 English 

The Year 7 English curriculum prepares all students to express themselves coherently, accurately, and concisely in writing and speech.

AUTUMN 1: DESCRIPTIVE WRITING
AUTUMN 2: RUBY IN THE SMOKE
SPRING 1: RUBY IN THE SMOKE
SPRING 2: WRITING TO PERSUADE/ARGUE
SUMMER 1: POETRY FROM OTHER CULTURES

SUMMER 2: INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE AND THE TEMPEST

Year 8 English

The Year 8 English curriculum builds on knowledge from Year 7 and focuses on deeper understanding and analysis.

AUTUMN 1: RANTS – WRITING TO ARGUE
AUTUMN 2: DYSTOPIAN FICTION
SPRING 1: OF MICE AND MEN
SPRING 2: OF MICE AND MEN
SUMMER 1: ROMEO AND JULIET

SUMMER 2: GOTHIC FICTION

Year 9 English

In Year 9, students are introduced to the literature set texts as we challenge them to develop more analytical viewpoints.

AUTUMN 1: CONFLICT POETRY
AUTUMN 2: MACBETH
SPRING 1: FICTION ANALYSIS
SPRING 2: AN INSPECTOR CALLS
SUMMER 1: SPEECHES

SUMMER 2: THE SIGN OF THE FOUR (SHERLOCK HOLMES)

KS4 English

Students will sit AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature at the end of Year 11.
The GCSE courses provide access to a broad range of texts from the literary canon, building on their knowledge from Key Stage 3.

English Language

  1. C19 Fiction: reading
  2. Descriptive/Narrative writing
  3. C20 and C21 non-fiction: reading
  4. Transactional writing

English Literature

  1. The Sign of the Four
  2. Power and Conflict Poetry
  3. Macbeth
  4. An Inspector Calls

Year 10 English

In Year 10, students revisit the literature set texts in more depth whilst developing more independent learning skills to prepare them for examinations.

AUTUMN 1: AN INSPECTOR CALLS
AUTUMN 2: FICTION ANALYSIS
SPRING 1: MACBETH
SPRING 2: NARRATIVE/DESCRIPTIVE WRITING
SUMMER 1: THE SIGN OF THE FOUR (SHERLOCK HOLMES)

SUMMER 2: POWER AND CONFLICT POETRY

Year 11 English

In Year 11, students thoroughly revise the literature set texts alongside honing their writing and analytical skills linked to language.

AUTUMN 1: WRITERS’ VIEWPOINTS AND PERSPECTIVES
AUTUMN 2: THE SIGN OF THE FOUR / MACBETH MOCK EXAM REVISION
SPRING 1: POWER AND CONFLICT POETRY
SPRING 2: ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE BESPOKE REVISION
SUMMER 1: EXAMINATION PERIOD

English Cultural Capital Opportunities

  • A range of writing competitions
  • Theatre trips
  • Live performances of set texts
  • World Book Day activities
  • Peer mentoring
  • Blind date with a book P6
  • Fim Club
Subject Documents Date  
English Resources Year 11 Poetry and Conflict KO 30th Jun 2021 Download
English Resources Year 10 An Inspector Calls KO 30th Jun 2021 Download
English Resources Y9 Paper 1 Section AB KO 30th Jun 2021 Download
English Resources Y8 Writers Viewpoints KO 30th Jun 2021 Download
English Resources Y7 Fiction Analysis KO 30th Jun 2021 Download