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Hilbre High School Humanities College

Hilbre High School
Humanities College

English

We aim to develop a child's ability to communicate in both writing and speech to a variety of audiences for a range of purposes, including narration, discussion, persuasion and information. Reading is promoted as a key skill in all years. We wish to develop a child's ability to read and understand a range of literature, other printed materials and the media. Our intention is to produce effective, discriminating, enthusiastic readers. Reading is the means by which students are able to access other subjects, which makes our task doubly important. The ability to communicate effectively in any situation promotes success in children's education and careers, as well as enriching their lives.

Our aims are interpreted in a scheme of work, which includes the study of plays, novels, poetry and the media. The study of literature allows students to have insights into other people's lives and extend their knowledge of human behaviour, including their own. Studying the media encourages students to hold an opinion on matters of topical interest, to be aware of the global community and be alerted to bias and persuasion. We use a wide range of technology to enhance learning and teaching.

Through oral work, students have opportunities to participate in debates, group discussions, plays, talks and performance of their own poetry with a view to developing their self-confidence. Work is marked giving clear guidance, so that students learn what they need to do in order to move to a higher level. We spend time, one-to-one, with students to assess their performance and set individual targets for improvement.

 Extra-curricular activities include theatre trips and visits from poets.

 Homework is set regularly and will vary from reading to research or narrative writing. It is preferable if this can be completed in a quiet environment away from distractions. Successful students usually develop the habit of reading regularly, using their local library, thereby building on the use made of the school library.


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Key Stage 3 English 2018 AQA GCSE English Language AQA A Level English Literature

Key Stage 3 English 2018

Term

Year 7

Year 8

 

LANGUAGE

LITERATURE

LANGUAGE

LITERATURE

 Autumn

Writing to Describe
&
Writing to present a Viewpoint Skills students will acquire:

  • How to communicate imaginatively, crafting their language
  • How to plan their writing
  • How to begin and end effectively
  • How to improve the technical accuracy of their writing – to use a range of sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

Cirque du Freak & Gothic Literature

 Skills students will acquire:

  • Active reading strategies
  • How to analyse the language, form and structure used by the writer to create effects
  • How to use textual references, including quotations to support and illustrate interpretations

Zombie Apocalypse

Skills students will acquire:

  • The conventions of dystopian fiction
  • A range of writing skills designed to understand and appreciate the writer’s craft including: setting, atmosphere and character

Of Mice and Men 

Skills students will acquire:

  • The study of contextual influences
  • The skills in literary analysis and criticism

Spring

 Explorations in Creative Reading

Skills students will acquire:

  • How to identify information and ideas
  • How to identify language features
  • How to use subject terms correctly
  • How to comment on the effects of language
  • How to identify structural features and comment on their effect

 Macbeth 

Skills students will acquire:

  • How to comment on texts and use quotations
  • How to develop a critical style
  • How to write about context in Shakespeare
  • How themes are revealed
  • How to comment on key literary techniques

Explorations in Creative Reading

Skills students will acquire:

  • How to identify information and ideas
  • How to identify language features
  • How to use subject terms correctly
  • How to comment on the effects of language
  • How to identify structural features

Poetry: Love & Relationships

Skills students will acquire:

  • How to comment on key poetic techniques
  • Approaches to comparison

Summer

My Idiolect

Skills students will acquire:

  • How to analyse spoken language features
  • Accent
  • Dialect
  • Elision
  • Non-fluency features
  • RP

Macbeth & Poetry

Skills students will acquire:

  • How to analyse a poem, using subject terminology where appropriate
  • Understanding of the relationship between the poems, and their contexts, including how they are influenced by the values of their time

Fight for Freedom

Skills students will acquire:

  • To identify and interpret explicit and implicit ideas
  • To select evidence from texts
  • To comment on and analyse language
  • To compare writer’s ideas and how they are conveyed

I Predict a Riot

or Noughts and Crosses

Skills students will acquire:

  • The study of contextual influences
  • The skills in literary analysis and criticism

AQA GCSE English Language

Term

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn half term one

Paper 1 section B

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing. AO5,AO6

  • Openings/endings
  • Narrative perspectives
  • Narrative/descriptive
  • Character/atmosphere
  • Approaches

Paper 1 section B

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing.
AO5,AO6

  • Openings/endings
  • Narrative perspectives
  • Narrative/descriptive
  • Character/atmosphere
  • Approaches

Paper 2 section B

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives.
AO5, AO6

Writing:

  • Letters
  • Blogs
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines

 

Autumn half term two

Paper 2 section B

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives.
AO5, AO6

Writing:

  • Letters
  • Blogs
  • Newspapers
  • magazines

Paper 1 section A

Qs 1 and 2. AO1,AO2,AO4

  • Openings/endings
  • Narrative POV
  • Language
  • Sentence types
  • Linguistic devices

Paper 2 section A

Qs 1 – 4 AO1, AO2, AO4

Reading:

  • Journalism
  • Articles
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Travel writing
  • Letters
  • Diaries

 

Spring half term one

Paper 2 section A

Qs 1 – 4 AO1, AO2, AO4

Reading:

  • Journalism
  • Articles
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Travel writing
  • Letters
  • Diaries

Paper 1 section A

Qs 3 and 4. AO1,AO2,AO4

  • Openings/endings
  • Narrative perspectives
  • Narrative/descriptive
  • Character/atmosphere

Paper 1 Section A

Qs 1 – 4 AO5, AO6

Reading and Writing

  • Narrative/Descriptive
  • Openings/ending
  • Characterisation
  • setting

Spring half term two

Paper 2 section B

Qs 3 and 4. 

Reading:

  • Journalism
  • Articles
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Travel writing
  • Letters
  • diaries

Paper 2 section B

Writers’ Viewpoints and Opinions. AO5, AO6

  • Articles
  • Blogs
  • Leaflets
  • Formal/informal letters
  • Speeches
  • Reviews
  • Reports

Paper 2 section A and B

Qs 1 – 5 AO1,AO2, AO3, AO4

  • Articles
  • Blogs
  • Formal/informal letters
  • Letters
  • Speeches
  • Reviews
  • reports

Summer half term one

Paper 2 section B

Writers’ Viewpoints and Opinions.
AO5, AO6

  • Articles
  • Blogs
  • Leaflets
  • Formal/informal letters
  • Speeches
  • Reviews
  • Reports

Paper 2 section A

AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4

High quality journalism

  • Articles
  • Reports
  • Essays
  • Travel writing
  • Accounts
  • Sketches
  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Autobiography /biography

GCSE English Language Exams

Summer half term two

Paper 2 section B

Writers’ Viewpoints and Opinions. AO5, AO6

  • Articles
  • Blogs
  • Leaflets
  • Formal/informal letters
  • Speeches
  • Reviews
  • Reports

Paper 2 section A
Qs 3 and 4  AO1, AO2, AO4, AO5,AO6

Revision of all skills in preparation for Summer Exam

 

GCSE English Language is assessed in accordance with the assessment objectives below:
 

AQA  A Level English Literature A (7712)

Term

Year 12

Year 13

Autumn Term

Paper 1 – Love through the Ages

  • Drama - Shakespeare – Othello
  • Modern Novel – The Great Gatsby

Paper 2 – Texts in Shared Contexts – WW1 And its Aftermath

  • Drama – Journey’s End
  • Modern Novel – The First Casualty
  • Completion of Coursework

Spring Term

  • Poetry Anthology Pre 20th Century Poetry
  • Comparison of unseen extracts from various literary genres

Poetry – The Oxford Book of War Poetry

Letters, diaries, extracts in preparation for unseen element  of exam

Summer Term

  • Unseen extracts from Literature of Love Through the Ages – literary interpretations
  • Reading in preparation for Coursework Assignment
 

Every element of the programme of study is assessed using the following Assessment Objectives:

AO1 – Articulate informed personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.

AO2 – Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts

AO3 – Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

AO4 – Explore connections across literary texts.

AO5 – Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.