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Wade Deacon High School

Wade Deacon Trust

English

Every student at Wade Deacon High School studies English; it is a core subject in the National Curriculum. English is at the heart of all learning and also prepares our students for real life so that they are successful in their time beyond Wade Deacon High School.  Consequently, the study of English involves Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening - vital skills that students will use daily for the rest of their lives. Crucial areas such as grammar, spelling and other Literacy skills have a very high priority and are key features of all lessons, with the ultimate intention that our students leave school as literate and confident young people.

 

We also want to nurture a love of our subject. All Foundation students read complete books in order to foster their interest in reading, to prepare them for study at Key Stage 4 and to prepare them for the demands of the real world. Our team is passionate about English, acting as role models to inspire and motivate our young people.

 

In Years 7 and 8 students are grouped according to their Literacy ability.  At Key Stage 4, students are carefully set according to their progress and attainment in Years 7 and 8. Students in Year 8 have seven English lessons per fortnight whilst all other year groups have eight.  Some groups of students may be offered additional Literacy support, depending on their individual needs.

 

Formal preparation for GCSE begins in Year 9 to give students time to complete curriculum content as well as to develop the skills needed.  The study of English at Key Stage 4 has two components: English Language and English Literature, both of which are examined at the end of Year 11.  Both qualifications are based on 100% examination.

 

Across both key stages, students in English enjoy a globally diverse, rich and challenging curriculum designed to further nurture a love of our subject.  Our outstanding results demonstrate our genuine commitment to excellence.  As a subject, we are constantly evolving to reflect the changes that affect our students’ lives.  Our dedicated team of English teachers has exceptional subject knowledge and expertise in a range of specialisms, enabling us to offer a wide and balanced curriculum.

 

 

 

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Curriculum Overview

 

Year 7

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Module 1. Origins - Celebrations across Cultures.
  • Literature:
  • The Deaconthology, a collection of short stories created by the English Department.

 

  • Language - Writing:
  • to inform, describe, explain and narrate
  • accounts, reviews and reports.

 

 

Spring Term

 

  • Module 2. The Power and the Glory.
  • Literature:
  •  Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
  •  Non-fiction text by authors from around the world

 

  • Language - Writing:
  • to inform, describe, explain and narrate
  • accounts, reviews and reports
  • to persuade, argue and advise.

 

 

 

Summer Term

 

  • Module 3. Relationships.
  • Literature:
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.
  • Language: Writing for real life.

 

 

 

Year 8

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Module 1. Matters of Status.
  • Literature:
  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
  •  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

 

  • Language -  Writing:
  • to inform, describe, explain and  narrate
  • to persuade, argue and advise.

 

  • Module 2. The Phoenix Module – War Poetry.
  • Literature:
  • War Poetry Anthology by poets from around the world.

 

  • Language – Writing:
  • to inform, describe, explain and narrate
  • to persuade, argue and advise
  • accounts, reviews and reports.

 

 

 

Spring Term

 

  • Module 3. Worlds Colliding – Collision Course.
  • Literature:
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.
  • The Iliad by Homer.

 

  • Language – Writing:
  • to inform, describe, explain and narrate to persuade, argue and advise
  • accounts, reviews and reports
  • to comment, interview and entertain.

 

 

 

Summer Term

 

  • Module 4. Embracing Humanity.
  • Literature:
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
  • Non-fiction texts addressing defiance and resilience by various authors.

 

  • Language:
  • Speaking and listening project.

 

 

 

Year 9

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Global Destination One - The Americas and Canada.
  • Language:
  • Fiction Writing to describe, narrate and explore.
  • Global Destination Two - Britain.
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  • Literature:
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
  • An exploration of the events, characters, themes and social context of the novel.

 

 

 

Spring Term

 

  • Global Destination Three - Europe.
  • Literature:
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
  • An exploration of the events, characters and themes in the play.
  • Global Destination Four - The Middle East and Asia.

 

  • Language:
  • Transactional Writing.
  • Embracing other perspectives.

 

 

 

Summer Term

 

  • Global Destination Five - Around the World.
  • Literature:
  • Creation - Poetry of People and Places, an anthology of poems written by the English Department.
  • An exploration of the language, structure and themes of the poems.

 

  • Global Destination Six - Africa.
  • Language:
  • Fiction Reading.
  • Analysis of a range of unseen 20th Century fiction extracts.

 

 

 

Year 10

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Literature:
  • EDUQAS Poetry Anthology.
  • An exploration of a range of set poems, including analysis, comparison and social context.
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
  • An exploration of key events, characters, themes and social context in the novel.

 

  • Language:
  • Fiction Reading.
  • Developing skills in the analysis of unseen 20th Century fiction extracts.

 

 

 

Spring Term

 

  • Literature:
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
  • An exploration of key events, characters and themes in the novel.

 

  • Language:
  • Fiction Writing.
  • Developing skills in writing for a wide range different purposes and audiences.

 

 

 

Summer Term

 

  • Literature:
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
  • Developing skills in the analysis of key scenes, characters and themes.

 

  • Language:
  • Non-Fiction Reading and Writing.
  • Developing skills in the analysis of unseen non-fiction extracts.
  • Developing skills in writing for a wide range different purposes and audiences.

 

 

 

Year 11 English

 

Autumn Term

 

  • Literature:
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.
  • EDUQAS Poetry Anthology and Unseen Poetry.
  • Refining skills in the analysis of both the play and the poems.

 

  • Language:
  • Fiction Reading and Writing.
  • Refining skills in the analysis of unseen 20th Century fiction extracts.
  • Refining skills in writing for a wide range of different purposes and audiences.

 

 

 

Spring Term

 

  • Literature:
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
  • Refining skills in the analysis of key events, characters and themes in both novels.

 

  • Language:
  • Non-Fiction Reading and Writing.
  • Refining skills in the analysis of unseen non-fiction extracts.
  • Refining skills in writing for a wide range of different purposes and audiences.

 

 

Summer Term

 

  • Literature and Language:
  • Exam preparation.
  • Tailored revision in preparation for the GCSE examinations.

 

 

 

Reporting (Foundation Stage)

 

In Years 7 and 8, our students are taught to develop a series of English skills which are then assessed in our Showcases. Showcase results guide the P2S results and are reported in Levels 1 – 9, testing Reading and Writing.

 

The skills tested in the English Foundation Showcases are progressive, meaning that they will become more wide-ranging and demanding as the year goes on. This allows our students to demonstrate the increasing range and level of skills that they have developed over the year.

 

 

 

Year 7

 

P2S1:

 

Students are assessed on both reading and writing skills during Module 1 (Origins - Celebrations across Cultures).

 

• Reading – comprehension style questions based on a short story from The

                 Deaconthology.

 

• Writing – an extended writing piece to inform, describe, explain or narrate.

  • Students will have a choice of two writing questions and need to answer one of them.

 

 

P2S2:

 

Students are assessed on both reading and writing skills during the continued study of   Module 1 (Origins - Celebrations across Cultures).

 

• Reading – extended comprehension based on a short story from The Deaconthology.

• Writing –  extended writing piece to account, review, report OR an

                        extended writing piece to inform, describe, explain or narrate.

 

  • Students will have a choice of two writing questions and need to answer one of them.

 

 

 P2S3:

 

Students are assessed on both reading and writing skills during Module 3 (The Power and the Glory).

 

• Reading – essay style language analysis response to a seen extract from Macbeth.

• Writing –  extended writing piece to persuade, argue, advise OR  an

•                   extended writing piece to account, review, report OR an

•                   extended writing piece to inform, describe, explain or narrate.

 

  • Students will have a choice of two writing questions and need to answer one of them.

 

 

P2S4:

 

Students are assessed on both reading and writing skills during the continued study of Module 3 (The Power and the Glory). These assessments, together with information about day to day progress will form the basis of the P2S4 result.

 

• Reading – essay style language analysis response to an unseen extract from Macbeth.

• Writing – extended writing piece on any writing skill covered in Year 7.

 

  • Students will have a choice of two writing questions and need to answer one of them.

 

 

 

Year 8

 

P2S1:

 

Students are assessed on both Reading and Writing skills during Module 1(Matters of Status).

 

• Reading – essay style language analysis response to an extract from The Importance of Being Earnest.

• Writing – extended writing piece to persuade, argue, advise OR  an

•                  extended writing piece to inform, describe, explain, narrate.

 

  • Students will have a choice of two writing questions and need to answer one of them.

 

 

 

P2S2:

 

Students are assessed on both reading and writing skills during Module 2 (The Phoenix Module).

 

• Reading – essay style language analysis response to a poem from the War Poetry Anthology.

• Writing – extended writing piece to persuade, argue, advise OR  an

•                 extended writing piece to inform, describe, explain, narrate OR an

•                 extended writing piece to account, review, report.

 

  • Students will have a choice of two writing questions and need to answer one of them.

 

 

 

P2S3:

 

Students are assessed on both writing and reading skills during Module 3 (Worlds Colliding – Collision Course).

 

• Reading – essay style language analysis response, with a springboard element, to an extract from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

• Writing – extended writing piece to inform, describe, explain, narrate OR an

•                  extended writing piece to account, review, report OR an

•                  extended writing piece to commentate, interview, entertain.

 

  • Students will have a choice of two writing questions and need to answer one of them.

 

 

P2S4:

 

Students are assessed on both reading and writing skills during the continued study of Module 3 (Worlds Colliding – Collision Course). These assessments, together with information about day to day progress will form the basis of the P2S4 result.

 

• Reading – essay style response to a springboard question based on an extract from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

• Writing – extended writing piece on any writing skill covered in Year 8.

 

  •  Students will have a choice of two writing questions and need to answer one of them.

 

 

 

Reporting (Key Stage 4)

 

In Years 9, 10 and 11, our students build upon the skills that are taught in the Foundation Stage; these skills are tested in our Formal Assessment Points.  Assessment results guide the P2S results and are reported in GCSE Levels 1-9 testing Reading and Writing. For each round, previous assessment pieces covering the content of the course will be included in students’ P2S grades.

 

Year 9

 

P2S1:

 

Students are assessed on writing skills during the Fiction Writing module.

 

• The assessment will be an exam style paper, based on four fiction writing questions. Students must select one question.

 

 

P2S2:

 

Students are assessed on reading skills during the A Christmas Carol module. P2S2 will also include scores from P2S1.

 

• The assessment will be an exam style question, based on an extract from the novel. Students need to refer to the novel as a whole and use quotations to support their responses.

 

 

P2S3:

 

Students are assessed on their reading skills during the Romeo and Juliet module and their Language writing skills during the Transactional Writing module.

 

• The Romeo and Juliet assessment will be an exam style question based on an extract from the play.

• The transactional writing assessment will ask students to complete two writing questions.

 

 

P2S4:

 

Students are assessed on reading skills based on the Poetry module they have been studying.

 

• The assessment will be in two parts. Part a) will be a response to a single poem from the anthology. Part b) will be a comparison between two poems from the anthology.

 

 

 

Year 10 English

 

P2S1

 

Students are assessed in both English Language and English Literature.

 

• Literature – EDUQAS Poetry Anthology analysis and comparison.

• Language – Fiction Reading extract-based questions.

 

 

P2S2

 

Students are assessed in both English Language and English Literature.  P2S2 will also include scores from P2S1.

 

• Literature – A Christmas Carol thematic question.

• Language – Fiction Reading extract-based questions.

 

 

P2S3

 

Students are assessed in both English Language and English Literature.

 

• Literature – Lord of the Flies thematic question.

• Language – Fiction Writing exam questions, with a choice of four.

 

 

P2S4

 

Students are assessed in both English Language and English Literature.

 

• Literature – Romeo and Juliet extract-based and thematic question.

• Language – Non-Fiction exam style paper.

 

 

 

Year 11

 

P2S1

 

Students are assessed in both English Language and English Literature. P2S assessments from Year 10 will also be used to provide the most accurate GCSE prediction possible.

 

• Literature – Romeo and Juliet extract-based and thematic question.

• Language – Fiction Reading extract-based questions.

 

 

P2S2

 

Students are assessed in both English Language and English Literature.  P2S2 will also include scores from P2S1 and Year 10 assessments.

 

• Literature – Poetry analysis and comparison. This includes both the anthology and unseen poems.

• Language – Fiction Writing exam questions, with a choice of four.

 

 

 

P2S3

 

This final grade for P2S3 is holistic; it takes into account all practice exam papers completed in class. This includes:

 

• Language:

o Fiction Reading extract-based questions.

o Fiction Writing exam questions, with a choice of four.

o Non-Fiction Reading extract-based questions with a comparison element.

o Non-Fiction Writing exam questions.

 

• Literature:

o Romeo and Juliet extract-based and thematic question.

o EDUQAS Poetry Anthology analysis and comparison.

o Romeo and Juliet extract-based and thematic question.

o Lord of the Flies thematic question.

o Unseen Poetry analysis and comparison.

 

 

 

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Mrs P. Noone

Second in Charge

Ms R. Griffiths

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