Overview

Key ideas and topics covered

In Year 7, students will begin their studies with a varied anthology of texts linked by the theme of crime and convicts and then they will move on to two whole texts, Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’ and  R. Swindells’ novel ‘Stone Cold.  Prior learning from KS2 will be strengthened in their studies; students will consolidate their ability to make inferences and explain choices of words and phrases, as well as writing for a range of purposes and audiences.

Contextual knowledge will be interleaved to each text; themes and characters will be analysed and knowledge acquired is transferable and relevant for future learning beyond KS3. Spaced learning will occur through a cycle of lessons focusing on the four key areas of fiction, non-fiction, writing and poetry. Students will make links between these areas to develop their understanding of writers’ methods and how a writer creates meaning.

A range of skills will be developed throughout each unit with repeated practice. Each assessment will be used to inform future learning in the next unit, thus allowing teachers to focus on skills which may need more practice.

Autumn term: Anthology of resources: Crime and Convicts

Spring term: Shakespeare – ‘The Tempest’

Summer term: The Novel – ‘Stone Cold’

In Year 8, our students will study three key texts spanning a wide breadth of context. They will focus on events that altered history and society and how these are represented in the literature of the time.

Contextual knowledge will be interleaved with key information relevant to each text, such as themes and characters, alongside a study of knowledge which is transferable and relevant for future learning such as the idea of a tragedy in ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Spaced learning will occur through a cycle of lessons focusing on the four key areas of fiction, non-fiction, writing and poetry, linked thematically to the overarching text studied that term. Students will make links between these areas to develop their understanding of writers’ methods and how a writer creates meaning.

A range of skills will be developed throughout each unit with repeated practice. Each assessment will be used to inform future learning in the next unit, allowing teachers to focus on skills which may need more practice.

Autumn term: The Play ‘Journey’s End’ by R.C Sherriff

Spring term: A Shakespeare play ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Summer term: ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck

In Year 9, students will study a wide and varied set of whole texts (short stories and a novella), diverse poems and carefully selected extracts.

Contextual knowledge will be interleaved with key information relevant to each text, such as themes and characters, alongside a study of knowledge which is transferable and relevant for future learning such as the structure of texts and writing styles. Spaced learning will occur through a cycle of lessons focusing on the four key areas of fiction, non-fiction, writing and poetry, linked thematically to the overarching text studied that term. Students will make links between these areas to develop their understanding of writers’ methods and how a writer creates meaning.

A range of skills will be developed throughout each unit with repeated practice. Each assessment will be used to inform future learning in the next unit, thus allowing teachers to focus on skills which may need more practice.

Autumn term: An anthology of texts ‘All Creatures Great and Small’, Elements of the Gothic

Spring term: Short stories – ‘Telling Tales’ Anthology

Summer term: ‘Poems of struggle’ anthology and the novella ‘Animal Farm’

In Year 10, our students will study the majority of the GCSE Language and Literature content. They will study five units: the 19th century text, ‘A Christmas Carol’,  the Modern text: ‘An Inspector Calls’, the ‘Power and Conflict’ Anthology of poems, GCSE Language Paper 1 and 2. They will focus on events that altered history and society and how these are represented in the literature of these times.

Contextual knowledge will be interleaved with key information relevant to each text, such as themes and characters, alongside a study of knowledge which is transferable and relevant for learning across the GCSE specifications of Language and Literature such as the writer’s methods, intentions, features of genres and impact on audience.  In Term 3 of year 10 students will study the Power and Conflict Anthology of poems and Unseen Poetry, refining their understanding of poetic devices whilst learning about the historical, social and cultural context for each of the poems and what influenced the poets.  

A range of skills will be developed throughout each unit with repeated practice. Each assessment will be used to inform future learning in the next unit, allowing teachers to focus on skills which may need more practice.

Autumn term: GCSE Language Paper 1 Exploration in Creative Fiction 19th Century Text  and ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.

Spring term: Modern Text – ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B Priestley and GCSE Language Paper 2 Viewpoints and Perspectives

Summer term: Poetry – Power and Conflict Anthology

In Term 1, our Year 11 students will study Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’.

Contextual knowledge, both internal and external, will be interleaved with key information relevant to each text, such as themes and characters, alongside a study of knowledge which is transferable and relevant for learning across the GCSE specifications of Language and Literature such as the writer’s methods, intentions, features of genres and impact on audience. A range of poems from the Power and Conflict Anthology of poems and Unseen Poetry will be studied, refining their understanding of poetic devices whilst learning about the historical, social and cultural context for each of the poems and what influenced the poets. A range of unseen poetry, fiction, non-fiction and writing tasks will be interleaved with this to enhance contextual and thematic understanding. Once Year 11 have completed their Pre-Public examinations all areas of their learning will be interleaved as they begin a cycle of revision which is planned at their teacher’s discretion but will cover all elements of the AQA GCSE Language and Literature examinations.

A range of skills will be developed throughout each unit with repeated practice. Each assessment will be used to inform future learning in the next unit, allowing teachers to focus on skills which may need more practice.

Autumn term: GCSE Literature Paper 1-revision of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ and revision of Paper 1 Language  ‘Explorations in creative reading and writing’

Spring term: Revision of Literature Paper 2- Unseen poetry, J.B Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’  and  Paper 2 Language ‘Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives’

Summer term: Revision of Paper 2 Literature ‘Power and Conflict’ anthology with tailored revision for key texts and language skills for the needs of the class and individuals.

How are our students assessed?

Year 7-9

In Years 7-9, pupils will complete two formal assessed tasks every term- one on reading and one on writing.  They will be awarded a flightpath grade and will receive whole class feedback which will signpost their targets for improvement.  Throughout the term fortnightly writing compositions will be completed and assessed formatively.

Year 10

In Year 10, pupils will continue to complete two assessed tasks every term and these will coincide with the unit of work being studied.  For example in Term 1, a full Paper 1 Language will be assessed and later on in the term an essay question on the Literature text ‘A Christmas Carol’ will be completed.

Summer mock examinations will be completed in a formal setting for Paper 2 Language and Paper 1  Literature at the end of Year 10. Grades awarded to pupils will be marked against the AQA mark scheme and grades will be based on the GCSE levels from 1-9.

Year 11

In Year 11, pupils will take their mock examinations in November – full Paper 1 Language and Paper 1 Literature. In March students will sit the full suite of papers – Paper 1 Language, Paper 2 Language, Paper 1 Literature and Paper 2 Literature.

The Y11 classes will be assessed according to their needs which will be identified from their mock examination results and ongoing classroom assessment.