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KS3 Curriculum Content

Year 7

Year 7 students are able to enjoy the joys of travel as they explore exotic destinations through written and verbal communication. The Pre 20th Century texts can take them on an adventure with Robinson Crusoe, or back to Dickensian England and the miserly escapades of Ebenezer Scrooge. If that isn’t enough, they can get lost in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with tales of fairies, magic potions and love.

The PIXL approach to teaching and assessment encourages the students to take ownership of their progress. The progress towards the mastery of their skills is recorded on a personal learning checklist. Both teacher and student are able to use this resource to support teaching, learning and intervention sessions. The STEPS 1-9 clearly show the student their next step towards not only securing a skill but using it with confidence and flair.

Year 8

Year 8 get the chance to explore other cultures through poetry. They are introduced to an anthology of poems and are able to research and develop their opinions about the contexts which lies behind each one. The poems reveal a range of figurative language and structure which students can explore and go on to use in their own creations. Writing for a purpose is a keen focus in year 8 and it enables the students to develop those transactional skills ready for GCSE and life after school. Engaging in the world around them is covered in the Unit Good News Vs Bad News as students examine how the world of media is manipulated to suit the purpose.

The STEPS are clearly linked to the GCSE assessment objectives in year 8 so that students and teachers can establish a clear trajectory of expected and accelerated progress.

KS4 Course Content – English Literature 9-1

Year 9

English Language and English Literature GCSE assess a wide range of reading, written and verbal communication. In year 9 students are able to get ahead with developing their personal response to the texts. The use of subject terminology can be secured so that students are confident when making comments about the writer’s techniques and intentions. It is an ideal opportunity to embrace the Literature syllabus in thematic clusters, in particular the poetry anthology. Year 9 students also study Post 1914 Prose/Drama to enhance their creative prose writing in preparation for Component 1 on the language paper. Other Literature texts include Blood Brothers, Jekyll and Hyde and An Inspector Calls.

Year 10

In year 10 the students focus on honing up skills. Students have to be able to identify ‘explicit’ and ‘implicit’ meanings within a text and evaluate the effectiveness of what the writer is doing. Putting writing into context allows the student to appreciate the text. Students learn how to then transfer these skills to their writing and develop a coherence and control. Gaining in confidence with their personal response and judgement allows them the freedom to be original and imaginative with both the narrative and transactional writing.

Year 11

Year 11 gives students the opportunity to become experts in the texts they have studied in the Literature GCSE and draft and redraft their written work so that the process of crafting is established. All this takes place with time constraints so that students can work efficiently and skilfully towards their GCSE exam. Bespoke intervention sessions are on-going so that students are able to rely on a skills booster workshop so that they feel secure and confident going into the summative exams. The schedule of mock exams prepares students for the rigour of both Component 1 and 2 in the Language and Literature papers.

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