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    Sheffield, S17 3QU
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English language and literature at King Ecgbert School

Welcome to the English Department at King Ecgbert School. We are committed to developing both the quality of our students' English skills and their love and passion for reading and writing.

English lessons at KES feature a complete range of communication and creative skills:reading literacy text of different genres and ages, analyzing non-fiction texts, developing imaginative vocabulary, understanding complex characters, debating wider cultural issues, expressing and supporting opinions, as well as writing creatively in all forms.

I hope the information below will support you and your child to make outstanding progress in English and enjoy their learning in such an important subject.

Nick Jones - Head of English

Course Content KS3 and KS4 

At KS3 students are taught English throughout the year with 3 one hour lessons a week.  The Key Stage 3 English curriculum is designed to enable students to see their learning as a journey in the development of key reading and writing skills, culminating in an effective transition to GCSE studies during the latter part of Year 9.

Assessments are ongoing and are conducted in class, with regular feedback provided to students so they can improve their skills, which are transferable across all units.

Throughout Key Stage 3, students will study the following:

Please click here  for a suggested reading list for pleasure.

  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Non-fiction texts - writing for specific audiences and purposes
  • Drama texts
  • Short stories

KS3 Homework

The following homework choices can be used to supplement students' learning during Y7, 8 and 9. Teachers may set specific tasks that are not on these sheets, but anyone should feel free to use these tasks if they wish.

Our Main texts studied at KS3 in 2016-2017 are:

Year 7 - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by john Boyne

Year 8 - A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Year 9 - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

At KES we split our curriculum thematically, rather that by text. The units we cover are as follows:

Year 

Half term

Topics covered

 

7

1

Identity

Reading and exploring a range of texts related to personal and collective identity. Students will learn to retrieve information, make inferences, build explanations and study language. Writing skills will also be covered.

 

2

 

Gothic

Reading and exploring a range of texts related to the gothic genre. Students will learn to make inferences, compare texts, build explanations and study context. Writing skills will also be covered in detail.

 

3

 

4

Shakespeare: Heroes and Villains

A unit exploring the most memorable characters in some of Shakespeare’s most memorable plays. Students will be expected to read analytically - as well as writing creatively - about the play they study.

 

5

 

Media Unit: Travel

Covering topics such as persuasive writing, descriptive writing, non-fiction texts and speaking and listening.

 

6

 

 

Year

Half term

Topics covered

 

8

1

The Power of Persuasion

Students will be writing persuasively and learning to create impact in their writing. Topics such as Dragon’s Den, as well as a range of topical issues, may be used to deliver these skills. Students will also be studying examples of persuasive writing so they can create their own effectively.

 

2

 

Epic Tales

Students will study the structure of great narratives, mainly using the theme of adventure. Throughout the unit, students will read extracts from great adventure stories and will use this knowledge to write their own extended story.

 

3

 

4

Shakespeare: Tragic Times

A unit exploring the key structural and thematic elements in one of Shakespeare’s most memorable tragedies. Students will be expected to read analytically - as well as writing creatively - about the play they study.

 

5

 

Creating Worlds: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

A unit of work based around the limitless possibilities of Science Fiction and Fantasy texts. This unit will feature an opportunity for students to use all the reading and writing skills taught during Y7 and Y8.

 

Year

Half term

Topics covered

 

9

1

The American Dream

Students will study Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, analyzing language and ideas and exploring the context of 1930’s USA.

 

2

 

Classic Characters

Students will explore different characters from across a range of texts, all taken from the English Literary Heritage. Later in the unit, students will be using their learning to create effective characters of their own.

 

3

 

4

Vibrant Verse

A unit of poetry study that prepares students for the demands of the new GCSE course. Poems will be studied and compared in terms of context, language, ideas and structure.

 

5

 

Convince, Create, Captivate: Writing For Effect

A unit focusing on narrative writing from stimulus material such as images and passages from interesting texts. Students will be expected to deconstruct the writer’s ideas and techniques, then recreate and improve them, giving them a personal twist.

 

Year

Half term

Topics covered

10

1

Exam Reading Skills

Students will be introduced to the style of exam questions for next year’s GCSE English Language Paper 1 exam. Skills will included retrieval, inference and language analysis.

Shakespeare

Students will study Macbeth (or Romeo and Juliet) in preparation for their GCSE English Literature exam. Foci will include study of language, context and comparing an extract to the rest of the play.

2

AQA Poetry Exam Unit

Students will study the poems from the Power and Conflict cluster, before taking a mock exam assessment on one of the poems from the anthology. This unit targets the GCSE English Literature exam.

Studying Sources – Part One

Introducing students to reading non-fiction sources under exam conditions, just as they have to do in Paper 2 of the GCSE English Language course.

3

19th-Century Novel

Students will study The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and will explore themes of identity, duality, religion, science, psychology and reputation. They will be analysing the writer’s use of structure and language.

4

Exam Reading Skills

Students will be introduced to the style of exam questions for next year’s GCSE English Language Paper 1 exam. Skills will included retrieval, inference and language analysis.

Modern Novel/Play

Students will study a modern novel for the GCSE English Literature exam. The novel will link to the theme of Power and Conflict from the poetry studied (for example: Lord of the Flies or Blood Brothers).

5

AQA Unseen Poetry Exam Unit

Students will study unseen poetry approaches and explore how to respond under pressure to texts they have not seen before. This unit targets the GCSE English Literature exam.

Studying Sources – Part Two

Following on from the earlier part of this unit.

6

Narrative Writing

Writing a structure story response to a range of questions/stimuli. This unit is for GCSE English Language and will be assessed by an exam-style question.

There are no external exams at the end of Year 10 for either course. Assessment will be through classwork and short assessments, as well as a mock exam at the end of Year 10.

Year 11 2016-2017

Autumn Term

 

Topic

Which component is the unit for?

Method of Assessment (in addition to normal classroom feedback)

Wk 1-6

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

or A Christmas Carol

GCSE English Literature Paper 1

Assessment in class around week 5-6

Wk 7-8

Writing to argue*

*This may be linked to learning from the previous unit

GCSE English Language Paper 2

-

Wk 9 w/b 31.10.16 MOCK EXAM (Thurs 3 November):

GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE PAPER 1 (1hr 45 mins) (Macbeth & Jekyll & Hyde/A Christmas Carol)

HALF TERM

 

Topic

Which component is the unit for?

Method of Assessment (in addition to normal classroom feedback)

Wk 9-13

Comparing Non-Fiction Texts (inc. language analysis, information retrieval…)

GCSE English Language Paper 2

Assessment in class

Wk 14-15

Writing to argue*

*This may be linked to learning from the previous unit

GCSE English Language Paper 2

-

Wk 14-15 w/b 5.12.16 & 12.12.16 MOCK EXAMS:

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PAPER 1 (1hr 45 mins) (Responding to fiction texts/Writing to narrate & describe)

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PAPER 2 (1hr 45 mins) (Responding to non-fiction texts/Writing to argue)

 

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

Spring Term

 

Topic

Which component is the unit for?

Method of Assessment (in addition to normal classroom feedback)

Wk 16-19

Poetry anthology (Power and Conflict cluster) and poetry comparison

GCSE English Literature Paper 2

Assessment in class around week 18

Wk 20-22

Responding to fiction texts (inc. language and structure analysis)

GCSE English Language Paper 1

-

Half Term

 

 

Topic

Which component is the unit for?

Method of Assessment (in addition to normal classroom feedback)

Wk 23-25

Lord of the Flies

or Blood Brothers

GCSE English Literature Paper 2

Assessment in class around week 25

Wk 26-28

Macbeth

GCSE English Literature Paper 1

-

Wk 28 w/b 3.4.17 MOCK EXAM (TBC):

GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE PAPER 2 (2hrs 15 mins) (Lord of the Flies or Blood Brothers/Poetry comparison/Unseen poetry)

 

EASTER HOLIDAY

Summer Term

 

Topic

Which component is the unit for?

Method of Assessment (in addition to normal classroom feedback)

Wk 29-33

Revision programme

All exams

-

GCSE EXAMS

Mon 22 May 9.00am - GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE PAPER 1 (1hr 45 mins)

Fri 26 May 9.00am - GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE PAPER 2 (2hrs 15 mins)

 

HALF TERM

GCSE EXAMS

Tue 6 June 9.00am - GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PAPER 1 (1hr 45 mins)

Mon 12 June 9.00am - GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PAPER 2 (1hr 45mins)

 

 

It is essential that students continue to revise independently, both in their own time and via accessing our revision programme (details available on the school website).

Miniature revision tasks are built into lessons every week, as are spelling tests and SPaG work.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you require advice or clarification.

CGP Study guides are available from the English department for Jekyll and Hyde, Macbeth and Lord of the Flies.