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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, analysing 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 at 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: 

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

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 

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. 

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

  

Year  Half term  Topics covered 
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. 
   
    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. 
   
  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. 
   
    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 
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. 
   
    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. 
   
  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. 
   
    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  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. 
  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. 
  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. 
  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). 
  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. 
  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.

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.

English in Sixth Form at King Ecgbert School

 English Language

Course Title 

English Language

Qualification 

A LEVEL (7702), AS (7701) 

Exam Board 

AQA 

Website 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702 

General Course Description 

  

  

  

  

  

  

This course allows you to explore, discuss, analyse and evaluate language in all its varied and exciting forms. It also allows to recreate language and write creatively for a specific audience and purpose. 

You will be expected to learn the terminology, methods and processes that you need to analyse the language of English. 

You will be exploring data about language and transcripts of dialogue as well. 

You will be preparing to use these skills in examinations and coursework pieces. 

Course Content and Teaching Units 

  

  

  

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society 

You will study a range of texts, audiences and genres. You will learn comprehensive methods of language analysis in areas such as: 

  • Grammar 

  • Lexis 

  • Pragmatics 

  • Discourse 

You will explore how representations are produced and you will also study child language development. 

Paper 2: Language diversity and change 

In this unit you will identify, research and explore how language has changed, the process by which the changes occur and how diversity is created. 

You will explore areas such as dialect, sociolect and idiolect. Areas such as age and gender are always particularly interesting for students in this unit. 

This unit will build on your methods of analysis introduced in Unit 1 and also allows you to debate issues in greater depth. 

In the exam, you will also be required to write creatively in response to some of the texts you have analysed and evaluated. 

Coursework 

You will complete two pieces of coursework totalling 3500 words. 

Your first piece is an Original Writing assignment, which allows you to write creatively at length, expressing many of the ideas you have analysed over the duration of the course. 

Your second piece is a Language Investigation. You will explore an area of language which particularly interests you, collect data and research, before writing your findings and conclusions. This is always an individual and fascinating task in which you get to express your ideas about something that personally interests you. 

Entry Requirements 

 GCSE English Language - High Grade 5 or better 

Assessment 

  

  

  

  

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society (2 hour 30 minute exam) 40% 

Paper 2: Language diversity and change (2 hour 30 minute exam) 40% 

Coursework (2 pieces: 1 language investigation, 1 creative writing) 20% 

Progression Opportunities 

  

  

  

  

As with all Arts subjects, English courses offer entry to a huge range of further course and careers. Whether you are interested in courses and careers such as teaching, law, journalism or civil service roles, or you are seeking an alternative to your other courses to provide variety to your CV, you could not select a better course than English Literature. It provides you the opportunity to develop higher level thinking, discussion and writing skills, as well as exploring a huge variety of topics, contextual settings and wider ideas. 

In 2016, students who studied our English courses have progressed to study some of the following courses in universities such as University of Sheffield, University of Birmingham and Durham University: 

English Language and Literature, Law, Sociology, Criminology, Journalism, Psychology, Creative Writing, Medical Anthropology, History, Accounting and Finance and Nursing. 

Further Information about our courses including results 

  

  

  

At A2 in 2016, for the outgoing A Level English Language course (not the one being offered from 2015 onwards), 47% of students gained A*-B. 

For the new course, beginning in September 2015, our AS results were 33% A*-B, which represents a solid performance in the first year of specifications and these examinations in particular. In English Language in general, our results improved significantly in 2016, reflected at KS4 in particular as well with 89% of our students gaining an A*-C grade and 40% achieving an A or A*. You will be studying a course in a department which has a proven record of outstanding teaching. 

As a department, we also offer A Level English Literature. 

English Literature

Course Title 

English Literature 

Qualification 

A LEVEL (7717) AS (7716) 

Exam Board 

AQA

Website 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-b-7716-7717 

General Course Description 

  

  

  

  

This course allows you to explore, discuss, analyse and evaluate a range of literature of all genres. 

You will be expected to read at length, bringing your own insights to modern and classic texts, as well as exploring the texts from various literary theory perspectives. 

You will be preparing texts for examination and for coursework. 

Course Content and Teaching Units 

  

  

  

Literary Genres: Tragedy 

In this unit you study 3 main texts linked to the genre of tragedy: King Lear (or another related Shakespeare play), Death of a Salesman and poetry by John Keats. You will be assessed on these texts via examination in Y13. 

Texts and Genres: Political and Social Protest 

In this unit you will study three main texts for assessment via examination in Y13: Songs of Innocence and Experienceby William Blake, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. You will also be taught how to respond to a variety of unseen pieces of literature in preparation for an unseen passage in the examination. 

Coursework 

You will complete two pieces of coursework which explore potential meanings in literary texts using critical theory and ideas (e.g. Marxist criticism, feminism…). Currently, we teach The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter as our first coursework text, but due to the ever changing nature of literary theory and contemporary literature, we have a free and flexible choice in these pieces. This gives our students the chance to be really individual and give original and personal insights into fascinating texts. 

Entry Requirements 

 GCSE English Literature - High Grade 5 or better 

Assessment 

  

  

Paper 1: Aspects of Tragedy (2 hour 30 minute exam - closed book) 40% 

Paper 2: Texts and Genres (3 hour exam - open book) 40% 

Coursework (2 essays) 20% 

Progression Opportunities 

  

  

  

  

As with all Arts subjects, English courses offer entry to a huge range of further course and careers. Whether you are interested in courses and careers such as teaching, law, journalism or civil service roles, or you are seeking an alternative to your other courses to provide variety to your CV, you could not select a better course than English Literature. It provides you the opportunity to develop higher level thinking, discussion and writing skills, as well as exploring a huge variety of topics, contextual settings and wider ideas. 

In 2016, students who studied our English courses have progressed to study some of the following courses in universities such as University of Sheffield, University of Birmingham and Durham University: 

English Language and Literature, Law, Sociology, Criminology, Journalism, Psychology, Creative Writing, Medical Anthropology, History, Accounting and Finance and Nursing. 

Further Information about our courses including results 

  

  

  

At A” in 2016, for the outgoing A Level English Literature course (not the one being offered from 2015 onwards), 57% of students gained A*-B. 

For the new course, beginning in September 2015, our AS results were excellent: 54% A*-B, but with many students being targeted a grade C, this gave us an ALPS grade of 2, which is outstanding. This supports our improving trend of results, reflected at KS4 as well. You will be studying a course in a department which has a proven record of outstanding teaching. 

This improvement is also reflected in the increased participation for A Level English Literature, with double the number of students taking the course in 2016 than were studying a year previously. 

We also offer A Level English Language.