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Curriculum Statement

Faculty: English | Subject: English

Subject Overview:

Our aim is to ensure that all Liskeard students can read, write and speak English well.  Having effective spoken and written language skills are essential in order to be a confident member of society and be successful at school and work.  

We teach pupils to speak and write fluently, accurately and imaginatively so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others.  Through non-fiction reading and literature, we encourage our students to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually and socially.  Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know, as well as provide enjoyment.  In English lessons we provide a secure environment for students to practise expressing themselves effectively and appropriately through talk, in a range of situations.

 

YEAR 7

Key Topics

Key Information

Autumn term:

  • Autobiography: reading about others’ lives and writing about your own.
  • Shakespeare’s Life and Times: investigating what life was like when Shakespeare was writing.

Spring term:

  • Study of a Novel: Refugee Boy, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Stormbreaker, Holes, Room 13 or Abomination.

Summer term:

  • Writing to Persuade: analysing how advertising works and writing short, persuasive speeches to deliver to the class.
  • Reading and Writing Poetry: analysing the language of poetry and using poetic techniques and forms to write your own.

Homework Tasks

  • One unit from Spellzone (online program) each fortnight, usually followed by a spelling test
  • A series of punctuation or grammar exercises each fortnight, building up a portfolio of good practice
  • Other reading, research or writing homework as appropriate to the group or classwork.

Assessment

  • Students will be formally assessed every half term.  This will be in the form of a piece of writing, analysis of text or in a speaking and listening assessment.
  • These assessments will be graded; spelling and punctuation test results will be reviewed, and feedback will be given for many classwork tasks and homework

 

YEAR 8

Key Topics

Key Information

Autumn term:

  • Macbeth: a study of Shakespeare’s text through performance and reading.
  • News reporting: analysis of how news is reported and written.

Spring term:

  • Study of a Novel: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Private Peaceful, Roll of Thunder, Underground to Canada or Stone Cold.

Summer term:

  • Writing to Argue: analysing how campaign literature works and creating your own charity campaign.
  • Poetry from Other Times and Cultures: studying poetic techniques and forms through pre-1914 poetry and poetry from other countries and social groups.

Homework Tasks and Assessment

  • As for Year 7, but increasing in difficulty and range, as appropriate

 

YEAR 9

Key Topics

Key Information

Autumn term:

  • Exploring Non-fiction texts: analysing factual texts are constructed and how we understand a writer’s message.

Spring term:

  • Study of a Novel: Of Mice and Men

Summer term:

  • Study of Shakespeare play: analysis of a text: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest or The Merchant of Venice.
  • Film review: analysis of media techniques and review language, which leads to a review of a film.

Homework Tasks and Assessment

  • As for Years 7 and 8, but increasing in difficulty and range, as appropriate

 

 

Key Skills

READING

During Key Stage 3 students will learn to:

  • develop an appreciation of reading, and read increasingly challenging material independently through reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including in particular whole books, short stories, poems and plays with a wide coverage of genres, historical periods, forms and authors.
  • choose and read books independently for challenge, interest and enjoyment
  • understand increasingly challenging texts
  • learn new vocabulary, relating it explicitly to known vocabulary and understanding it with the help of context and dictionaries
  • make inferences and referring to evidence in the text
  • know the purpose, audience for and context of the writing and drawing on this knowledge to support understanding
  • check their understanding to make sure that what they have read makes sense.
  • read critically through knowing how language, including figurative language, vocabulary choice, grammar, text structure and organisational features, presents meaning
  • recognise a range of poetic conventions and understanding how these have been used
  • study setting, plot, and characterisation, and the effects of these
  • understand how the work of dramatists is communicated effectively through performance, and how alternative staging allows for different interpretations of a play
  • make critical comparisons across texts
  • study a range of authors in depth.

WRITING

During Key Stage 3 students will learn to:

  • write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information
  • write for a wide range of purposes and audiences, including well-structured formal discursive and narrative essays; stories, scripts, poetry and other imaginative writing; notes and polished scripts for talks and presentations; a range of other narrative and non-narrative texts, including arguments, and personal and formal letters
  • summarise and organise material, and support ideas and arguments with any necessary factual detail
  • apply their growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to their writing and selecting the appropriate form
  • draw on knowledge of literary and rhetorical devices from their reading and listening to enhance the impact of their writing
  • plan, draft, edit and proof-read through considering how their writing reflects the audiences and purposes for which it was intended
  • adjust the vocabulary, grammar and structure of their writing to improve its coherence and overall effectiveness
  • pay attention to accurate grammar, punctuation and spelling, and apply spelling patterns and rules.

GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY

During Key Stage 3 students will learn to:

  • consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary to analyse more challenging texts
  • study the effectiveness and impact of the grammatical features of the texts they read
  • draw on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions from their reading and listening, and using these consciously in their writing and speech to achieve particular effects
  • know and understand the differences between spoken and written language, including differences associated with formal and informal registers, and between Standard English and other varieties of English
  • use Standard English confidently in their own writing and speech
  • discuss reading, writing and spoken language with precise and confident use of linguistic and literary terminology.

SPOKEN ENGLISH

During Key Stage 3 students will learn to:

  • speak confidently and effectively
  • use Standard English confidently in a range of formal and informal contexts, including classroom discussion
  • give short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point
  • participate in formal debates and structured discussions, summarising and/or building on what has been said
  • improvise, rehearse and perform play scripts and poetry in order to explore language, discussing its use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact.

 

 

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