English at Kepier

KS3 and KS4 English at Kepier

KS3 English at Kepier.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 we study thematic units designed to improve our English skills. Whilst the units might have broad headings: Conflict, Survival, Adventure; each unit will focus on developing reading and writing skills alongside analysing a range of literary styles, including poetry, Shakespeare and other examples of classic literature. Our aim is prepare all learners for the rigours of GCSE whilst developing and expanding on English skills.

With ‘assessment without levels’ all assessments in English are measured against skills criteria which link into both the national curriculum and GCSE English. If a skill is ticked the learner has mastered that skill, if there is a dot next to it they are working towards that skill and if the learner has not achieved that skill there will be a blank space. As we tell the learners, the more skills you have ticked, the more progress you have shown.

Throughout all of the Key Stage our English curriculum will allow learners to:

  • read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
  • read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas
  • summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
  • use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively, coherently and analytically using Standard English accurately
  • use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.
  • read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading
  • appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage
  • listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

The course is comprised of a mixture of 8 and 4 week units, assessments will take place approximately once every 4 weeks. There will be a summative end of year exam for each year group.

Breakdown of Units
Year 7

  1. VCOP Transition - 2 week unit (including baseline)
  2. Adventure (reading) – 8 week
  3. Adventure (creative writing) – 4 weeks
  4. Novel (reading) –9 weeks
  5. Journeys (writing NF) – 4 weeks
  6. Gothic (reading) – 8 weeks
  7. Enrichment project – 3 weeks

Assessments:
End of year exam.
9 pieces of work in assessment books

Year 8

  1. Novel (reading) –8 weeks
  2. Social Media (writing NF) – 4 weeks
  3. Conflict (reading) – 8 weeks
  4. Enrichment project –3 weeks
  5. Shipwrecked (writing) – 4 weeks
  6. Survival (reading) – 8 weeks

Assessments:
End of year exam.
9 pieces of work in assessment books

Year 9

  1. Romeo and Juliet (reading) – 4 weeks
  2. Post Apocalyptic (creative writing) – 4 weeks
  3. Pre 20th Century Extracts (reading) – 4 weeks
  4. Charities S+L project – 2 weeks
  5. War Poetry (reading) – 4 weeks
  6. Teenage Life (Non fiction writing) – 4 weeks
  7. Jekyll and Hyde (reading) – 12 weeks

Assessments:
End of year exam.
9 pieces of work in assessment books

KS4 English at Kepier.

Year 11

The current Year 11 study English language and literature. The will receive a separate GCSE for each and this will be graded A*-G.

English Language
At Kepier we follow the Cambridge IGCSE 0522 specification, this allows learners to:

  • develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing
  • learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and the correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed.

Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. English language also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
The course consists of 3 components:

  • Component 1/2 – exam (40% of grade)
  • Component 4 – coursework portfolio (40% of grade)
  • Component 5 – speaking and listening exam (20% of grade)

English Language
At Kepier we follow the Edexcel Certificate (KET0) in literature. This allows learners to:

  • engage with and develop the ability to read, understand and respond to a wide range of literary texts from around the world
  • develop an appreciation of the ways in which authors use literary effects and to develop the skills needed for literary study
  • explore the author’s use of language to create effects
  • find enjoyment in reading literature and understand its influence on individuals and societies.

The course is 100% exam assessed and there are two exams:
Paper 1 – Drama and prose (60% - 1hr 45mins)
Paper 2 – Poetry (40% - 1hr 30)

The texts we study at Kepier are:
Prose – Of Mice and Men
Drama – Romeo and Juliet
Poetry – Edexcel Anthology

Year 10

The current Y10 will study both language and literature. They will receive a separate GCSE for each subject and they will be graded 9-1.

English Language
At Kepier we follow the AQA GCSE English Language 8700 specification. For GCSE English Language students should:

  • read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
  • read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
  • summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
  • use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
  • write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
  • use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

The course is 100% terminal examination assessed and there are two exams:
Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50% - 1hr 45mins)
Paper 2 – Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives (50% - 1hr 45mins)

There is also a non-exam element to the course which is assessed by teachers and reported to the exam board but has a 0% weighting:
Non-examination Assessment: - Spoken Language

English Literature
At Kepier we follow the AQA GCSE English Literature 8702 specification. For GCSE English Literature students should:

  • read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading
  • read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often
  • write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English
  • acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

The course is 100% terminal examination assessed and there are two exams:
Paper 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel (40% - 1hr 45mins)
Paper 2 – Modern texts and poetry (60% - 2hr 15mins)

The texts we study at Kepier are:
Shakespeare – Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel (40% - 1hr 45mins)
19th century novel – Jekyll and Hyde or Great Expectations
19th century novel – Animal Farm
19th century novel – AQA anthology (Power and Conflict)