English

Welcome to the English department

In the English Department at The Bay CE School, we aim to make each student’s experience a diverse, interesting and highly enjoyable one. English is vital as our tool of communication, making it crucial that each student is able to read, write and speak with fluency and competence. We also believe that students should be given the opportunity to develop a keen critical sense of the world around them and so aim to provide a wide range of topics, texts and tasks to allow them to explore and enjoy the rich diversity of the subject and to develop themselves as thoughtful, creative and culturally aware individuals.

Teachers

Mrs R Dunsterville – Head of English

Mrs J Stocking – Second in English

Mrs T Davey-Tillier – Teacher of English 

Mrs N Harrop – Teacher of English 

Ms G Mills – Teacher of English

Mrs C Ranson – Teacher of English 

Ms S Sephton – Teacher of English

 

Phase 2 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Our Phase 2 (Years 7, 8 and 9) curriculum has been carefully designed by our English teachers to lay the foundations needed to ensure that every student will graduate confident in the command of the spoken and written word, passionate about reading, and culturally literate, whatever their background. Each text has been carefully selected to support the study of future GCSE texts. Students will be introduced to these GCSE texts from year 9 onwards. 

It is important to us that students develop a lifelong love of reading and to support us in our quest at Key Stage 3, we use the Accelerated Reading Programme which motivates students to enjoy reading through fun quizzes and rewards.

Topics – Year 7
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Theme: Plastic Planet

Nonfiction reading and writing

Theme: Heroes and Villains

Literary text:  Homer’s The Odyssey

Spring Theme: Good and Evil

Literary Text:  Oliver Twist

Theme: Good and Evil

Literary Text: Oliver Twist

Summer Theme: Innocence and Experience

Literary texts: A Monster Calls and poetry by William Blake

Theme: Innocence and Experience

Literary texts: A Monster Calls and poetry by William Blake

Topics – Year 8
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Theme: Friendship and Prejudice

Literary texts: Of Mice and Men and poetry from different cultures

Theme: Friendship and Prejudice

Literary texts: Of Mice and Men and poetry from different cultures

Spring Theme:  Science and Superstition

Literary texts: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  & Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man

Theme:  Science and Superstition

Literary texts: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  & Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man

Summer Theme:  Love & family

Literary text: Romeo and Juliet

Theme:  Love & family

Literary text: Romeo and Juliet

 

Topics Year 9 
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Theme: Power

Literary texts: 5 poems from the AQA Anthology

Theme: Change

Literary Text: A Christmas Carol)

Spring An Introduction to English Language Paper 1 Theme:  Conflict

Literary texts: 5 poems from the AQA Anthology

Summer Theme: Responsibility

Literary text: An Inspector Calls

Theme: Conflict and Memory

Literary texts: 5 poems from the AQA Anthology

An Introduction to English Language Paper 2


Phase 3 (Years 10 and 11)

AQA English Language and English Literature

Our Phase 3 and  GCSE courses begin in earnest in Year 10. However students are introduced to the core texts in year 9 so that students have time to immerse themselves into a range of literary texts and provide ample opportunities to perfect their writing skills. GCSE texts are made accessible in the classroom by our in-house specialist booklets, engaging teaching, ‘stretch and challenge’ opportunities and active revision techniques. There are ‘no hiding places’ in the English classroom as we expect students to fully participate in their learning at all times.

The GCSE courses will enable students to:

  • Read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts fluently and with good understanding.
  • Read critically, and use knowledge gained from wider reading to inform and improve their own writing.
  • Write effectively and coherently using Standard English.
  • Develop their skills in writing creatively and functionally.
  • Use accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and speaking and listening.

Assessment: This course is a linear qualification. It is entirely exam assessed and there is no coursework or controlled assessment. Students are required to undertake a spoken assessment as part of this course, though the grade for this is reported alongside the GCSE grade and does not form part of it. 

For GCSE English Language students will be assessed through three components:

  • Component 1: 20th Century Prose Reading Study and Creative Prose Writing – 1 hour 45 minutes / 40% of the GCSE.
  • Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading Study and Transactional/ Persuasive Writing: – 1 hour 45 minutes / 60% of the GCSE.
  • Component 3: Spoken Language (non-weighted) – students are required to present one formal presentation or speech.

For GCSE English Literature students will be assessed through two examinations:

  • Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry – 2 hours / 40% of the GCSE.
  • Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry – 2 hours 30 minutes / 60% of the GCSE.

All the examinations for Literature are closed book examinations; this means that the students cannot take copies of the texts in the examinations.

Topics – Year 10 
  Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Power and conflict poetry and core skills for English Language Paper 2 A Christmas Carol and core skills needed for English Language Paper 2
Spring Macbeth and core skills for English Language Paper 1 and 2 Macbeth and core skills for English Language Paper 1 and 2
Summer An Inspector Calls and Spoken Language Study (formerly known as speaking and listening) Revision of all core texts and end of year exams.
Topics – Year 11 
Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Power and conflict poetry and revision of core skills for English Language Paper 1 and 2 Revision of An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol and English Language Paper 2
Spring Interleaved revision of Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls and English Language Paper 1 and 2 Pre-public exams followed by bespoke revision sessions based on results. 
Summer Revision of all core texts and end of year exams. Exams
Support available 
Intervention Thursdays 
Useful Websites www.gcsepod.com / BBC Bitesize / YouTube / educake
Masterclasses  Year 11 – Mondays, 2.45-3.45pm (invitation only) 
How parents can support 
Homework Monitoring the completion of weekly homework tasks. 
Reading Provision of reading materials- newspaper articles, magazine articles- discussions around reading material.
Revision Guide Collins Snap Revision guides
Exam Practice CGP Revision Guides (above) for examples of answers.

Timed exam questions at home.

Resources Revision Guides will contain practice questions. YouTube Literature set texts and examples of how to answer Language questions.
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