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English

In the English department, we seek to empower our pupils with the skills that will prepare them for the world beyond the classroom. Through the study of Language, we aim to develop their skills in reading, writing and spoken communication. By studying Literature, we strive to enhance their ability to think critically and explore their personal response and interpretations of texts. At The Westwood Academy, the English department view our pupils’ path as a five-year journey where our teachers prepare them for the demands of the GCSE from Year 7. Pupils have the opportunity to explore diverse topics through a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts.  Reading for pleasure and engagement is at the heart of our curriculum and we are passionate about nurturing creativity and imagination.

YEAR GROUP

SCHEME or QUALIFICATIONS

AUTUMN

TOPICS

SPRING

TOPICS

SUMMER

TOPICS

ASSESSMENT

 

7

 

Creative Writing

Transition unit linked to School Stories

 

 

19th Century Novel

Jane Eyre by

Charlotte Bronte

Non-Fiction

Crime and Punishment

 

 

 

Poetry

Theme of Relationships

 

Shakespeare

Twelfth Night

 

 

 

Modern Novel

Framed by Frank Cotterell Boyce or Skyhawk by Gill Lewis

 

AQA KS3 Assessment tests – Fiction and non-fiction reading and writing

 

Literature based questions in class assessments

8

 

Modern Novel

Ostrich Boys by

Keith Gray

 

Poetry

Theme of War

 

Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet

 

Non-Fiction

Medicine Through Time

 

 

 

Creative Writing

Gothic Horror

19th Century Novel

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

AQA KS3 Assessment tests – Fiction and non-fiction reading and writing

 

Literature based questions in class assessments

9

 

Non-Fiction

Science and Technology

 

Modern Novel

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

 

 

American Literature

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

        

         Shakespeare

Merchant of Venice,

Poetry

Power and Conflict

AQA Anthology

 

Drama

Our Day Out/Educating Rita by

Willy Russell

 

Spoken Language

Individual Presentations

AQA KS3 Assessment tests – Fiction and non-fiction reading and writing

 

 

Literature based questions in class assessments

10

GCSE

AQA

English Language and

English Literature

 

Modern Text

Blood Brothers by

 Willy Russell

 

 

19th Century Novel

Jekyll and Hyde by

Robert Louis Stevenson or

 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Language

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

 

Unseen Poetry

Responding to and comparing poems with a key theme

 

Shakespeare

Macbeth

 

 

 

Spoken Language

Individual Presentations

Assessments taken from AQA Literature Paper 1 and 2

 

AQA Language Paper 1 and 2

 

Literature based questions in class assessments

 

11

GCSE

AQA

English Language and

English Literature

Poetry

Power and Conflict – revision and consolidation

 

 

Literature

Revision and skills

 

 

Language

Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives

Non-fiction reading and writing

Literature Revision

Responding to texts critically; analysing language, structure and form and making links to social and historical contexts

 

 

Language Revision

Summarising, analysing, evaluating, comparing and adapting writing for audience and purpose

 

Literature and Language revision

 

 

Mock exams – English Language and Literature

 

External exams

English Language and Literature