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Newman Catholic College

NewmanCatholic College

English

Key stage 3 overview:

At key stage 3 students are split into three pathways:

  • National Curriculum Pathway is for pupils who have already achieved levels 4-6 in primary school, this curriculum is designed to effectively deliver the whole National Curriculum and offer pupils many extended opportunities to learn outside the classroom.
  •  Accelerated Learning Pathway is for pupils who are working at level 3. This pathway is designed to accelerate progress so all pupils end Year 7 on level 5 and progress to the National Curriculum Pathway in year 8.
  • Literacy Support Pathway is specially designed for pupils who have missed a lot of primary school; who are new to the country or who have not yet achieved level 3. This pathway features extended access to our phonics programme Lexia and opportunities to read aloud to adults daily. Most pupils progress to the Accelerated Learning Pathway at the end of Year 7 or 8.

All students will read whole books, read in depth and for pleasure. All pupils also have access to Accelerated Reader which incentivises reading and allows teacher to track reading closely. We are passionate about supporting and encouraging reading for pleasure. In addition each year we have a Whole School Read project where all pupils in Key Stage 3 read the same book and work with creative practitioners to broaden their horizons and influences.

Students will be taught to write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length. They will learn to consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and use Standard English effectively. The skills of planning, drafting, editing and proofreading are embedded in the teaching of writing.

Students will learn how to speak confidently and effectively, using Standard English in a range of formal and informal contexts, including classroom discussions, short speeches, presentations and debates. Pupils have one drama lesson a week for a whole term. In these sessions they are encouraged to improvise, rehearse and perform play scripts and poetry.

Year 7 

Students have 8 English lessons across 2 weeks and are regularly assessed in Reading, Writing and in Spoken English.

Homework is set weekly and will often include: creative writing, grammar and spelling practice, preparation for assessments, work related to set texts, wider reading and practice examination style questions.

The English Curriculum:

To consolidate the skills learnt in Key Stage 2; implement the National Curriculum; and ensure all pupils are well prepared for Key Stage Four, the curriculum is organised into the following units of work:

  • Reading 19th and 20th century short stories and text extracts
  • Reading contemporary prose
  • Creative writing: fiction and non-fiction
  • Embedded grammar activities

Literary texts studied include:

  • Modern Novels such as ‘Wild Boy’ and ‘Keeper’
  • Novels by Charles Dickens and poetry by William Blake
  • A range of contemporary fiction extracts

Enrichment and Interventions

We facilitate various enrichment and intervention activities to support learning in English which include:

  • Star Reading tests to monitor reading age progression
  • One-to-one buddying systems with 6th form students
  • Premier League Reading Stars – Visits and Competition
  • Journalism club with professional talks
  • In school workshops delivered by arts and theatre groups
  • Poetry and Writing Competitions
  • Trip to museums and theatres
  • Homework Clubs
  • Scrabble Club

Year 8 

Students have 8 English lessons across 2 weeks and are regularly assessed in Reading, Writing and in Spoken English.

Homework is set weekly and will often include: creative writing, grammar and spelling practice, preparation for assessments, work related to set texts, wider reading and practice examination style questions.

The English Curriculum:

To consolidate the skills learnt in Key Stage 2; implement the National Curriculum and ensure all pupils; are well prepared for Key Stage Four, the curriculum is organised into the following units of work:

  • Analysis of modern and literary heritage conflict poetry
  •  Writing spy fiction
  • Reading Merchant of Venice
  • Reading contemporary prose
  • Reading extracts from 19th Century gothic novels

Literary texts studied include:

  • Modern Novels such as ‘Wild Boy’ and ‘Keeper’
  • Extracts from novels by Bram Stoker, Emily Bronte and Mary Shelley
  • Shakespeare text ‘The Merchant of Venice’
  • A range of contemporary fiction and poetry

Enrichment and Interventions

We facilitate various enrichment and intervention activities to support learning in English which include:

  • Star Reading tests to monitor reading age progression
  • One-to-one buddying systems with 6th form students
  • Premier League Reading Stars – Visits and Competition
  • Journalism club with professional talks
  • In school workshops delivered by arts and theatre groups
  • Poetry and Writing Competitions
  • Trip to museums and theatres
  • Homework Clubs
  • Scrabble Club

Year 9 

Students have 8 English lessons across 2 weeks and are regularly assessed in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.

At the end of the year they are assessed in both English language and English Literature. The GCSE English course starts in the Spring Term of Year 9 and pupils sit their English Language exam at the end of Year 10.

Homework is set weekly and will often include: creative writing, grammar and spelling practice, preparation for assessments, work related to set texts, wider reading and practice examination style questions.

English Language:

Skills required for the new GCSE are embedded into all schemes of work and the curriculum is organised into units of work:

  •  Dystopian fiction creative writing
  • Writing newspaper articles to argue and persuade
  • Reading historical and contemporary non-fiction texts
  • Reading contemporary and pre 20th century prose

Literary texts studied include:

  • 19th century short stories including works written by Rudyard Kipling, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Guy de Maupassant and Thomas Hardy
  • Shakespeare text Othello or Julius Caesar
  • 20th century short stories including works written by Nadine Gordimer, Raymond Carver, Alice Walker and Katherine Mansfield

Enrichment and Intervention

We facilitate various intervention activities to support learning in English which include:

  • Star Reading tests to monitor reading age progression
  • After school revision and booster sessions
  • In school workshops delivered by arts and theatre groups
  • Poetry and Writing Competitions
  • Homework Clubs

Key stage 4 overview

At Key Stage 4 students follow a course designed to effectively deliver the AQA English Language and English Literature GCSEs.

Students will be taught how to read and appreciate a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. They will read whole novels and plays as well as extracts from texts. The depth and power of the English literary heritage is covered extensively throughout the course but pupils do have access to modern texts as well. They will learn to understand and critically evaluate texts and are encouraged to learn quotations by heart and use them to support points they make in critical evaluations and essays. Analysing and evaluating the impact of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features; making personal responses to texts and understanding the contexts of each text studied are also key features of the Language and Literature courses.

Students will learn to write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information by adapting their writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences. They will be taught how to select and organise ideas, facts and key points. Students will learn how to select and use judiciously vocabulary, grammar, form, and structural and organisational features, including rhetorical devices, to reflect audience, purpose and context, and using Standard English where appropriate. Students will also be taught how to make notes and to draft as well as to revise, edit and proof-read, reflecting on and restructuring their writing, and amending its grammar and vocabulary to improve coherence, consistency, clarity and overall effectiveness.

Pupils will be taught to speak confidently, audibly and effectively using Standard English. They will also learn to work effectively in groups, listen to and build on the contributions of others as well as learning to Improvise, rehearse and perform play scripts and poetry.

Year 10
 

Our students enjoy 10 lessons over 2 weeks. They are exposed to a range of contemporary, classic and cross-cultural texts.

Following the AQA specification, students will sit two, un-tiered examination papers in English Language at the end of Year 10 with the opportunity to retake as necessary at the end of Year 11. The GCSE course begins in Year 9 and focuses on students’ ability to analyse and explore fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th to 21st century and to write for a variety of purposes and audiences. They are also assessed in Spoken English through a formal presentation.

Students are encouraged to work independently using our excellent library facilities and GCSEPod. Homework is set weekly and students complete extended essays, conduct contextual research, prepare for assessments, exam style questions and are challenged to learn and explore the key quotations from the texts they are studying.

English Language and Literature study:

The transferrable skills required for the new GCSE are carefully embedded into all our schemes of learning. The GCSE curriculum is organised into the following units of work:

  •  Creative writing in different genres, formats and styles
  • Writing to argue and persuade
  • Reading challenging historical and contemporary non-fiction texts
  • Reading contemporary and pre - 20th century prose and drama texts
  • Poetry (using AQA’s Anthology ‘Power and Conflict’ cluster.
  • Responding to unseen poetry

Literary texts studied include:

  • Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet
  • DNA
  • Lord of the Flies
  • An Inspector Calls
  • A range of contemporary and pre - 20th century poetry

Enrichment and Intervention

We offer exciting enrichment and intervention activities to support our students, including:

  • Focused school revision and catch-up sessions
  • In school workshops delivered by local theatre groups
  • A collaboration with the Year 12 Gifted and Talented Drama students to perform key Shakespeare texts
  • Writing Competitions
  • Trips to local and national theatres
  • Homework Clubs

Year 11
 

Our students enjoy 10 lessons over 2 weeks. They will review and sharpen the skills learned in Year 10 and will continue to be challenged in their reading of both English language and literature material. Year 11 begins at the end of Year 10 and pupils focus on GCSE English Literature. There are two, un tiered exams at the end of Year 11 with the opportunity to retake English Language as necessary.

Students are encouraged to complete homework weekly and this is typically in the form of revision, practice examination questions and wider reading.

Students will be trained in the following skills:

  • Referring to quotations and the writers’ language;
  • Exploring language, structure and form;
  • Relating to and knowing the social and historical contexts;
  • The quality of their written communication, expression and clever use of vocabulary

Literary texts studied include:

  • Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet
  • Frankenstein
  •  Jekyll and Hyde
  • A range of contemporary and pre - 20th century poetry, including AQA Conflict poetry from the Anthology

Enrichment and Intervention

We offer many successful enrichment and intervention programmes to support learning in English:

  • A tailored intervention programme
  • After school revision and catch-up sessions
  • Writing Competitions
  • Trip to museums and theatres
  • Study skills presentations, including how to revise, learning styles and having a growth mind set
  • Homework Clubs

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