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English - Remote Learning During COVID-19 School Closure

Teachers will be setting work for each teaching group on Show My Homework, intended to provide a reasonable curriculum. All work will be set for online submission, with students saving work and using the Submit Work feature on SMHW.

Intent

Our aim in KS3 English is to fulfil the National Curriculum requirements, prepare students for the rigors of the new GCSE and develop a love of literature and reading. Our curriculum has been developed to provide students with opportunities to enjoy literature whilst being challenged and supported to ensure they are able to reach or exceed their potential.

We focus on developing reading skills in DEAR time, through literacy lessons and during paired reading, the last of which is targeted to specific students based on their individual needs. We aim to foster an enjoyment of reading as well as improving reading skills.

We teach challenging texts which will contribute to students’ cultural capital, which will serve them well when they commence GCSE studies. For the students who find English more challenging we occasionally offer a choice of texts as well as enrichment opportunities to engage them more actively and creatively in the learning.

In English, there are always difficult questions to answer, concepts to understand, skills to learn and problems to solve. There are always more challenging texts to read and there are always more effective or more sophisticated ways to write and to speak. Through Literary and Linguistic study, we develop these essential skills at Key Stage 4 and 5 to allow our young people to leave school with a confident grasp of language across a range of mediums, which surrounds them every day.

Learning Journey

English Learning Journey

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Curriculum Map 

KS3

Subject:

Y7 Content

Y7 Key Assessment

Y8 Content

Y8 Key Assessment

Y9 Content

Y9 Key Assessment

Autumn 1

Y6 into Y7 Transition Unit.

 

 

Literature Study: Stone Cold.

Reading and Writing baseline assessments.

 

Literature essay (based on an extract from the novel).

Literature Study: The Boy in Striped Pyjamas or Private Peaceful.

Literature essay (based on the whole text and to include an understanding of the historical context).

Writing: Dystopian Fiction.

Narrative/ descriptive writing task.

Autumn 2

Writing: Using films and literature as a stimulus.

Narrative/ descriptive writing task.

Writing: Gothic Study

Narrative/ descriptive writing task.

Shakespeare: Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet

Literature essay (based on an extract and the whole text, and to include an understanding of the historical context).

Spring 1

Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

Literature essay (based on an extract and the whole text, and to include an understanding of the historical context).

Modern Poetry

Literature essay: Analysis of the poems studied as well as an unseen poem.

Modern Novel: Lord of the Flies or Of Mice and Men

Literature essay (based on an extract and the whole text, and to include an understanding of the historical context).

Spring 2

Writing: Non-Fiction study, based on the topic of Travel & Tourism.

Produce transactional writing suitable for purpose, audience and format.

Writing: Non-Fiction study, based on the topic of Crime & Punishment.

Produce transactional writing suitable for purpose, audience and format.

Complete Modern Novel.

 

Writing: Non-Fiction study, based on the topic of Gender & Class.

 

 

 

 

Produce transactional writing suitable for purpose, audience and format.

Summer 1

Pre-1914 Novel

Literature essay (based on an extract from the novel).

Modern Novel: Refugee Boy

Literature essay (based on an extract and the whole text, and to include an understanding of the historical context).

Complete Non-Fiction Writing unit.

 

Y9 to Y10 Transition: Skills revision and Yr9 exam preparation.

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9 exams: Reading & Writing (Language GCSE style questions).

Summer 2

Poetry: Other Cultures

Literature essay: Analysis of the poems studied as well as an unseen poem.

Writing: Crafting a fiction text. 

Narrative/ descriptive writing task.

GCSE Spoken Language Component.

Students devise their own ‘big question’ then produce and perform a speech.

 Further information about KS3 from A.Roe@barnwell.herts.sch.uk

GCSE

Year 10 

Autumn 1 

Autumn 2 

Spring 1 

Spring 2 

Summer 1 

Summer 2 

Content 

Modern Drama – An Inspector Calls.  Focus on whole text and extract analysis 

Pre 1914 novel – 

Focus on whole text and extract analysis 

Pre 1914 novel - Focus on whole text and extract analysis.   

Poetry Anthology and unseen poems 

Transactional writing and analysing modern non fiction 

Analysing pre 1914 nonfiction texts. Speech writing 

Assessment 

30 mark exam style question in controlled conditions 

30 mark exam style question in controlled conditions 

30 mark exam style question in controlled conditions 

30 mark exam style question in controlled conditions 

 

Year 10 mock – Language Paper 2  

Lit Paper 2 mock 

Speaking and listening recorded assessments 

 

Year 11 

Autumn 1 

Autumn 2 

Spring 1 

Spring 2 

Summer 1 

Summer 2 

Content 

Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet/Macbeth etc. Focus on whole text and extract analysis 

 

Analysing prose fiction and writing creatively 

Revision Year 10 Lit – poetry and modern drama 

Revision Year 10 Language – nonfiction and prose – reading and writing 

Revision/exam technique 

Left 

Assessment 

30 mark exam style question in controlled conditions 

Language Paper 1 mock and Literature Paper 1 mock 

Both Language Papers/Lit Paper 2 walkthroughs 

Both Language Papers and Lit Paper 2 

External exams 

 

 Further details from J.Evans@barnwell.herts.sch.uk

A Level

KS5

Course:

Y12 Content

Y12 Key Assessment

Y13 Content

Y13 Key Assessment

Autumn 1

Paris Anthology – Remembered Places

Comparative essays

Paris Anthology – Remembered Places

Comparative essays

Autumn 2

The Lovely Bones – Imagined Worlds

Character analysis

Thematic study

Making Connections: non-exam assessment

Comparative coursework

Mock Paper 1

Spring 1

The Lovely Bones – Imagined Worlds

Character analysis

Thematic study

Dramatic Encounters - Othello

Character analysis

Thematic study

Spring 2

Poetic Voices – Carol Ann Duffy

Narrative analysis of two poems

Dramatic Encounters - Othello

Character analysis

Thematic study

Mock Paper 2

Summer 1

The Great Gatsby – Writing About Society

Transformation and commentary

Revision/exam technique

Exam papers

Summer 2

The Great Gatsby – Writing About Society

Transformation and commentary

Year 12 mock exam

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Summer Show 2019 - Chicago
Jay Peak 2019
Sorrento 2019