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English

 

At Spring Hill High School, the English department offers a range of courses to develop every child's skills in the subject area. The team are dedicated and assist all children in the school to achieve their educational goals, which enables them to progress in this subject. The school offers innovative, creative and engaging learning schemes which are personalised to suit every student's interests and their learning needs. The passion and enthusiasm from the team has proven to be inspirational to the students, as they have developed, progressed and achieved in the subject at all key stages.

 

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, the students will focus on developing their skills in English language, with aims to provide opportunities to introduce skills development and familiarity with GCSE paper formats; to promote targeted teaching and learning strategies for groups of students as a lead into developing skills and time management strategies that can benefit students in Key Stage 4; develop opportunities for tracking of progress at formative and summative level. The students will focus on different writing for different purposes, this will include looking at fiction and nonfiction texts as well as writing texts for the six main purposes (describe, explain, advise, argue, inform and persuade). Alongside this, each year group (7, 8 & 9) will study novels from the 19th, 20th and 21st century, with a focus on characterisation and changes, themes and plot, to a more advanced focus on developing skills on the analysis of language and structure and making links and comparisons between texts.

 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, the students will focus on developing their skills towards the English Language GCSE examination. They will prepare towards both exam paper A and exam paper B, as well as completing the GCSE Spoken Language unit. Students will study a range of fiction and nonfiction texts from different literature. They will develop their skills to exam responses based around the 9 assessment objectives. The students will analyse the language and structure used and how the writer has tried to influence the reader through their choices. They will also analyse 19th, 20th and 21st century texts and comment on the writer's viewpoints and perspectives. Students will also develop their skills in creative writing with a descriptive and narrative writing style, as well as writing for different purposes, which is assessed for accuracy, with a focus on spelling, punctuation, grammar and structure.

 

Functional Skills

The school also offers a range of qualifications and courses in Functional Skills for students with specific learning needs. Each functional skills course is offered at different levels which ranges from Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3. The main focus of the Entry level courses is to develop applied skills in English, enabling them to get the most from life, learning and work. Using separate tasks, it assesses, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening and Communication.The students are also offered Functional English Level 1 and Level 2 which gives students practical skills for the modern world and helps them get the most from life, learning and work.The course aims to ensure students have good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It assesses whether students can use these skills in everyday situations. The course provides realistic contexts, scenarios and problems drawn from everyday life, the community, the workplace or educational settings.

 

Assessment in English

Assessment: This will be ongoing through in class study and Pupil self assessment and peer assessment of work

There is an opportunity for pupils become certified in their study through the AQA Unit awards scheme.

 

Useful Websites

Unit Awards
http://www.aqa.org.uk/programmes/unit-award-scheme/a-brief-history-of-the-aqa-unit-award-scheme-uas

Asdan Short Courses
https://www.asdan.org.uk/courses/programmes/history-short-course

 

 

English Curriculum Overview

Year 7

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1  
  • Features of poetry

Students will explore different examples of poetry including narrative, shape and haiku.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To write a poem following a particular style
  Autumn 2  
  • Writing to describe

Students will use adjectives, similes and personification to describe a setting as part of a story.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To write a story opening
  Spring 1  
  • Writing for humour

Students will explore puns, riddles, tongue twisters and tales.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To write and perform a piece of writing for humour
  Spring 2  
  • Accents and dialects

Students will compare accents and dialects from a range of different materials,street language and classroom talk.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To read and understand a text in detail (Beaver and the Elephant)
  Summer 1  
  • Different cultures

Students will compare and contrast different cultures around the world and then choose one to focus on.

Assessment opportunities:

  • Write a piece of creative writing based on their chosen culture.
  Summer 2  
  • Saving our environment

Students will visit a natural environment in the community and discuss ways in which we can save and improve planet earth.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To write a formal persuasive letter to the council to help save the environment.

 

Year 8

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1  
  • Features of poetry

Students will explore different examples of poetry including narrative, free verse, acrostic, haiku, Benjamin Zephaniah.

Assessment opportunity:

  • To take influence from different forms of poetry and a specific poet create your own
  Autumn 2  
  • Descriptive writing.

Students will focus on A.F.O.R.E.S.T writing techniques.

Assessment opportunities:

  • Students to create an independent piece of writing using the above techniques.
  Spring 1  
  • Writing for Humour

Students will explore puns, riddles, tongue twisters and tales and to understand how the social and cultural values of the traditional story telling.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To write and perform a piece of writing for humour
  Spring 2  
  • Accents and dialects

Students will compare accents and dialects from a range of different materials,street language and classroom talk.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To read and understand a text in detail (Stone Cold)
  Summer 1  
  • Different cultures

Students will compare and contrast different cultures around the world and then compare two.

Assessment opportunities:

  • Write a piece of creative writing
  Summer 2  
  • Saving our environment

Students will visit a natural environment in the community and discuss ways in which we can save and improve planet earth.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To write a formal persuasive letter to the council to help save the environment.

 

Year 9

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1  
  • Features of poetry

Students will explore different examples of poetry including narrative, free verse and haiku, acrostic.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To write a poem following a particular style
  Autumn 2  
  • Descriptive writing.

Students will focus on A.F.O.R.E.S.T writing techniques.

Assessment opportunities:

  • Students to create an independent piece of writing using the above techniques.
  Spring 1  
  • Writing for Humour

Students will explore puns, riddles, tongue twisters and tales and to understand how the social and cultural values of the traditional story telling.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To write and perform a piece of writing for humour
  Spring 2  
  • Accents and dialects

Students will compare accents and dialects from a range of different materials,street language and classroom talk.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To read and understand a text in detail (Charles Dickens)
  Summer 1  
  • Different cultures

Students will compare and contrast different cultures around the world and then compare several.

Assessment opportunities:

  • Write a piece of detailed creative writing based on their chosen culture.
  Summer 2  
  • Saving our environment

Students will visit a natural environment in the community and discuss ways in which we can save and improve planet earth.

Assessment opportunities:

  • To write a formal persuasive letter to the council to help save the environment.

 

Key Stage 4 & 5

GCSE English Language

  Term   Subject content
 

Autumn 1 & 2

 

Explorations in creative reading

  • Analysis of a series of texts from the 20th and 21st century.

Writing skills development

  • Writing to describe and narrate

Assessment Opportunities

English Language Paper 1, Section A

  • Four reading questions on a C20 and C21 prose fiction text.

English Language Paper 1, Section B- Writing tasks

 

Spring 1 & 2

 

English Language – Viewpoints and Perspectives

  • Analysis of a series of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

Writing skills development

  • Writing to present a point of view.

Spoken Language Unit

  • Developing presentation skills, structure and planning.

Assessment Opportunities

English Language Paper 2, Section- A,

  • Four reading questions on a C19 and C20 or C21 non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts.

English Language Paper 2, Section B- Writing tasks

 

Summer 1 & 2

 

Explorations in creative reading English Language – Viewpoints and Perspectives

Analysing and comparing texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

Writing skills development

  • Writing to present a point of view.
  • Writing to argue
  • Writing to explain
  • Writing to describe
  • Persuasive writing
  • Narrative writing
  • Informative writing
  • Writing to advise

Assessment Opportunities

English Language Paper 1 & 2- Parts A and B (Reading and Writing)

 

Functional Skills Curriculum Overview

Entry Level 1, 2 & 3

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1  

Topic - Out and About

Reading

  • Fiction stories
  • Non-fiction information

Writing

  • Writing to inform
  • Use of the 5 W : who / what / where / when
  • Punctuation: full stops and commas

Speaking and Listening

  • Discussions and use of appropriate questions
  Autumn 2  

Topic - Communication

Reading

  • Formal and informal letters
  • Emails

Writing

  • Writing to describe
  • Formatting paragraphs
  • Punctuation: correct use of question marks and exclamation marks

Speaking and Listening

  • Respond appropriately to comments and requests

Entry for Assessment: November submission

  Spring 1  

Topic - Stories and Settings

Reading

  • Biographies and autobiographies
  • Fictional stories and narration

Writing

  • Creative writing
  • Use of the senses : see / hear / feel / taste / touch
  • Punctuation: use of speech marks in narration

Speaking and Listening

  • Techniques to clarify and confirm understanding
  Spring 2  

Topic - Supporting Charities

Reading

  • Leaflets and flyers
  • Life experiences and persuasive text

Writing

  • Writing to persuade
  • Constructing and developing ideas

Speaking and Listening

  • Relevant contributions, allowing for and responding to others’ input

Entry for Assessment: April submission

  Summer 1  

Topic - Media

Reading

  • Newspapers and online media
  • Understand texts in different formats using strategies appropriate to task

Writing

  • Sequence writing logically and clearly
  • Appropriate verb tense and subject verb agreement.

Speaking and Listening

  • Giving your point of view and understanding others.
  Summer 2  

Exam Period and recap

Final assessment opportunity: June submission

 

Level 1

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1 & 2  

Reading

  • Reading and understanding a range of straightforward texts.
  • Identify the main points and ideas and how they are presented in a variety of texts

Writing

  • Write clearly and coherently, including an appropriate level of detail.
  • Use language, format and structure suitable for purpose and audience.

Speaking and listening

  • Present information/points of view clearly and in appropriate language
  • Prepare for and contribute to the formal discussion of ideas and opinions

Assessment Opportunities

  • Focusing on text types- Instructive, Persuasive, Descriptive
  • Analysing Language, structure and purpose of texts
  Spring 1 & 2  

Reading

  • Utilise information contained in texts
  • Identify suitable responses to texts
  • Read and understand texts in detail .

Writing

  • Present information in a logical sequence
  • Ensure written work includes generally accurate punctuation / spelling & that meaning is clear
  • Use correct grammar, including correct and consistent use of tense.

Speaking and listening

  • Make different kinds of contributions to discussions
  • Make relevant and extended contributions to discussions, allowing for and responding to others’ input
  • Prepare for and contribute to the formal discussion of ideas and opinions
  • Present information/points of view clearly and in appropriate language

Assessment Opportunities

  • Early entry examination for functional skills level 2 in reading and writing
  • Speaking and listening Assessment
  Summer 1 & 2  

Reading

  • Utilise information contained in texts Identify suitable responses to texts
  • Read and understand texts in detail Identify the main points and ideas and how they are presented in a variety of texts.

Writing

  • Present information in a logical sequence
  • Ensure written work includes generally accurate punctuation / spelling & that meaning is clear
  • Use correct grammar, including correct and consistent use of tense.
  • Use language, format and structure suitable for purpose and audience.
  • Write clearly and coherently, including an appropriate level of detail

Speaking and listening

  • Make different kinds of contributions to discussions
  • Make relevant and extended contributions to discussions, allowing for and responding to others’ input
  • Prepare for and contribute to the formal discussion of ideas and opinions
  • Present information/points of view clearly and in appropriate language

Assessment Opportunities

  • Functional Skills Level 1 examination in reading and writing

 

Level 2

  Term   Subject content
  Autumn 1 & 2  

Identifying main points and ideas (Reading)
Grammar, spelling and punctuation (Writing)

Reading

  • Reading and summarising, succinctly, information/ideas from different sources
  • Selecting and using different types of texts to obtain and utilise relevant information

Writing

  • Using a range of writing styles for different purposes.
  • Presenting information on complex subjects clearly and concisely
  • Punctuating written text using commas, apostrophes and inverted commas accurately

Speaking and listening

  • Considering complex information and give a relevant, cogent response in appropriate language
  • Presenting information and ideas clearly and persuasively to others

Assessment Opportunities

  • Focusing on text types- Instructive, Persuasive, Descriptive
  • Analysing Language, structure and purpose of texts
  Spring 1 & 2  

Purpose, audience, meaning and summarising (Reading)
Language, format and structure (Writing)

Reading

  • Identifying the purposes of texts and comment on how meaning is conveyed.
  • Detecting a point of view, implicit meaning and/or bias across a range of nonfiction texts.
  • Analyse texts in relation to audience needs and consider suitable responses

Writing

  • Presenting information on complex subjects clearly and concisely
  • Presenting information/ideas concisely, logically, and persuasively
  • Using a range of sentence structures, including complex sentences, and paragraphs to organise written communication effectively

Speaking and listening

  • Adapting contributions to suit audience, purpose and situation
  • Making significant contributions to discussions, taking a range of roles and helping to move discussion forward

Assessment Opportunities

  • Early entry examination for functional skills level 2 in reading and writing
  • Speaking and listening Assessment
  Summer 1 & 2  

Exploring a range of nonfiction texts
Writing in a range of different styles (Writing)

Reading

  • Reading and summarising, succinctly, information/ideas from different sources
  • Selecting and using different types of texts to obtain and utilise relevant information
  • Identifying the purposes of texts and comment on how meaning is conveyed.
  • Detecting a point of view, implicit meaning and/or bias across a range of nonfiction texts.
  • Analyse texts in relation to audience needs and consider suitable responses

Writing

  • Presenting information on complex subjects clearly and concisely
  • Presenting information/ideas concisely, logically, and persuasively
  • Using a range of sentence structures, including complex sentences, and paragraphs to organise written communication effectively
  • Using a range of writing styles for different purposes.
  • Presenting information on complex subjects clearly and concisely
  • Punctuating written text using commas, apostrophes and inverted commas accurately

Speaking and listening

  • Adapting contributions to suit audience, purpose and situation
  • Making significant contributions to discussions, taking a range of roles and helping to move discussion forward
  • Considering complex information and give a relevant, cogent response in appropriate language
  • Presenting information and ideas clearly and persuasively to others

Assessment Opportunities

  • Functional Skills Level 2 examination in reading and writing