English

KS3 English

Year 7 English

Unit Title Brief Overview Of Unit
Take a Hike! Students will look at a variety of different fiction and non-fiction texts surrounding the theme of journeys and be given opportunities to write about their own journeys.
Are you a goodie or a baddie? Delve into the world of Heroes and Villains across the years.  Students will explore a variety of different texts and analyse how heroes and Villains are created by writers.  This will include a look at ‘Macbeth’ and other Shakespeare plays.
Surviving the Darkness During this unit, students will read extracts of gothic texts and poetry and be given opportunities to become creative and write their own gothic stories.

Year 8 English

Unit Title Brief Overview Of Unit
Impossible is Nothing Using the exciting spy novel ‘Point Blanc’, students will explore the action genre and read a variety of non-fiction texts considering what it would be like to be a spy.
Are you a Lover or a Hater? For the first time, Students will experience the enjoyment of reading a whole Shakespeare play:  Romeo and Juliet.
Write, write, write! Students will read a variety of different short stories, analyse the conventions and then write their own.

Year 9 English

Unit Title Brief Overview Of Unit
Two Faced In preparation for their GCSE, students will read the gothic horror text ‘The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. English language skills will also be taught alongside this.
Yo Bro! or Whodunnit? Students will either read ‘Blood Brothers’ or ‘An Inspector Calls’ for their English Literature GCSE.
Sin, Psychology and The Supernatural The wonderfully rich and haunting play of ‘Macbeth” will be studied by students focussing particularly on the plot and the time in which the play was written.
Pick ‘n’ Mix Students will experience a range of poetry from the Romantic era to the modern day.
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GCSE English

GCSE English Language – AQA 8700 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

Exam Information Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing. (1 hour 45 minutes – 50%)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives. (1 hour 45 minutes – 50%)

Course Overview Questions 1 -4 of each paper are reading comprehension style questions that increase in difficulty and marks as the paper progresses.  Paper 1 is based on a fiction extract and paper 2 is two non-fiction extracts.  On both papers, question 5 asks students to write for different purposes in a given genre.
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AQA Exam Information

GCSE English Literature – AQA 8702 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

Exam Information Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Novel. (1 hours 45 minutes – 40%)

Paper 2: Modern Texts and poetry (2 hours 15 minutes – 60%)

Course Overview Students will study the Shakespeare play ‘Macbeth’ and the 19th century novel ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. They will also look at either ‘An Inspector Calls’ or ‘Blood Brothers’ and a range of poetry from the Romantic era to the modern day.
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AQA Exam Information

For more information please contact Mrs J Harrison  at that Academy on 01384 253 722