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Welcome to the English Department

Within these pages you will find lots of information about the subject and how the department operates.

If you have any queries regarding English please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Louise Tickell
Head of English

Newman Catholic School, Carlisle

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7, pupils embark on their Learning Journey through English with a Speaking and Listening Unit called ‘Newman Presents’. This Unit is designed to build pupils’ confidence when speaking aloud in front of their peers. The topics covered in the Unit encourage pupils to think about topical issues, Cultural Capital and British Values.

Their journey continues with a Transition Unit through which pupils will decode vocabulary; infer and deduce information from a selection of 19th century literature.

Pupils will discover the joys of creative writing through a unit called ‘Escape from Kraznir’ where, alongside writing, pupils will also be actively encouraged to work in groups to make decisions.

The journey of learning for Year 7 pupils continues in English as they will study a selection of poetry and, in the spring term, pupils will study a Shakespeare play. In the summer term, they will be analyzing a range of Gothic narratives to build on their inference and deduction skills.

Pupils are also encouraged to read modern texts in their own time.

 
Year 8

In Year 8, pupils continue on the Learning Journey through English with a Speaking and Listening Unit called ‘Newman Presents’. This Unit is designed to develop pupils’ confidence when speaking aloud in front of their peers. The topics covered in the Unit encourage pupils to think about topical issues, Cultural Capital and British Values.

In the autumn term, pupils will study a variety of poems from Other Cultures with the aim of developing their analytical skills. A range of male and female poets are studied to ensure pupils are exposed to a range of styles and voices. Pupils will also be given the opportunity to write their own poetry, which is entered into a National Competition and may be published.

The journey for pupils continues as they complete a Unit of Work on Shakespeare’s Villains. This Unit is designed to build on pupils’ more general exposure to Shakespeare’s work in Year 7.

In the spring term, pupils will read ‘The Hunger Games’ and gain appreciation for whole text study. They will learn the conventions of a Dystopian story and be able to analyse features such as language and structure. Also, in the spring term, pupils will study the play, ‘Blood Brothers’ and they will build on their speaking and listening skills through the use of drama.

In the summer term, pupils will read non-fiction texts based on the life of Charles Dickens and this will enable them to contextualise the fictional work of the author in the final half-term.

In Year 7 and Year 8, pupils will use the Accelerated Reader programme to test books which they have read. Pupils will have their reading age tested three times throughout each year to allow for specific, targeted interventions.

Pupils are also encouraged to read modern texts in their own time.

 
Year 9
In Year 9, pupils will begin their Learning Journey in a similar, but more challenging way through the ‘Newman Presents’ Unit of Work. They will be expected to build on their knowledge and expertise from the previous years to deliver an engaging and thought-provoking persuasive speech to their peers.

In year 9 pupils begin to focus thoroughly on the structure of textual extracts and whole texts. Pupils will study a play script looking at themes, context, language and stagecraft. They will also study a variety of poems and learn how to compare aspects of poetry.
Improving pupils’ literacy skills is a whole school focus. It is vital that all pupils read for pleasure at least 3 times a week as this will develop and enrich their vocabulary. Pupils have a literacy target which is monitored by teachers across the curriculum. Pupils and teachers are aware of this and must strive to achieve the given target.

All pupils in KS3 will use the Accelerated Reader Programme to test books which they have read. Pupils will have their reading and spelling age tested on a regular basis.

In KS3 English, pupils are taught the following skills in accordance with the government’s New Secondary Curriculum: speaking and listening, in particular, discussion skills, presentation, listening and responding and drama; reading, in particular, reading for meaning and understanding the author’s craft; writing (generic conventions, language analysis); generic conventions; language analysis, such as learning the conventions of writing and composing.

New long-term plans have recently been developed for KS3 pupils and are available to pupils and parents if required.

Key Stage 4

GCSE English Language and Literature: All pupils will study both GCSE English Language and English Literature.

The new GCSE- the main changes:

  • The final award will be a number between 1 and 9 (9 being the highest) rather than A*-G.
  • There will be no tiers of entry.
  • Pupils will be expected to read more challenging unseen and previously studied texts.
  • Pupils will, for both Language and Literature, have to study texts from the nineteenth century.
  • The Literatue exams are all ‘closed book’, which means they will not be permitted to take a copy of the text into the exam.

English Language AQA

There will be two exams, each lasting one hour 45 minutes. Both of these exams will require pupils to respond to a series of questions on unseen texts: one literary fiction, one literary non-fiction (diary, travel writing etc) and one fiction. These texts will have been written in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century (one from each century).

Paper 1: ‘Explorations in creative Reading and Writing’. 50%

Section A: Reading 25%

Four questions on one literature fiction text from either the 20th or 21st century.

Section B: Writing 25%

One question, out of a choice of two narrative or descriptive tasks.

Paper 2: ‘Writer’s viewpoints and Perspectives.’ 50%

Section A: Reading 25%

Four questions on two texts, one literary non-fiction and one non-foction. One of these texts will be from the nineteenth century.

Section B: Writing 25%

One question out of a choice of two discursive tasks.

English Language AQA

There will be two exams, each lasting one hour 45 minutes. Both of these exams will require pupils to respond to a series of questions on unseen texts: one literary fiction, one literary non-fiction (diary, travel writing etc) and one fiction. These texts will have been written in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century (one from each century).

Paper 1: ‘Explorations in creative Reading and Writing’. 50%

Section A: Reading 25%

Four questions on one literature fiction text from either the 20th or 21st century.

Section B: Writing 25%

One question, out of a choice of two narrative or descriptive tasks.

Paper 2: ‘Writer’s viewpoints and Perspectives.’ 50%

Section A: Reading 25%

Four questions on two texts, one literary non-fiction and one non-foction. One of these texts will be from the nineteenth century.

Section B: Writing 25%

One question out of a choice of two discursive tasks.

English Literature EDEXCEL

There will be two exams, the first lasting one hour 45 minutes and the second lasting two hours 15 minutes. Pupils will read and study a variety of whole texts, including a play by Shakespeare, a nineteenth century novel, a modern novel or play and an Anthology of poetry.

Paper 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature 40%

Section A: Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

For this section, pupils will be given an extract from the play which they will be expected to analyse. They are then required to link this to the rest of the novel. There are NO choices of questions.

Section B: Post-1914 Literature: An Inspector Calls (J.B. Priestley)

For this section, pupils will be given a quotation from the play which they should use as a stimulus for answering the question. There is a CHOICE of two questions from which pupils must choose.

Paper 2: 19th Century Novel, poetry and unseen poetry 60%

Section A: 19th Century Novel: A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) For this question there will be an extract and no choice of question

Section B: Poetry: Relationships cluster from the Edexcel Anthology. One poem from the cluster will be printed on the paper, then the pupils will select a further poem and compare the two in relation to the given theme.

Section C: Unseen poetry: For this section, there are two questions. The first is on a single poem and the second is a comparison with a second poem. Again, there is NO choice of question.

Key Stage 5

Year 13

English Literature

Unit One, Texts in Context.

You will study one set poetry text and wider reading. Your knowledge will be assessed by a written exam of 2 hours, open book. This gives you 60% of the total AS marks, 30% of total A Level marks. There will be two questions, one linking wider reading to a given extract, the second on the set poetry text.

Unit Two, Creative Study.

You will study one prose text and one drama text. Your knowledge will be assessed by a piece of coursework. This gives you 40% of the total AS marks, 20% of total A Level marks. Your coursework will be made up of two pieces of work: a personal, informed response to the chosen prose text; and a piece of writing on the chosen drama text, focusing on the text in context and aspects such as theme, structure, characterisation. Total 2000-2500 words.

Unit 2 requires pupils to produce two pieces of writing in different genres with a commentary for each, the whole totalling 2500 – 3000 words. This coursework is worth 40% of the total AS mark.

 

Unit Three, Reading for Meaning.

Unit 3 involves an examination of two and a half hours worth 60% of the A2 mark. Pupils must choose to write two responses on language acquisition and language change.

You will read at least the equivalent of three texts on the theme of Love Through the Ages, including: the three genres of prose, poetry and drama; literature written by both men and women; literature through time (Chaucer to the present day); some non-fiction texts.

You will be assessed by a written Paper of 2 hours 30 minutes, closed book. This gives you 30% of the total A Level marks. There will be four unseen extracts for close study, comparison and critical commentary, followed by two compulsory questions: one comparing two extracts of the same genre, with close reading of the texts and reference to the wider reading of love poetry; and one comparing two extracts (of the remaining two genres), using wider reading of love through literature to inform interpretations.

Unit Four, Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study.

Unit 4 requires pupils to produce an essay on an English Language topic of their choice and an accompanying creative piece, a media text, linked to that topic. This is worth 40% of the A2 mark.

You will read a Shakespeare play (not already studied at AS) and any two other texts of any genre (not already studied at AS). Your knowledge will be assessed by a piece of coursework. This gives you 20% of the total A Level marks. Your coursework will be made up of one piece of work: an extended essay (3000 words) comparing three texts and focused on: comparison; appreciation of the writer’s choices of form, structure and language; exploring interpretations of text; some understanding of the significance of context.

Year 12

OCR English language and English Literature

The qualification develops pupils’ ability to apply and integrate linguistic and literary approaches to a wide range of spoken and written texts. The texts are from different periods and include prose, poetry, drama and non-literary texts.

Component 01: Exploring non-fiction and spoken texts

Pupils focus on the study of an OCR (EMC) anthology of twenty spoken and written non-fiction texts from different time periods, types of text and contexts. Some of the spoken texts in the anthology will be spontaneous or semi-spontaneous talk, but will be confined to texts that are for a public audience.

Texts will be refreshed after three years; centres will be notified in advance.

Component 02: The language of poetry and plays

Pupils explore poetic and dramatic texts through stylistic and dramatic analysis.

There are two sections:

• Section A focuses on one poetry collection from a choice of six, each with 15 poems identified for study.

• Section B focuses on one drama text from a choice of six.

This component draws on the discipline of stylistics to foster an integrated study of linguistic and literary approaches to poetry and drama.

The set texts will be reviewed after three years and may be subject to change. Centres will be informed of any changes one year in advance.

Component 03: Reading as a writer, writing as a reader

Pupils explore the nature of narrative in one prose fiction text from a choice of six and produce an original piece of writing in the narrative genre.

There are two sections:

• Section A focuses on the nature of narrative in one prose fiction text from a choice of six set texts.

• Section B requires pupils to draw upon their understanding of how narratives work as the basis for their own original writing in the genre. This allows them to demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.

The set texts will be reviewed after three years and may be subject to change. Centres will be informed of any changes one year in advance.

Component 04: Independent study: analysing and producing texts

There are two parts:

• In task 1 pupils pursue a particular interest and develop their expertise through an analytical comparative essay on one non-fiction set text (selected from a list of twelve) and a second text of their own choosing. At least one text must have been published post-2000.

• In task 2 pupils produce a piece of original non-fiction writing in an appropriate genre.

Library Services for Schools

Cumbrian secondary schools` book award

Spellbinding is all about fostering a love of reading and broadening reading horizons by being exposed to exciting new authors and titles.

The award gives pupils aged 11-16 the opportunity to read, review and vote for their favourite book out of a shortlist of ten pupil-nominated titles. The interactive website allows them to share their views and opinions with pupils from other schools across the county.

Cumbrian secondary schools` book award
Think U Know
Young Writers
Catholic Teaching Alliance
CarlisleSchoolDirect
Accelerated Reader
Microsoft Office Specialist
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