The English curriculum builds on the skills already developed in primary schools and students are given a wide range of experience in all aspects of English, covering the full spectrum of National Curriculum requirements.
Students will cover a range of units including the openings of classic novels, a letter back to their primary school, study of Shakespeare and some extracts of his plays, a novel or short stories, newspapers, poetry and a drama text.
Students will cover the study of a prose text, media analysis, a Shakespeare play, speeches, either a film study, spoken language unit, or an additional novel, and a poetry unit.
Assessment will take place each half term and involve pieces marked for reading and writing as well as some speaking and listening assessments.
Every student will have a personal reading and writing target at the front of their exercise book as well as specific ongoing guidance on how to improve. We will encourage all students to take an active part in assessing their own work, responding to feedback and aspiring to be the best they can be in English.
The year 9 course prepares students for the challenges of the AQA GCSE course by using the objectives and mark schemes for assessment, as well as using a range of similar text types and tasks.
The links provide detail for each GCSE examination-Language and Literature.
In Year 9, students study texts from a variety of literary genres and historical periods, analysing the ways in which character, setting and language are used. Each class will study a Shakespeare play, a range of non-fiction writing, poetry and Victorian prose. Class work will include group work, discussion and debate as well as formal written work.
Writing activities may include the writing of letters, diaries, empathetic responses, analytical essays and creative writing. Students will develop their reading skills though the analysis of a range of texts, comprehension tasks and reviews.
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/introduction Page 9 for outline of assessment and exam structure.
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702 Page 8 for outline of assessment and exam structure.
Improving literacy skills
Students will also have regular reading lessons to help them read and understand a range of different texts.
All students have a spelling and vocabulary book and helping your child improve in these two areas is an important part of our teaching. Students will be set new spellings to learn each week according to their spelling ability.
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