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Harlington Upper School

English

Faculty Leader: Miss L Chapman

Assistant Head of English: Mrs M McLaughlin

Year 10 English Subject Leader : Mrs K Neilson

KS5 English Subject Leader: Miss K Startin

KS5 Media Subject Leader: Mr I Aspey

KS4 Media Subject Leader: Miss L Chapman

The English Faculty at Harlington offers several pathways leading to a range of GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications for our students. These include: GCSE English, a joint Language and Literature qualification and separate GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. 

We organise our curriculum so that it provides opportunities for students to work at a pace suitable to their abilities and interests; students are set carefully to enable them to make progress. We encourage all students to take charge of their learning and support the development of the skills required through our programmes of study and homework tasks.

English provides students with the written and oral communication skills and thinking skills required in employment and further study. We aim to foster a love of our subjects, both in and out of lesson time, and provide extra – curricular activities where students can develop their interests and improve their skills.

 

Year 9 Curriculum Overview - ENGLISH

 

UNIT

 

CONTENT

 

ASSESSMENT

SEP / OCT

 

Analysing & Creating texts:

 

Exploring fiction and non-fiction texts with a focus on key skills in summarising and analysing argument, exploring writers’ methods.

 

Unseen reading analysis questions

 

 

Genres & Styles

Creative responses to stimuli, using language to evoke and manipulate responses. Constructing texts effective for purpose and audience.

 

Directed writing from stimulus - describe

 

NOV - FEB

 

Knowledge of Poetic Forms

Developing knowledge and skills in exploring poetry across time, focusing particularly on key forms such as the sonnet, monologues and free verse.

 

Poetry comparison & stimulus writing

 

 

 

Literary Reading: Villains in Literature

Study of the play Macbeth in terms of character and theme. Read in conjunction with a range of texts and extracts presenting other arguably villainous characters.

 

Analysis of Macbeth & wider reading

 

 

MAR - MAY

 

Language & Power: Rhetoric

Studying the power of language to change the world, focusing on the political and the personal with a range of texts and extracts to inform students’ own writing.

 

END OF YEAR EXAM:

Directed writing - argue & persuade

 

 

Dreams & Dystopias: Studying the Novel

Study of a substantial prose text in full, exploring meanings, characterisation and context. Skills in close reading of extracts as well as exploring the significance of extracts in terms of the whole text will be developed.

 

END OF YEAR EXAM:

Unseen reading analysis questions

 

Year 10 Curriculum plan 2016-17: ENGLISH

 

UNIT

 

CONTENT

 

ASSESSMENT

Autumn: SEP - DEC

 

19th Century Novel

LIT

 

Reading and exploring a 19th century set text. Analysis of the effects of writer’s choices and the influence of relevant contextual factors such as historical setting, biographical information and social and political developments.

The choice of text for each group emailed to parents.

 

GCSE LITERATURE Paper 1 – Section B

 

Extract 19th Century question

 

 

Viewpoint writing

LANG

Exploring writing from specific viewpoints from 19th – 21st century including, editorial, polemic, speeches, campaign materials, political treatise.

Students will read and consider the structures, grammatical and rhetorical, used by writers to achieve effects and experiment with these.

 

GCSE LANGUAGE Paper 2 – Q5

 

Viewpoint writing: Argue & persuade

 

Spring: JAN - MAR

 

Shakespeare

LIT

 

Reading and studying a whole Shakespeare play, exploring plot, character and theme. Relevant contextual information regarding Elizabethan and

Jacobean Britain to inform readings and analysis.

 

The choice of text for each group emailed to parents.

 

GCSE LITERATURE Paper 1 – Section A

 

Extract question on Shakespeare text

 

 

Descriptive writing

LANG

Creative and descriptive approached to tasks themed alongside the Shakespeare unit. A selection of texts and extracts are used to stimulate approaches to different genres and explore conventions.

 

GCSE LANGUAGE Paper 1 – Q5

 

Writing from stimulus: Describe

 

Summer: APR - JUNE

 

Writing for purpose & audience

Explorations of the impact of purpose and audience on a writer’s choices of style and approach. Experimentation with whole text structures, dual and split narratives, argument and rhetorical structures to manipulate reader response.

Mock exam

GCSE LANGUAGE Paper 1 & 2 – Q5

 

Writing from stimulus. Viewpoint writing.

 

 

Poetry

 

LIT

Study of a set collection of poetry for which an anthology is provided by the exam board. Texts are connected by theme and explored in their own contexts and in conjunction with each other. Unseen skills are developed and interpretative skills are the key focus.

Mock exam

GCSE LITERATURE Paper 2 – Section B

 

Comparison & Unseen Poetry analysis

 

JULY

 

Spoken Language

Students plan, prepare and deliver presentations on a topic of their choice for this compulsory, non-exam assessed unit. Preparation must involve the ability to listen and respond to questions and the use of standard English. Students will draw on their knowledge of conventions of speech writing and debate.

 

Individual presentations and Q&A sessions: PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION

 

Year 11 Curriculum plan 2016-17: ENGLISH

 

UNIT

 

CONTENT

 

ASSESSMENT

Autumn: SEP - DEC

 

Modern Texts & Shakespeare

LIT

 

 

Reading and exploring a modern (20th/21st century) set text. Analysis of the effects of writer’s choices and the influence of relevant contextual factors such as historical setting, biographical information and social and political developments.

The choice of text for each group is emailed to parents.

MOCK EXAM

GCSE LITERATURE

Paper 1 – Section A Shakespeare – Extract question.

Paper 2 – Section A Modern Texts – Discursive essay.

 

Explorations in Creative Reading & Writing

LANG

PAPER 1 READING: Exploring & analysing fiction extracts in preparation for unseen extracts in examination. Texts are likely to be taken from 20th century writing, though examples from both 19th and 21st century will be considered.

 

PAPER 1 WRITING: Responding creatively to stimuli to inform writing to describe. Revision of techniques and experimentation with different features to engage.

MOCK EXAM

GCSE LANGUAGE Paper 1 – Full paper

 

Unseen extract analysis & Writing to describe from stimulus.

 

Spring: JAN - MAR

REVISION

19th Century novel

Modern Texts & Poetry

LIT

 

 

Revising 19th century novel studied in Year 10, revisiting plot, character and theme. Extract questions on key topics to practise key exam technique. Revision of knowledge and consolidation activities.

 

Revising Poetry collection studied in Year 10 and exploring skills for the unseen poetry questions. Consolidation of textual knowledge and practice of exam-style questions.

 

GCSE LITERATURE

Paper 1 – Section B

Extract question on 19th century novel text

Paper 2 – Sections B & C

Comparison of prepared poems; response to and comparison of unseen poems.

 

REVISION

Paper 1 / Paper 2 Revision & Practice

LANG

Revising skills for English Language papers.

PAPER 2 READING: Responses to extract questions from 19th-21st century texts.

PAPER 2 WRITING: Writing to argue and persuade. Practice exam questions.

PAPER 1 READING: As above.

PAPER 2 WRITING: As above.

 

 

PRACTICE EXAM PAPERS

 

According to student need.

APR - MAY

REVISION

Revision & Practice

LANG / LIT

 

Revision content determined according to needs of students.

 

PRACTICE EXAM PAPERS

 

According to student need.

 

GCSE Media Curriculum Overview

 

UNIT

 

UNIT OVERVIEW

 

ASSESSMENT

SEP -DEC

 

 

Assignment 1: Magazine Unit

Students will analyse the conventions of magazine covers focusing on a range of different genres. Analysis will focus on how magazine covers are constructed to appeal to their target audience. Using their knowledge of the conventions of magazine covers, students will create their own cover for a specified audience.

 

Analytical: Analysis of two magazine covers

 

Practical: Magazine front cover

JAN - MAY

 

 

Assignment 2:

Film Promotion

Students will analyse the conventions of film trailers and posters focusing on a range of different genres. Students will draw comparisons between the different promotional methods and how they are constructed to appeal to their target audience. Using their knowledge of the conventions of film trailers and film posters, students will create storyboards and film posters.

 

Analytical: Compare the promotional methods for a chosen film (Film poster and trailer)

 

 

Practical: Ten frame trailer storyboard and film poster

 

MAY - APRIL

 

 

Assignment 3:

Practical Production

Students will analyse how teenagers are represented across a range of different Media platforms: television, news articles, magazines. Using their knowledge, students will plan and construct the opening 2 minutes of a documentary about teenagers.

 

Analytical: Research (representation of teens in the Media) and Planning (2 minute opening of documentary)

 

Practical: 2 minute documentary opening focused on teenagers

 

Evaluation: Evaluation of practical production

 

Unit 1: Investigating the Media

Students will study content specific to the assigned topic from the examination board. The unit will focus on the key areas:

- Audience

- Institution

- Media Language

- Representation

 

Mock Examination: Pre-release material (topic changes yearly)

APRIL

 

Unit 1: Investigating the Media

Students will study content specific to the assigned topic from the examination board. The unit will focus on the key areas:

- Audience

- Institution

- Media Language

- Representation

 

GCSE Examination: Pre-release material (topic changes yearly)

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mr I Aspey