English

Year 7

Our integrated programme of speaking and listening, reading and writing skills allows students in Year 7 to develop their abilities in English. Students study a variety of units - all of which are fun and exciting - covering a variety of areas and texts, ranging from fiction to non-fiction to poetry. Students are regularly assessed in order to monitor their progress.

Scheme of  Work Summary:

  • Term 1 Transition Unit: Survival
  • Term 2 Novel Study
  • Term 3 Genre Study: Gothic Fiction
  • Term 4 Grammar for Writing Fiction: ‘Alter Ego’
  • Term 5 History of Language
  • Term 6 Poetry Please!

Year 8

We continue to develop students’ appreciation of different text types and genres, increasing their awareness of the importance of context. We aim to help students broaden their understanding of grammar, punctuation and spelling continuing to encourage them to use dictionaries and thesauruses to enhance their vocabulary and understanding of the English language.

Scheme of  Work Summary:

  • Term 1 Pre-1914 Fiction: ‘Dickens’ World’
  • Term 2 Grammar Skills for Writing Non-Fiction – ‘Explain Yourself!’
  • Term 3 Drama Study: ‘Twelfth Night’ or ‘The Tempest’
  • Term 4 Narrative Poetry
  • Term 5 Writing Fiction:  Spy Fiction
  • Term 6 Science Fiction stories

Year 9

Year 9 is the GCSE foundation year.  Students will build on the skills they already have and begin refining them in order to fulfil the requirements of the GCSE exams. Texts will be more challenging and students will be expected to work more independently as they produce analytical responses to texts as well as original, creative pieces of writing.

In preparation for this, students will be completing transition units:

  • Term 1 Genre Study: Dystopia – Grammar Skills for Writing Fiction 
  • Term 2 Classic Novel Study: Animal Farm
  • Term 3 Have I Got News For You – Grammar Skills for Writing Non-Fiction
  • Term 4  Poetry: Love and War
  • Term 5  Travel Writing
  • Term 6  Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet


Year 10

September 2016:  This year group will be the second cohort to study the new exams.  There is no coursework and an exam will be sat at the end of the academic year 2017.

The new English GCSE comprises Literature and Language; there is no English only qualification. 

The units that the students will study are as follows:

Language

Literature

Paper 1 – 40% of GCSE

Section A – Unseen 19th Century texts

Section B – Creative Writing

 

 

Paper 2 – 60% of GCSE

Section A – Comparison of two unseen texts from the 20th/21stcentury

Section B – Transactional Writing

Paper 1 – 50% of GCSE

Section A – Shakespeare

Section B – Post-1914 British Drama or Fiction

 

Paper 2 – 50% of GCSE

Section A – 19th Century Fiction

Section B - Poetry

 

Year 10

It sounds a daunting prospect for students not to have the coursework option but, at Holmesdale, we have planned our year 10 curriculum to ensure that our students have the necessary skills to excel at English. 

The new English GCSE comprises Literature and Language; there is no English only qualification. As a result, both disciplines will be taught concurrently throughout year 10 and 11.

Holmesdale have chosen to use the exam board Edexcel. 

Term

Language

Literature

1

Non-fiction and Transactional Writing – reading and creating non-fiction texts.

Shakespeare: Macbeth

2

3

19th Fiction.  19th Century extracts.  Creative Writing – linked to 19th Century fiction.

Poetry.  Writing Poetry skills.  Study of poems from ‘Conflict’ section of anthology.

 

4

5

Second part of Non-fiction texts and Transactional writing.

 

Post 1914 Century play or novel. An Inspector Calls.

6

 

Year 11

Year 11 will continue their study of English Literature and Language over the course of the year, as well as revising what they have already studied. As well as their Literature and Language studies, students will also be completing their Spoken Language Unit. This is an assessed piece of speaking and listening, but does not contribute to their overall grade in Literature and Language. Instead, students are awarded a separate mark for this and a certificate. This does not count as an extra GCSE.  

 

Term

Language

Literature

1

19th Fiction.  19th Century extracts.  Creative Writing – linked to 19th Century fiction.

‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens

2

3

Spoken Language Unit

Revision of Macbeth and An Inspector Calls.

 

4

Non-fiction texts and Transactional writing.

 

Poetry Revision for Conflict cluster.

5

 Revision of both papers.

Revision of both papers.

 

Year 12

This year, A level students will be the second cohort to be studying the new English Literature A Level.  This is an A level course only; there is no AS option.  We will be using the exam board AQA and studying Specification A. 

There is a coursework option which allows students to develop their independent research and wider reading skills.

Term

Literature

1

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts

‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks

War Poetry

2

3

Paper 1: Love Through the Ages

‘The Great Gatsby’ by F.Scott Fitzgerald

Love through the ages poetry anthology

4

5

Independent Critical Study

6

Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts

‘My Boy Jack’ by David Haig

 

Year 13

This is the second year of study for the A-Level students. The

Term

Literature

1

Othello by William Shakespeare

Independent Critical Study

2

3

 Unseen Extract and Texts in Shared Contexts Revision

4

Unseen Poetry and Love Through the Ages Revision

5

Revision of all aspects of A Level

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