Walton High

Curriculum

Overview of Walton High’s curriculum

English

The English Curriculum Area strives to foster an enthusiasm for exploring language in all its forms and to promote a lifelong love of literature. We provide students with a secure understanding of the English language, developing vital skills for life and fostering the belief that creative, cultural and critical literacy are a fundamental part of the learning experience and an essential foundation for future success.

At Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Language and Literature are taught as separate disciplines, with a different class teacher and exercise book for each subject.  At Key Stage 5 students may choose to study either English Language or English Literature A Level – or both!

All students are encouraged to develop the knowledge, skills and learning behaviours essential for achievement in English. We aim to imbue students with the tools to become highly competent, ambitious and innovative communicators, enabling them to become resilient and resourceful members of the wider community. 

Independent study is designed to develop creative and critical thinking.  Set according to the school homework timetable, tasks are either specified by the class teacher or selected by the student from the topic task bank.  A programme of study support runs alongside lessons and all students are welcome to attend.  Each key stage has a weekly session with a published timetable outlining the language or literature focus.

The curriculum is enhanced by a varied programme of enrichment.  Our annual school wide celebrations, The Big Read and Write now!, promote engagement with literacy and broaden students’ experience of the written word.  Author visits and workshops offer opportunities to be inspired by real life writers and theatre performances provide a range of page to stage interpretations.  The Library is a hub for English enrichment with regular themed events designed to encourage appreciation of national literary initiatives and school based projects.   

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students develop a strong foundation for GCSE study. They read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts including pre-1914 and contemporary prose, poetry and drama. Students develop their ability to write imaginatively and accurately for different purposes and audiences. A fortnightly lesson in the Library allows students time to enjoy personal reading as well as pursuing individual and group projects.

The programme of study for each year group is outlined below:

The Year 7 English Language programme of study is as follows:
Journeys – Learn how to evaluate a range of texts and develop descriptive writing skills
Urban & Rural – Learn how to analyse and compare a range of fiction and non-fiction texts
Science & Technology – Learn how to persuade others to share your point of view

The Year 7 English Literature programme of study is as follows:
Detectives – Learn how to analyse the language and structure of a range of literary texts
Salem by David Calcutt – Learn how to explore issues of prejudice, suspicion and fear
Speak Out! – Learn how to explore the craft of poetry and how to compare poems

The Year 8 English Language programme of study is as follows:
Under the Big Top – Learn how to develop comparative reading skills and craft a narrative
Children’s Rights – Learn how to extract information, infer, analyse and evaluate
Dreams & Nightmares – Learn how to develop critical evaluation skills and writing to argue

The Year 8 English Literature programme of study is as follows:
Criminal Minds – Learn how to analyse and compare poems by theme and technique
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne – Learn how context shapes interpretation
Hamlet by William Shakespeare – Learn how language can be crafted for dramatic effect

Key Stage 4

IMG 0284At Key Stage 4, students study for both English Language and English Literature GCSE qualifications with the AQA examining body.  Through their studies, students are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of modern and literary heritage prose, drama and poetry.  They also explore a variety of non-fiction texts which allows them to critically analyse language in context as well as explore the writer’s perspective.

The breakdown of assessment for each GCSE is outlined below:

AQA GCSE English Language (8700)

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Written exam – 1 hour 45 mins
80 marks
50% of GCSE

IMG 0285Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
Written exam – 1 hour 45 mins
80 marks
50% of GCSE

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language
Teacher set and assessed throughout the course
Separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE)

AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)

Screen Shot 2017 09 19 at 21.02.38Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
Written exam – 1 hour 45 mins
64 marks
40% of GCSE

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry
Written exam – 2 hours 15 mins
96 marks
60% of GCSE

Further information can be found on the AQA website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

The programme of study for each year group is outlined below:

IMG 0287The Year 9 English Language programme of study is as follows:
Survival – Learn how to analyse a range of fiction and non-fiction texts
Time – Learn how to be a more confident reader and develop creative writing skills
Games – Learn how to develop your analysis of techniques in non-fiction writing

The Year 9 English Literature programme of study is as follows:
Childhood Poetry – Learn how to analyse and compare language, structure and form
Maggot Moon by Sally GardnerLearn how to explore features of genre and narrative
Romeo & Juliet by William ShakespeareLearn how to trace key themes throughout a text

The Year 10 English Language programme of study is as follows:
Fears & Phobias – Learn how to develop your skills in preparation for GCSE Paper 1
Food – Learn how to develop your skills in preparation for GCSE Paper 2
Place – Learn how to address the Reading section of both GCSE Paper 1 and Paper 2

Screen Shot 2017 09 19 at 21.02.13The Year 10 English Literature programme of study is as follows:
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Learn how to analyse your C19th novel for Paper 1  
Power and Conflict Poetry – Learn how to read and interpret your anthology for Paper 2 
Macbeth by William Shakespeare – Learn how to analyse your Shakespeare text for Paper 1

The Year 11 English Language programme of study is as follows:
Creative Reading & Writing – Learn how to revise Reading and Writing skills for Paper 1
Viewpoints & Perspectives – Learn how to revise Reading and Writing skills for Paper 2
Exam preparation – Learn how to approach every question in Paper 1 and Paper 2

The Year 11 English Literature programme of study is as follows:
An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley – Learn how to analyse your modern drama for Paper 2
Revision of literature set texts – Learn how to revise key quotes, methods and context
Exam preparation – Learn how to approach every question in Paper 1 and Paper 2

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, we offer both English Language and English Literature at A level. 

Through their Literature studies, students are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of modern and literary heritage prose, poetry and drama.  Students will learn how to structure academic analysis and comparison of the texts they study and to draw on and reference a range of literary theory in order to support their interpretations.  The course requires significant independent reading and engagement with critical perspectives.

Through their Language studies, students are given the opportunity to explore language in action.  Using a range of real life contexts, students analyse language according to purpose and audience and are able to specialise in a particular area of study.  Students are also required to craft their own language for different contexts and apply linguistic theories to their own writing.

Students who have not yet secured a Grade 4 or above in their GCSE English Language qualification are enrolled on the resit programme.  They follow a programme of study that mirrors the KS4 course but that is tailored to P16 students in terms of texts and topics.  Students receive personalised advice, guidance and assessment opportunities in preparation for resit exams in November and June.

The breakdown of assessment for each A Level is outlined below:

AQA A Level English Language (7702)

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society
Written exam – 2 hours 30 mins
100 marks
40% of GCSE

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change
Written exam – 2 hours 30 mins
100 marks
40% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action
Word count 3500
100 marks
20% of A Level
Assessed by teachers
Moderated by AQA

AQA A Level English Literature A (7712)

Paper 1: Love through the ages
Written exam – 3 hours
Open book in section C only
75 marks
40% of GCSE

Paper 2: Texts in a shared contexts
Option 2B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day
Written exam – 2 hours 30 mins
Open book
75 marks
40% of GCSE

Non-exam assessment: Independent critical study: texts across time
Word count 2500
50 marks
20% of A Level
Assessed by teachers
Moderated by AQA

Further information can be found on the AQA website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-a-7711-7712

The programme of study for each year group is outlined below:

The Year 12 English Language programme of study is as follows:
Lexis, Grammar and Phonology
Graphology, Discourse and pragmatics
Gender
Social Groups
Occupation
Accent and Dialect
Language Investigation
Original Writing

The Year 12 English Literature programme of study is as follows:
Othello by William Shakespeare
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Pre 1900 Poetry Anthology
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy 
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Year 13 English Language programme of study is as follows:
Child Language Acquisition
Language Change
Language Diversity
World Englishes
Paper 1 and Paper 2 Revision

The Year 13 English Literature programme of study is as follows:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Independent Critical Study
Love Through the Ages – core text revision and exam preparation
Texts in a Shared Context – core text revision and exam preparation

The Year 12/13 English Language GCSE resit programme of study is as follows:
Creative Reading & Writing – Learn how to revise Reading and Writing skills for Paper 1
Viewpoints & Perspectives – Learn how to revise Reading and Writing skills for Paper 2
Exam preparation – Learn how to approach every question in Paper 1 and Paper 2

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