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 Welcome to the English Department

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"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."  - Philip Pullman

Acting Head of Department:

Mr Molloy

e-mail: rmolloy.310@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Miss Arsenieva

Mr Molloy

Mrs Bhutta

Mr Baig

Mrs Day-Haynes

Mrs Galdin O’Shea

Ms Halpin

Miss Kadiri

Ms Kerai

Mrs Laing

Mr Patel

Miss Piper

Ms Samani

Miss Sharma

Mrs Steinhof

Mrs Tackley

Miss Wasu

 

In Years 7, 8, and 9, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to access the GCSE English Language and Literature specifications.

In particular, the English curriculum focuses on developing students’ ability to:

  • Read and understand texts from a range of genres and time periods
  • Make links and connections between texts and social, historical and literary contexts
  • Draw comparisons and contrasts between texts
  • Explore and analyse impact of writer’s language choices using key terminology
  • Explore and analyse the structure of texts using key terminology
  • Select and embed quotations
  • Memorise quotations
  • Write analytical essays in an appropriately academic register
  • Summarise texts
  • Articulate own opinions and those of others with fluency both verbally and in writing
  • Use grammar and punctuation with accuracy
  • Use sophisticated vocabulary deliberately and with precision
  • Identify and apply key techniques used in creative and descriptive writing
  • Identify and apply key techniques used in argumentative and persuasive writing

Key Stage 3

Language & Literature 

KS3 English curriculum at Park reflects the ambition expressed in the national curriculum to expose students to the ‘best of what has been thought and said’. Students study seminal English and world literature, exposing them to powerful knowledge that enables them to participate in ‘big conversations’ that characterise English as an academic discipline. The teaching of literacy underpins the English curriculum. Students are taught to control their speaking and writing consciously, understand why sentences are constructed as they are and to use Standard English. 

Year 7

KS3 English curriculum is structured broadly chronologically, to enable students to make connections across time periods. In year 7, students begin with a unit on ‘Myths and Legends’ which features the foundational narratives of Western civilisation, including extracts from the ‘The Iliad’ and ‘Beowulf’ in high quality translations. Students move on to ‘The Power of Rhetoric’ which places emphasis on persuasive writing as well as introducing students to powerful non-fiction texts. Shakespeare is covered in year 7 as part of English literary heritage. Students end the year with the study of the modern novel (‘Private Peaceful’) in conjunction with WWI poetry, enabling them to reflect on how representations of heroism evolve from the age of the epic to the no-man’s land of WWI.  

Autumn Spring Summer

Myths and legends

Extracts from ‘The Iliad’ and ‘Beowulf’

‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare

 

Modern novel and WWI poetry

 

‘Private peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo and a selection of poetry by Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

The power of rhetoric

(non-fiction)

What is rhetoric/classical tradition.

Knowledge Organisers

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KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

Students complete a range of summative assessments over the course of the academic year; these inform the two progress checks in the school’s assessment calendar. Summative assessments test the knowledge and skills taught as part of the curriculum and encourage students to revisit and revise key terms and concepts.

Year 8
 

In year 8, students begin with the study of Charles Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’ which introduces key threshold concepts including the Gothic and Bildungsroman. This is interwoven with non-fiction, developing students’ appreciation of the relationships between text and context. The English curriculum includes not only canonical texts but also a range of diverse voices, including a selection of poems by, amongst others, Imtiaz Dharker, Grace Nichols and Sujatta Bhatt (studied in spring 2). Themes of identity and representation are revisited in the summer term when students study Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’, a classic play about one family's hopes and dreams in 1950's America.

Autumn Spring Summer

Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens

 

 

Extraordinary True Stories – extracts from a selection of non-fiction texts including ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ by Solomon Northup

A modern play – ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ by Lorraine Hansberry

Non-fiction incorporated into contextual reading.

Poetry from Around the Globe

Non-fiction incorporated into contextual reading.

Knowledge Organisers:

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KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

Students complete a range of summative assessments over the course of the academic year; these inform the two progress checks in the school’s assessment calendar. Summative assessments test the knowledge and skills taught as part of the curriculum and encourage students to revisit and revise key terms and concepts.

Year 9
 

Students begin Year 9 with the study of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ which introduces key threshold concepts including allegory and satire. Students move on to the study of poetry, focusing on a selection of modern and traditional dramatic monologues, exploring universal themes and examining how poets use structure, form and imagery to convey meaning, before tackling William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, a tragedy about race, deception and jealousy. Following this, students develop their creative writing practice alongside the study of a range of acclaimed short stories.   

Autumn Spring Summer

‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell

‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare

Modern Short Stories and Creative Writing

Non-fiction incorporated into contextual reading.

Poetry: Sonnets and Dramatic Monologues

 

 

KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.

Students complete a range of summative assessments over the course of the academic year; these inform the two progress checks in the school’s assessment calendar. Summative assessments test the knowledge and skills taught as part of the curriculum and encourage students to revisit and revise key terms and concepts.

 

Key Stage 4

Over the course of years 10-11, students will tackle aspects of English Language and English Literature GCSE courses. We follow the AQA specification for English Literature and the Eduqas specification for English Language. 

Year 10
 

Autumn Spring Summer

‘Macbeth’ William Shakespeare

19th-century novel – ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by RL Stevenson or ‘Sign of Four’ by Arthur Conan Doyle

Spoken Language preparation

Preparation for Eduqas English Language Component 1 Reading

Preparation for Eduqas English Language Component 1 Writing

AQA Poetry Anthology

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, set text revision guides and textbooks or as directed by their classroom teacher.

Students will study for two GCSEs in English – Language and Literature.  Both courses will be assessed through terminal examination. Mock examinations for both courses will be sat in the Summer Term of Year 10.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential. It is really important that students work on their literacy, as 20% of the English Language marks are awarded for the quality of their spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Examination Board :

AQA English Literature

Eduqas English Language

Useful Reading Material:

‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare

Macbeth: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)

‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley

An Inspector Calls: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)

‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)

‘Sign of Four’ by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sign of Four: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)

AQA Power and Conflict Anthology (printed by the exam board and provided by the school)

New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Power & Conflict Anthology - for the Grade 9-1 Course Paperback

Year 11
 

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

All students will study for two GCSEs in English – Language and Literature.  Both courses will be assessed through terminal examination. Mock examinations for both courses will be sat in November of Year 11.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential. It is really important that students work on their literacy, as 20% of the English Language marks is awarded for the quality of their spelling, grammar and punctuation.

GCSE English Language

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose writing    

1 hour 45 mins Exam 40%

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persausive Writing

2-hour Exam     60%

Component 3: Spoken Language Non-exam assessment (unweighted)

GCSE English Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

1 hour 45 mins Exam 40%

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

2 hour 15 mins Exam 60%

Examination Board :

AQA English Literature

Eduqas English Language

Course Specification:

Eduqas C700QSL English Language

AQA 8702 English Literature

Qualification obtained:

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

Useful Reading Material:

‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley

An Inspector Calls: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (The Penguin English Library) by Robert Louis Stevenson 

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)

AQA Power and Conflict Anthology (printed by the exam board and provided by the school)

New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Power & Conflict Anthology - for the Grade 9-1 Course Paperback

 

Additional Information 

Virtual Tours 

Roald Dahl Museum

A virtual tour of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

https://www.roalddahl.com/museum/visit/virtual-museum-tour

 

Key Stage 5

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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