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Park High School

Park High School

English

 Welcome to the English Department

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

Head of Department:

Miss Arsenieva

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

Members of the Department:

Miss Arsenieva

Mr Molloy

Mrs Day-Haynes

Mr Haldenby

Mrs Bhutta

Mrs Galdin O’Shea

Ms Nessa

Mrs Snowden

Mr Patel

Ms Hubbard

Ms Tonkyn

Miss Kadiri

Mrs Tackley

Ms Kerai

Miss Piper

Ms Samani

Mrs Steinhof

Ms Halpin

Miss Wasu

 

In Year's 7 and 8, 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 

Year 7

Autumn Spring Summer

Myths and legends

Extracts from ‘The Odyssey’

Shakespeare

A choice of:

‘Much Ado about Nothing’

‘Merchant of Venice’

‘Othello’

 

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.

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 three summative assessments over the course of the academic year; these inform the three 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. Students’ performance is ranked against others within their flightpath to determine whether they are working on, above or below the expected standard.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 8
 

Autumn Spring Summer

Great Expectations’ Charles Dickens

Non-fiction incorporated into contextual reading.

 

‘Twelve Years a Slave’ Solomon Northup (anchor non-fiction text; select passages appropriate for age group)

A modern play – ‘Journey’s End’ R.C. Sherriff

Non-fiction incorporated into contextual reading.

Poetry from Different Cultures and Traditions

Modern Short Stories

(Selection from EMC ‘Modern Shorts’ anthology)

 

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 three summative assessments over the course of the academic year; these inform the three 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. Students’ performance is ranked against others within their flightpath to determine whether they are working on, above or below the expected standard.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Key Stage 4

Over the course of years 9-11, 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 9
 

Autumn Spring Summer

An introduction to the modern novel

Shakespeare

Introduction to AQA Poetry Anthology

Narrative writing

Shakespeare

Spoken language preparation

KS4 Assessment:

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.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

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. 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.

Year 10
 

KS4 Assessment:

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.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

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. 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.

Year 11
 

KS4 Assessment:

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.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

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. 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 and unweighted 0%

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 :

Eduqas WJEC

AQA

Course Specification:

Eduqas C700QSL English Language

AQA 8702 English Literature

Qualification obtained:

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

Useful Websites:

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/

Useful Reading Material:

‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare

‘Macbeth’ York Notes for GCSE 1-9

‘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)

‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre: 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:

To be confirmed

Address Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL

Headteacher Mr Emlyn Lumley

Phone 0208 952 2803

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