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Park High School

 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 Galdin O’Shea

Mrs Snowden

Mrs Tackley

Mr Patel

Ms Hubbard

Ms Halpin

Ms Kerai

Miss Piper

Ms Samani

Mrs Steinhof

Miss Wasu

Mrs Steinhof

Mrs Bhutta

Miss Kadiri

Mrs Laing

Miss Jermak

Miss Tang

In Years 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

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. 

Language & Literature 

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 ‘Odyssey’ and ‘The Iliad’ 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 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 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.

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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 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
 

In year 8, students begin with the study of 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 poetry from different cultures and traditions (studied in spring 2) and short stories in translation by a range of authors including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alice Walker and Jean Rhys (studied in the summer term). 

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)

 

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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 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.

Examination Board :

AQA English Literature

Eduqas English Language

Useful Reading Material:

‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare

‘Macbeth’ York Notes for GCSE 1-9

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.

Examination Board :

AQA English Literature

Eduqas English Language

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)

‘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

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 :

 

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)

‘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

 

Useful Websites:

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/bitesize

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

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

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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