English

 

 

Students in our primary provision access literacy at their own level as part of individualised plans for each student.

KS3 Curriculum Overview

Our KS3 students study a stimulating, rolling programme of literacy and literary topics designed to build skills, self-esteem and confidence across reading, writing, speaking and listening.  A baseline assessment is used upon entry to the centre in order to diagnose any missing areas of knowledge.  Students are then placed onto a programme of English study which is tailored to meet their individual needs.  Our programme of study is designed to close knowledge gaps whilst securing a firm foundation in preparation for further English study at KS4.  Additionally, in order prepare students for the GCSE English Language curriculum, students are introduced to a range of fiction and non-fiction texts drawn from the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries.

KS4 Curriculum Overview

Our KS4 students study a stimulating, rolling programme of literacy and literary topics in preparation for the AQA GCSE in English Language.  This programme has been designed as a roll on, roll off provision so that students can access the skills necessary in order to close knowledge gaps.  A baseline assessment is used upon entry to the centre in order to diagnose any missing areas of knowledge.  Students are then placed onto a programme of English study which is tailored to meet their individual needs.  For students who need additional support with accessing the full GCSE, a ‘Step Up To English’ qualification is offered in Year 10.  This is structured to develop the skills needed to read and understand a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.  Students will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts drawn from the 19th, 20th and 21stCenturies.

Some students study functional skills reading, writing and speaking and listening at level 1 to maximise the chances of success. Functional skills qualifications are recognised by further education providers and employers on the Island.

English Curriculum Map 2016-17

2015 – 2016

Topics Covered
Autumn 1 Mission not Impossible

  • Exploring how writers use language, structure, grammar for effect
  • Studying setting, plot and characterisation
  • Making critical comparisons across texts
  • Exploring genre
  • Using language imaginatively and creatively
  • Adapting language, structure and grammar for effect
  • Writing for purpose: focus on describe
  • Grammar focus: developing the use of connectives
Autumn 2 Language is Power

  • Exploring how writers use language, structure, grammar for effect
  • Using a range of persuasive devices across different contexts and audiences
  • Scan and skim reading
  • Writing effectively for specific audiences and purposes: performance
  • Employing a range of rhetorical devices
  • Writing for purpose: focus on persuasive devices
  • Grammar focus: vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect and use correct spelling
Spring 1 Nature vs Nurture

  • Focus on non-fiction genres
  • Synthesizing information from text and adapting for writing
  • Exploring inference and deduction
  • Structuring a formal argument
  • Developing personal writing: monologue, diary, blog to express own views and opinions
  • Exploring different narrative perspectives
  • Creating a writer’s ‘voice’
  • Using logical connectives
  • Grammar focus: select appropriate and effective vocabulary.  Construct paragraphs and use cohesion within and between paragraphs

 

 

 

Spring 2 Going Goth

  • Poetry reading skills: performance and interpretation
  • Poetic devices and form
  • Comparisons across different eras
  • Developing a creative response: poetry and story
  • Using poetic devices
  • Experimenting with narrative perspective
  • Changes in grammatical patterns over time, using multi-clause sentences
  • Grammar focus: compound and subordinating connectives
Summer 1 Celebrity/Vanity

  • Creation of an text based image
  • Language of flattery and approval
  • Infer and deduce character
  • Using formal and informal styles as appropriate
  • Grammar focus: paragraphing for effect
Summer 2 I don’t want to survive – I want to live

  • Creation of a sense of struggle
  • Collating ideas from a range of sources using comparative analysis
  • Grammar focus: bringing experiences and places to life through language and grammar choices

 

2016 – 2017

Topics Covered
Autumn 1 Solving the unsolvable

  • Formal written styles and conventions
  • Using text structures and sentence forms for effect
  • Writing for purpose: focus on explanation
  • Reading for clues, making predictions, skimming, scanning and summarising
  • Grammar focus: write with technical accuracy of syntax and punctuation in phrases, clauses and sentences.
Autumn 2 The Propaganda Machine

  • Exploring how writers use language, structure, grammar for effect
  • Using a range of persuasive devices across different contexts and audiences
  • Scan and skim reading
  • Writing effectively for specific audiences and purposes: performance
  • Employing a range of rhetorical devices
  • Writing for purpose: focus on persuasive devices
  • Grammar focus: vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect and use correct spelling

 

 

 

Spring 1 Rights vs Responsibilities

  • Exploring how writers use language, structure, grammar for effect
  • Studying setting, plot and characterisation
  • Developing PEE structures
  • Grammar focus: constructing paragraphs and using cohesion within and between them.
Spring 2 Adrenalin

  • Summarising key concepts across texts
  • Writing for purpose: focus on advise and instruct
  • Experimenting with a multi-media response
  • Write imaginative, interesting and thoughtful texts.
Summer 1 Islands

  • Exploring how writers use language, structure, grammar for effect
  • Studying setting, plot and characterisation from different periods
  • Making critical comparisons across texts
  • Exploring how writers use language imaginatively and creatively
  • Adapting language, structure and grammar for effect
  • Writing for purpose: focus on describe
  • Grammar focus: developing the use of connectives
Summer 2 Armchair Traveller

  • Exploring how writers use language for purpose and audience
  • Explore how to skim read for facts and cross referencing between texts
  • Writing for purpose: focus on vivid description
  • Creating a sense of place
  • Grammar focus: editing and proof reading for accuracy