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Southfields Academy

English

Key Stage 3 

Contact Teachers

Ms Sabrina Sulliman (Head of English)

Ms Harriet Swann (Key Stage 3 Leader)

Ms Gemma LeGrande (Assistant Headteacher, Year 11 English Leader)

Ms Melanie Cunnane (Key Stage 5 Leader)

Grouping/organisation/setting/teaching time

Year 7 and 8 students are grouped by attainment in English lessons.  Year 7 students currently receive 5 hours of timetabled lessons per week- this includes 1 lesson a week in the school library to participate in the Accelerated Reader programme. Students are assessed regularly in English, at least once a half term. Their performance is reviewed after each assessment point and it is possible that students will change sets so that they are placed in a class that best meets their needs.

Students develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills during lessons while studying units of work.  They are expected to write creatively, but also analytically with an awareness of how the writer is creating characters, tension etc. Reading skills are developed from primary school in order to prepare students for the demands at GCSE- students are taught how to analyse the way in which writers use language to shape meaning.

Course Content

Year 7

Students will study a range of authors and texts during the English lessons. This includes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.

Autumn 1

Private Peaceful or Boy 87

Autumn 2

Henry V or A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Spring 1

Short Stories and The Recruit

Spring 2

Coraline

Summer 1

Oliver Twist

Summer 2

Exploring Cultures

 

Year 8

These are the units studied during Year 8:

Autumn 1

Dystopian Fiction

Autumn 2

Macbeth

Spring 1

Modern Novel

Spring 2

Love Poetry

Summer 1

19th Century Gothic Fiction

Summer 2

Exploring Cultures

 

Assessment

Students are formally assessed at least once every half term by their classroom teacher. The unseen assessments will either test how well a student can analyse text or how well they can create their own piece of writing. They are based on the GCSE English Language exam that they will sit in Y11. The assessment allows teachers to enter a flightpath grade, otherwise known as an attainment level. These levels are shared with parents on IEAP days and annual parents’ evenings.  After each assessment, students are given the opportunity to respond to their teacher’s marking and often, to re-draft the task so that it becomes part of the wider learning process.

Homework

Homework is set by the classroom teacher and will be linked to units studied during lessons. Homework will generally be set weekly.

How parents can help

Encourage your child to read regularly at home and to bring a book to school as their book is a crucial piece of school equipment.  If possible, listen to them reading to develop their confidence and ability.  Please check your child’s diary to discuss the homework that is set and check that homework is completed to a high standard.  Please ensure your child is aware of and able to use your local public library as well as the school’s library.

Key Stage 4
 

Contact Teachers

Ms Sabrina Sulliman (Head of English)

Ms Harriet Swann (Key Stage 3 Leader)

Ms Gemma LeGrande (Assistant Headteacher, Year 11 English Leader)

Ms Melanie Cunnane (Key Stage 5 Leader)

Year 9

WHAT AND HOW WILL YOU LEARN?

Students study a range of texts including William Shakespeare’s Othello and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Shorter texts are also used to explore and write about a variety of issues such as the ethics of capital punishment. The focus on functional reading and writing skills is continued from Year 8. Students are grouped by attainment in English lessons.

HOW WILL YOU BE ASSESSED?

Students should expect regular extended writing tasks, completed under examination conditions. Teacher feedback will enable students to improve their performance: parents and carers will be informed of progress each half term.

Currently, Year 9 sit a formalised AQA Language, Paper 1 examination in the hall at the end of the academic year.

WHAT NEXT?

Year 9 is a crucial stage in the development of a students’ English skills. Evidence suggests that a positive performance in year 9 is a strong indicator of GCSE success. All students will study both an English Language and an English Literature GCSE in years 10 and 11. The Year 9 curriculum is designed to enable students to achieve their full potential in both courses.

Year 10 & 11

English Literature GCSE

WHAT AND HOW WILL YOU LEARN?

The GCSE English Literature course is designed to give students some experience of the rich variety of poetry, drama and prose in the English language.  Students are taught how to analyse language, structure and characters as well as how texts relate to each other.  In addition to this, students will also explore the social and historical contexts in which the texts were created.

Teachers will help students to develop and build upon the skills needed to read texts analytically, lessons will include those that are teacher-led and those where you will work independently.  Students will be asked to relate texts to modern-day attitudes and to their own experiences.

HOW WILL YOU BE ASSESSED?

Students will sit two Literature exams, both at the end of Year 11. 

Unit 1 – A Shakespeare play and a 19th Century novel.

Unit 2 – A 20th Century novel, a poetry anthology and unseen poetry.

These exams will all be closed-book.

WHAT NEXT?

English Literature will prepare students for studying English, Film or Drama at Level 3.  In addition, the analytical skills learned are valuable in a wide range of humanities, social science and business subjects.

English Language

WHAT AND HOW WILL YOU LEARN?

The GCSE English Language course is geared towards the needs of young people in the modern world.  It is focused on reading and writing skills.  Students will learn how to interpret literary texts, as well as non-fiction and functional texts, from the 19th Century to the present day.  Students will be taught how to make your writing imaginative and interesting to read, as well as how to produce clear and professional documents, such as letters and articles.

Students will learn by studying examples of excellent writing, before being asked to incorporate some of the techniques into their own work.  Support will be provided by teachers in lessons and in after school booster sessions.

HOW WILL YOU BE ASSESSED?

Students will sit two Language exams at the end of your two year course. 

Paper 1 – Reading 20th Century fiction and creative writing.

Paper 2 – Reading 19th and 21st Century non-fiction and functional writing.

All texts for these exams will be unseen.

WHAT NEXT?

A GCSE in English is an entry requirement for a wide range of level 3 courses.  The ability to extract information from texts is a vital skill for many subjects, such as humanities, social sciences and business studies.

The skills students will learn on this course will prepares them for various professional tasks, such as writing application letters or personal statements.  Currently, most employers ask for a grade 4 at GCSE English as a minimum requirement for job applications.

Key Stage 5 

Find out more about our Sixth Form courses. 

English Literature A Level

Film Studies A Level