Schedule of learning
- Modules 1-2: Origins (Criteria A)
- Modules 3-4: Poetry Over Time (Criteria A-D)
- Modules 5-6: Refugee Boy (Criteria B-D)
Through the MYP Literature and Language course students will focus on independently and collaboratively investigating, taking action and reflecting on their learning through the study of a range of texts that grow in their abilities to form opinions, make decisions, and reason ethically.
Students will move away from identification of devices which is commonly taught at KS2 to exploring the effect of the devices writers use, a skill which they move to developing at GCSE. Students will explore literature that influences other literature, looking origins, the Gothic and Victorian Literature as well as Shakespeare. The skills students develop will prepare them for both Literature and Language at GCSE
For each topic, across key stage three, students will carry out research, rehearse, perform and evaluate their own or another individual’s work.
How this is assessed
1 – Analysis
Across KS3 students’ analysis will be assessed in two units a year allowing them to develop the skill across a variety of genres of text as well as in both fiction and non-fiction.
This will be assessed as follows:
Year 7: Modules 1/2 Origins, Modules 3/4 Poetry over time
Year 8: Modules 3/4 ‘The Tempest’, Modules 5/6 A Monster Calls
Year 9: Modules 1/2 Dickens and Victorian Literature, Modules 3/4 ‘Much Ado About Nothing
2 – Organising
3 – Producing Text
4 – Using Language
As with analysis, students will be assessed in two units a year to ensure that they are utilising these skills across a range of text types and genres. Students will have the opportunity to write, amongst other things: poetry, articles and short stories learning to develop empathy as well as ideas and opinions about the world around them.
This will be assessed as follows:
Year 7: Modules 3/4 Poetry over time, Modules 5/6 Refugee Boy
Year 8: Modules 1/2 The Gothic, Modules 5/6 A Monster Calls
Year 9: Modules 1/2 Dickens and Victorian Literature, Modules 3/4 ‘Much Ado About Nothing, Modules 5/6 Power and Protest
Final grades are then awarded from a range of 1-8, with each ascending grade demonstrating the students mastery of that particular subject.
Our curriculum allows students to draw together knowledge, skills and understanding from a variety of literary genres spanning various historical, social and cultural contexts.
Students’ exploration of a wide variety of Literature genres equips them with the range of text types to be able to study Literature at IB level.
Students’ knowledge of the varying approaches to Psychological investigation equips them with the expertise required for university study in the subject. In year 12 the foundations of research are explored by students allowing them later to participate in the internal assessment project which replicates the real world experience of conducting Psychological investigations. In Year 13, students make use of this research knowledge by applying this understanding to a range of contemporary research in fields such as psychological disorders and cognitive science. Underpinning all aspects of the two year course are the foundational approaches to Psychology so that students can analyse each field and its supporting research through the lens of cognitive, biological and sociocultural approaches.
Pupils studying English Language will be well placed to pursue a career pathway in:
Students will be assessed internally using full exam questions, regularly, to practise their exam skills and check their understanding.
Mocks will be undertaken twice in year 11 to assess all parts of both exam papers and in year 10 students will also undertake a mock in Literature.
AQA GCSE English Literature: Students are assessed at the end of two years, assessments are extended essay responses:
English Language Curriculum Intent:
Our curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore a range of different methods of communication through the study of fiction and non fiction texts and extracts. Students will develop the ability to write grammatically correct sentences, utilise figurative language and analyse texts.
Students will explore how language shapes meaning and underpins everything they hear and see. Through language analysis and evaluation, as well as developing their own writing skills, students will learn to interpret writers’ messages and meaning. Students will be required to develop their own fiction and non-fiction texts as well as writing and delivering a speech on a topic of their choice. Through the course students will develop the skills and knowledge required to be able to access A level English Language should they wish to continue in their study of English.
Pupils studying English Literature will be well placed to pursue a career pathway in:
Students will undertake assessments across the academic year to assess their understanding of each question.
Year 11 will have two mocks with each paper being assessed and year 10 will have a mock at the end of the academic year to assess Language paper 1.
AQA GCSE English Language: Students are assessed at the end of two years and are assessed in both reading and writing