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English

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English curriculum map


Our English curriculum is delivered by an experienced and enthusiastic team. We aim to provide lessons that engage, inspire and challenge so that students of all abilities enjoy English and make excellent progress.

Year 7

In Year 7 the English Curriculum seeks to promote the fun and enjoyment of English, while reinforcing the skills developed at Key Stage 2. We look to engage students with interesting and exciting activities and promote learning environments that will stimulate their imaginations and foster a love of literature that will hopefully last a lifetime.

We teach students the skills for reading, writing and speaking and listening.  Students are placed in an appropriate group based on their KS2 levels and Literacy Assessment. Once we get to know students on a personal level and have a view of their specific skills and abilities there is the opportunity for groups to be changed after October if necessary.

Year 7 begins with an opportunity to write descriptively and thoughtfully within a creative writing unit. Throughout the year schemes of work include study of a novel (Holes, Trash or Skellig), a play by Shakespeare (The Tempest or Much Ado About Nothing), poetry and a non-fiction unit based around local legends, with two key assessment tasks for each unit. Each unit of work aims to give students an experience of the range of assessment opportunities that they will encounter during Key Stages 3 & 4.

Homework is set on a regular basis, with a range of reading, writing and research-based tasks linked directly to every unit of work studied in class. Students will also be issued with an additional notebook to use as a reading log. We set aside one lesson in a fortnight to be used for personal reading and response, using the accelerated reader programme, and encourage students to read widely and to select challenging reading matter.

Year 8

During the year students will be assessed and challenged with a wide range of tasks and schemes of work that cover the main foci for Reading and Writing. Schemes of work focus on a range of topics: a non-fiction unit based around The Titanic, close study of a novel (Once or Midwinterblood), a selection of modern drama texts (‘Our Day Out’, ‘The Crucible’ and/or ‘Journey’s End’), a  poetry unit based around the themes of ‘Heroes and Villains’ and a gothic horror unit, with a selection of 19th century short stories to prepare the students for the requirements of the new English Language GCSE . Most of the Year 8 units of work have strong cross-curricular links with History, as a range of texts studied are base around WW1, WW2 and the Holocaust.

 Students build on their Year 7 literacy work to develop their analytical skills in response to literary or non-fiction and media texts. Speaking and listening skills will be developed through group presentations and class discussions. Homework in Year 8 continues to be set in the same format as in Year 7. Year 8 students benefit from continued use of the accelerated reader programme in their library lessons.

Year 9

This is a transition year in English when students are perfecting the skills and experience to prepare them for GCSE courses in Language and Literature. Students in Y9 study a novel (Animal Farm or Of Mice and Men’), a modern drama text (‘Educating Rita’), along with a rigorous and challenging  extended writing skills unit, where students read and write a range of creative and transactional texts. The Summer Term will focus on poetry, both unseen and set anthology poems, in preparation for the English Literature GCSE.

The revised GCSE offers more challenges than before and  means that it has never been more important for students to be prepared for the standards required to succeed on this course. Our Year 9 curriculum is a course that forms excellent ‘real life’ preparation for the requirements of GCSE at KS4 while also furnishing students with the opportunity to really get their teeth into more challenging material.

All students at KS3 are encouraged to keep up their independent reading with regular visits to the library and the opportunity to take part in a wide range of reading initiatives around the school designed to maintain and support a love of literature and reading.

Year 10 & 11

At GCSE level we study two separate but related courses, GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Each course requires students to demonstrate a high level of competence in a variety of skills.  We look at analysis of text and speech; develop skills in critical reading and focus on research and critical thinking. All of this is done through a series of units designed to cover a wide variety of English Language and Literary foci that encompass the new Edexcel syllabus for GCSE English Language and Eduqas (WJEC for out of Wales centres) syllabus for English Literature.

Within English Language we study the use of language in fiction and non-fiction, and learn to use a variety of written techniques, styles and conventions. Students are examined within school for the Spoken Language Endorsement which is a separate grade representing the student’s competence in speaking and listening which appears on the GCSE English Language certificate.

Throughout the English Literature course we study a range of texts from English Literary Heritage (Shakespeare and a 19th century novel), Poetry,  a modern drama or prose text, Media and Non-Fiction.

The courses offer a wide range of texts and experiences that aim to engage our students and further develop the joy of literature and engagement with language that we aim to instil in them from a very early age. The new (2015 onward) GCSE is dual award meaning that students will leave with a diverse knowledge and GCSE accreditation in two separate English disciplines.

  


Trips and Enrichment

We also aim to further develop the students’ joy of literature by offering a range of wider experiences. We work very closely with Theatre Royal in Norwich and other theatres to be able to offer a range of performances for students to enjoy. Recently, we’ve organised trips to see the productions of ‘The Tempest’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘The History Boys’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ .  As part of the House competition programme, we have a spelling bee, and we collaborate with other schools to offer friendly debating and public speaking competition events.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.

Our Schools

Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises fifteen Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.