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Netherthorpe School

Netherthorpe
School

English

Head of Department – Ms T Robson

KS3

Year 7

Pupils are encouraged to gain a variety of skills in reading, writing and presenting. Alongside a focus on basic literacy, students will be reading independently, analysing texts, producing texts for different audiences and purposes and developing core communication skills. We also place an emphasis on creativity through poetry writing and encourage innovative approaches to teaching Shakespeare plays as a performance not on a page!

Term 1

  • The Novel
  • Descriptive Writing

Term 2

  • Animal Poetry
  • Changing the World - Speech Writing

Term 3

  • Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Poetry Writing
  • End of Year Exam

Year 8

Building on year 7 skills, the year 8 curriculum will allow pupils to diversify their knowledge of different texts – including modern drama and discursive writing. They will also develop the ability to compare texts and form cohesive arguments.

Term 1

  • Modern Novel
  • Discursive Writing

Term 2

  • Gothic Writing
  • Modern play

Term 3

  • Family and Relationships Poetry
  • Travel Writing
  • End of Year Exam

Year 9

This year, students will be studying a range of texts to cover the genres that they are to expect at GCSE. It will also allow them to gain the range of skills they will need at GCSE and provide a strong foundation for this. At the end of the year, they will have the opportunity to learn about Victorian contexts to provide a basis for commencing the novella in year 10: A Christmas Carol.

Term 1

  • ‘Of Mice and Men’ (novella)
  • Viewpoints Writing: Teenagers

Term 2

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Conflict Poetry

Term 3

  • Dystopian Fiction
  • End of Year Exam
  • The Victorians

KS4

GCSE English Language (8700)

Additional information of use to students/parents during study

Key stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Students will draw upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.

This specification will ensure that students can read fluently and write effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English, writing accurately and deploying a wide range of literary techniques. They will learn to analyse and evaluate a wide range of different text types.

GCSE English Literature (8702)

Key stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

GCSE English Literature (8702)

Additional information of use to students/parents during study

All assessments are closed book: any stimulus materials required will be provided as part of the assessment. We would highly recommend that students purchase copies of the key texts so they can re-read and annotate to aid revision. Copies can be purchased at reasonable cost online. Set texts are: Macbeth (Shakespeare), A Christmas Carol (Dickens) and An Inspector Calls (Priestley).

KS5

Advanced GCE in English Language (9EN0) (from September 2018)

Additional information of use to students/parents during study:

Independent learning resources will be made available to students on the student share drive. It is expected that these tasks will be completed in school study time or at home to help consolidate and develop the learning taking place in the classroom.

English Language (H070, H470)

Additional information of use to students/parents during study:

Independent learning resources will be made available to students on the student share drive. It is expected that these tasks will be completed in school study time or at home to help consolidate and develop the learning taking place in the classroom.

English Literature A (7712)

Additional information of use to students/parents during study:

Independent learning resources will be made available to students on the student share drive. It is expected that these tasks will be completed in school study time or at home to help consolidate and develop the learning taking place in the classroom. We would highly recommend that students purchase copies of the key texts so they can re-read and annotate to aid revision. Copies can be purchased at a reasonable cost online. The key texts are: Othello (Shakespeare), Skirrid Hill (Sheers), A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams), The Handmaid’s Tale (Atwood) Jane Eyre (Bronte).

Get in touch

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Ralph Road, Staveley, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S43 3PU

phone

01246 472220