Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College
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English

 

Welcome to the English Department

 

The English department is a committed team of teachers who strive to inspire students with a high regard for literature. We consistency have high expectations of the girls and their work. The students find our curriculum and passion for literature enriching and our girls repeatedly compete robustly with all students nationally.

 

STAFF

Ms. H. Ahmed (Deputy Curriculum Leader)

Mr. T. Boon (English Teacher)

Ms M. Di Lullo (Curriculum Leader)

Miss F. Habtom (English Teacher)

Mrs R. Kosmin (English Teacher with responsibility for whole school literacy)

Mr. O’Brien (English Teacher)
Mr. D. O'Sullivan (English Teacher)

Mrs E. Owen (English Teacher)

Ms. S. Ziff (Head of House, Inclusion and English Teacher)

 

 

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 Curriculum

 

content /skills for year 7

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

FOCUS: CHARACTERISATION

‘Dickens’ villains’: exploring a range of Dickens’ most memorable villains and how their characters are constructed.

FOCUS: STRUCTURE SKILLS

‘Moments and Memories’: exploring a range of autobiographical and biographical style extracts and studying how the events are organised/structured/formed

FOCUS: COMPARISON

‘Family relations poetry’: exploring both contemporary and traditional poetry and focus on developing strong comparisons.

FOCUS: FUNCTIONAL WRITING

‘Crime Report Writing’: how to select, structure and organise information in a formal report style using fictional crimes as sources.

FOCUS: CONTEXT AND GENRE

‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’: exploring the character of Bottom in the genre of comedy.

FOCUS: FICTIVE WRITING

‘Popular Novels’: using a popular modern children’s novel to inspire creative writing in the voice of the characters/scenarios from the novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 8 Curriculum

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

content /skills for year 8

 

FOCUS: Narrative writing

 

Building on characterisation from year 7, students begin to explore the power of symbols and motifs to develop layered narrative writing.

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FOCUS: STRUCTURE SKILLS

‘War Poetry’: exploring a range of WW1+WW2 poetry and exploring how they are organised/structured/formed

FOCUS: COMPARISON

‘Victorian Literature: comparing Dickens’ ‘The Signal Man’ and Hardy’s ‘The Withered Arm’

FOCUS: FUNCTIONAL WRITING

‘Responding to articles: how to respond to opinions and organise a formal argument/persuasive piece.

FOCUS: CONTEXT AND GENRE

‘Romeo and Juliet’: exploring the character of Juliet in the genre of tragedy.

FOCUS: FICTIVE WRITING

‘Gothic Writing’: creative writing describing gothic settings and developing moments of tensions.

 

 

Key Stage 4 curriculum

 

We aim to provide an appropriate curriculum for students. Having studied: Conan Doyle’s ‘The Speckled Band’, how to explore and respond to controversial statements and how to compare poems (with a focus on Love Poetry), Students are tested in Year 9 to ensure that the are placed on one of two pathways which is best suited to them.

 The majority of our students will sit two GCSEs: English Literature and English Language (following the AQA curriculum). To support students’ organisation of their studies, students will sit their English Literature GCSE in year 10. There is no opportunity to re-sit this Literature GCSE.

 

Board:

AQA

Exam:

English Literature GCSE

The below website gives you an overview of the Literature examination

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/specification-at-a-glance

 

What skills are being assessed?

(AO= Assessment objective)

A01

Text and task

This AO credits a clear, well-shaped and relevant response. Students must demonstrate confident knowledge of the text.

 

AO2

Authorial Method

This AO credits understanding and analysis of the methods and language authors use to shape their text and messages.

AO3

Context

This AO credits relevant knowledge of the social/political/cultural contexts in which texts were written and received. Students should also show awareness of the literary context in which the text is produced-including genre.

What texts are studied?

‘An Inspector Calls’ Priestley

‘Macbeth’ Shakespeare

‘A Christmas Carol’ Dickens

Poetry

Can students have texts in the examination?

No

 

Do I need to buy the texts?

The school provides photocopies of the texts.

What does the exam look like?

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/assessment-resources

 

If you would like to look at specimen papers please check AQA website.

 

There are 2 papers.

 

 

Learning Journey for year 9 into year 10

March

April

May

June

July

 

Poetry

Exposure

 

Bayonet Charge

 

Charge of the Light Brigade

 

Remains

 

Poppies

 

Assessment in the hall on the poetry

 

Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls”

 

 

 

Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls”

End of Year assessment

on comparing poems learnt and “An Inspector Calls”.

 

Poetry

London

 

Ozymandias

 

My Last Duchess

 

September

October

November

December

 

“A Christmas Carol”

 

“A Christmas Carol”

 

Poetry

Storm on the Island

Extract from The Prelude

 

End of term assessment on “A Christmas Carol” and “An Inspector Calls”

January

February

March

April

May

 

“Macbeth”

 

“Macbeth”

Assessment on “Macbeth” and

Poetry

 

Poetry

War photographer

Kamikaze

 

 

 

 

Poetry

 

Tissue

The Emigrée

Checking out Me History

GCSE

 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/specification-at-a-glance

 

The English Literature GCSE consists of 2 examination papers. For paper 1 students are examined on Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. For Paper 2 students study Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ and a selection of poetry based on the theme of power and conflict. For further details please see AQA’s specification:

 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/specification-at-a-glance

 

 

The English Language GCSE consists of 2 examination papers. For each paper, Section A focuses on reading and comprehension of unseen texts and Section B focuses on the ability to produce extended writing. For further details please see AQA’s specification.

 

 

Key Stage 5 curriculum

 

Specification: AQA English Literature B. There are three elements to this course: the study and investigation two literary genres which are publicly examined (80%) and an coursework element (20%).

  1. Genre: Tragedy

Texts studied in class:

• Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’

• Hardy’s ‘Tess d’Urberville’

• Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’

Exam:

Section A: one passage based question on ‘Othello’ (25 marks)

Section B: one essay question on set ‘Othello’ (25 marks)

Section C: one essay question exploring an aspect of tragedy through the study of Miller’s and Hardy’s texts (25 marks)

Exam: 2 hours 30 mins -closed book

 

  1. Genre: Crime Writing

 

Texts studied in class:

• Agatha Christie’s ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’;

• Kate Atkinson’s ‘When Will There Be Good News’

• a selection of poetry (Browning, Crabbe, Wilde)

Exam:

Section A: one compulsory question on an unseen passage (25 marks)

Section B: one essay question on set text (25 marks)

Section C: one essay question exploring an aspect of crime writing through the study of Christie’s and Atkinson’s texts (25 marks)

Exam: 3 hours -open book

 

  1. Coursework: Theory and Independence

 

Two pieces of coursework are required; each essay should be 1,250–1,500 words. Students study and apply a Feminist, Marxist or Eco-critical reading to their chosen texts. 

(20%)