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English Curriculum Intent

 

  • To support students to be continually improving their reading, writing and speaking & listening skills. To foster students’ enjoyment of English literature and the English language.
  • To provide a curriculum that combines a wide range of engaging texts, pitched at the appropriate level, with a carefully integrated focus on language skills.

 

Year 7

There are five English lessons each week. The lessons are divided into three areas: writing and grammar; literature and reading; and social and communication skills. 
 
 
In addition to this, teachers also teach the skills which are needed to complete the functional skills English exams which students will complete at the end of year 11. Students are given three targets each half term, each target relates to the functional skills exams. One target is based on writing, one on reading and the other is based on speaking and listening; these three areas are the three different English exams which students are working towards. These three personalised targets are reviewed and updated every half term. These targets enable students to develop their exam skills from a very early stage giving them the best chance in the future. The functional skills exams test the practical skills of English and are at the core of our English curriculum; ensuring students are able to use English to function in society is something students work towards from year seven.
 
Woven into all of these lessons is the development of speaking and listening skills in formal and informal situations. 

  Literature Writing Focus Speaking and listening
Autumn 1

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Benchmarking, Baseline assessments, NFER testing, handwriting & letter writing

Responding to text, hot seating, performance and drama/expression of emotions, debate, warm up activities, games, peer assessment
Autumn 2

Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg

Recount of a story, story sequencing, handwriting & letter writing

Responding to text, hot seating, performance and drama/expression of emotions, debate, warm up activities, games, peer assessment
Spring 1

Fairs Fair – Leon Garfield

Character description, setting description, adjectives, book reviews, handwriting & letter writing

Responding to text, hot seating, performance and drama/expression of emotions, debate, warm up activities, games, peer assessment
Spring 2

Poetry - childhood

Persuasive writing including adverts, Instructions, handwriting & letter writing

Responding to text, hot seating, performance and drama/expression of emotions, debate, warm up activities, games, peer assessment
Summer 1

Stories from other cultures, e.g. Emerald Blue, The Monkey and the Mountain

Persuasive writing including adverts, Instructions, handwriting & letter writing Responding to text, hot seating, performance and drama/expression of emotions, debate, warm up activities, games, peer assessment
Summer 2

The Iron Man – Ted Hughes

Lists, notes, handwriting & letter writing Responding to text, hot seating, performance and drama/expression of emotions, debate, warm up activities, games, peer assessment


 

Year 8 & 9

There are five English lessons each week; two dedicated to developing writing and grammar; two to encourage the enjoyment of books and exposure to different genres and authors; and one for spellings and dictionary work. Woven into all of these lessons is the development of speaking and listening skills in formal and informal situations. The English programme of study is run over a two-year cycle. 
  

Year One

 In year one the writing foci are:  

  • lists, notes and instructions
  • writing in different tenses – past / present / future
  • Emails, texts, Tweets and letters 
  • Diary and recount writing
  • Persuasive writing – adverts (poster, TV, radio, web)
  • Writing and responding to questions.

 
In year one the literature foci are:  

  • Mystery and detective stories
  • Poetry
  • Manuals and instructions
  • Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet.

Year Two

In year two the writing foci are:  

  • Planning for writing (which includes writing about oneself and other people)
  • Creating an imaginary character and describing it
  • Writing creatively about an imaginary character
  • Instructional/procedural writing
  • Writing in the style of a fairy tale (retelling or revising a known fairy tale)
  • Discussion, argument and opinion
  • Recount/past tense writing (focus – diary writing).

 
In year two the literature foci are:  

  • Adventure stories, e.g. Kensuke’s Kingdom and Flat Stanley
  • Greek myths, e.g. Icarus and Daedalus
  • Legends, e.g. King Arthur or Robin Hood
  • Modern fairy tale such as The Paper Bag Princess or Princess Smartypants
  • Poetry
  • Non-fiction texts 
  • Famous diaries- Anne Frank and Samuel Pepys.

 
In addition to this, teachers also teach the skills which are needed to complete the functional skills English exams which students will complete at the end of year eleven. Students are given three targets each half term, each target relates to the functional skills exams. One target is based on writing, one is on reading and the other is based on speaking and listening; these three areas are the three different English exams which students are working towards. These three personalised targets are reviewed and updated every half term. These targets enable students to develop their exam skills from a very early stage giving them the best chance in the future. The functional skills exams test the practical skills of English and are at the core of our English curriculum; ensuring students are able to use English to function in society is something students work towards from year seven.
 

Year 10 & 11

QUALIFICATION:  Edexcel Functional Skills Entry Level 1 to Foundation Level 1 or 2 GCSE English Language
 
Functional Skills English runs on a 2-year rolling programme. 
 
Communication

  • Writing and responding to questions.
  • Emails, texts, Tweets and letters.
  • Gathering and gleaning information.
  • Explaining and informing. (Diary and recount)
  • Form filling, CVs, personal information.
  • Lists, notes and instructions

These and other topics are chosen to give students a useful and practical set of skills to take forward to college, other post-16 placements and into the world of work. 

 
Literacy 

Books studied include but are not limited to: Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, Holes by Louis Sachar, Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman, War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, Long Way Home by Michael Morpurgo, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and Divergent by Veronica Roth. These are chosen so that students can enjoy listening to and reading interesting and exciting books, as well as broadening their knowledge and understanding of life and the world around us. Themes and ideas from the books are discussed in groups and shared with the class.
 
The functional skills tests are in three components:  1) Reading, 2) Writing and 3) Speaking & Listening.  Students work hard to achieve the highest grade possible. This course can be continued at college at a higher level.
 
Students are given three targets each half term, each target relates to the functional skills exams. One target is based on writing, one on reading and the other is based on speaking, and listening; these three areas are the three different English exams students are working towards. These three personalised targets are reviewed and updated every half term. The targets are identified using our assessment system – ‘SOLAR’. It is through this system that we track the progress of students and we update student attainment regularly. The targets enable students to develop their skills from a very early stage giving them the best chance to achieve their full potential in the exams. The functional skills exams test the practical skills of English and are at the core of our English curriculum; ensuring students are able to use English to function in society is something students work towards during their time at The Abbey School.

GCSE English Language - Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC)  

Specific students are selected to study this GCSE English language course over one year (two lessons per week). Students who are in year 10 are able to study this GCSE course for one year, sit the exam at the end of year ten and then study this for a second year and sit this exam again in year eleven in an attempt to gain a higher grade; students can then take their highest grade achieved. An optional GCSE booster session is also available for students to attend after school once a week 3.30pm – 4.30pm from the Spring Term.
 
During the two English lessons a week (which are additional to the 4 English lessons all KS4 students receive each week) we work our way through example GCSE English Language exam papers provided by WJEC. There are two written exam components and also a speaking and listening assessment component.