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Language and literature are the way the world communicates, and as such the teaching of both is a vital skill to hone and perfect.  Throughout their education students need to access the entire curriculum through their understanding of English, but also it allows students to appreciate the methods and the technicalities of how language works.

Through literature, we learn about the beauty of the language and how we can stir emotions and feed the soul, through our study of great works.  GCSE Language and Literature is a requirement of the majority of employers and college placements for further study.

At Leeds East Academy we ensure that students work hard towards achieving their best possible GCSE results throughout their secondary educational journey.  This begins in Year 7, with The Next Steps Curriculum, where students start developing the key skills through challenging but engaging lessons, using popular culture to enthuse the students.  This has brought about a significant improvement in results in 2016/2017, where a number of our students achieved grades that placed them in the top 13% nationally.

Students will sit four GCSE exams, two in English Language studying both fiction and Non-fiction language, along with a spoken language assessment and then two exams in English Literature studying modern plays, a Shakespeare play, pre 19th-century novel and poetry spanning across the century.  All students sit the same paper and therefore, no matter of the starting point, all students have access to the full range of grades available of the new 9-1 curriculum.

For any further information regarding the English offer at Leeds East Academy, please contact the Head of English: barton.l@whiteroseacademies.org

Courses in English

Key Stage 4

  • GCSE English Language (AQA)

  • GCSE English Literature (Eduqas)

KS3 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 7 

Term

Topic

Assessment Task/Focus

Marking Focus

Week 1

Baseline Assessment

Students to complete a Language Paper 1 style assessment in both reading and writing.

 

Use the data from the test to inform planning for Core Skills

Reading:

A01, A02, A03

Writing:

A05, A06

 

Half Term 1

Core skills:

Witches and Wizards

 Reading and Writing and Spoken Language –  CATS, AR tests.

 

 

Reading:   

1 How does the poet create an impression of the witch?

 

Writing:  

2 Informative  Writing – How to play Quidditch

3 Descriptive Writing – Darkwood Forest

 

 

Spoken Language – (after DC1):

4 Persuasive Speech – Pendle Witches

Reading:

AO1 – Personal, critical response

AO2a – Analysis of language

AO2b – Analysis of structure

AO4 – Evaluation of texts

Writing:

AO5a – Creative content and structure

AO5b – Planning and paragraphing

AO6a – Sentences and punctuation

AO6b – Vocabulary

AO6c – Spelling

Spoken Language:

A07 – Demonstration of a presentation

A08 – Listen and respond to questions

A09 – Use spoken standard English

 

Half Term 2

Novel Study: Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Private Peaceful, Cirque Du Freak

Reading:

  1 - Front cover inference

3 - How does the writer present the character of………?’

 

Writing:

2  - 1st person narrative – Character perspective

Reading

AO1 – Personal, critical response

AO2a – Analysis of language

AO2b – Analysis of structure

AO4 – Evaluation of texts

Writing:

AO5a – Text type, audience and purpose

AO5b – Planning and paragraphing

AO6b – Vocabulary

A06c - Spelling

 

Half Term 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Shakespeare

Reading:

 

2 - Reading Assessment – How does Shakespeare use setting in Hamlet?

3 - How does Shakespeare use language to create excitement in The Tempest? 

 

Writing:

1 - Transactional Writing – Articles

Reading

AO1 – Personal, critical response

AO2a – Analysis of language

AO2b – Analysis of structure

Writing:

AO5a – Creative content and structure

AO5b – Planning and paragraphing

AO6a – Sentences and punctuation

AO6b – Vocabulary

AO6c – Spelling

 

 

 

Half Term 4

 Language Paper 1

 

 Reading:

 

Component 1 Paper

Section A: Question 1 – Locate and Retrieve, 2 – Impressions and 3  - Writers Craft

 

Writing:

 

Section B Descriptive and narrative writing

 

END OF YEAR EXAM – Date TBC

Reading

AO1 – Personal, critical response

AO2a – Analysis of language

AO2b – Analysis of structure

Writing:

AO5a – Creative content and structure

AO5b – Planning and paragraphing

AO6a – Sentences and punctuation

AO6b – Vocabulary

AO6c – Spelling

 

Poetry

Reading:

How does the poet create a sense of ….. in the poem…..?

Writing:

Creative poetry writing – Task differentiated

 

Reading

AO1 – Personal, critical response

AO2a – Analysis of language

AO2b – Analysis of structure

AO3 – Comparison of texts

Writing:

AO5a – Creative content and structure

AO5b – Planning and paragraphing

AO6a – Sentences and punctuation

AO6b – Vocabulary

AO6c – Spelling

Year 8 

Term

Topic

Assessment Task/Focus

Marking Focus

Half Term 1

A Christmas Carol Play

 

Writing:

2 - Writing to inform – Stave 3 - Letter from Fred to Scrooge inviting him to Christmas  Reading:

1 - What impression is created about Scrooge?

3 - How does Scrooge/the writer.. change/transform throughout the novel?

AO1 – Personal, critical response

AO2b – Analysis of structure

AO3b – Understanding of context

A04b – Evaluation of structure

Reading

AO5a – Text type, audience and purpose

AO5b – Planning and paragraphing

AO6b – Vocabulary

A06c - Spelling

 

Half Term 2

 

 

Gothic Fiction

 

Reading:

2 - How does the writer create a sense of fear in the extract?

Writing:

1 - Descriptive Writing. Describe a scene using conventions of gothic settings.

3 - Narrative Writing.

 

 

AO1 – Personal, critical response

AO2b – Analysis of structure

AO3b – Understanding of context

A04a – Evaluation of whole text

A04b – Evaluation of structure

Reading

AO5a – Text type, audience and purpose

AO5b – Planning and paragraphing

AO6b – Vocabulary

A06c - Spelling

Half Term 3

 

Romeo and Juliet

 

Reading:

1 - What does the audience learn about Romeo and his relationships in the extract?

3 – How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Romeo and Juliet?

Writing:

2 - Writing in Character  - diary entry.

Reading

AO1 – Personal, critical response

AO2a – Analysis of language

AO3b – Understanding of context

Writing

AO5b – Planning and paragraphing

AO6a – Sentences and punctuation

AO6b – Vocabulary

AO6c – Spelling

 

Half Term 4

Language Paper 1

Reading:

 

Component 1 Paper

Section A: Question 1 – Locate and Retrieve, 2 – Impressions and 3  - Writers Craft

 

Writing:

 

Section B Descriptive and narrative writing

 

END OF YEAR EXAM – Date TBC

AO1 – Personal, critical response

AO2b – Analysis of structure

AO3a – Comparison

AO3b – Understanding of context

 

Travel Writing

Reading:

How do the writers use language to persuade their readers to …….?

Writing:

Travel writing – destinations.

Writing

AO5b – Planning and paragraphing

AO6a – Sentences and punctuation

AO6b – Vocabulary

AO6c – Spelling

Reading

AO1 – Personal, critical response

AO2a – Analysis of language

A03 – Comparison of texts

 

KS4 Curriculum Breakdown 

Year 9

Term

Topic

Assessment Task/Focus

Marking Focus

Half Term 1

 

Unseen Poetry

Question based on unseen poem – looking at structure, imagery language and effect

 

Compare how the poets create a specific tone or feeling in the poems

AO1 - Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2 - Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3 - Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they are written

A04 – Evaluation of whole texts

Half Term 2

Narrative Writing

Write a creative story through narrative structures

AO5a – Text type, audience and purpose

AO5b – Planning and paragraphing

AO6a – Sentences and punctuation

AO6c – Spelling

Half Term 2

A Christmas Carol

Impressions of character

 

Using an extract to analyse language for effect across the whole text

AO1 - Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2 - Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3 - Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they are written

A04 – Evaluation of whole texts, character and language

 

Half Term 3

Poetry

“Power”

How does the poet use language to create an effect in the poem

 

Compare and contrast the poet’s views in the poem with another poem from the anthology  

AO1 - Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2 - Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3 - Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they are written

A04 – Evaluation of text, theme and language

Half Term 4

Language GCSE Paper 1

End of year exam TBC

Study of the question types for each question within the language paper Section A

AO1 – Infer for meaning

AO2b – Analysis of language

AO3b – Analysis of structure

A04a – Evaluation of whole text

A04b – Evaluation of structure and language,

A04c – Evaluation of impressions

 

Summer 2b

Poetry - Conflict

How does the poet use language to create an effect in the poem

 

Compare and contrast the poet’s views in the poem with another poem from the anthology 

AO1 - Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2 - Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3 - Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they are written

A04 – Evaluation of text, theme and language

Year 10 

Term

Topic

Assessment Task/Focus

Marking Focus

Autumn 1

Blood Brothers

Component 2 Lit paper

 

Character analysis.

 

Whole text theme based question.

AO1 - Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2 - Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3 - Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they are written

AO4 – Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

Autumn 2

Poetry  - “Power”

How does the poet use language to create an effect in the poem

 

Compare and contrast the poet’s views in the poem with another poem from the anthology 

AO1 - Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2 - Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3 - Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they are written

A04 – Evaluation of text, theme and language

Spring 1

Component 1 20th C Reading and Writing

Study of the question types for each question within the language paper Section A and B

AO1 – Infer for meaning

AO2b – Analysis of language

AO3b – Analysis of structure

A04a – Evaluation of whole text

A04b – Evaluation of structure and language,

A04c – Evaluation of impressions

AO5 – Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.

AO6 – Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

Spring 2

Component 2 Non-Fiction

Component 2 Reading paper

To study the question types for each question within the language paper 2 Section A

AO1 - Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2 - Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3 – Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

AO4 – Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

Summer 1

Non-Fiction Writing

Component 2 Writing paper

Transactional writing tasks, cover all text types

 

 End of year exam TBC

AO5 – Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.

AO6 – Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

Summer 2

Spoken Language Study

Spoken presentation: topic of choice (subject to change from AQA)

AO7 – Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

AO8 – Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language including to questions and feedback to presentations

AO9 – Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations

 

 

Year 11

Term

Topic

Assessment Task/Focus

Marking Focus

Autumn 1

Paper 1 Language

Study of the question types for each question within the language paper Section A and B

AO1 – Infer for meaning

AO2b – Analysis of language

AO3b – Analysis of structure

A04a – Evaluation of whole text

A04b – Evaluation of structure and language,

A04c – Evaluation of impressions

AO5 – Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.

AO6 – Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

Autumn 2

Literature paper 1

 

Revision of Theme, character and language of Romeo and Juliet

Compare the presentation of two poems from the anthology.

 

AO1 - Read, understand and respond to texts.

AO2 - Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.

AO3a - Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they are written

A03b – Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

AO4 – Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

 

 

Spring 1

Literature paper 2

 

Revision of Theme, character and language of A Christmas Carol

Revision of Theme, character and language of Blood Brothers

Compare the presentation of two unseen poems.

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AO1 – Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas and select and synthesise evidence from different texts

AO2 – Explain, comment on, analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views

AO3 – Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

AO3 (Lit)- Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they are written

AO4 – Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

 

Spring 2+

Revision across all GCSE Language and Literature

Personalised teaching and content based the requirement of the student.

Literature

AO1 – Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas and select and synthesise evidence from different texts

AO2 – Explain, comment on, analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views

AO3 (Lit)- Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they are written

AO3 – Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

AO4 – Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

Language

 AO1 – Infer for meaning

AO2b – Analysis of language

AO3b – Analysis of structure

A04a – Evaluation of whole text

A04b – Evaluation of structure and language,

A04c – Evaluation of impressions

AO5 – Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.

AO6 – Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.

 

Term By Term Schemes of Work

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