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For Key Stage 3, contact the Second in Faculty: Natalie.Solman@jhanson.hants.sch.uk

For Key Stage 4, contact Head of Faculty: Victoria.North@jhanson.hants.sch.uk

Key Stage 3 The English curriculum in Years 7 and 8 is designed to follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Key Stage Three. Delivering English eight times a fortnight, it is the aim of the Faculty to provide all students with opportunities that will enable them to develop their ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing, to listen with understanding, and to become enthusiastic, independent, knowledgeable and responsive readers and writers. In order that their learning and love of English be enhanced further, each Reading and Writing unit is themed. For example, in Year 8, students study dystopian fiction in ‘Animal Farm’ and later create their own dystopian narratives using the conventions taught in the reading of the novel.

The three attainment areas for English – Reading, Speaking and Listening, and Writing – are all taught and assessed against skills descriptors.

Homework: English homework is set weekly on Show My Homework. Homework consists of two parts, each differentiated according to English class and individual ability, and provided via PDF attachments: Spellings and Reading (a Reading List is provided to correspond with each Unit of work, and specific reading and questions are set when students study a novel). Individual classes may also be set further homework, forgoing the reading homework if necessary, if pertinent to teaching and learning completed during English lessons.

Year 9, 10 and 11: Key Stage 4

During English Lessons, students’ functional English skills are developed; they are encouraged to improve reading competencies which enable them to effectively investigate writers’ use of language, structure etc. and be experimental with their own creative and imaginative deployment of language and structure – both in Writing and Speaking & Listening.

Across eight lessons each fortnight, students currently in Year 9 study English Literature – according to the requirements of the AQA English Literature GCSE (Specification 8702), and the ‘Writing only’ elements of the AQA English Language GCSE (Specification 8700). Students will sit a terminal examination for their English Literature GCSE in the May of their Year 10. After this exam, students will focus solely on their English Language course, revising the Writing elements already practiced previously, and learning the necessary reading skills required for the AQA English Language GCSE, which they will sit in the June of their Year 11.

Students currently in Year 10, across eight lessons each fortnight, study a combined AQA English Literature GCSE (Specification 8702) and AQA English Language GCSE (Specification 8700). They will sit the examinations for the two GCSEs in the May (English Literature) and June (English Language) of their Year 11.

All Year 9 and Year 10 students study Macbeth (Shakespeare) and An Inspector Calls (Modern Drama), but students study either Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Set 1 and 2) OR The Sign of Four (Sets 3 and 4) as their set 19th -century novel (Prose).

All current Year 11 students, across eight lessons each fortnight, study a combined AQA English Literature GCSE (Specification 8702) and AQA English Language GCSE (Specification 8700). In their Year 10, they will have studied Macbeth (Shakespeare), An Inspector Calls (Modern Drama), and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as their set 19th -century novel (Prose), and the Writing elements of the AQA English Language GCSE (Specification 8700), so spend their Year 11 revising what they’ve previously practiced and learning the necessary reading skills required for the AQA English Language GCSE; they will sit the examinations for the two GCSEs in the May (English Literature) and June (English Language) of their Year 11.

All English GCSEs are assessed through 100% terminal examinations, and are no longer tiered: students can gain a Level 9 -1 from the examinations. All English GCSEs are closed texts: students are not allowed copies of the texts they have studied in the examination.

AQA: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse

Homework: all English homework is recorded on Show My Homework

As well as offering opportunities for help and support whenever we, or students, feel they need it, for Key Stage 4 students we hold a weekly Afterschool Revision Club, when revision for examinations becomes pertinent.  Furthermore, we provide a vast wealth of material on the English section of Student Zone, which may be accessed from home, or in the Learning Resource Centre, offering students independent learning opportunities to focus on meeting the specific Targets we set them, help or challenge them to develop their understanding further, as well as suitable revision material.

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