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Colchester Academy

English

To help each student to master the English language as a means of communication and to be able to speak and write with confidence, accuracy, fluency and enjoyment.

To enable each student to use both written and spoken language to explore their relationship with the rest of the world and to develop a mature understanding of (and respect for) the ideas and feelings of others.

To encourage each student to enjoy engaging with novels, poems, plays and non-fiction texts, from a range of cultures, teaching them how to interpret these to develop taste and discernment.

To ensure that each student is offered an equal opportunity to fulfil their own potential and achieve qualifications in this subject that reflect their ability.

 

Key Stage 3

  • Students will have had a joy in English re-ignited through a range of strategies and exploration of a range of texts and activities
  • Students will have creatively explored a range of texts and literature across genres, including but not limited to prose, poetry, performance poetry, reports, plays, scripts etc. enabling them to form preferences and develop cultural literacy.
  • To be able to express opinion with rationale in writing and voice, supporting this with evidence and analysis.
  • Students have experience in public speaking and have developed requisite social skills to listen attentively to peers
  • Students will have developed their cultural literacy through reading and tier two vocabulary. They will have gained an awareness of contextual elements around a text.

Curriculum Outline

Year 7 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • English Mastery: Oliver Twist
  • English Mastery Writing
Spring
  • English Mastery: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • English Mastery Writing
Summer
  • English Mastery: Poetry Anthology
  • English Mastery Writing
Year 8 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • English Mastery: Oliver Twist
  • English Mastery Writing
Spring
  • English Mastery: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • English Mastery Writing
Summer
  • English Mastery: Poetry Anthology
  • English Mastery Writing
Year 9 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • A Christmas Carol or Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Unseen Poetry
Spring
  • Macbeth
  • Power and Conflict Poetry
Summer
  • An Inspector Calls or DNA


Key Stage 4

  • Students will have developed a more sophisticated knowledge of language and how it works. They will have the ability to utilise a range of techniques to create effect.
  • Students will have developed their own written and spoken styles, being able to write and speak articulately and eloquently for a variety of purposes.
  • Students will be able to argue and synthesise the opinions of others – both written and spoken.
  • Students will refer to cultural capital/context/research in their analyses, using these references to develop and contextualise their analyses.
  • Students will have begun to read more widely, making cross-curricular links, and critically assessing writers’ styles, purposes and contexts.
  • Students will be prepared to take their next steps in life, through resources and learning linked to further education and future employment.

Curriculum Outline

Year 10 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Macbeth
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Poetry
Spring
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Poetry
Summer
  • Revision for the English Literature GCSE taken in June
  • Spoken Language Endorsement for the English Language GCSE they will sit next year
Year 11 Topics Covered:  
Autumn
  • Explorations in creative reading and writing
  • Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
  • Descriptive and narrative writing
  • Writing to present a viewpoint
Spring
  • Consolidation
  • Revising for mocks
Summer
  • Revision


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