English and Literacy

Heaf of Faculty: Mrs Jess Davies

Contact Email: jxd@penglais.org.uk

Overview

The English and Literacy faculty are committed to fostering independent and resilient students.  Fundamentally, we aim to develop literate students who are prepared for life both academically and socially; they will be secure in their oracy, reading and writing skills and use these to make sense of the world around them.  We encourage the appreciation of literature and language and use the study of these to broaden horizons and fire creativity.  

As practitioners, we will collaborate as a team to develop an engaging curriculum which encourages active learning and enjoyment.  We place importance on professional dialogue and learning between colleagues to refine our practice and ensure our teaching and learning continues to evolve and progress. 

It is imperative to instil confidence in our students so they are prepared to meet the demands of modern life and enable them to find success as accomplished and ethical citizens on a local, national and global scale.

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Staff List

Mrs Emily Evans

Mrs Deborah Davies

Miss Bea Stearn

Mr Richard Watterson

Ms Katherine Porter

Mrs Catherine Smith

Mrs L. Hussein

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Year 7

In English, you will develop your reading, writing, and oracy skills. You will start by exploring narrative writing, and then you will study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction over the year, including a novel called The Candle Man and a play called Paper Tigers. You will also complete speaking and listening tasks such as presentations and group discussions. It’s important to check and edit your work regularly to make improvements; this should be done in class and as part of your homework.

 

Half Term

Name of Unit

Key Task Type

Key Task

Autumn 1

247 Tales

Writing

Narrative writing

Autumn 2

The Candleman

by Catherine Fisher

 

Reading

Character study or comparison essay

Spring 1

Mystery at Sea

 

 

Oracy

Discussion of the theories surrounding the Mary Celeste

Spring 2

Persuasive Leaflets

 

Writing

Creation of a leaflet using persuasive features

Summer 1

Exam Preparation and Exam

 

Reading

Comprehension and other skills completed in first half of the Year 7 exam

Writing

Narrative writing completed in the second half of the Year 7 exam

Summer 2

A Person I Admire

Oracy

Presentation to the class on a person admired by the student

 

The smaller tasks that build up to each key piece are also an indicator of how your child is doing in lessons. All tasks help to build the skills required for either GCSE English Language or English Literature and we treat the GCSE course as a five-year framework to fully prepare our students.

Please note that the order of the programmes of learning may change for your child according to the needs of the teaching group.

Year 8

In English, you will develop your reading, writing, and oracy skills. You will study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction over the year, including a novel called Holes, a selection of poems and an introduction to the works of Shakespeare. You will also complete speaking and listening tasks such as presentations and group discussions. It’s important to check and edit your work regularly to make improvements; this should be done in class and as part of your homework.

 

Term

Name of Unit

Key Task Type

Key Task

 

Autumn 1

Improving Schools

 

Oracy and Writing

Discussion on uniforms and formal letter

 

Autumn 2

Holes

by Louis Sachar

 

Reading

Character study essay

 

Spring 1

 

Holes

by Louis Sachar

 

 

Oracy

Discussion on town curfews

 

Spring 2

Finches’ Cottage

 

Writing

‘Return to Finches Cottage’; Narrative task based on short story

Summer 1

 

 

 

Introduction to Shakespeare

 

Exam Preparation and Exam

 

Speaking and Listening Skills

Reading

Comprehension and other skills completed in first half of the Year 8 exam

 

Summer 2

Writing

Formal letter writing completed in the second half of the Year 8 exam

 

The smaller tasks that build up to each key piece are also an indicator of how your child is doing in lessons. All tasks help to build the skills required for either GCSE English Language or English Literature and we treat the GCSE course as a five-year framework to fully prepare our students.

Please note that the order of the programmes of learning may change for your child according to the needs of the teaching group.

Year 9

In English, you will develop your reading, writing, and oracy skills. You will study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction over the year, including one of two novels; Buddy or To Kill a Mockingbird. You will also study Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  You will also complete speaking and listening tasks such as presentations and group discussions. It’s important to check and edit your work regularly to make improvements; this should be done in class and as part of your homework.

Half Term

Name of Unit

Key Task Type

Key Task

Autumn 1

Homelessness

Oracy and writing

Discussion task set by class teacher

Persuasive speech about the impact of homelessness

 

Autumn 2

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

OR

Buddy

by Nigel Hinton

 (cont.)

Writing

Narrative inspired by class novel

Spring 1

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

OR

Buddy

by Nigel Hinton

 

Reading

 

Character study essay

Spring 2

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare

 

Reading

Choice of literary analysis questions

Summer 1

Exam Preparation

 

Reading

Comprehension and other skills completed in first half of the Year 9 exam

Writing

Persuasive speech writing completed in the second half of the Year 9 exam

Summer 2

WW1 Poetry

 

Individual Oral

 

Oracy

 

Preparation for GCSE S&L skills

 

 

The smaller tasks that build up to each key piece are also an indicator of how your child is doing in lessons. All tasks help to build the skills required for either GCSE English Language or English Literature and we treat the GCSE course as a five-year framework to fully prepare our students.

Please note that the order of the programmes of learning may change for your child according to the needs of the teaching group.

Year 10

In English, most students will be working towards two GCSEs: English Language and English and Literature.

English Language:

The English Language GCSE assesses the core skills of reading, writing and oracy. The course is mainly exam based (80%) with two units that are taken at the end of Year 11. Both exams are two hours long and consist of a reading and writing section. The other 20% consists of two speaking and listening tasks (an individual presentation and a group discussion) that are completed at the end of Year 10 and the start of Year 11. Students will be working on a number of assessed tasks throughout Year 10. This will develop their confidence when responding to a variety of readinq question types and develop their ability to write accurately and effectively with a clear sense of purpose and audience.

English Literature:

The English Literature GCSE focuses on the study of novels, plays and poems. There are two exams for this GCSE, one of which will be taken at the end of Year 10. This exam will focus on ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck and an analysis of two unseen poems. This exam counts for 35% of the Literature GCSE. The final exam will be taken at the end of Year 11. There are also two controlled tasks to complete for English Literature in Year 10: one will be on a question relating to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the other will be based on the close study of two poems. The controlled tasks together account for 25% of the Literature GCSE.

The skills of close reading and analysing texts for Literature will also help improve students’ reading and writing skills for the English Language exams. The two GCSEs will run side by side; some weeks will focus on Language, while other weeks will focus on Literature. Often students will be completing work within a lesson that will help develop skills for both qualifications.

Unit 1: speaking and listening 20%

  • Individual presentation
  • Group discussion

 

Unit 2: exam 40%

  • Reading section
  • Writing section (creative/ descriptive/

exposition writing)

Unit 3 exam 40%

  • Reading section
  • Writing section (argumentation and

persuasive writing)

Year 11

English Language

Students will start the year completing a group discussion on a given topic. This will count towards 10% of the final English Language GCSE grade. Individual presentations will have been completed already at the end of Year 10 (which counts towards another 10%).

The rest of the year will be spent preparing for the Unit 2 & 3 English Language exams. Both exams are worth 40% each of the English Language GCSE, and both have a reading and writing section. We will be working on improving exam technique in answering reading questions and completing writing tasks throughout the year. There will be ‘walk through’ and full mock exams at different points in the year to assess progress. Smaller classwork tasks will also help to develop these reading and writing skills further.

English Literature

Students will have already finished their controlled assessments and completed the Unit 1 exam in the summer. The final Unit 2 exam consists of the study of two texts:

  • An Inspector Calls’ by JB Priestley
  • Heroes’ by Robert Cormier

Both texts have an extract and an essay section to complete in the exam, which is worth 40% of the final Literature GCSE.

English Language

 

Unit 1: Speaking and listening 20%

  • Individual presentation
  • Group Discussion

 

Unit 2: exam 40%

 

  • Reading section
  • Writing section (creative/ descriptive/

 exposition writing)

 

Unit 3: exam 40%

 

  • Reading section
  • Writing section (argumentation and

persuasive writing)

 

English Literature

 

Unit 1: exam 35%

 

  • Of Mice and Men
  • Unseen poetry

 

Unit 2: exam 40%

 

  • An Inspector Calls
  • Heroes

 

Unit 3: controlled tasks 25%

 

·         Romeo and Juliet

·         Poetry comparison