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          Introduction

          Introduction

          The Drama rooms are spacious and allow for performances to take place and the Drama department often use the stages in both East and West hall.

          The larger ‘Event’ room allows the Faculty to hold interactive lessons including staging murder mysteries or holding masterclasses for more than one group at a time.

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          KS3 English

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          Students also receive dedicated learning time to boost their literacy and reading skills.

          In Year 9 pupils are introduced to the main themes we cover in GCSE.


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          As well as this pupils are taught social skills such as how to have empathy with another speaker, or how to treat a difficult subject carefully so as not to offend others. SMSC is used widely within English as we deal with issues which naturally lead to debate.

          Every pupil in KS3 has a glossary book which they will use to build their vocabulary as well store key words they need for the course. Handwriting is also crucial for exams therefore every pupil in the school has a handwriting sheet in the front of their books to exemplify ‘good’ handwriting.

          Years 7 and 8 receive 3 lessons of English per week.

          Year 7 also receive a Library lesson which is dedicated to the skill of reading and inference; one of our key aims is to try and instil a love of reading within all of the pupils.

          Year 7

          The theme in Year 7 is ‘Heroes’.

          The main text studied in Year 7 is a novel – ‘Face’ by Benjamin Zephaniah.


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          Year 8

          The theme in Year 8 is ‘Survival’.

          The main text studied in Year 8 is Shakespeare – ‘Macbeth’

          All pupils are given their own Anthology which holds all of the extracts and texts the pupils need for the year.

          Year 9

          The prose studied are: Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson and Sherlock Holmes – The Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle

          Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet

          Pupils also study GCSE Language units that look at ‘Real Life’ experiences as well as other forms of non-fiction. Spoken English is also covered within the year and pupils are given plenty of opportunities to build their confidence in this before their real exam in either Year 10 or 11.

           

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          KS4 GCSE English Language & Literature

          GCSE English Language

          Exam board

          AQA

          Course code

          8700

          Examined by

          Two exam papers at the end of Year 11; one focusses on fiction and the other on non-fiction. Each paper is split evenly between reading and writing. Each exam is 1 hour 45 minutes.

          Speaking and Listening separate endorsement carried out during Year 10 and 11

          Key topics taught

          Language and structure analysis

          Creative writing

          Non-fiction writing (speech, article)

          Summaries

          Inference and deduction

          Presenting

          The course allows students to:

          Students are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. It also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference, and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.

          The weighting of the course is:

          Exam 1 – Explorations in Creative Writing and Reading – 50%

          Exam 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – 50%

          Separate endorsement for Spoken Language

           Year 10

          In Year 10 we work through the basics of the entire exam – we teach an even split of Paper 1 and Paper 2 as well as an even split of reading and writing. Pupil will sit assessments that are in the same format as the GCSE exam such as summaries, comprehension style questions and extended writing.

           Year 11

          GCSE English Literature

          Exam board

          AQA

          Course code

          8702

          Examined by

          Two exam papers at the end of Year 11; all are closed book. The first exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes and focusses on Shakespeare and a 19tt century novel. The second exam is 2 hours and 15 minutes and focusses on poetry, both seen and unseen, and the modern text.

          Key topics taught

          Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet

          19th century novel - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde: Robert Louis Stevenson


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          Unseen poetry

          Comparative writing

          Structuring an essay

          The weighting of the course is:

          Paper 1 exam – Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel – 40%

          We will be studying the following texts:

          Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

          The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

          Pigeon English – Stephen Kelman

          Anthology Poetry – Love and relationships

          Staff encourage pupils to visit theatres outside of school to further engage them in the texts.Exam board websites

                      

           

          Year 10

          In Year 10 pupils study the Love and Relationships poetry, Pigeon English and Unseen Poetry. Assessments mirror what the pupils will have in the GCSE exam – they take the form of analytical essays. As with the real exams pupils are not allowed to use their texts in the assessment.

          Year 11

          In Year 11 pupils study Romeo and Juliet and The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde. Assessments mirror what the pupils will have in

          the GCSE exam – they take the form of analytical essays. As with the real exams pupils are not allowed to use their texts in the assessment.                      

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          Support

          How you can help your child in English and Drama:

           Hodge Hill YouTube Channel:

           Useful Websites:

           

           

           

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          Reading For Pleasure

          In English we are trying to boost a love of reading in our pupils.

          We have selected 20 books for each year group that we feel are a ‘must read’. These books will help pupils when they finally reach Year 11 in their exams by providing them with ideas for creative writing or ideas for analysis. They are also really good books for all ages.

          All books can be found in the school LRC.

           

           

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