Important Information

End of Term Letter - July 2017

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2017/18 Academic Year

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Years 7, 11, 12 and 13 return Thursday 7th September 2017

All Students return Monday 11th September 2017

English

Welcome to Evelyn Grace Academy's English Department

Our vision is to raise the achievement of all pupils, through a consistent, creative and innovative curriculum that enables pupils to grow personally and academically through an improved understanding of language and literature, shared culture and the wider world in which we live. We aim to make every lesson, for every pupil, accessible, engaging and challenging thereby promoting a culture whereby pupils enjoy their learning, take responsibility for it and ultimately become independent and confident young people who are able to excel in higher education and/or employment.

Our Head of Department is Ms. Feasey

KS3 Curriculum 

Key Stage 3 English is focused on developing students’ skills in three different areas: reading, writing and speaking and listening. The aim is to encourage students to engage with a range of Literature from English Literary Heritage texts to contemporary fiction, poetry and plays. Students study different texts and explore features of theme, language and structure in them in order to understand the cultural, moral, social and spiritual issues and debates. This also provides opportunities for students to replicate these features in their own writing. 

Year 7 

Autumn 1: Prose – ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne
Autumn 2: Thematic – Horror
Spring 1: Poetry – Study of William Blake
Spring 2: Drama – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare 
Summer 1: Non-Fiction – ‘Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins
Summer 2: Prose – ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo

Year 8 

Autumn 1: Prose – ‘Martyn Pig’ by Kevin Brooks
Autumn 2: Prose – ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens
Spring 1: Poetry – War Poetry and The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot
Spring 2: Drama – ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare 
Summer 1: Poetry – Bronx Masquerade 
Summer 2: Prose - ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck

Year 9 

Autumn 1: Drama – ‘The Crucible’ By Arthur Miller
Autumn 2: Poetry – Poetry Comparison
Spring 1:Prose –Detective Fiction and Sherlock Holmes
Spring 2: Prose – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Summer 1: Drama - ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ by Shakespeare 
Summer 2: Non-fiction – 19th Century Literature

 

KS4 Curriculum 

Our GCSE students follow the AQA Syllabus for English Language and English Literature. 

Year 10 

Autumn 1: English Language Paper 1 Reading and English Literature A Christmas Carol
Autumn 2: English Language Paper 1 Writing and English Literature A Christmas Carol
Spring 1: English Language Paper 2 Reading and English Literature A Christmas Carol
Spring 2: English Language Paper 2 Writing and English Literature Romeo and Juliet
Summer 1: English Language Paper 1 and English Literature Romeo and Juliet
Summer 2: English Language Paper 2 and English Literature Romeo and Juliet

Year 11 

Autumn 1: The significance of Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage Controlled Assessment
Autumn 2: Spoken Language Controlled Assessment, Creative Writing Controlled Assessment and Unit 1 preparation.
Spring 1: Exploring modern texts exam prep – ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘The Woman in Black’ and further Unit 1 preparation.
Spring 2: Exploring modern texts exam prep – ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘The Woman in Black’/Poetry across time exam prep – Relationships cluster and unseen poetry 
Summer 1: Exploring modern texts exam prep – ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘The Woman in Black’/Poetry across time exam prep – Relationships cluster and unseen poetry 
Summer 2: Understanding and producing non-fiction texts exam prep

Year 12

Autumn 1: The Handmaid’s Tale and Poems of the Decade
Autumn 2: The Handmaid’s Tale and Poems of the Decade
Spring 1: Frankenstein and A Streetcar Named Desire
Spring 2: Frankenstein and A Streetcar Named Desire
Summer 1: Exam revision
Summer 2: Exam revision

Year 13

Autumn 1: LITB3 – Elements of the Gothic Revision and LITB4 – Further Independent Reading

Autumn 2: LITB3 – Elements of the Gothic Revision and LITB4 – Further Independent Reading
Spring 1: LITB3 – Elements of the Gothic Revision and LIT1B – Aspects of Narrative  Revision
Spring 2: LITB3 – Elements of the Gothic Revision and LIT1B – Aspects of Narrative  Revision

Summer 1: Exam revision
Summer 2: Exam revision

We provide access to a range of enrichment activities for all year groups including: 

  • A variety of theatre trips 
  • Guest poets and authors 
  • Literature festival 
  • Poetry Slam 
  • Debating Club 
  • Spelling Club 

How to support your child: 

  • Encourage your child to read books. Get involved with your child’s homework; discuss tasks with them and the different ways which they can complete these.
  • Familiarise yourself with the specification which your child is studying. Promote literacy using a dictionary and thesaurus to develop and extend your child’s vocabulary.