At Outwood Academy City, students study a range of texts for English Literature, including poetry, drama and prose. For English Language, we develop close reading and analysis skills and learn to write for a range of audiences and purposes. We also value independent reading and sharing our experiences of the books we have read.
The English course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. Key Stage 3 English is taught in Year 7 and Year 8. Work builds on the students’ existing knowledge and skills, developing increasingly sophisticated reading and analytical skills through the experience of studying a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as developing creativity, awareness of context, and rigour in technical accuracy in writing. Years 7 and 8 are seen as the beginning of a continuous learning journey through to GCSE.
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs Levelsey-Kroeller by email to R.Levesley-Kroeller@city.outwood.com
Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in English Language and English Literature
In English Language, learning focuses on developing the skills for two exam components. The reading elements require students to read and answer questions on twentieth-century fiction and nineteenth and twenty-first century non-fiction writing. The writing tasks include narrative and transactional writing. For the English Literature specification, students will read and analyse ‘The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley. They will also be tested in their understanding of prepared and unseen poetry.
English Language is assessed in the following way:
English Literature is assessed in the following way:
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs Atkin by email to: F.Atkin@city.outwood.com (for Year 11) and Ms Christie by email to: R.Christie-Jones@city.outwood.com (for Year 9 and 10)
Please see the current academy enrichment timetable for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.
Within English lessons, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are provided with reading time for Accelerated Reader. In lesson, this means that students read a book of their choice, within their ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development). A student’s ZPD is allocated through the completion of a comprehensive STAR Reading test, which guides students in selecting appropriate reading material in line with their reading age. As part of Accelerated Reader time in English, our teaching staff listen to students read, help them to track their reading progress and discuss reading materials; this assists students in making positive reading choices. As a Department, we highly recommend reading for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. This enables students to succeed in boosting both their reading ability and confidence. As we highly value the importance of Accelerated Reader and reading in general, we recommended that students ensure that reading takes place within the classroom but also as part of their home learning, so that their reading skills become increasingly more secure.
For all Year 10 and 11 students, the English Department continue to place emphasis on reading as part of home learning. We continue to discuss reading with students and advise that reading and re-reading of the core GCSE Literature texts is completed. This allows students to revise key themes, characters and events as well as writing style and use of literary technique. Therefore, for Year 10 and 11 students, we advise that students become increasingly familiar with the following texts to support their GCSE learning:
As part of English homework, for students who struggle with forming words and letters on the page, staff provide specialised intervention, providing key tips and tasks to complete in a student handwriting booklet.
As part of weekly homework, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are provided spellings to learn. It is expected that all students know how to correctly spell ‘The Dirty Thirty’, a collection of thirty commonly misspelt words to improve written accuracy. ‘The Dirty Thirty’ can be found within Literacy pages of the student planner.