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 Years 7 and 8 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Years 9 to 11. 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. Students’ work is assessed using a framework of ‘Age Related Expectations’. Students are encouraged to learn key spellings, read and write with accuracy and develop the ability to research topics in a confident way.
If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs Woolston by email to K.Woolston@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 either ‘The Merchant of Venice’ or ‘Macbeth’, 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 Levesley-Kroeller by email to: R.Levesley-Kroeller@city.outwood.com (for Year 11) and Ms Christie by email to: R.Christie-Jones@city.outwood.com (for Years 9 and 10)
Please see the current academy enrichment timetable for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.
All students are encouraged to use enrichment time to complete further study of key texts within the English Literature specification. For English Language, further support is provided to help all students develop confidence with reading and writing skills. There is also opportunity for students to take part in creative written tasks, many of which are submitted to nationwide writing competitions, enabling students to experience the drafting process and the success of having their work published.
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 inside and outside the English classroom. 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. Students are eligible to receive awards throughout the academic year, helping them to value the importance of reading as a life skill.
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 throughout the GCSE course. Re-reading key texts 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.
Homework and complementary resources are provided on the English corridor throughout the year, allowing students to select tasks that will help develop their understanding and confidence of key skills. We encourage all students to use the materials provided and discuss their home learning with their English teacher/s.
Below are links to the revision websites that have been created to provide bespoke support for all students accessing the GCSE Language and Literature curriculum.