English

November 4th, 2019

Welcome to English

English in the modern secondary school is a broad and diverse subject that explores the many different ways in which we communicate. The English Department at Harrow Way is committed to the development of the various skills needed to study and create texts across a range of forms and genres.

The Department leads students to academic success, sharing positive relationships with classes whilst maintaining high expectations and levels of behaviour.

During Year 7 and 8, students are encouraged to develop their ability to express themselves through the reading of texts and by building creative and transactional writing skills. Speaking and listening skills are developed through discussion and presentation on an individual basis as well as in pairs and groups. Students will practise writing in a range of different forms, and there will be on ongoing focus on building skills of redrafting and editing. Active reading strategies are taught and wide reading is encouraged.

We have endeavoured to create an exciting and varied Year 7 and 8 curriculum, with a separate overarching theme strand for each year. These are ‘Islands and Adventures’ in Year 7 and ‘Lights in the Darkness’ in Year 8. The curriculum consists of the following:

Year 7 – ‘Islands and Adventures’

  • Reading and study of Treasure Island – analysis, discussion and creative writing;
  • Creative work around the theme of ‘Expeditions and Adventure’;
  • Reading of The Island at the End of Everything – analysis, discussion and creative writing;
  • An introduction to Shakespeare through the study of The Tempest, involving textual analysis, discussion and creative work;
  • An introduction to the study of poetry.

Year 8 – ‘Lights in the Darkness’

  • Whole-text study of the novel Private Peaceful, involving contextual work on WW1, war poetry and creative work;
  • Whole-text study of The Prince of Mist, involving analysis, discussion and creative work around the horror genre;
  • Reading and study of The Graveyard Book, including comparison with The Jungle Book and an introduction to the bildungsroman narrative form;
  • An extended creative writing project, involving the conception and planning of an original novel in the bildungsroman style, as well as the writing of a single chapter from this imagined story.

During both Year 7 and Year 8, students will compile a ‘Creative Portfolio’, which will consist of a range of creative writing pieces inspired by the various texts that they have studied. Throughout the year, students will refine, redraft and edit their creative work with a view to producing final pieces that showcase the very best of their creative skills.

Year 9 – ‘Identities in Conflict’
The Year 9 Curriculum provides a foundation for higher-level academic study, involving reading and analysis of several texts grouped around the theme of ‘Identities in Conflict’:

  • On-going analysis practice and essay-writing skills
  • Whole-text study of the classic Young Adult text The Outsiders, including
  • Literary analysis – whole-text study of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice;
  • Study and comparison of the short stories The Destructors and Eveline;
  • Creative and transactional prose writing;
  • Ongoing classroom discussion, debate and presentation;
  • Understanding grammar, morphology and developing technical accuracy in writing

During Year 9, students will compile an ‘Academic Portfolio’, which will consist of a range of analytical pieces, including essays, responding to the various texts that they have studied. Throughout the year, students will refine, redraft and edit their academic work with a view to producing final pieces that showcase the very best of their skills.

Years 10 and 11
At GCSE level, we follow the Eduqas GCSE English Language and English Literature Syllabuses.

Year 10

  • Ongoing study of the GCSE poetry anthology
  • Study of GCSE set text (20th century drama)– Blood Brothers;
  • Study of GCSE set text (Shakespeare) – Othello;
  • Creative and transactional prose writing;
  • Ongoing classroom discussion, debate and presentation.

Year 11

  • Study of GCSE set text (19th century prose) – A Christmas Carol;
  • Nonfiction prose comparison skills;
  • Revision of Othello and Blood Brothers;
  • Creative and transactional prose writing;
  • Ongoing study of the GCSE poetry anthology
  • Ongoing exam preparation

During Year 10 and 11 students will again compile an ‘Academic Portfolio’, which will consist of a range of analytical pieces, including essays, responding to the GCSE set texts that they have studied.

Students will sit their final GCSE exams in the summer term of Year 11: two English Language exams and two English Literature exams.

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