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English Curriculum Intention

The English department at Little Lever School aims to enhance the reading and writing skills of all students through the delivery of a broad range of texts and creative stimulus which will challenge students’ understanding of wider concepts, whilst ensuring that all students possess the English skills required for their future educations and employment.

 

Key Stage Three English Curriculum Intent

At Little Lever School the KS3 English curriculum has been designed to ensure that all students access the core delivery of reading and literacy skills, and are able to build on their KS2 studies.  Whilst the aim of KS3 English is to prepare all students for the expectations of GCSE examinations, is it also believed that the core skills studied across years 7 and 8 ensure that students have a broad understanding of texts from a range of cultures and contexts.  Therefore, the teaching of English at Little Lever reflects the understanding of the power of words and their ability to deliver morals, purpose and important messages to all, with schemes of learning reflecting this.

Across years 7 and 8, students will have access to a range of literature from a variety of authors, poets and playwrights, which will stimulate creative writing, academic discussion and critical analysis.  The texts which will be studied, include:

  • Animal Farm
  • Gothic Literature
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Maze Runner
  • Poetry Collections.

Each text is chosen to promote both challenge and academic progress potential within the subject.

Students will be formally assessed every half-term against reading and writing criteria.  Each assessment will be used to target each student’s areas for development and to inform interventions, where needed.

 

Key Stage Four English Curriculum Intent

The KS4 English curriculum follows the AQA GCSE exam syllabuses, with students sitting both English Language and English Literature examinations at the end of year 11.  Final grades within the subject are formed based on 100% examination, which are externally marked and moderated.

Students will leave Little Lever School with two separate English GCSE grades, having studied a variety of writing styles.  Across both GCSE courses, students will study texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st Century, to develop their appreciation of the English language and its impact on an intended audience.  Each syllabus is assessed by two exam papers, with four examinations in total in year 11. 

The overview of each GCSE course is outlined below:

English Language

Paper 1 (50%)

Paper 2 (50%)

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

1 hour 45 minutes

1 hour 45 minutes

 

English Literature

Paper 1 (40%)

Paper 2 (60%)

Shakespeare and 19th Century Fiction

Modern Texts and Poetry

1 hour 45 minutes

2 hours 15 minutes

Texts include:

  • Macbeth
  • A Christmas Carol

Texts include:

  • Lord of the Flies / Blood Brothers (Year 11)
  • An Inspector Calls (Year 10)
  • Power and Conflict Poetry
  • Unseen Poetry
WHOLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM INTENT ART COMPUTING BUSINESS & MEDIA KS4 ENGLISH GEOGRAPHY HISTORY MATHS MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES PERFORMING ARTS PHYSICAL EDUCATION RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY