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Introduction:

English is a requirement for KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5. The school use a range of schemes to enable progress including Read, Write Inc, Access to Literacy, Entry Level and GCSE courses. Maplefields are currently phasing in all of the schemes since the introduction of the 2014 National Curriculum, so there will be a period of adjustment.

 

 

KS2:

Yr 5-6

Our students will develop their understanding of Classic Fiction, Drama to include adaptations of Shakespeare, a range of biographies and autobiographies and poetry. Students will also develop their skills at word/sentence level. Where appropriate we use Read, Write Inc and Access to Literacy to individualise work for pupils who find literacy challenging. Writing frames and ICT equipment are used to extend our student’s writing alongside multisensory approaches. There is also regular access to a library to encourage reading.

 

KS3:

Yr 7 –

Our students will develop their understanding of Gothic Literature, writing accurately for a wide range of purposes and audiences, biographies and autobiographies, non-fiction and fiction. The pupils will learn new vocabulary, develop their knowledge of grammar and plan, draft, edit and proof read. Where appropriate we use Read, Write Inc and Access to Literacy to individualise work for pupils who find literacy challenging. Writing frames and ICT equipment are used to extend our student’s writing alongside multisensory approaches.

 

Yr 8 –

Our students will develop their understanding of Hamlet (Shakespeare), fiction to include ‘Holes,’ poetry, creative writing and a variety of media forms (in project format). The pupils will learn new vocabulary, develop their knowledge of grammar and re-drafting. Where appropriate we use Access to Literacy to individualise work for pupils who find literacy challenging. Writing frames and ICT equipment are used to extend our student’s writing alongside multisensory approaches.

 

 

Yr 9 –

Our students will investigate a range of genres, media texts, poetry and at the end of the year GCSE level ‘Of Mice and Men’ prose study in preparation for their GCSE years. Where appropriate we use Access to Literacy to individualise work for pupils who find literacy challenging. Writing frames and ICT equipment are used to extend our student’s writing alongside multisensory approaches. They will focus on extending the depth of their knowledge and completing extended writing tasks.

 

 

KS4-KS5:

 

Yr 10, 11 & 12

 

Controlled assessment – Our students will develop a creative piece for controlled assessment built on knowledge from a studied text (Of Mice and Men) GCSE 4705.

 

They will then study a play (Romeo and Juliet) to analyse how Shakespeare creates tension within the text. This will lead to a controlled assessment as part of their GCSE 4705 in term 2.

 

English Literary Heritage Unit 3 Part A Controlled Assessment – Understanding a poem (Dulce Et Decorum Est) planning and developing a controlled assessment using analytical writing for unit 3 part A, focusing on poetry terms, meaning and writing a reading response.

 

Exam preparation – reading papers, how to answer reading questions, question weighting, example answers– examples of past papers.

 

Exam preparation writing articles focusing on punctuation, sentence structure, paragraphs, spelling, connectives. PAF Purpose, Audience and Format.  To develop understanding of examples of articles.

 

Exam preparation – writing to persuade, focusing on persuasive techniques, letter writing and advertising leaflets. To develop a broad understanding of informative tasks in terms of analysis and creation.

 

Where appropriate we use Access to Literacy to individualise work for pupils who find literacy challenging. Writing frames and ICT equipment are used to extend our student’s writing alongside multisensory approaches.

 

As a department we are currently discussing changes in these key stages due to the national changes to GCSE qualifications. We will update you when plans for the young people are finalised.
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