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English

Objectives in English

In year 7:

Students focus on developing the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills that are essential throughout key stage 3 and 4. The course begins with descriptive and creative writing and progresses to include non-fiction writing styles; an introduction to Shakespeare; and the comprehension and analysis of fiction and non-fiction texts. Students’ understanding and skills will be normally assessed with end of unit assessments.

Modules covered:

  • Writing to entertain - reading for meaning - the world of William Shakespeare - non-fiction texts - poetry - anthology and analysis - speaking and listening

In year 8:

The range of reading activities widens to include a more intense study of literature, non-fiction and media. This includes the study of literature from other cultures and a play by Shakespeare; students begin to develop formal analytical writing skills in response to these texts. In writing we practise more advanced skills that focus upon language, audience and purpose. Students’ understanding and skills will be assessed with end of unit assessments, as well as an end of year test.

Modules covered:

  • Understanding genre - literature from other cultures - Shakespeare - non-fiction texts - radio and film texts - speaking and listening - 19th century literature - writing stories and poetry

In year 9:

Students are taught in ability groups in each half year. In the first term a greater part of the work is literature based, in order to prepare students for GCSE. Students analyse fiction, poetry, film and drama, including a play by Shakespeare and written responses are presented in detail and at length. Skills in writing are consolidated and refined, with emphasis placed on rhetorical devices and on language and its effect. In Y9 there is also a greater focus on reading and writing non-fiction texts, in order to prepare students for the changes to GCSE examinations. At the end of the year our students will sit an AQA Y9 exam paper, along with students from the other high schools within the ACE Academy.

Modules covered:

  • Analysing and comparing fiction - poetry analysis - crafting stories - Shakespeare - reading and writing non-fiction texts - speaking and listening

All students at Ibstock are expected to become SECURE in their understanding

In English this means:

In year 7

  • Read aloud at home regularly
  • Focus on the questions set in literature and avoid retelling the story
  • Find evidence in the text to support their comments
  • Give their opinion about characters and things that happen in stories, poems and non-fiction
  • Put spellings on their personal spelling sheet and learn them
  • Use capital letters and full stops more accurately
  • Use capital letters for the names of people and places, and at the beginning of sentences
  • Use interesting words in their writing
  • Read their writing and make sure that it makes sense
  • Contribute regularly to whole class discussions

In year 8

  • Read more widely for pleasure at home
  • Make clear points when analysing texts: then support them with evidence and explain them
  • When responding to a text remain focused on the question set
  • Organise writing into paragraphs, so that it is structured with a clear beginning, middle and end
  • Use speech punctuation, commas and apostrophes accurately
  • Proof read more carefully to avoid making errors with spelling and punctuation
  • Proof read work and make sure that ideas are expressed clearly and use connectives to introduce and link them
  • Use a range of simple, compound and complex sentences in writing
  • Use language imaginatively and precisely and include detail and description to make writing more interesting
  • Use eye contact and gestures, and speak with expression when giving a talk

In year 9

  • When analysing literature, develop explanations by focusing on the question and answering it
  • Comment upon the effort of literary techniques when analysing texts
  • Analyse how writers adapt their language according to their audience and the purpose of the text
  • Comment upon the form and structure of different texts
  • Use punctuation for effect in work
  • Write sentences which are more varied in length and style, and use varied sentence openers in  writing
  • Develop ideas further in order to produce more detailed written work
  • Use precise vocabulary in writing and adapt language according to the audience and the purpose of the text
  • Use a wider range of connectives to structure writing, to introduce ideas and to link them
  • Take an active part in discussion and listen and respond thoughtfully to the contributions of others