acting head of english & literacy: Miss l murphy
The aim of the English Department at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy is to ensure that our students are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed and independent students who are able to succeed in the modern world.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum Details:
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is broad, balanced and innovative and provides all students with an opportunity to develop a love for language and literature.
At Key Stage 3, students study a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, from canonical masterpieces to modern classics. They will explore texts written pre and post 1914 and consider the different forms of prose, poetry and drama. Students develop the skills of deduction and inference; they will learn to comment on writers’ use of language including grammatical and literary features. They will also learn how to relate texts to their social, cultural and historical traditions. All students will study whole Shakespeare plays in Years 8 and 9, while new themed units now include: War, Imagined Worlds and Good vs. Evil.
Students are explicitly taught all aspects of grammar at word, sentence and text level in our weekly ‘English Time’ sessions. These sessions have been carefully planned to ensure that students are taught to write with technical accuracy and fluency. Throughout Key Stage 3, students will also learn to select appropriate and ambitious vocabulary, write in a wide variety of styles and produce texts that are appropriate for task, purpose and audience.
Students are actively encouraged to read widely for pleasure. All Key Stage 3 students read independently for the first ten minutes of every English lesson – DEAR time. Students in years 7, 8 and 9 are enrolled on the Accelerated Reader programme where they are encouraged to read books appropriate to their ability, and complete quizzes testing them on their level of understanding. Rewards and prizes are given out to students who frequently read and complete the quizzes.
As well as developing their reading and writing skills, pupils work on their speaking and listening skills, developing the confidence to present ideas in small groups, pairs and as individuals.
Books are marked every four lessons and DIRT (Directed Improvement and Reflection Time) is built into our Medium Term plans to allow students to respond to the comments of their teachers, applying their targets and improving their work. Assessments are planned into each unit of the work and will help students gain experience of GCSE style questioning and ensure that class teachers can track progress accurately.
There will be end of year assessments for Years 7, 8 and 9 in the Summer Term.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Details:
All students will be entered for GCSEs in English Language and Literature. The reformed AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature specifications are assessed using the 9-1 grade scale and will be 100% examination based. There is a compulsory Speaking and Listening element to the course but this does not contribute to the final grade.
The GCSE English course has been designed to include the study of a range of prose and drama extracts in order to consolidate analytical and evaluative reading skills, one Shakespeare play, one pre-19th Century Prose novel, an anthology of modern poetry and one modern play. The course also involves the teaching of a plethora of writing skills in order to create confident, accurate and imaginative writers.
Students will study Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls in Year 10 alongside our English Time lessons. In Year 11, students will study a 19th Century Prose novel such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations plus the AQA Poetry Anthology – Power and Conflict.
English Time is a chance for students to build on their Key Stage Three skills and learn how to apply them to the English Language GCSE examinations. Students will be encouraged to read widely during the course of their studies and a range of independent study sessions will be readily available throughout Key Stage Four. Our new DEAR library will encourage older students to continue developing their reading skills and provide a broader understanding of Literature through time.
There will be end of year examinations for Year 10 in the Summer Term.
Key Stage 5 Curriculum Details
A Level English Literature
A Level English Literature is what is known as a “Facilitating” Subject. The Russell Group, which represents 24 leading UK universities, has defined these as: English Literature, History, Modern Languages (e.g. French) Classical Languages (e.g. Latin), Maths and Further Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography.
These are subjects that universities require for you to have to get onto certain courses. To do an English Literature degree at a Russell Group university, you must have an A Level in English Literature, however, to get onto a Psychology degree course, you do not need a Psychology A Level.
In a nutshell: “Facilitating subjects don’t cover everything, but choosing one or two helps keep your options open for a range of courses and careers.
Students of A Level English Literature at Sir Christopher Hatton will follow the new AQA A Level specification. The A Level encourages independent study of a range of texts within a shared context. Studied together they create an understanding of English Literature that will extend knowledge and love of the subject.
In Unit One, students explore aspects of a literary theme (Love through the Ages) as seen over time. This will include unseen material and set texts. Students will study three texts: one poetry and one prose text (of which one must be pre-1900) and one Shakespeare play. In Unit Two, Students explore aspects of literature connected through a clearly-defined period of time – World War One. Here, students study three texts including: one prose, one poetry and one drama text, at least one of which must be written post-2000.
Students are also expected to write a 2500 words comparative critical study of two independently selected texts.
English Language and Literature is regarded as one of the group of “preferred” academic A Level for entry to university and combines well with both arts and science subjects. It is well received and valued by universities and employers because it develops important skills of communication, analysis, problem solving and independent thinking. It could lead to many degree subjects although perhaps if you are considering a career in journalism, media, publishing, marketing, business or even teaching this could be an ideal subject to pursue.
A Level English Language & Literature
English Language and Literature combines the best elements of GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature and brings them together in one exciting, challenging and rewarding course. If you enjoy the opportunity to read and write, and you want to develop your skills further as a critical reader and writer, then this is the course for you.
During the course students will learn how to analyse and respond to the spoken and written word. This means that you will study literary texts and other texts including those from the media. Your writing skills will develop and you will have the chance to develop your skills as an independent learner.
We follow the Edexcel Specification for English Language and Literature and this is assessed via two terminal examinations each of which is two hours and thirty minutes long, together with a coursework element (20% of the final grade) which asks the students to write two pieces of original writing based on a theme and core texts, together with one analytical commentary reflecting on their studied texts and the pieces of writing they have produced.
English Language and Literature is regarded as one of the group of “preferred” academic A Level subjects for entry to university and combines well with both arts and science subjects. It is well received and valued by universities and employers because it develops important skills of communication, analysis, problem solving and independent thinking. It could lead to many degree subjects although perhaps if you are considering a career in journalism, media, publishing, marketing, business or even teaching this could be an ideal subject to pursue.