English

Miss Katy Hart (Subject Leader)

Mrs Julie Skarratt (Literacy Co-Ordinator and Library Co-Ordinator)

Mrs Jacqui Wetton

Mr Andrew Dethick

Mr Rob Morris

Miss Autumn Rigby

English is vital to everyday life and we strive to ensure that each student at The Macclesfield Academy is ready to face their future with excellent communication skills. We are an energetic and committed team, with a wide range of specialisms and experience.

DEPARTMENT AIMS

  • To ensure that students are able to speak, listen, read and write effectively.
  • To encourage students to love reading and to be confident in accessing a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from the past and the 21st century.
  • To help develop students’ understanding of broader society and culture through varied choices of reading material, discussion and written activities.
  • To foster students’ passion for writing through creative, challenging, varied and engaging lessons.
  • To ensure that students achieve their potential in English.

KEY STAGE 3

Students start their journey to GCSE from the very start of Year 7. Our curriculum is built around the skills needed for Year 11, so that students have time to build their confidence and abilities well before the final exams. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 therefore work to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

We encourage students to explore a range of texts, from Chaucer to Bill Bryson, creating their own collection of written pieces along the way. Lessons are also very much about discussion and contributing to debate by listening carefully to others and understanding different points of view.

English teachers support students across the whole range of abilities to be able to apply their own critical responses and understanding to texts and to be able to write accurately and effectively in a range of style and genres, and for a wide range of purposes and audiences.

Our Year 7 and 8 curriculum:

Half term Topic Details
June/ July

 

World War I unit: reading poetry, reading and writing non-fiction A range of lessons including poems, poetic terms, comparison; work around the context of the war; non-fiction writing tasks about war, writing in character, report writing, etc.

Some speaking and listening work

Sept/ Oct

 

Writing: inform, argue and persuade

Reading: non-fiction texts

 

 

 

 

Teaching of reading and writing skills:

Reading – Comprehension; skimming; scanning;  close reading; information retrieval; graphology (presentation); structure; audience; genre; purpose

Writing – basic literacy; writing to argue; writing to persuade; writing to inform; writing for different genres, audiences and purposes

Speaking and listening, e.g. persuasive speech

Nov/ Dec Reading: 20th and Pre-20th century short stories Reading one pre-20th century, one 20th century short story.

Explore character, setting, plot, themes, structure and context.

Language analysis (using correct terminology) and comparison of texts.

Speaking and listening, e.g. discussion comparing two stories

Jan/ Feb Writing to describe plus narrative writing

Some reading of 19th, 20th and 21st century extracts

Exploring descriptive language and how writers structure their work to engage readers.

Story-writing skills, planning, descriptive techniques and basic literacy.

Speaking and listening, e.g. reading circle where students discuss others’ stories.

Feb/ Mar Paper 1 skills

(reading and writing fiction)

Information retrieval – facts, comprehension

Writer’s use of language in a short extract

Whole extract structure

Interpretation of a text

Creative writing – Either description or story opening

Apr/ May Paper 2 skills

(reading and writing non-fiction)

Selecting true statements about texts – comprehension

Summarising and comparing the texts

Writer’s use of language.

Comparing writers’ attitudes about a subject

Writing to explain a point of view about a topic

June Summary of the year Final reading and writing tasks

End of year test

Our Year 9 curriculum:

Half term Topic Details
June/ July Writing: Fiction Story-writing skills: character, plot, setting, etc.
Sept-Dec A Christmas Carol

 

Tasks about Victorian London

Reading the novel, plus a range of tasks such as:

·         Comprehension

·         In-depth language analysis

·         Exploration of the text’s structure

·         Writer’s ideas

·         Linking to context

Plus a range of non-fiction written tasks linked to the novel

Jan/ Feb Reading and writing: non-fiction

 

Study of a range of non-fiction texts (across a range of purposes/ audiences/ eras), e.g. leaflets, articles, websites, letters, speeches, etc.

Analysis of language, structure and presentation.

Persuasive language features, writing to argue and discursive writing.

Feb/ Mar Shakespeare:

Romeo and Juliet

Reading of the play.

Exploration of language, structure, plot, character, themes, author’s idea, context.

Apr/ May Exam skills Information retrieval – facts, comprehension

Writer’s use of language in a short extract

Whole extract structure, e.g. opening as a way of interesting the reader; topic focus, etc.

Interpretation of a text

Creative writing – Either description or story opening

Summarising and comparing texts

Comparing writers’ attitudes about a subject

Writing to explain a point of view about a topic

June Exam preparation

Start year 10 course

Final revision plus exam in the hall

Students who require further support have extra timetabled English lessons in order to be able to learn the skills they need in more depth.

As a team, we review and alter our curriculum on a yearly basis.

SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) lessons are delivered once a fortnight.

All students read for 15 minutes at the start of every English lesson in order to encourage students to be active and engaged readers.

KEY STAGE 4

In Years 10 and 11, we continue to study a range of engaging texts in order to teach the skills needed for the exams and also for life after school!

Students work to improve their written accuracy and how they structure their writing, as well as building their skills of comprehension, following an argument, recognising bias, etc.

Part of the GCSE qualification is assessment in the use of spoken language, so students have the opportunity to work individually and in groups to discuss topics and give presentations.

We follow AQA’s exam specification for both English Language (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-Language-8700) and English Literature (http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-Literature-8702). Students will sit two exam papers for each subject.

Our Year 10 and 11 curriculum:

Half term Course element Teaching focus
Y9 June/ July Literature

Paper 1 section A

Reading and study of Macbeth. Understanding: plot, dramatic structure, character, themes, context
Y10 Sept/ Oct Language

Paper 2 section A

Reading and responding to a range of non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts.
Y10 Nov/ Dec Language

Paper 1 section A and B

Reading a variety of literary text extracts from 20th and 21st centuries. Study of: genre conventions, text and sentence variety, characterisation, dialogue, atmosphere, description of people and places, etc

Narrative writing skills.

Y10 Jan/ Feb Literature

Paper 2 section B

Poetry from the AQA Anthology. Study of half the set poems. Comparative skills. Analysis of language, form and structure.
Y10 Mar/ Apr Literature

Paper 1 section B

Language

Paper 1

Reading and study of The Sign of Four. Focus on understanding plot, structure, characters, themes and context

Analysis of language, structure and form of the text.

Y10 Apr/ May Language

Paper 1 section A

Language revision

Read and respond to a selection of short passages from 20th and 21st century literature: writer’s craft, including structure at sentence and text level. General paper 1 and paper 2 revision
Y10 Jun/ Jul Language

Paper 2 section B

Audience, purpose and genre of non-fiction writing. Looking at presentation of viewpoints in a range of non-fiction texts, e.g. travel writing, speeches, letters.
Y11 Sept/ Oct Literature

Paper 2

Reading and study of An Inspector Calls.
Y11 Nov/ Dec Literature

Paper 2 section B

Poetry from the AQA Anthology. Study the remaining poems.   Compare poems. Unseen poetry analysis skills.
Y11 Jan/ Feb Language

Papers 1 and 2, section B

Teaching and revision of writing skills for both English Language papers.
Y11 Mar/Apr Literature

Paper 1

Revision of Shakespeare play and The Sign of Four. Analysis of form and structure. Essay writing techniques.
Y11 May/Jun REVISION

As a team, we review and alter our curriculum on a yearly basis.

SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) lessons are delivered once a fortnight.

All students read for 15 minutes at the start of every English lesson in order to encourage students to be active and engaged readers.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Through the Academy’s Enrichment programme, the English faculty delivers sessions, such as reading groups, journalism, poetry writing, film club, creative writing with primary school students, Library Leaders and GCSE support. We also run revision sessions for year 11 students.

Our students have the opportunity to write for “Local People” (a local magazine distributed across Macclesfield). Recent articles include:

Local People – Autism does not define me by Eleanor Adshead

Local People – Am I a reader by Jaime Duffy

Local People – What becoming a prefect means to me …… by Tristan Staszko

Local People – Work Experience by Ellie Hall

Local People – The Macclesfield Korean Kickboxing academy by James Fowles

Local People – My camping trip to Buxton by Ocean Wolstenholme

Local People – Back to the Future by Shoni Lewis

Through English lessons, students can enter national competitions, such as BBC Radio 2’s 500 word story contest. We also take part in events for National Poetry Day and World Book Day, as well as running trips to the theatre. Students can also become part of a team who help to run the library and year 9 Mentors are trained to support primary school students with their reading.

USEFUL LINKS

AQA English subject homepage http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english

BBC Bitesize KS3 English Language http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv

BBC Bitesize KS3 English Literature http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zykdmp3

BBC Bitesize KS4 English Language http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zr9d7ty

BBC Bitesize KS4 English Literature http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zckw2hv

Interesting texts and ideas about studying English http://www.geoffbarton.co.uk/

Useful revision resource http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/

Revision notes about texts http://www.sparknotes.com/