English and Literature

Staff List and Responsibilities

  • Mrs J Giraud - Learning Leader English
  • Miss J Pooley-Litt – Deputy Learning Leader for English: Achievement
  • Mr B Bowen – Deputy Learning Leader for English: Teaching and Learning
  • Mrs Hallam – Deputy Head teacher: Teaching and Learning
  • Mrs A Byrne – Deputy Head Teacher: Achievement
  • Mrs D Banham – Associate Assistant Head Teacher and Academic Intervention Programme Leader
  • Mrs L Miles – Associate Assistant Head Teacher and Professional Mentor
  • Mrs S Francis –Learning Leader Additional Needs / SENCO
  • Mrs Leonie Gray – Teacher of English
  • Mrs A Choudhury – Teacher of English
  • Miss E O’Malley – Teacher of English
  • Mr B Banks - Teacher of English (Teach First)
  • Miss A Khan - Teacher of English (Teach First)

The English Department at TOAN is committed to ensuring all our students achieve great outcomes whilst developing core skills needed in the world of work.  We inspire our students, develop a love of reading and explore the world through the written world.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that:

  • students are exposed a wide range of texts
  • students have the opportunity to write creatively and imaginatively
  • students have every change to succeed and achieve excellent results

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1

Autobiographies:

This unit will include a variety of texts from writers around the world focusing on the way these writers present their thoughts and feelings.  Students will also produce their own piece of autobiographical writing, focused on developing their use of literary devices and complex vocabulary.

Poetry and short stories:

Students will study the way writers use language and structure to convey their ideas in a poem.  Students will also be exposed to some creative writing skills through this unit.  Students will produce their own short story, focusing on the way they can use language and structure to engage a reader.

 

Term 2

Villainous Villains:

This unit encompasses a variety of extracts from classic texts. Students will develop their reading for meaning and analyse skills. Students will analyse characters, plot, setting, themes, language and social historical and cultural context.  Students will produce a close analysis of an extract and produce a speech in the role of a character from an extract.

Fiction Prose:

Students will study a modern fiction text covering all aspects of reading for meaning and analyse character, plot, setting, themes, language and social, historical and cultural context.

Students will produce a close analysis of language and structure in one extract from the text they have studied, and write a formal letter in the voice of a character from the text they have studied.

 

Term 3

Introduction to Shakespeare:

Students will study set scenes from a Shakespeare play, with a focus on reading for understanding of character, plot, setting, themes, language and social, historical and cultural context.

Students will analyse the presentation of one character from the play they have studied and create a newspaper article about on key event from the play they have studied.

Creative Writing

Students will develop and build their creative writing skills, in particular looking at the use of language techniques to engage a reader and extended but appropriate vocabulary.

End of Year Examination:

All students will complete an end of year examination, focused on all of the reading and writing skills they have obtained over the course of the year.

 

Year 8

 

Term 1

A Modern Novel

Students will cover all aspects of reading for meaning and analyse characters, plot, setting, themes, language and social historical and cultural context. Students will be encouraged to consider the moral messages within the text they are studying.

Students will produce a close analysis of a key theme within the novel they have studied and write a speech linked to the key theme in the text.

Conflict Poetry

Students will study a range of poetry from modern and historical conflicts. Students will study the intricacies of language and structure in order to understand the complexity of ideas the poet wished to convey.

 

Term 2

Shakespeare.

Students will study a complete Shakespeare play, reading for understanding of character, plot, setting, themes, language and social, historical and cultural context

Students will produce a close analysis based on both an extract and the full play they have studied. Students will also produce a letter, written from the perspective of a character from the play.

Short Stories.

Students will study a range of short stories from the AQA anthology in order to develop their close reading skills further.

 

Term 3

Transactional writing and non-fiction reading.

Students will study a range of non-fiction texts, looking at presentation, structure, content, language and style.  The texts chosen will be closely linked to the styles encountered at Key Stage 4 and be taken from a variety of time periods.

Students will also revise and recap their knowledge of transactional writing styles, such as articles, letters and speeches.

Modern Drama.

Students will study a modern play, focusing on plot character and key themes. Students will consider the playwrights craft and they structural skills specific to the format of a play.

End of Year Examination:

All students will complete an end of year examination, focused on all of the reading and writing skills they have obtained over the course of the year.

 

Year 9

Year 9 is the year in which we lay the clear foundations for the GCSE course; building on the core skills developed in Key Stage 3.  The texts are increasingly challenging and the focus is on stretching and challenging the students to ensure that they are prepared for the rigour of GCSE English Literature and Language.

 

Term 1

Modern Drama

Students to explore a modern drama text in preparation for GCSE English Literature. Students to be prepared to analyse characters, themes, setting, plot, language and social, historical and cultural context.

Students may study:

An Inspector Calls

The Crucible

A View from the Bridge

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Students will read the 19th Century gothic classic.  They will cover all aspects of reading for meaning and analyse characters, plot, setting, themes, language and social historical and cultural context.

The assessment will mirror the GCSE English Literature exam paper to ensure students are developing key examination skills.

 

Term 2

Short Stories

Students will study a range of short fictional stories. Students will be developing the skills needed to excel on the GCSE English Language Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing.

Non Fiction and the Media

Students will study a range of non-fiction texts.  They will be developing the skills needed to excel on GCSE English Language Paper 2. Students will study a range of comparative texts from 19th and 21st Century.

 

Term 3

Romeo and Juliet

Students will explore the characters, themes and how Shakespeare has become a cultural icon.  There will be the opportunity to explore aspects of the play through drama, speaking and listening activities as well as preparing students for style of examinations.

Poetry

Students will cover a range of poetry from other cultures.  They will be taught the skills for exploring and analysing poetry.

End of Year Examination:

All students will complete an end of year examination, focused on all of the reading and writing skills they have obtained over the course of the year.  These will directly mirror the GCSE English Language papers whilst being accessible and appropriate for Year 9 students.

 

Key Stage 4

Students begin their formal preparation for GCSE English Language and English Literature in Year 10.  Students all follow the AQA Syllabus and the two courses are integrated throughout the two-year course.

Year 10

Term 1

Blood Brothers

Students will study Russell’s dramatic methods; Russell’s use of language; contextual factors; theme and character study.

Transactional Writing

Students will cover specific skills related to the purpose of writing to argue and persuade; use of relevant linguistic devices and clear focus on technical accuracy

Power and Conflict Poetry

Students will cover the analysis of the Power and Conflict poems, analysing the effect of language and comparing writers’ perspectives.

Term 2:

Macbeth

Students will read the whole play; Shakespeare’s dramatic methods; analysis of key scenes in each act; all major characters; themes and motifs; contextual factors

Students will develop core skills for English Literature Paper 1.

Non Fiction

Students will read a range of non-fiction articles to prepare them for English Language Paper 2.  They will be developing core skills of analysis and evaluation.

Unseen Poetry

Students will cover the skills needed to analyse poetry.  Specific exam practise on attempting the unseen poem and comparing two unseen poems.

Term 3

A Christmas Carol

Students will read the 19th century classic.  They will cover: the text as a whole; Dickens’ characterisation; themes and ideas; contextual factors.

Descriptive and Narrative Writing:

Students will cover specific skills related to the purpose of writing to describe; use of relevant linguistic devices and clear focus on technical accuracy.

 

Year 11

Throughout Year 11 students will have the opportunity for specific, tailored revision according to their own needs.  They will be able to attend EQP – revision classes on a weekly basis and may have the opportunity to attend Saturday School. 

There will be formal mock examinations throughout the year as well as regular assessments to ensure that we tailor the revision to the needs of each and every student.

Term 1

Students will revise all the elements for GCSE English Language Paper 1 and 2.  They will build on their knowledge from Year 10 and continue to develop the key skills of analysis, evaluation and writing for different audiences and purposes.

Term 2

Students will revisit the Literature texts from Year 10.  As well as revising the content of the texts students will develop further insight into the writers’ methods and intentions whilst continuing to develop core skills.

 

For more information regarding the GCSE courses please visit the following pages:

GCSE English Literature

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

GCSE English Language

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700