KS3 English Curriculum Intent:
Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College has an ambitious knowledge-rich English curriculum which fosters thoughtful, inquisitive and skilled students in reading, writing and oration. We have high expectations of our pupils to be technically accurate and critically astute whilst reading and writing for pleasure. Our choice of topics, text and concepts at KS3 are rooted in our Catholic ethos and virtues promoting the spiritual well-being of our students.
The English learning journey is cohesive and cumulative, designed to inspire and master. The model of the knowledge-rich curriculum uncovers the breath and depth of the literary canon whilst developing and interconnecting key-concepts and core-skills specific to summative assessments.
The KS3 schemes of learning progressively prepare students with the skill-set for a seamless KS 4 transition. The English curriculum is designed to thematically blend poetry, prose, non-fiction, creative and transactional writing, drama and oration skills:
Term 1 Transition novel + transactional writing skills
Term 2 Shakespearean Comedy: The Tempest + creative writing skills
Term 3: An Introduction to Environmental Nature Poetry and Non-Fiction Texts
Term 1 Traditional Gothic Fiction and Faith: Dracula and Creative Writing
Term 2 Detective Mystery and Faith: Father Brown and Sherlock Holmes
Term 3 Shakespearean Tragedy: The Rise and Fall of Lady Macbeth
Regardless of prior attainment, starting point or background, all pupils have an equal opportunity to experience high quality teaching and learning in English. Key Stage 3 is taught in mixed ability classes and differentiated accordingly.
Exercise books will be regularly examined to ensure pride and completion of class work and homework. We give a ‘meaningful tick’ to ‘meaningful work’ requiring feedback, re-drafting or editing for SPaG, in accordance with the college marking policy.
All students will be set regular standardised homework to consolidate and extend learning outside of the classroom. The completion of homework will be set and monitored on a weekly basis. Sanctions for incomplete and/or unsatisfactory homework will result in a detention noted in the planner with a stamp. Please support the college’s homework policy and your child by checking their academic planner regularly.
In additional to homework, pupils are expected to read independently for at least 30 minutes each evening to foster the college’s good reading habits. You child should always carry a reading book with them in college and make full use of our college library.
The English department is made up of 9 experienced members of staff. Please do not hesitate to contact us via email or telephone in order to support your child’s learning journey in English.
KS4 English Curriculum Intent:
The KS4 curriculum at Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College fosters thoughtful, articulate and technically accurate students of literature and language. Our choice of GCSE set-texts uncovers the breadth and depth of the English literary canon and is firmly rooted in our Catholic ethos and virtues, promoting the spiritual well-being of our learners.
Regardless of prior attainment, starting point or background, all pupils have an equal opportunity to experience a coherent and cumulative GCSE curriculum, with high quality teaching and learning that fully prepares them for examination success. KS 4 is taught mixed ability with one accelerated teaching group based on attainment, effort and conduct.
We follow the Eduqas GCSE English Literature and Language syllabus, which begins in Year 9. Throughout Years 9 and 10 students will complete the Literature course and study Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice and poetry.
In the summer term, Year 10 will begin studying the GCSE English Language qualification. Pupils will complete a Spoken Language Endorsement [SLE], which is a compulsory non-exam assessment but it will not impact the final GCSE English Language grade. Each student must plan and deliver a formal presentation or speech, including responses to question using Standard English. SLE is separately awarded a pass, merit or distinction.
In Year 11, students will complete the English Language syllabus whilst revising Literature before their final GCSE English Language and English Literature exam in summer. The structure of the exam is as follows:
English Language consists of 3 exams or components:
Component 1 - 1 hour 45 minutes – 40%:
Section A: 20th century fiction extract
Section B: one creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles
Component 2 – 2 hours – 60%:
Section A: comparison of two non-fiction sources from the 21st and 19th century
Section B: two compulsory transactional/ persuasive writing tasks
Component 3: Spoken Language Endorsement
English Literature consists of two exams or components:
Component 1 – 2 hours – 40%:
Section A: Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice
Section B: Poetry Anthology
Component 2 – 2 hours 30 minutes - 60%:
Section A: Modern Prose – Priestley’s An Inspector Calls
Section B: 19th Century – Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Section C: Unseen poetry
Home study and independent revision is imperative to your child’s long term achievement and success. All students will be set regular standardised home study to consolidate and extend learning outside of the classroom. The completion of home study will be set and monitored on a weekly basis. Sanctions for incomplete and/or unsatisfactory home study will result in an after college detention and will be noted in your child’s planner with a stamp. Please support your child and the college homework policy by checking your child’s planner regularly. In order to promote independent learning, all KS4 students have access to the English Student Google Team Drive and should make full use of the revision material available on the college website during examination periods.
In additional to home study, pupils are expected to independently read a wide range of fiction and non-fiction to fully equip them with the reading skills and vocabulary required of GCSE students. We appreciate the demands on students at this stage in their education, therefore we ask you to encourage your child to use our college library and challenge them to read a novel during the holiday periods and/or re-read their set text for Literature.
The English department is made up of 9 experienced members of staff. Please do not hesitate to contact us via email in order to support your child’s learning journey in English.