English

English

We aim to develop enthusiastic readers, writers and communicators. Our teaching aims to promote creativity, confidence and a love for our language.

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We are an incredibly successful department, boasting outstanding results.

 

Facilities

We offer 10 specialised classrooms with beautiful displays. Each has a ceiling mounted projector, an interactive whiteboard and considerable storage space. We have two bookable laptop trolleys, ample class readers and an integral, large office for English teachers. Our students are encouraged to use the Learning Resource Centre and classes occasionally use the amphitheatre and Auditorium.

 

Curriculum

At Key Stage Three, students complete regular, standard assessments but each teacher is encouraged to use a variety of approaches and texts. There is a strong emphasis on the enjoyment of Literature and all classes have a weekly private reading session.

At Key Stage Four, all students follow the AQA syllabi for English Language and Literature. Media Studies is offered as an Option subject and is delivered by English teachers.

 

 

Year 7: Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Non fiction writing
  • Sentence structure, punctuation
  • Vocabulary choice
  • Audience
'The Ruby in the Smoke'
  • Exploration of a writer's craft
  • Introduction to analytical writing skills
  • 19th century concepts
  • Vocabulary building 
Non fiction reading
  • Explicit and implicit
  • Synthesis

Year 7 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Classic narrative and epic poetry
  • Exploration of narrative from different traditions
  • Analytical reading and writing
  • Vocabulary development 
Non fiction writing
  • Grammar and punctuation
  • Persuasive writing skills
  • Audience and tone
  • Presenting a speech
Non fiction texts (throughout the term)
  • Independent investigation
  • Structure of texts and context 

Year 7 Summer Term

Topic

Overview

'A Midsummer Nights Dream'
  • Shakespearian comedy
  • Characterisation
  • Analytical essay writing
  • Creative response
  • Vocabulary development
Non fiction texts (throughout the term)
  • Independent investigation
  • Structure of texts and context

YEAR 8 AUTUMN TERM

Topic

Overview

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (play)
  • Dramatic methods
  • Exploration of a playwright's craft
  • Non fiction, descriptive and analytical writing
  • Structure analysis
  • Vocabulary development
Non fiction writing
  • Text structure
  • Punctuation and grammar, tone
Fiction reading
  • Extract analysis
  • Comprehension skills
Non fiction texts (throughout the term)
  • Independent investigation
  • Structure of texts and context

Year 8 Spring Term

Topic

Overview

19th century short stories
  • Genres, context, analysis
  • Structure of a text
Narrative writing
  • Style and description
  • Narrative voice
  • Sentence and paragraph structure
Non fiction texts (throughout the term)
  • Independent investigation
  • Structure of texts and context

Year 8 Summer term

Topic

Overview

Social and political protest poetry
  • Poets and poetic devices
  • Comparative skills
  • Essay writing
Dystopia
  • Utopia and Distopia
  • Narrative voice
  • Exploration of texts
Non fiction texts (throughout the term)
  • Independent investigation
  • Structure of texts and context

English Language

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

English Literature

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

Media Studies

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/media-studies/gcse/eduqas-gcse-media-studies-spec-form-2017-e.pdf

 

English: Year 9 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Writing non fiction
  • Technical accuracy
  • Engaging a reader
  • Format and purpose
  • Persuasive techniques
Literature text/short stories
  • Context, analysis, structure of a text
Narrative writing
  • Style, description
  • Narrative voice, sentence and paragraph structure

Media Studies: Year 9 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Introduction to Media
  • Basic definitions, types of Media
Nature and social impact of new media
  • Positives and negatives of the internet
  • How media is developing
  • Convergence: media on different platforms
Media language: terms and analysis
  • Learning how meaning is created (signs, connotations
  • Learning and and applying new terms and analysis to media texts
  • Assessments
Stereotypes
  • Analysing stereotypes in the media

English: Year 9 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Writing fiction
  • Technical accuracy
  • Narrative structure, engaging a reader
Non fiction reading skills
  • 19th century texts
  • Language analysis, comparative writing
  • Authorial intention
War poetry
  • Context, language analysis, comparative writing

Media Studies: Year 9 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Representation
  • Introduction to types of representation
  • Stereotypes
  • Analysis of representation in media texts
  • Camera shots
  • Comparison of representation
  • Representational theory
  • Scaffolded representation assessment
  • Representation assessment
Print advertising
  • Introduction & Propp's theory
  • Set text study: This Girl Can (context, media language and representation)
  • Exam technique and questions
  • Deconstruction leading to creative print advert tasks
  • Set text study: Quality Street (context, media language and representation)
  • 2 assessments based on learning

English: Year 9 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Speaking and listening
  • Engaging an audience
  • Structure, presentation skills
'A Christmas Carol'
  • Context, analysis of language
  • Authorial intention

Media Studies: Year 9 Summer Term

Topic Overview
Film posters
  • Genres
  • Set text study:'The Man with the Golden Gun' film poster (context, media language and representation)
  • Barthes codes
  • Set text study:'Spectre' film poster (context, media language and representation)
  • Creative task
  • Assessment, Exam technique and questions

English: Year 10 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
'An Inspector Calls'
  • Context, analysis of language
  • Authorial intention
Poetry anthology selection
  • Context, language analysis
  • Comparative writing
Fiction reading and writing
  • Comprehension and evaluation
  • Analysis of text, inference
  • Technical accuracy
  • Narrative structure, engaging a reader

Media Studies: Year 10 Autumn Term

Topic Overview
Magazines
  • Magazine terminology and genre
  • Set text study of 'GQ' and 'Pride' magazines (context, media language and representation)
  • Exam techniques and questions
  • Double page spread analysis
  • Creative task
  • Uses and gratification theory
  • Asessment: section A mock
Newspaper
  • Newspaper terminology and genre
  • Set text study of 'The Sun' and 'The Guardian' (context, media language and representation)
  • Exam technique and questions
  • Narrative theories
  • Revision and 2 assessments

English: Year 10 Spring Term

Topic Overview
Poetry anthology section
  • Context, language analysis
  • Comparative writing
Non fiction reading
  • 19th century texts
  • language analysis, comparative writing
  • Authorial intention
Non fiction writing
  • Technical accuracy
  • Format and purpose, engaging a reader

Media Studies: Year 10 Spring Term

Topic

Overview

Industry and audience
  • Introduction
  • Newspaper: industry and audience
  • Case study of 'The Sun'
  • Video games: industry and audience
  • Case study of 'Pokemon'
  • 2 assessments
Introduction to controlled assessment
  • Conventions

English: Year 10 Summer Term

Topic

Overview

'Macbeth'
  • Context, analysis of language
  • Authorial intention
'Unseen Poetry'
  • Language analysis
  • Comparative writing

Media Studies: Year 10 Summer term

Topic

Overview

Controlled assessment
  • Research to inform: an individual media production for an intended audience in a response to a stipulated brief: Create a new print magazine (front page, double page spread)
  • Planning and statement of aims
  • Production of controlled assessment
Industry and audience
  • Film: industry and audience
  • Case study of 'Spectre'
  • Radio: industry and audience
  • Case study of 'The Archers'

English: Year 11 Autumn Term

Topic

Overview

Fiction comprehension and analysis
  • Comprehension and evaluation
  • Analysis of text, inference
Poetry anthology
  • Context, language analysis
  • Comparative writing
Literature text revision
  • Context, analysis of language
  • authorial intention

Media Studies: Year 11 Autumn Term

Topic

Overview

Television
  • Detailed study of one television genre: media language, representations, industries and audiences
  • Exam technique and questions
  • Revision and mock exams

English: Year 11 Spring term

Topic

Overview

Poetry anthology
  • Context, language analysis
  • Comparative writing
Non fiction comprehension and analysis
  • 19th century texts, language analysis
  • Authorial intention
  • Comparative writing
Fiction writing
  • Technical accuracy
  • Narrative structure, engaging a reader

Media Studies: Year 11 Spring Term

Topic

Overview

Music
  • Detailed study of music video and online media
  • Two contemporary music videos
  • Online, social and participatory media surrounding the artists
  • One music video from the past
  • Revision, assessment, exam technique and questions

English: Year 11 Summer Term

Topic

Overview

Revision
  • Exam skills

Media Studies: Year 11 Summer term

Topic

Overview

Revision
  • Revision tasks

 

Extra Curricular

We aim to enthuse our students about our subject and so regular competitions, workshops and theatre visits are organised. Judgemeadow is also designated the “Hub” school for English within the City of Leicester – we host meetings and events designed to raise achievement within English.

 

 

Extra Help

There are lots of opportunities available for extra help within English.

After School Help

Students please ask your teacher for help.

Pictured aside is Mrs Qamar working with her Year 11 group after school.

 

 

Independent Learning and Homework

Independent learning is essential to success within English.  Students are expected to read widely and often and reading lists are available to provide extra ideas and challenge. 

Year 8 have an Independent Learning booklet to work from – they are expected to choose tasks linked to their own learning preferences.  Peers and family provide an essential role in giving feedback to our Year 8 students. 

In addition, English staff set homework on a regular basis.  A variety of homework tasks will be set ranging from research tasks through to extended pieces of writing.