Subject Vision and Intent

 

Hodge Hill Girls’ School teach English programmes of study to Key Stage 3 pupils which promote the pupils' appreciation and love of reading and prepares them for the demands of everyday life and their future careers. Our specialist English teachers deliver the new National Curriculum for English with enthusiasm and ensure lessons are taught in an inventive and inspiring way that encourages each pupil to develop their confidence in their written and oral communication. 

At Key Stage 4 the curriculum is designed to ensure pupils reach their full potential and attain the highest possible standards at GCSE level. At Hodge Hill Girls' School a considerable number of pupils make three or more levels of progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4, which is significantly higher than national average. 

 

 

Five Year Plan

 

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Autumn Term 1  

Recount, plus Writing Skills 

Nineteenth Century Literature: e.g. The Sign or Four, Christmas Carol

Poetry  

Power and Conflict: Third 5 of 15 poems

Inspector Calls 

English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2

Autumn Term 2 Contemporary/ Early 20th Century  English Language: Paper 1 Shakespeare: Macbeth/Romeo and Juliet 

Shakespeare: Macbeth/Romeo and Juliet 

English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2
Spring Term 1 English Language: Paper 1 Power and Conflict: Second 5 of 15 poems Inspector Calls 19th Century Literature: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2
Spring Term 2 Power and Conflict poetry: First 5 of 15 Poems English Language Paper 2 19th Century Literature: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

19th Century Literature: Inspector Calls 

English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2

Revision

Summer Term 1 English Language: Writer's viewpoint and perspective

Shakespeare: Macbeth Basic

19th Century Literature: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde  Text Revision

English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2

Revision

Summer Term 2 Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet Basic Non-Fiction and Fictional Writing

Poetry 

Reading and writing skills: English Language 

Introduction to GCSE English Language Exam

 

Key Stage 4

 

GCSE English Literature

Exam Board

AQA

Examinations

GCSE English Literature consists of two papers:  

 

Paper 1 – Shakespeare and Nineteenth Century Literature, 1hour and 30 minutes 

Paper 2 – Modern Text and Poetry, 2 hours and 15 minutes.  

(For the Literature examination no books are allowed in the exam.) 

Key Topics

Power and Conflict poetry 

 

Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth or Merchant of Venice 

 

Nineteenth century Novel - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or A Christmas Carol or The Sign of Four 

 

Unit 4- Modern Text - An Inspector Calls or Blood Brothers or Animal Farm 

 

 

GCSE English Language

Exam Board

AQA

Examinations

GCSE English Language consists of two papers:

Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (fiction), 1 hour and 45 minutes 

Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (non-fiction), 1 hour and 45 minutes 

Students will also prepare for, and take, the spoken language element of the English Language GCSE 

Key Topics

Reading:  

  • Critical reading and comprehension 
  • Summary and synthesis 
  • Evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural feature  
  • Comparing texts 

Writing 

  • Producing clear and coherent text
  • Writing for impact