English

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books-stackThe study of English is essentially the study of language and communication – the very heartbeat of our existence!

We use language to communicate and interact with the world around us daily, in a wide range of situations and formats, from reading a newspaper to talking to friends. In English, we study the effective use of language: as a reader, as a writer, as a speaker and as a listener.

At Lowton CE High, we strive to develop our students’ communication skills and to encourage an enjoyment of independent reading and independent thought through the study of a wide range of texts and other media, engaging with sensitive and thought-provoking issues, alongside an exploration of diverse writing styles.

At Key Stage 3 our curriculum gives our students the opportunity to engage with a range of different novels, plays, poems and non-fiction texts to broaden and challenge their skills and viewpoints. Students have the opportunity to write stories, poems and play scripts, in addition to non-fiction styles, such as letters, articles and speeches. This is developed further in Key Stage 4 where we follow the Eduqas English Language and Literature GCSE curriculum.

In an ever-changing, competitive world, language and communication skills – writing, reading, speaking and listening – are absolutely vital to success, in the workplace, in the community, in the world.

Subject Key Aims

  • To be able to use language effectively and appropriately in a wide range of contexts.
  • To be able to express oneself accurately, in written and spoken form.
  • To understand and appreciate a wide range of literature, from historical sources to contemporary writers.
  • To experience the pleasure of reading for enjoyment.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

  • Autumn 1 – Autobiography – Non-fiction Writing.
  • Autumn 2 – Novel – Reading Character / setting.
  • Spring 1 – Gothic Horror – Writing.
  • Spring 2 – Multicultural Poetry – Reading.
  • Summer 1 – Non-fiction reading and writing. Plus Y7 exam prep.
  • Summer 2 – Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”.

Year 8

  • Autumn 1 and 2 – Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Stormbreaker’- Reading and Writing.
  • Spring 1 – Travel – Non-fiction Reading and Writing.
  • Spring 2 – Childhood Poetry – Reading.
  • Summer 1 – Campaign for a Cause – Non-fiction Reading and Writing.
  • Summer 2 – Texts through time – Reading, Speaking and Listening.

Year 9

  • Autumn 1 – Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’ Literature Analysis.
  • Autumn 2 and Spring 1 – Study of “A Christmas Carol”.
  • Spring 2 – ‘Challenging the way we think’ Non-fiction Reading and Writing.
  • Summer 1 and 2 – GCSE poetry and Spoken Languages assessment.

English Language Eduqas

  • 20th Century Reading – Component 1.
  • Creative Prose Writing – Component 1.
  • 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction reading and transactional writing – Component 2.
  • Speaking and listening skills – Component 3.

English Literature Eduqas

  • Shakespeare play e.g. “Romeo and Juliet” or “Macbeth” – Component 1.
  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens 19th Century Pose – Component 2.
  • ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell Post 1914 drama or “An Inspector Calls” by J.B Priestley – Component 2.
  • Poetry – Literary canon, modern and unseen poetry – Component 1 and 2.
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