FREE Upper Batley High School iPhone & Android App
Quick Links

Useful Links

UBHS chosen for national case study as a high achieving school
click to watch film

Upper Batley

Free Uniform Exchange
Believe.
Achieve.
Succeed.
Believe.
Achieve.
Succeed.

English

Overview

The English department at Upper Batley High School consists of dedicated members of staff whose aim is to achieve the highest possible standards for all of our learners. Our curriculum is designed especially to engage and support the achievement of learners by equipping them with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Outline of Course Content

Year 7 topics include:

Our English curriculum is designed to allow learners to enjoy reading and creating a range of different texts. Learners in Year 7 and 8 devote one lesson per week to reading following the Accelerated Reader programme where they are encouraged to read widely and their progress in reading is closely monitored and recorded.

In Term One of Year 7, learners will study a short transition unit, looking at descriptive writing and a modern novel, focusing on narrative writing, language analysis, structure and essay writing.

In Term Two, learners will study a modern drama text, focusing on comparison, synthesis and structure, as well as a Shakespeare play. For the Shakespeare unit, learners will study A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will focus on the summary, structure and language analysis.

In Term Three of Year 7, learners will study an introduction to Gothic poetry, focusing on analysing language, form and structure as well as an introduction to the Victorian Novel. Learners will have an introduction to Dickensian England where they will study famous Victorians, extracts of prose and poetry, letters, literary non-fiction and the contextual factors of the time. This will then link to the study of a complete, substantial Victorian text in the first term of Y8.

At the end of Term Three, learners will sit a progress test which will test their comprehension of a fiction text and their ability to write creatively.

NB: Term Two and Term Three (The Novel and Shakespeare) assessment will focus on an extract and then broaden out to the text as a whole. Term One (Drama) will not have an extract but will focus on character or theme.

Year 8 topics include:

In Term One of Year 8, learners will follow on from their introduction to the Victorian Novel at the end of Y7 and will now study a complete, substantial Victorian text and literary non-fiction. Learners will focus on writing to describe and present a viewpoint, language analysis, structure and essay writing.

In Term Two of Year 8, learners will study Modern Drama. Focusing on narrative and descriptive writing, comparison, synthesis and structure as well as Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Learners will focus on viewpoint writing and discussion, summary, structure and language analysis.

In Term Three of Year 8, learners will study a non-fiction, journalism style unit to explore how language is used for different purposes and audiences as well as War Poetry – focusing on language analysis, comparison, and structure. Learners will be introduced to some poems as unseen.

At the end of Term Three, learners will sit a progress test which will test their comprehension of a non-fiction text and their ability to write for a specific purpose.

Year 9 topics include:

Our English curriculum in Year 9 is designed to transition learners towards GCSE level study. Learners will be assessed using GCSE grades and will learn the key skills needed for their GCSE exams. In Term Three, learners will start to cover the content needed for their GCSE English Literature exam.

In Term One of Year 9, learners will study:

  • An American Modern Novel – Of Mice and Men or To Kill A Mockingbird. Learners will learn how to respond to an extract and develop their response to broaden out to the text as a whole. The study of the text will focus on key GCSE foci such as character, theme, imagery, language and structure. Alongside this development of their Literature essay writing skills, learners will also develop their skills in descriptive and narrative writing.
  • A Modern Drama – The Crucible, View from a Bridge or Death of a Salesman. The focus of the teaching with be specifically the methods used by the playwright and developing the learners’ ability to write effective literature essays. In addition, learners will also continue to develop their narrative writing skills in preparation for the GCSE examinations.

In Term Two of Year 9, learners will study:

  • Shakespeare. Learners will study Othello and will focus on GCSE AO’s throughout the term. Learners will be taught the key themes of a Shakespearean tragedy and they will learn how to respond to an extract and broaden out to the whole text. Character, theme, imagery, language and structure are all areas that will be tested on.
  • Spoken Language in use – Language and Power. Learners will be taught the skills required to answer the reading section of the Language Paper 1 Q2 & 4 specifically focusing on methods/language used to demonstrate power.

In Term Three of Year 9, learners will study:

  • AQA Poetry Anthology. Learners will be taught 15 poems from the Power and Conflict cluster of the anthology. They will be taught to compare the poems within the cluster in terms of themes and ideas. They will also be taught to respond to a previously unseen poem and to compare to a secondary unseen poem in preparation for the Literature examination at the end of Year 10.

Year 10 topics include:

Learners will study for their GCSE English Literature exam in Year 10 and will be entered for their formal GCSE examination in Term 3. They will achieve a GCSE grade 1-9 in English Literature at the end of this year.

In Term One of Year 10, learners will study:

  • A Shakespeare play, either Macbeth OR Romeo and Juliet. Learners will be taught to look at extracts and then broaden out to whole text. Study will focus on character, theme, imagery, language and structure.
  • A Pre-1900 Novel. Learners will study A Christmas Carol and will be taught how to respond to an extract and broaden out to the text as a whole

In Term Two of Year 10, learners will study:

  • A modern drama text. Learners will be studying Inspector Calls and they will focus on the GCSE AO’s throughout the term building on the following skills: response to literary fiction prose (20th and 21st century), literature essays.
  • Revision: Shakespeare and Pre-1900 Novel. There will be time to focus on the consolidation of the content and skills necessary for the Literature examination.

In Term Three of Year 10, learners will study a unit on spoken language. Preparation and assessment (presentation and discussion or Q and A session) of their Spoken Language assessment which is a compulsory part of their GCSE English Language as well as revision across all units in preparation for their GCSE examination.

Year 11 topics include:

Learners will study for their GCSE English Language exam in Year 11 and will be entered for their formal GCSE exam in Term 3. They will achieve a grade in GCSE English Language at the end of this year.

In Term One of Year 11, learners will study:

  • Reading (paper one): Learners will be required to answer questions on an unseen fiction extract. They will be taught skills in responding to literary prose fiction (20th and 21st century); language and structural analysis; and evaluation of texts. Writing: studies will focus on descriptive and narrative writing and general writing skills.

  • Reading (paper two): Learners will be required to answer questions on two unseen non-fiction extracts. They will be taught skills in responding to non-fiction and literary non-fiction (20th and 21st century); synthesis, language analysis and comparison. Writing: studies will focus on writing to argue, persuade, instruct/advise and explain. Learners will also learn the features of articles, speeches, letters, essays and leaflets.

In Term Two of Year 11, learners will study:

  • January Progress Exams: Paper 1 and Paper 2.
    Reading (paper one): Learners will use their feedback on their mock exam to improve their responses to Paper 1. They will be taught further skills in responding to literary prose fiction (20th and 21st century); language and structural analysis and evaluation of texts. Writing: studies will focus on descriptive and narrative writing, and general writing skills in greater depth.
  • Reading (paper two): Learners will use their feedback on their mock exam to improve their responses to Paper 1. They will be taught further skills in responding to non-fiction and literary non-fiction (20th and 21st century); synthesis, language analysis and comparison. Writing: studies will focus on writing to argue, persuade, instruct/advise and explain. Learners will also learn the features of articles, speeches, letters, essays and leaflets. They will learn how communicate their own viewpoint effectively in writing for different purposes and audiences.

In Term Three of Year 11

Learners will revise all the skills required for Paper 1 and Paper 2. Learners will sit their GCSE exam this term. 

Other Details

Useful revision websites are www.aqa.org.uk BBC GCSE Bitesize revision and www.englishbiz.co.uk

Recommended Revision Guides: CGP AQA English Revision Guide/Workbook, CGP GCSE English.