Curriculum

English

English

It is vital that students coming to Goldwyn develop their skills in literacy and their confidence to express their thoughts and opinions clearly in writing and orally. Above all else, these skills will help them understand and respond positively to all of the subjects they will encounter.

The English Department makes every effort to motivate pupils with relevant, interesting activities and resources. Multi-media equipment and techniques are consistently used to allow pupils the opportunity to research, understand, and explore texts and topics through a hands-on, practical approach. Formal assessments take place three times a year in as non-threatening environment as possible, allowing the students to perform to the best of their ability.

Years 7, 8 and 9

During Key Stage 3, students develop confidence in spoken language; co-operating in small groups and developing the ability to work as independently as possible. They will re-visit basic literacy skills such as correct punctuation and use of grammar. Extended writing is encouraged with an emphasis on varying vocabulary and developing creative approaches to their writing. Students read abridged classic and contemporary texts; a range of media texts and through these, explore social and moral issues. In year 7, there is a two year rolling program to enable inclusion of pupils who are disaffected in other settings.

Year 7

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 1

Superheroes

The Identity Kit

Skellig

Skellig

Out of this World

Traveller’s Tales

Year 2

Superheroes

Holes

Holes

Making the News

In search of Adventure

Your Language

Year 8

 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Words of War

Technology Matters.

The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Year 9

 

Dare to Scare

Connections

Exploring Difference

My Life, My Choices

Young Entrepreneurs

From Talking Drums to Tweets.

 

 

 

 

Years 10 and 11

At Key Stage 4, students prepare for GCSE and Functional skills qualifications (written and reading responses are computer based).

There is a focus on work related and college topics for Functional Skills, while GCSE work follows the new AQA English Language Specification which ends in two exams in their final year.

Pupils are given the opportunity to:

  • talk for a wide range of purposes, both informally and formally, including: debate, discussion and exploration of culture and issues that interest and touch upon the lives of young people today.
  • read and respond to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts from pre-1914 texts to the modern day.
  • develop creative written responses through a structured and supported approach.

Year 10

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Bugs

Fight for Freedom

Trapped

All in the Mind

Traveller’s Tales

Year 11

 

 

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Preparation for Paper 1 –

Section A Reading

Functional Skills Preparation

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Preparation for Paper 1 –

Section B Writing

Functional Skills Preparation

Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives

Preparation for Paper 2  - Section A Reading

Functional Skills exams

Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives

Preparation for Paper 2  - Section B Writing

Functional Skills exams

Exam Revisions and Practise

Functional Skills exams

Exam Revisions and Practise

Functional Skills exams

 

 

 

 

 

 

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