The Highcrest Academy

English

English Reading

Our department of highly enthusiastic, motivating teachers help and guide every student to develop their love of English Language and Literature during their time at Highcrest and enable them to flourish in this subject, preparing them for a range of future courses and job positions.

Intent

Our knowledge-rich curriculum will inspire our students to appreciate the power of language and the opportunities that it provides for success in an ever-changing society and empower them to develop curiosity, imagination, expression, empathy and tolerance. Through our inspirational teaching, we will build their confidence, creating literate, independent thinkers who are empathetic, and go on to become life-long learners.  The English Curriculum is founded on a shared love of language and literature, and within our department, we endeavour to explore a variety of themes and ideas that are universal and relevant to today. Our students will fully understand that English is at the very heart of every aspect of learning and shapes our understanding of human experience. 

KS3

Students study a range of exciting topics in KS3 with an equal focus on Reading and Writing skills where they are encouraged to develop ideas, argue their point of view and explore the ideas and contextual factors behind given texts.  Pupils will be encouraged to read, act and create their own pieces of writing around a variety of topics and ideas.

Year 7 topics:

  • Transition unit on Boy by Roald Dahl
  • Descriptive Writing
  • Skellig by David Almond or ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar
  • Newspaper Project
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • War Horse, Private Peaceful, Dracula or Already Dead
  • Writing to Argue and Persuade

Year 8 topics:

  • Detective Fiction
  • Narrative Writing
  • Macbeth
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or Monster Island
  • Poetry from other Cultures
  • Non-Fiction Reading

KS4

At KS4 level, students revisit and further develop the skills they learnt at KS3 with encouragement and guidance to explore and analyse given texts in more depth.  Pupils are taught how to approach a range of topics, skills and questions in preparation for their GCSE exams in English and they learn the Language and Literature units simultaneously to ensure that all skills are being continuously revised and improved whilst covering new topics and texts.

Year 9 topics:

  • Creative Reading and Writing
  • Non-fiction Reading and Writing
  • Introduction to An Inspector Calls
  • Introduction to Romeo and Juliet

Year 10 topics:

  • Power and Conflict Poetry
  • Creative Reading and Writing
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Spoken Language Unit
  • Non-fiction Reading and Writing

Year 11 topics:

  • Romeo and Juliet revision
  • Creative Reading and Writing revision
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Non-fiction Reading and Writing revision
  • Power and Conflict Poetry

KS5

Students taking English Literature at KS5 have the opportunity to read a range of engaging texts with completely new themes and plot lines from those studied at KS4.  Our KS5 pupils relish the opportunity to form complex, critical arguments and develop their wider knowledge through reading around the texts and ideas and thrive on regular opportunities to discuss and debate their ideas on various characters, themes and critical views.

KS5 Texts:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Frankenstein
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Poems of the Decade
  • Othello
  • Victorian Verse Poetry
  • Students’ own choice of two texts for Coursework task.

Literacy Skills:

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KS3

KS3 Recommended Reading List

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3kw2hv

www.english-online.org.uk/games/gamezone2

www.englishbiz.co.uk

www.word-detective.com

KS4

KS4 Recommended Reading List

GCSE Specification:

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

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

Useful Websites:

English Language: 
www.bbc.co.uk/education/examspecs/zcbchv4

English Literature: 
www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zckw2hv

Mrs Merrick’s YouTube Channel: 
www.youtube.com/channel/UC1CwOVczh-KB6rnKjSBcKQg

School Reading List Website:
schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-ks3-pupils

Useful Revision Guides:

Literature:

  • Collins Snap Revision Text Guides - Romeo and Juliet: AQA GCSE English Literature
  • Collins Snap Revision Text Guides - A Christmas Carol: AQA GCSE English Literature
  • Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - For the 2017 Exams - GCSE English Language and English Literature All-in-One Revision and Practice
  • Collins Snap Revision Text Guides - For the 2017 Exams - An Inspector Calls: AQA GCSE English Literature

Language:

  • Collins Snap Revision - For the 2017 Exams - Reading (for papers 1 and 2): AQA GCSE English Language - 9780008218089
  • Collins Snap Revision - For the 2017 Exams - Reading (for papers 1 and 2): AQA GCSE English Language
  • Collins Snap Revision Text Guides - For the 2017 Exams - An Inspector Calls: AQA GCSE English Literature - 9780008235918
  • Collins Snap Revision - For the 2017 Exams - Writing (for papers 1 and 2): AQA GCSE English Language
  • Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - For the 2017 Exams - GCSE English Language and English Literature All-in-One Revision and Practice
  • Target Grade 3 Writing AQA GCSE (9-1) English Language Workbook
  • Target Grade 3 Reading AQA GCSE (9-1) English Language Workbook
  • Target Grade 5 Writing AQA GCSE (9-1) English Language Workbook
  • Target Grade 5 Reading AQA GCSE (9-1) English Language Workbook
  • Target Grade 9 Reading AQA GCSE (9-1) English Language Workbook
  • Target Grade 9 Writing AQA GCSE (9-1) English Language Workbook

KS5

KS5 Recommended Reading List

AS/A Level Specification:

qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/english-literature-2015

Useful Websites:

www.onlineshakespeare.com

www.universalteacher.org.uk

www.literature.org

www.bibliomania.com

www.litcharts.com

Useful Revision Guides:

  • A Streetcar Named Desire: York Notes for A-level (York Notes Advanced)
  • Othello: York Notes for A-level (York Notes Advanced
  • The Handmaid's Tale: York Notes for A-level
  • Frankenstein (York Notes for AS & A2)