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Ridgewood

School

English

The English Faculty sets its vision as making: ‘independent and curious readers, writers and thinkers.’

Through the English Curriculum at Ridgewood School we demonstrate our belief that students deserve to have their ambitions and curiosity ignited by passionate practitioners. We are dedicated to nurturing a passion for literature, enthusiasm for writing and an appreciation of diversity. We enable students to develop a critical voice, inspire creativity and nurture an open-minded approach to the world around them. We foster students’ aspiration by providing opportunities to study a range of topics, texts and themes that explore important social and political issues affecting young people today.

 

Our English Curriculum will give students the opportunity to:

  • Learn in a safe and welcoming environment under the guidance of knowledgeable teachers.
  • Develop cultural capital that will remove barriers to achievement in school, future learning and the world of work.
  • Enhance their character, including their ability to demonstrate the values of the school (excellence, integrity, teamwork and enjoyment).
  • Study a range of challenging fiction including contemporary and classic literature; and non-fiction texts such as historical speeches, to enable them to recognise bias, question deliberate language choices and develop their own critical voice.
  • Write clearly, fluently and produce work they are proud of.
  • Develop detailed ideas in writing using a wide range of appropriate and ambitious vocabulary with precision, to suit audience and purpose.
  • Establish assured readers that question and challenge a range of diverse viewpoints.

 

  • Build confidence in oracy by enhancing speaking and listening skills.

 

For information about A level English Language and A level English Literature, please visit our Sixth Form courses page

 

KS3 

Year 7 Topics and Assessments: 

  • Fiction Writing – Heroes 

  • Shakespearean Villains 

  • Poetry From Other Cultures 

  • Non-Fiction Reading and Writing – Ghost Boys Novella 

  • Literature Through the Ages 

Students will be undertaking summative assessments in weeks 6, 18 and 30 of the school year, as well as completing further formative pieces of work throughout the year. 


Year 8 Topics and Assessments: 

  • Gothic Fiction 

  • Romeo and Juliet 

  • Fiction Reading - Animal Farm 

  • Fiction Reading - Brother in the Land 

  • Non-Fiction Writing – Social and Political Issues 

Students will be undertaking summative assessments in weeks 7, 19 and 31 of the school year, as well as completing further formative pieces of work throughout the year. 


What support can I offer as a parent/carer? 

  • Purchase copies of set texts: Romeo and Juliet, Animal Farm (sets 1 and 2), Brother in the Land (sets 3 and 4). 

  • Promote reading at home. 

  • Encourage students to access resources on Microsoft Teams in their year group folder. 

  • Access websites such as BBC Bitesize and Sparknotes for extra learning opportunities. 

  • Create flashcards and other revision materials (quizzes, mind maps) as they go through topics to help with retrieval of key content. 


Useful web links: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zykdmp3 

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

http://www.sparknotes.com/ 

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20110809101133/nsonline.org.uk/node/20683 

KS4 

At GCSE, students follow the AQA English GCSE specification:

Year 9, 10 and 11 and follows a scheme of learning which introduces new content that best prepare students for their English Language and Literature exams while practising and further enhancing the key skills taught at KS3. 

Students will sit four English exams in total and will gain two GCSEs: one for English Language and one for English Literature. 

The English Language papers are assessed with 100% examination at the end of Year 11: 

Paper 1 – 1 hour 45 minutes: Fiction (80 marks) 

Paper 2 – 1 hour 45 minutess: Non-Fiction (80 marks) 


2020/21 Cohort Only

The English Literature papers are assessed with 100% examination at the end of Year 11: 

Paper 1 – A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls (64 marks) 

Paper 2 – Macbeth and Unseen Poetry (64 marks) 

*Please note that due to changes to the 2020/21 exams, students will not answer questions on the AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology as part of their English Literature GCSE. 


2021 Onwards

The English Literature papers are assessed with 100% examination at the end of Year 11: 

Paper 1 – 1 hour 45 minutes: Macbeth and A Christmas Carol (64 marks) 

Paper 2 – 2 hours 15 minutes: An Inspector Calls, Poetry Anthology and Unseen Poetry (96 marks) 

The full specification can be found at: 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english 


Year 9 Topics and Assessments: 

  • Dystopian Fiction 

  • A Christmas Carol 

  • An Inspector Calls 

  • Poetry Anthology – War Poems 

Students will be undertaking summative assessments in weeks 8, 30 and 32 of the school year, as well as completing further formative pieces of work throughout the year. 


Year 10 Topics and Assessments: 

  • Poetry Anthology – War Poems 

  • Crime and Punishment – Non-Fiction Reading and Writing 

  • Poetry Anthology – Non-War Poems 

  • An Inspector Calls 

Students will be undertaking summative assessments in weeks 9 and 21 in addition to mock exams in week 37 of the school year. Students will also complete further formative pieces of work throughout the year. 


Year 11 Topics and Assessments: 

  • Fiction Reading and Writing – Language Paper 1 

  • Macbeth – Literature Paper 2 

  • Unseen Poetry- Literature Paper 2 

  • Non-Fiction Reading and Writing – Language Paper 2 

  • A Christmas Carol – Literature Paper 1 

  • An Inspector Calls – Literature Paper 1 

Students will be undertaking mock exams in weeks 8 and 20 of the school year. Students will also complete further formative pieces of work throughout the year. 


How can students be successful and what support can I offer as a parent/carer? 

  • Purchase copies of set texts: Macbeth, An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol – available on Parent Pay. 

  • Purchase revision guides for set texts and language skills – available on Parent Pay. 

  • Encourage students to access resources on Microsoft Teams. 

  • Access websites such as Lit Charts, BBC Bitesize and Sparknotes. 

  • Use the AQA website to access specimen exam papers and mark schemes. 

  • Create flashcards and other revision materials (quizzes, mind maps) as they go through topics across KS4. 


Useful web links: 

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

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

www.sparknotes.com/ 

www.cambridge.org/ukschools/subjects/english/ 

www.litcharts.com 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zxqncwx 

 


Please get in touch via the enquiry form on our Contact Us page, should you have any questions about our English Curriculum or to speak directly to our Leader of English, Mr Ben Wilson.