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GCSE exam results 2017 maintained despite increased rigour!"The behaviour of pupils is outstanding" (Ofsted, 2017)..the school's culture of respect for all and positive relationships, summarised succinctly in "do your best and be nice" (Ofsted, 2017)Fantastic GCSE results! 85% English and 83% Maths despite the new grading system and increased expectations. Well done Class of 2017!OUTSTANDING! Effectiveness of leadership and management (Ofsted, 2017)OUTSTANDING! Personal development, behaviour and welfare (Ofsted, 2017)Would you like a tour of the Academy? If so, book a slot via our Reception Team on 01444 457881Fantastic results! 85% English and 83% Maths despite the new grading system and increased expectations! Well done class of 2017!“Governors and staff promote positive relationships combined with high aspirations for themselves and pupils” (Ofsted, 2017)

Year 7 

1

Growing

Students will complete a thematic unit based around the idea of “growing” and will use a short story of the same name as a springboard to develop the reading and writing skills required for success at Warden Park.

2

Desert Island

This is predominantly a non-fiction unit of work, which develops and extends the skills taught in the first unit. Students will be expected to write in a variety of forms and styles.

3

Monsters

Students will study the classic monsters and heroes in mythical literature. This will give them the building blocks to apply to more complex stories and plots later in their education.

4

Spoken Language

 

5

Writing Skills

This is a short, focused unit of work that emphasises each of the key writing skills required for success throughout their education.

6

Travel

This unit is designed to hone the students’ skills, both writing and reading, with a focus on different forms of travel writing.

7

Shakespeare

Students will be introduced to the study of Shakespearean texts at Secondary school. They will explore the conventions, language and contexts of these texts. Dramatic performance will also be embedded.

 

Year 8 

1

Texts and their contexts

Students will study a novel that is rich in social context.  They will explore and examine how the writer's social context influences their writing and perception.

2

Necklace of Althestra

Students will explore a short adventure story based in the Aztec period, considering historical context whilst independently embedding and developing the reading and writing skills covered in previous units.

3

Fairytales and folklore

Students will explore the creation of society’s most important moral tales, analysing both original texts and their modern counterparts.

4

Poetry

Students will study a variety of poetic forms, exploring the differences across time and eras.  

Students will be given opportunities to write poetry and evaluate the work others, both well known and amateur.

5

Short Stories

Students will read a range of short stories, both classic and modern, exploring the importance of structure and language use.

6

Persuasive Writing

Students will undertake a political discussion, formal debates and other forms of speeches, forming their own speech.

Classes will research and explore given topics, presenting their thoughts and ideas in the same medium as other formal speeches.

7

Shakespearean tragedy

Students will study one Shakespeare play in depth, exploring the dramatic conventions and the exposition of both characters and themes.

 

Year 9

1

20th Century War Literature

Students will analyse a novel, with a focus n structural development, character exposition and language choice.

2

Ghosts

This unit allows students to explore the creation of characters, setting and atmosphere through the supernatural. This will help students write to match specific styles and tones.

3

Time

An exploration of how time is presented and conceived in literature. Students will study extracts from a variety of texts across time.

4

Then & Now

This is a unit that introduces students to comparison of texts and attitudes from the 19th century and modern day.

5

Madness

Students will develop their critical analysis skills by being exposed to a variety of texts from the 19th century, all linked by the theme of “madness”.

6

Blood

Using the theme of “blood”, students will analyse a variety of extracts from Shakespeare’s plays, developing the analytical skills required for success in GCSE Literature.

Students in Years 7,8 and 9 will sit an unseen assessment once a term. These assist us to identify specific skills that need to be re-addressed.

Students will complete pieces of extended reading and writing in every module, and will receive formative feedback to help them progress.

Year 10 

Unit
Unit
Assessment Dates

1

Unseen fiction

16th October

2

Descriptive/narrative writing

20th November

3

19th Century Novel

22nd January

4

Poetry (AQA anthology)

25th April

5

Writing and reading: presentation of a viewpoint – argue/persuade/advise/inform

Year 10 formal examination. Mid-late June.

6

Unseen poetry/speaking and listening

9th July

 

Year 11 

Unit
Unit
Assessment Dates (w/b unless stated)

1

Shakespeare

30th October

2

20th century prose/drama AND Language revision – Paper 1

Mock exams

3

20th century prose/drama AND Language revision – Paper 1

29th January

4

Unit completion (anthology/unseen poetry)

n/a

5

Final revision

Literature:

Paper 1 – 22nd May
Paper 2 – 25th May

 

Language:

Paper 1 – 5th June

Paper 2 – 8th June

 

Setting

Students are initially set in Year 7 in accordance with their KS2 data. We review this with our own internal tests in the first few weeks to enable us to set students more appropriately. These sets are reviewed every half term based on formal, unseen assessments and teacher assessment. Movements are then made when and where appropriate. Should you have any questions about sets, please contact the Head of English, Mr Kingstone (akingstone@wardenpark.co.uk)

Reading List 

There is a reading list designed to go alongside each scheme of work for all KS3 students in English. We are asking that all students read at home on a regular basis and the suggested reading lists are a good starting point for this.

Please email Mrs Cordell-Hume ccordell-hume@wardenpark.co.uk if you have any questions regarding the reading lists.