English

Introduction to the Subject    

 

The Bolingbroke Academy English department is committed in ensuring that ALL pupils make outstanding progress across all Key Stages in English. The four core English skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening – are essential for pupils to succeed in all subject areas and their future career choices.

Pupils study a creative and innovative curriculum that takes them across the world and through history in their study of poetry, plays, novels and non-fiction texts. The varied nature of their study develops pupils’ understanding of language and literature as well as the wider world in which we live. English lessons are engaging and challenging for all pupils, providing a safe environment which enables them to become independent thinkers and develop confident writing and analytical skills.

 

The vision of the English Department:  English Vision.pdf

Year 7: Aims                    

Year 7 pupils follow the English Mastery programme, which is a new approach to English that has been developed by teachers at ARK schools.  We cover fewer topics in more depth, so that pupils are able to master topics thoroughly when they learn a new concept. There is a strong focus on grammar to provide pupils with a strong foundation for their future study.

 

Year 7: Content                    

Unit 1 : Literary heritage – ‘Oliver Twist’

Unit 2 : Shakespeare – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream'

Unit 3 :  Introduction to poetry

Unit 4 : The Modern Novel

 

Year 7: Assessment                    

Pupils will complete fortnightly grammar and topic quizzes to allow for frequent assessment of understanding. At the end of each unit pupils will complete an essay based assessment that will be banded separately for reading and writing.

 

Year 7: Teaching                    

Five 55 minute lessons per week

Two lessons of grammar

Three lessons of topic content

 

 
Year 8: Aims                    

Pupils will build on the key skills of Year 7 by studying more challenging texts that will provide them with opportunities to develop their analytical skills and formal writing style.

 

Year 8: Content                    

Unit 1 : Publishing project

Unit 2 : Literary heritage – ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Canon Fire’

Unit 3 : Modern drama – ‘Free’

Unit 4 : Identity poetry

Unit 5 : Shakespeare – ‘Macbeth’

Year 8: Assessment       

Pupils will complete fortnightly grammar and topic quizzes to allow for frequent assessment of understanding. At the end of each unit pupils will complete an essay based assessment that will be banded separately for reading and writing.

 
Year 8: Teaching        

Five 55 minute lessons per week.

 

Year 8: Further information        

 

Recent events and opportunities.

 

Pupils will have alternate ‘Let’s Think’ and grammar lessons on a Monday. ‘Let’s Think’ is a pilot programme designed by Kings College which focuses on cognitive acceleration. The lessons are largely oral, based on reading, open-ended questioning and structured group discussion. They systematically develop students’ skills of inference, deduction and analysis, increasing their confidence, understanding and ability to express their ideas. This leads to higher results in written examinations as well as in speaking and listening.

 

 
Year 9: Aims                    

This GCSE foundation year aims to prepare pupils for the rigour of the new GCSE syllabus. There is an increasing emphasis on independent reading, analysis and group discussion which will enable the pupils to respond to unseen texts and questions more effectively.

 

Year 9: Content                    

Unit 1 : Literary heritage – 'Sherlock Holmes'

Unit 2 : War poetry

Unit 3 : Shakespeare – 'Othello'

Unit 4 : Great American Literature – ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Year 9: Assessment                    

Pupils will be assessed by an essay question at the end of each unit for which they will receive a reading and writing level.

Year 9: Teaching                    

Five 55 minute lessons per week.

Year 9: Further information                    

Recent events and opportunities.

 

Pupils will have alternate ‘Let’s Think’ and grammar lessons on a Monday. ‘Let’s Think’ is a pilot programme designed by Kings College which focuses on cognitive acceleration. The lessons are largely oral, based on reading, open-ended questioning and structured group discussion. They systematically develop students’ skills of inference, deduction and analysis, increasing their confidence, understanding and ability to express their ideas. This leads to higher results in written examinations as well as in speaking and listening.