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Northampton School for Boys

 
 

English

Curriculum Team Leader
Mrs H. Topping-Shaw

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8, pupils enjoy four lessons of English each week. All students follow a scheme of work designed in six topics - one for each term - which develops skills in writing, reading, speaking and listening. These introduce the reading and writing skills required at GCSE which are taught through topics such as autobiographies, creative writing, poetry, Shakespeare and modern novels. Assessed pieces provide specific check points for progress; an end of year examination also offers an annual summative level of achievement. We encourage all pupils to read extensively to develop skills so they can summarise, analyse, compare and contrast, cite evidence and respond to concepts and ideas. Technical skills such as spelling and punctuation are also focused on during one lesson a week. 

Key Stage 4 

GCSE English Literature and English Language
Examining Body: AQA

At Northampton School for Boys, pupils begin their two GCSE courses in Year 9. Both courses, English Language and English Literature, are assessed externally through two separate examinations. An overall grade of grade 0-9 will be awarded for each course. In addition to these examinations, there is also a Spoken Language Endorsement attached to the English Language qualification, for which successful students will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction.

Over the course of Key Stage 4, we expect all boys will read independently beyond the classroom. Because the exam papers demand that students read unseen extracts of some considerable length (600-700 words), we promote reading skills as vital. Your son’s teacher will be able to provide a recommended reading list.

Year 9

Pupils will start Year 9 by developing key reading skills for the English Language Paper 1 examination. These skills are further developed in terms 3 and 4 where we prepare students by teaching them how to respond to exam style questions in response to unseen extracts from literary texts. As preparation for question 5 of the paper, we will also cover how to write to describe and narrate. Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG) account for 20% of the overall mark for English Language and, as such, are important strands which run throughout the year to secure pupils’ understanding and use of Standard English.

In terms 2, 5 and 6, pupils will prepare for different aspects of the English Literature examinations. They will study two important set texts for English Literature Paper 1: a play by William Shakespeare and a 19thcentury novel.  In this first year, we focus on characters, plot, setting and themes as well as exploring the contexts which surround the texts. Pupils will end the year by studying the Conflict and Power cluster of the AQA Poetry Anthology in preparation for English Literature Paper 2. These poems will be revisited at the beginning of Year 10. 

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
FOCUS 1 ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PAPER 1
ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 1
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PAPER 1
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PAPER 1
ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 1
ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 2
FOCUS 2  SPELLING, PUNCTUATION AND GRAMMAR (spAg)
DEVELOPING MORE SOPHISTICATED UNDERSTANDING AND USE OF SENTENCE STRUCTURES, PUNCTUATION,
PARTS OF SPEECH, VOCABULARY AND SPELLING
ASSESSMENT  ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PAPER 1
 ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 1
 ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PAPER 1
 ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PAPER 1
 ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 1
 ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 2



Year 10

In Year 10, after returning to the poetry studied at the end of Year 9, we turn our focus to Unseen Poetry and the modern novel which are both examined in English Literature Paper 2. Through these texts, we aim to develop increasingly sophisticated analytical skills and a more subtle understanding of the importance of context.

Alongside this, we prepare pupils for English Language Paper 2 which focuses on reading non-fiction and literary non-fiction texts, and on writing to present a viewpoint. Students must be able to respond to texts written before 1900. SPaG remains an integral part of our teaching, and we expect boys to develop significant levels of understanding and high levels of accuracy in their own writing.

At the end of the year, students will prepare for the Spoken Language Endorsement, which requires them to give a presentation on a topic of their choosing.

  TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4 TERM 5 TERM 6
LANGUAGE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PAPER 2
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PAPER 2
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PAPER 2
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PAPER 2
PREPARATION
FOR THE END OF
YEAR EXAMINATION
SPOKEN
LANGUAGE
ENDORSEMENT
LITERATURE  ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 2
 ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 2
ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 2 
ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 2 
PREPARATION
FOR THE END OF
YEAR EXAMINATION 
INTERVENTION
BASED ON THE
END OF YEAR
EXAMINATION
ASSESSMENT  ENGLISH LANGUAGE 
PAPER 2
ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 2 
 ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PAPER 2
ENGLISH LITERATURE
PAPER 2 
 END OF YEAR
EXAMINATION
 SPOKEN
LANGUAGE
ENDORSEMENT
 
Year 11

In Year 11, we have a policy of “nothing new”. This is the year where we hone skills, deepen understanding and develop the analytical and evaluative skills which pupils will need to achieve their full potential. Boys will have continuous opportunities to practise exam skills under timed conditions in this year so that they are fully prepared and confident in their ability to approach all four examination papers.

  TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4 TERM 5 TERM 6
LANGUAGE LANGUAGE
PAPER 1
LANGUAGE 
PAPER 1
LANGUAGE 
PAPER 2
LANGUAGE
PAPER 2
REVISION REVISION AND
FINAL EXAMINATIONS
(JUNE)
LITERATURE LITERATURE
PAPER 1
LITERATURE
PAPER 1
LITERATURE
PAPER 2
LITERATURE
PAPER 2
REVISION AND
FINAL EXAMINATIONS
(MAY)
 
ASSESSMENT  ENGLISH
LITERATURE
PAPER 1
 ENGLISH
LANGUAGE
PAPER 1
 ENGLISH
LITERATURE
PAPER 2
ENGLISH
LANGUAGE
PAPER 2 
   

 

Sixth Form English

English Language and English Literature are offered at A level. We follow the AQA Language and AQA(A) Literature syllabuses. Both Language and Literature are assessed by 20% Non-Examined Assessment (coursework) and 80% final exam at the end of Year 13. Students are encouraged to work independently and in study groups, managing their time and work load effectively whilst pursuing their passion for English.

Course Content

English Language

Students study a range of topics, building on their analysis skills from GCSE. In Year 12, we study for Paper 1: ‘Language, the Individual and Society’. Topics include language levels, textual variations and representations and child language development. Students acquire advanced terminology, read a range of critics and are assessed in a number of ways including essay writing, data analysis, investigative writing and their own original writing.

In Year 13, we study for Paper 2: “Language Diversity and Change”. Topics include geographical and social variations as well as the development of the English Language. Students also submit their NEA during Year 13.

English Literature

Students study a range of challenging texts from a variety of genres, covering modern and canonical works. In Year 12 we study Paper 2; “Literature and Modern Society” which covers a core text element (such as poetry), preparation for unseen prose analysis and comparison of prose and drama texts. Students develop skills of comparison across texts and working with different, more challenging genres. They are assessed through essay writing, responses to unseen texts and seminar-style discussions.

In Year 13, we study Paper 1: “Love Through the Ages”, which covers a core Shakespeare text, comparison of two unseen prose passages as well as the comparison of pre-1914 poetry with a modern prose novel. Students also submit their NEA during Year 13. 

 The Team

Ms K. Ellis (Learning Leader: KS5)
Miss C. Godlington (Learning Leader: KS4)
Mr D. Chew (Assistant Headteacher)
Mrs H. Topping-Shaw (Director of Literacy)
Mrs E. De Vito
Mrs E. Spencer
Mrs S. Morrison
Miss. V. Fitzpatrick
Mrs A. Jesson
Miss. R. Walters
Mrs D. Johnson
Mrs A. Browning