Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre

English, Media & Film

Welcome to Hellesdon High School’s English Department webpage

 

YEAR 7

Year 7 students will undertake a study of a range of extracts from both canonical and contemporary texts.  Students will identify a range of language features, consider their purpose and effects, and then apply these in support of their own original writing.

Year 7 students will be expected to read independently for the first 15 minutes of most lessons.  Their progress with reading is tracked using Accelerated Reader.

YEAR 8

Year 8 pupils will begin to apply their understanding of language to whole texts, in preparation for GCSE.

Pupils study the following core texts:

  • Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  • Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

As part of these studies, pupils will also be given opportunities to further develop their creative and persuasive writing skills.

As in Year 7, Year 8 pupils will be expected to read independently for the first 15 minutes of most lessons.  Progress in reading will be monitored using Accelerated Reader.

YEAR 9 

Year 9 marks a transition between Key Stage 3 (pre-GCSE) and Key Stage 4 (GCSE study).

Pupils will undertake their first studies of the core GCSE Literature texts:

  • Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  • The Sign of Four – Arthur Conan Doyle

Pupils will also be give opportunities to extend their creative and persuasive writing skills.

Year 9 pupils are still expected to read independently for the first 15 minutes of most lessons.

YEAR 10

Year 10 students will begin their formal studies of the GCSEs this year.  The department currently follows both the AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature specifications, details of which are online.

Students will undertake non-linear studies of the core GCSE Literature texts, focusing on character and theme development in contrast to the narrative studies completed last year.  In this respect, the core texts remain the same as in Year 9:

  • Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  • The Sign of Four – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • An Inspector Calls

Y10 students will also begin to study the core GCSE Literature poetry (taken from the AQA Power and Conflict anthology), with a particular focus on the following poems:

  • The Charge of the Light Brigade – Alfred Tennyson
  • Exposure – Wilfred Owen
  • The Prelude – William Wordsworth
  • Ozymandias – Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • London – William Blake
  • Remains – Simon Armitage

In addition, students will encounter a range of non-fiction, and be given further opportunities to plan and compose original writing.

Y10 students are not required to read independently for the first 15 minutes of each lesson.

YEAR 11

Students in Year 11 will undertake revision of their Language and Literature knowledge, and apply their skills in tasks designed to prepare them specifically for their final summer exams.

Currently, Year 11 students will be provided with formal opportunities to develop their exam technique during two phases of PPEs (pre-public exams) – past exam papers completed in strict exam conditions.  Teachers will adapt their lesson content to reflect the needs of the students in light of these exam responses.

Students will encounter the full range of exam topics, and should therefore expect to move with pace from one topic to another to ensure as much coverage and repetition as possible.

Y11 students will be provided with free study guides to support their extra-curricular learning.