CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is designed to make sure that students have the opportunities that they need to be successful. Our aim is that young people will achieve their potential to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives.

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English

English provides pupils with opportunities to appreciate and use language for a range of functional and creative purposes. It also promotes understanding of the nature of communication in different contexts. Pupils’ ability to shape and deconstruct messages in print and digital forms will be important throughout their lives. In Cullybackey College we seek to help pupils achieve the highest possible individual standards of communication and literacy.

English develops pupils as individuals by:

  • Developing pupils’ ability to communicate effectively;
  • Helping pupils to understand how language is used to define identity and to convey ideas, feelings and experiences;
  • Enabling pupils to explore and respond to others’ ideas and emotions imaginatively or critically;
  • Encouraging pupils’ creative expression.

English develops pupils as contributors to society by:

  • Providing opportunities for pupils to explore how the attitudes and actions of individuals can impact on other people’s lives;
  • Providing opportunities for pupils to consider issues that affect society, through engagement with literature and the media;
  • Making pupils aware of the power that media and language have to shape society.

English develops pupils as contributors to the economy and environment by:

Developing pupils’ communication skills as required by employers;
Giving pupils opportunities to engage with issues around employment, economics and the environment;
Making pupils aware that media and language can be used to convey messages about the economy and environment in certain ways.

Subject:

English

Levels Taught:

KS3
GCSE/KS4
Post 16

Staff:

Miss P Scott – (HOD)
Mrs R Armstrong – (Literacy Coordinator)
Mrs P Stronge
Mrs J Smyth
Mrs J Gault

KS3:
(Subject/Topic Content)

Year 8
1. All About Me
Recount / Personal Writing

2. Reading and Understanding Prose (Class Novel)
Instruction Writing
Writing about Character
Group Discussion

3. Reading and Understanding Poetry
Poetic Terms / Structure

4. Understanding and Creating Media
Digitales
Narrative Structure
Camera Shots
Storyboarding

5. Reading and Understanding Drama
Introduction to Playscripts
Spellings
Personal Reading

Year 9
1. Reading and Understanding Prose (Class Novel)
Character and Theme Writing as a Character
Personal Writing
Revision of Recount / Personal Writing

2. Reading and Understanding Poetry (Ballads)
Further Poetic Terminology
Response to Poetry

3. Speaking and Listening
Individual Presentation

4. Moving Image / Film Study
Plot
Narrative Structure
Genre
Mise-en-scene

5. Reading and Understanding Drama
Basic Script Writing
Spellings
Personal Reading

Year 10
1. Reading and Understanding Prose (Class Novel)
Role Play
Writer’s Craft

2. Discursive / Persuasive Writing
Language Techniques

3. Reading and Understanding Poetry
Themes
Poetry from Other Cultures

4. Reading and Understanding the Media
Advertising
Multi-Modal Texts

5. Reading and Understanding Drama
An Introduction to Shakespeare

KS3:
(Additional Links)

LINKS COMING SOON

GCSE/KS4:
(Subject/Topic Content)

Year 11 

Unit 1Writing for Purpose and Audience and Reading to Access Non-Fiction and Media Texts.

You will engage with reading and writing tasks based on texts.
This unit is assessed in a written examination lasting 1 hour45 minutes, which is worth 30 percent of the overall GCSE qualification.

Unit 2Speaking and Listening.

You will complete an individual presentation and interaction, a discussion and a role play.
This unit is assessed in three controlled assessment tasks worth20 percent of the overall GCSE qualification.

Unit 3: Studying Spoken andWritten Language.

You will study the impact of spoken language and demonstrate knowledge of characters, themes and genres in literary texts.
This unit is assessed in two controlled assessment tasks worth20 percent of the overall GCSE qualification.

Unit 4: Personal or Creative Writing and Reading Literary and Non-Fiction Texts.

You will engage with writing and reading tasks based on non-fiction texts.
This unit is assessed in a written examination lasting 1 hour 45 minutes, which is worth 30 percent of the overall GCSE qualification.

Year 12

Unit 1: The Study of Prose

You will sit an examination lasting 1 hour 45 minutes.
Section A: one question (closed book)
Section B: one question
This unit is worth 30 percent.

Section A: Novel
You will study, explore and respond to a modern novel, demonstrating your knowledge and understanding of the text.

Section B: Unseen Prose
You will learn to analyse and evaluate an unseen nineteenth-century prose extract.

Unit 2: The Study of Drama and Poetry

You will sit an examination lasting 2 hours.
Section A: one question (open book)
Section B: one question (open book)
This unit is worth 50 percent.

Section A: Drama
You will study, explore and respond to a play by a modern dramatist, demonstrating your knowledge and understanding of the script.

Section B: Poetry
You will study, explore and respond to a collection of poems we provide. You will learn to analyse, evaluate, and compare and contrast the poems.