English and Languages

English

The English curriculum builds up over five years and is sequenced to ensure a breadth of study, and develop mastery through a chronological study of classic and modern literature, along with developing analytical, exploratory, critical and comparative skills.

Year 7 begins with study of the Greek myth of Homer's Odyssey, an epic tale of the fall of Troy and Odysseus' ten year journey home. It also includes study of classic texts from Chaucer and Shakespeare.

Year 8 introduces pupils to the power of rhetoric, from ancient to modern times.  It includes in depth study of the poetry of the Romantics and the Gothic genre.

Year 9 includes a broad study of 'the Human Condition', as expressed through a range of texts. It includes studying poetry inspired by World War 1 and covers modern drama works.

Year 10 marks the start of the two year GCSE curriculum, where pupils will study and master the texts required for GCSE Literature alongside developing, revising and practising GCSE English reading, writing and speaking skills.

In Year 11, pupils sit AQA GCSE English Literature and Language qualifications.

Year 7

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Homer – The Odyssey

  • Family Relationships
  • The human impact and consequences of war
  • Honour and pride

Spring 1

Spring 2

English Literature through Time

  • Formation of human identity and voice

Summer 1

Summer 2

Sonnets through the ages and Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet 

  • Love
  • Family Relationships
  • Honour and Pride

Year 8

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Rhetoric from Aristotle to the Modern Day 

  • Formation of human identity, Voice and the art of persuasion

Spring 1

Spring 2

The Gothic 

  • Duality of man
  • Conflict between Science and Religion
  • Marginalisation of the Outsider

Summer 1

Summer 2

Twelfth Night

  •  Marginalisation of the Outsider
  • Inequality of power and conflicting voices
  • Love

Year 9

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Class and poverty divide
  • Social Responsibility
  • Honour and pride

Spring 1

Spring 2

Literature of the First World War 

  • The human impact and consequence of War
  • The human inevitability of death
  • Inequality of power and conflicting voices

Summer 1

Summer 2

Modern Drama: An Inspector Calls

  •  Class and poverty divide
  • Family Relationships
  • Social Responsibility

Year 10

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Language Paper 1

  • Human identity and voice

Literature Paper 1: A Christmas Carol

  • Social responsibility
  • Human identity and the outsider
  • Class and poverty divide

Spring 1

Spring 2

Language Paper 2

  • Human identity and voice

Literature Paper 1: Macbeth

  • Honour and pride
  • Duality of man
  • Corruption and tyranny of power

Summer 1

Summer 2

Literature Paper 2: Poetry anthology and unseen

  • The human impact and consequence of War
  • Power of nature
  • Human identity and voice

Spoken Language endorsement

  • Human identity and voice

Year 11

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Literature Paper 2: An Inspector Calls

Language Paper 1 and 2 revision

Spring 1

Spring 2

Literature Paper 1 and 2 revision

Language Paper 1 and 2 revision

Summer 1

Summer 2

Final Revision and exam craft as a result of mock exam outcomes

Modern Foreign Languages

The Modern Foreign Languages curriculum aims to provide pupils with a rich core knowledge and build their ability to communicate effectively in a foreign language over the course of five years. 

The curriculum is structured in such a way to build core knowledge in pupils in Year 7, 8 & 9. It builds upon these foundations into GCSE study, starting from Year 10, mastering this knowledge ready for terminal exams.   

In Year 7, pupils learn to describe themselves and establish the basic groundings in common grammar. As pupils progress through the years, they learn a wider variety of vocabulary, as well as being able to communicate in the future and past tenses.

The foundations of linguistic knowledge, verb structures and a range of tenses are covered in depth repeatedly in the first few years of the course in order to secure this core knowledge, with topic-based vocabulary covered in order to build pupils ability to converse on a range of subjects.

In Year 11, pupils sit AQA GCSE language qualifications, mainly in French or Spanish.

French

Year 7

Autumn 1 Je me présente
Meeting and greeting, Likes and dislikes. Numbers, Dates, ages and birthdays Describing yourself, your survival kit. Classroom objects, the alphabet, classroom instructions.

Autumn 2

Spring 1

En famille
Family, physical descriptions, characteristics, possessive articles, animals, Avoir and Etre – adjectives

Spring 2

Summer 1

Où j’habite
Where I live, describing your home, avoir and etre, saying what you can do in town, Nouns, habiter in present tense, il y a/ il n’y a pas de.
Summer 2 Mes passetemps
Free time, sports and activities.  Faire and Jouer.  What you like doing, describing what other people do. Describing future plans with friends, time.  Near future tense

Year 8

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Les Vacances
Countries, Holidays, holiday plans
Using past tense. Weather in the imperfect.

Spring 1

Spring 2

Mon identité

Avoir and être, Opinions on music and clothes. Talking about last weekend. Clothes and fashion, a recent trip out in perfect tense, music, French singers, cinema and TV.

Summer 1

Summer 2

Mon collège.
School subjects, describing timetable, school uniform, French school system, giving opinions and reasons and reasons. School rules. time, describe previous school trip

Year 9

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Qui suis-je
Family relationships, Describing friends, going out in town, describing weekend routine, talking about life when you were younger. Talking about role models.

Spring 1

Ma vie sociale d’ado
Describing social activities
Facebook, technology, describing life before technology, Music festivals

Spring 2

Summer 1

Le temps des loisirs
Sport and music, Cinema and TV Life online, books and culture, eating out.
Summer 2 Jours ordinaires, jours de fête
Daily life, food and culture, family celebrations, festivals and traditions. Traditions in other French speaking countries

Year 10

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

De la ville à la campagne
Describing a region, including how it used to be, discussing what to see and do.  Describing plans and weather.

Spring 1

Le mode de Vie
Personal information: Lifestyle healthy eating and exercise, at the doctor, alcohol and substance abuse.

Spring 2

Summer 1

Moi dans le monde
The environment, Rights and responsibilities, charity and voluntary work. Homelessness and poverty.
Summer 2 Le grand large
Holidays, Out and about: Visitor information, Local amenities, accommodation, basic weather. Personal information: Leisure activities, booking and reviewing hotels, ordering in a restaurant, talking about holiday disasters.

Year 11

Autumn 1 Le collège
School subjects and opinions, school rules, pressures at school, re-visit timetable and telling the time.

Autumn 2

Il faut bosser
Future plans, education and work: Work and work experience, simple job advertisements, applications and CV

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Revision
Summer 2  

 

Autumn 1 School subjects and opinions, school rules, pressures at school, re-visit timetable and telling the time.

Autumn 2

Future plans, education and work: Work and work experience, simple job advertisements, applications and CV

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Revision
Summer 2  

Spanish

Year 7

Autumn 1

Las introducciones

Meeting and greeting, Likes and dislikes. Numbers, Dates, ages and birthdays, tener. Describing yourself, your survival kit. Classroom objects, the alphabet, classroom instructions.

Autumn 2

Spring 1

La familia

Family, physical descriptions, characteristics, possessive articles, animals,

Ser and estar – adjectives

Spring 2

Summer 1

Dónde vivo

Where I live, describing your home, ser and estar, saying what you can do in town, Nouns, vivir in present tense, hay/no hay/tiene.
Summer 2

Mis pasatiempos

Free time, sports and activities.  Hacer and Jugar.  What you like doing, describing what other people do. Describing future plans with friends, time.  Near future tense.

Year 8

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Las vacaciones

Countries, Holidays, holiday plans,

Using past tense. Weather in the imperfect.

Spring 1

Spring 2

Mi identidad

Ser, estar and tener, Opinions on music and clothes. Talking about last weekend. Clothes and fashion, a recent trip out in preterite tense, music, Hispanic singers, cinema and TV.

Summer 1

Summer 2

Mi colegio.

School subjects, describing timetable, school uniform, Spanish school system, giving opinions and reasons and reasons. School rules. time, describe previous school trip

Year 9

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Sobre mi

Family relationships, Describing friends, going out in town, describing weekend routine, talking about life when you were younger. Talking about role models.

Spring 1

Mi vida social

Describing social activities

Facebook, technology, describing life before technology, Music festivals

Spring 2

Summer 1

El tiempo libre

Sport and music, Cinema and TV Life online, books and culture, eating out.

Summer 2

Días normales y días de fiesta,

 Daily life, food and culture, family celebrations, festivals and traditions. Traditions in other French speaking countries

Year 10

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

De la ciudad al campo

Describing a region, including how it used to be, discussing what to see and do.  Describing plans and weather.

Spring 1

La vida

Personal information: Lifestyle healthy eating and exercise, at the doctor, alcohol and substance abuse.

Spring 2

Summer 1

Mi mundo

The environment, Rights and responsibilities, charity and voluntary work. Homelessness and poverty.
Summer 2

Soy turista

Holidays, Out and about: Visitor information /Local amenities/ Accommodation/ Basic weather. Personal information: Leisure activities, booking and reviewing hotels, ordering in a restaurant, talking about holiday disasters.

Year 11

Autumn 1 School subjects and opinions, school rules, pressures at school, re-visit timetable and telling the time.

Autumn 2

Future plans, education and work: Work and work experience, simple job advertisements, applications and CV

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Revision
Summer 2