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Brampton Manor Academy

Brampton Manor Academy

Success through effort and determination
Executive Principal
Dr Dayo Olukoshi OBE

English

What students learn

Year 7

In Year 7 students follow a challenging curriculum focusing on both English Language and English Literature. They begin with a literacy unit where they consolidate their knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling. Students then move on to studying gothic literature, a modern novel, as well as Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and selected poetry.

In order to develop the essential skills needed for later examinations, students also regularly analyse fiction and non-fiction texts and practise their writing for different audiences and purposes. Students will also participate in a weekly guided-reading lesson to develop fluency in their independent reading. They are regularly encouraged to participate in speaking and listening activities, including debates and role-play.

Year 8

In Year 8 students build on their English skills and begin to develop more focused examination skills. They begin with a more advanced literacy unit where they extend their knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling; key components in the GCSE. Students then move on to studying dystopian literature (either Collins' 'The Hunger Games' or Orwell's 'Animal Farm'), pre 20th century detective fiction (Doyle's 'Sherlock Holmes'), as well as Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and selected poetry. Students continue to regularly analyse fiction and non-fiction texts and practice their writing for different audiences and purposes. They are also encouraged to develop their confidence and independence in presenting and performing.

Year 9

In Year 9 students are introduced to the GCSE English and English Literature curriculum. They begin with a study of American Literature: either Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' or Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Students then move on to studying Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. Finally, students study the AQA GCSE Poetry Anthology 'Conflict and Power'. Students undertake regular focused close-book examinations and unseen Paper 1 and 2 assessments. They also begin to participate in assessed spoken language activities, including debates and role-play.

 

How they will be assessed

Year 7

Students' books are marked every fortnight and students are told what they are doing well and are given targets on how to improve. As well as this, students do regular end-of-term assessments throughout the year. They do three English Literature examinations in class and also do three challenging English Language Paper 1 assessments. Students are encouraged to reflect on their assessments and think about what they need to do to improve and progress even more.

Year 8

Students' books are marked every fortnight and students are told what they are doing well and are given targets on how to improve. As well as this, students do regular end-of-term assessments throughout the year. They do three English Literature examinations in class and also do three challenging English Language Paper 2 assessments. Students are encouraged to reflect on their assessments and think about what they need to do to improve and progress even more.

Year 9

Students' books are marked every fortnight using the AQA GCSE English criteria and students are told what they are doing well and are given targets on how to improve. As well as this, students do regular end-of-term assessments throughout the year. They do three English Literature examinations in class and also do four challenging English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2 examinations. Students are encouraged to reflect on their assessments and think about what they need to do to improve and progress even more.

 

Home Learning

Year 7

For each topic that students study, they are given a homework booklet which contains 6 challenging homework tasks that are based on both English Language and English Literature. Each homework task takes an hour to complete. As well as this, students are given weekly spelling tests.

Year 8

For each topic that students study, they are given a homework booklet which contains 6 challenging homework tasks that are based on both English Language and English Literature. Each homework task takes 90 minutes to complete. As well as this, students are given research tasks to consolidate their existing knowledge of their studied texts.

Year 9

For each topic that students study, they are given 6 challenging homework tasks that are based on both English Language and English Literature. Each homework task takes 2 hours to complete. As well as this, students are given research and wider reading tasks to consolidate their existing knowledge of their studied texts. As they develop their examination skills, students are encouraged to complete independent revision at home.

 

How parents can support their child

Year 7

Parents can best support their child by helping them with their homework, listening to them read, taking them to the local library, and also encouraging them to do wider reading activities. Your child would also benefit from learning more about their chosen texts through visiting websites such as www.bbc.co.uk/education and http://www.yorknotes.com/.

Year 8

Parents can best support their child by helping them with their homework, taking them to the local library, and also encouraging them to do wider reading activities. Your child would also benefit from learning more about their chosen texts through visiting websites such as www.bbc.co.uk/education and www.yorknotes.com.

Year 9

Parents can best support their child by supporting them with their revision and helping them do wider reading for the texts that they study in class. Your child would also benefit from learning more about their chosen texts through visiting websites such as www.bbc.co.uk/education and  http://www.yorknotes.com/. Helping your child memorise quotations for their examination is invaluable.

 

Extra-Curricular activities

Year 7

  • Reading challenges
  • World Book Day
  • Debating club
  • Journalism club
  • Writing competitions

Year 8

  • Reading challenges
  • World Book Day
  • Debating club
  • Journalism club
  • Public speaking competitions
  • Theatre visits

Year 9

  • Reading challenges
  • World Book Day
  • Debating club
  • Journalism club
  • Public speaking competitions
  • Theatre visits