English gives students an appreciation of the world they live in through an understanding of how language works on all levels. We aim to help students develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening so that they can engage and appreciate the variety of language they are surrounded by in daily life.
The English department follows the Edexcel English Language and Literature specifications.
The Language exam has 2 papers. Paper 1 has a reading and writing section on fiction. In the ‘Reading’ section pupils are asked to identify key language, explain quotations, analyse the language and structure of a text and evaluate the writer’s use of language. In the ‘Writing’ section students are asked to create their own imaginative story using a range of vocabulary, sentence structures, punctuation and linguistic devices. Paper 2 has a reading and writing section. In the ‘Reading section’ students are asked to identify language, explain quotations, comment on language and structure, evaluate writer’s use of language, identify similarities between texts and make comparisons about texts. In the ‘Writing’ section students are asked to create their own piece of non-fiction writing for a specific purpose.
The Literature exam has 2 papers. Paper 1 has a section on Shakespeare and a section on Post 1914 Literature. In the ‘Shakespeare’ section students are asked to analyse the language, form and structure in an extract and then comment on a theme or character elsewhere in the play supported with contextual references. In the 1914 section students comment on the play as a whole. Paper 2 has a section on 19th century Prose and a section on Poetry. In the ‘Prose’ section students are asked to analyse the language, form and structure in an extract and then explore a theme or character elsewhere in the novel. In the ‘Poetry’ section students are asked to make comparisons between unseen poems and poems from a studied anthology.
- Read a wide range of texts fluently and with good understanding
- Read critically and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
- Write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
- Use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
- Acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- Listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively.
- Encourage, enthuse and develop students’ appreciation of Literature and Drama
- Challenge and engage students’ minds and guide them to the top of their mountain
See Curriculum Map below
St Aidan’s Catholic Academy considers the greatest impact of the curriculum to be high rates of pupil progress.
- Ability to identify language within texts
- Development of the skills to analyse Language and structure in a range of texts.
- Evaluation of writers’ techniques
- Development of the skills to compare various texts and apply appropriate references.
- Understanding of contextual factors relating to a text
- Development of creative writing skills, use of vocabulary and literary devices
- Development of writing for a range of purposes and audiences