Subject Vision

Hodge Hill Girls’ School teach English programmes of study to Key Stage 3 pupils which promote the pupils' appreciation and love of reading and prepares them for the demands of everyday life and their future careers. Our specialist English teachers deliver the new National Curriculum for English with enthusiasm and ensure lessons are taught in an inventive and inspiring way that encourages each pupil to develop their confidence in their written and oral communication.

At Key Stage 4 the curriculum is designed to ensure pupils reach their full potential and attain the highest possible standards at GCSE level. At Hodge Hill Girls' School a considerable number of pupils make three or more levels of progress between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4, which is significantly higher than national average.

Curriculum Plan

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils will study the following units:

Unit 1- Recount (Autobiographical accounts)

Unit 2- Contemporary novel

Unit 3- Introduction to Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Unit 4- Introduction to poetry (Introduction to Power and Conflict and Unseen)

Unit 5- Fiction and Creative Writing (Introduction to English Language GCSE Paper 1 Skills)

Unit 6- Non-fiction (Introduction to English Language GCSE Paper 2 Skills)

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils will study the following units:

Unit 1- 19th Century fictional text

Unit 2- GCSE English Language Paper 1

Unit 3- Power and Conflict poems and Unseen poetry

Unit 4- Shakespeare: Macbeth (Abridged)

Unit 5- AQA GCSE English Language Preparation for Year 8: Paper 2

Unit 6- Non-fiction writing

Year 9

In Year 9 pupils will study the following units:

Unit 1- Power and Conflict poetry

Unit 2- Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth)

Unit 3- GCSE Novel (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or A Christmas Carol or The Sign of Four)

Unit 4- Modern Text (An Inspector Calls or Blood Brothers)

Unit 5 and 6- GCSE English Language Papers 1 and 2

These can be studied in any order; it is up to the individual class teachers. Over the course of the year all units will be covered.

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

The Programme of Study followed by pupils in Year 10 depends upon their teaching group.

Currently all pupils in Years 10 and 11 study AQA GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language.

This is now 100% examination for both GCSEs. There is also no tiered entry, as a result all students take same examination.

GCSE English Literature will be taken at the end of Year 10.

GCSE English Language will be taken at the end of Year 11.

GCSE English Language consists of two papers. Each paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long. There is an equal weighting of marks between reading and writing.

GCSE English Literature consists of two papers. The first paper: Shakespeare and nineteenth century literature is 1 hour 30 minutes, the second paper: Modern text and poetry is 2 hour 15

minutes. For the Literature examination no books are allowed in the exam.

In Year 10 students’ study:

Unit 1: REVISE Nineteenth Century/ Power and Conflict (2/3 poems)

Unit 2: REVISE Shakespeare/ Power and Conflict (2/3 poems)

Unit 3: REVISE Modern Text/ Power and Conflict (3/4 poems)

Unit 4/Unit 5: REVISE Remainder of Power and Conflict poems/ plus revision of previously studied texts

Unit 6: AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2 (From after Literature examination)

In Year 11 students’ study:

AQA GCSE English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2 (in more depth)

Students will also prepare for, and take, the spoken language element of the English Language GCSE

Assessment

Students in Key Stage 3 are regularly assessed after every unit of work. The assessments mirror the skills required at Key Stage 4. When studying English Language at Key Stage 3, AQA Key Stage 3 assessments are used to ensure students are prepared for Key Stage 4.

In Key Stage 4 students are regularly assessed in class and through a series of mock examinations. All assessments are based on AQA examinations, either paper set by AQA or set by teachers in the style of AQA. Grade boundaries used are the same as for the paper used or an average of the grade boundaries if set internally.

Outcomes

English Progress score was 1.01 in 2019 (no results released in 2020) - this is significantly above the national average.

English Progress score for Disadvantaged students was 0.98 which is 1.42 above the national average for Disadvantaged students.

The percentage of student achieving a 4+ in English Language was 13% higher than the National average in 2019 and 12% higher than the national average in 2020.

The percentage of student achieving a 5+ in English Language was 15% higher than the National average in 2019 and 11% higher than the national average in 2020.

What next

With GCSE English and GCSE English Literature students are set for their future lives. They will be ready to embrace the world of college and work, because of the reading, writing, and speaking skills they have developed over five years in preparations for their GCSEs.

They will also have the capacity to recognise bias, enabling them make informative choices and they will have also acquired the ability to appreciate literature and enjoy the wealth of literary heritage from across the entire globe.

(Reviewed November 2020)

COVID: DUE TO THE SCHOOL CLOSURES BETWEEN MARCH 2020 – JULY 2020 AND ONGOING GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SMALL, TEMPORARY ADAPTIONS TO THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM. WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO RETURN TO A NORMAL CURRICULUM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND SUPPORT DURING THIS TIME.