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Key Stage 5 Curriculum Overview

At Key Stage 5, we offer two A Levels, namely EnglishEng KS45 Learning Journey A3 424x600 Language and English Literature.  We also offer AS in English Language.  For English Language AS and A Level we study the Edexcel specification, the AS and A Level being completely co-teachable, so that the material covered in Year 12 covers both the AS and half of the A Level content, which is then built on in the delivery of content in Year 13 for the A Level.  For English Language there are 4 components for assessment over the 2 years, the first 3 being examination papers, the fourth being coursework (NEA).  For English Literature A Level, we study AQA Specification B and there are 2 components, or examination papers, as well as a coursework (NEA) component.

Our Key Stage 5 courses are delivered by subject specialists and include comprehensive and challenging schemes of work for each unit.  Each A Level is delivered by two teachers, providing complementary as well as overlapping teaching styles and expertise content.  Students are afforded opportunities to develop formal speaking and listening presentation skills throughout the course.  Additionally, students are afforded a range of opportunities to develop skills and links to enhance their personal development beyond Year 13, whether educational or otherwise.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Year 12 Teacher A (5 Lessons) Teacher B (4 Lessons)

Autumn  Term

 

Half Term 1

Component 1 AS (Language: Context and Identity) and A Level: (Language: Language Variation).

Introduction to course and study of English Language

 

Language Levels

Grammar/Morphology/Syntax, Discourse,

Pragmatics  

 

Language and Context

Mode

Introduction to course and study of English Language

Language Levels

Graphology, Phonetics/ Phonology/ Prosody,

Lexis/ Semantics

 

Language and Context

Audience, Field, Function

Autumn Term

Half Term 2

AS and A Level Component 1.

AS and A Level Component 2: Child Language.

Language and Context continued

Language and Identity/ Language Variation

Accent and Dialect, Social Class, Language and Power, Gender and Sexuality, Occupation, Ethnicity, Age

Child Language: Spoken Language

The Acquisition of Spoken Language in children aged 0-8

Spring Term

Half Term 1

AS and A Level Component 1.

AS and A Level Component 2: Child Language

Language and Identity/ Language Variation continued

Child Language: Spoken Language continued

Spring Term

Half Term 2

AS and A Level Component 1.AS and A Level Component 2: Child Language.

Language and Identity / Language Variation continued

Child Language: Written Language

(The Acquisition of Written Language in children 0-8)

Summer Term

Half Term 1

AS and A Level Component 1.

AS and A Level Component 2: Child Language

A Level Component 4: Non-Examination Assessment

Revision of Paper 1

Introduce NEA Crafting Language

Revision of Paper 2

Introduce NEA Crafting Language

Summer Term

Half Term 2

AS and A Level Component 1.

AS and A Level Component 2: Child Language.

A Level Component 3: Investigating Language.

A Level Component 4: Non-Examination Assessment

AS public examination/ Mocks

 

 

 

 

Introduction to A Level Paper 3 Investigating

AS public examination/ Mocks

 

 

 

 

NEA Crafting Language –produce drafts of original writing pieces

Year 13 Teacher A (4Lessons) Teacher B (5 Lessons)
Autumn Term

Half Term 1

A Level Component 3: Investigating Language.

A Level Component 4: Non-Examination Assessment

A Level Component 1: Language Variation
Paper 3: Investigating Language Component 4: NEA Crafting Language

(submit by the end of this half term)

Paper 1 Section B: Variation over time

(Development of the English Language from 1550 to the present day)

Autumn Term

Half Term 2

A Level Component 1: Language Variation

A Level Component 3: Investigating Language

Revision of Paper 1: Individual Variation for Section A

Paper 3: Investigating Language  

(Pre-release sub-topic is available from December)

Paper 1 Section B: Variation over time continued

Spring Term

Half Term 1

A Level Component 1: Language Variation

A Level Component 2: Child Language

A Level Component 3: Investigating Language

Paper 3: Investigating Language continued

 

Revision of Paper2: Child Language

Paper 1 Section B Variation over time continued

 

Paper 3: Investigating Language  continued and as needed by teacher A

Spring Term

Half Term 2

A Level Component 1: Language Variation

A Level Component 2: Child Language

Revision of Paper 2: Child Language

Revision of Paper 1 Section A: Individual Variation

Summer Term

Half Term 1

A Level Component 1: Language Variation

A Level Component 2: Child Language

A Level Component 3: Investigating Language.

Revision of Paper 3: Investigating Language

 

Revision of Paper 2: Child Language 

Revision of Paper 1: Language Variation

 

Revise Paper 3: Investigating Language

Summer Term

Half term 2

A Level Component 1: Language Variation

A Level Component 2: Child Language

A Level Component 3: Investigating Language

Revise Paper 3: Investigating Language

 

Revise Paper 2: Child Language

 

Public Examinations

Revise Paper 1: Language Variation

 

Revise Paper 3: Investigating Language

 

Public Examinations

Enrichment Opportunities for A-level students

  • visiting speakers and links to industry
  • trips to museums and libraries
  • university workshops and taster days,
  • interschool Sixth Form Book Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Newsletter production
  • competitions
  • Theatre productions, including online streaming

ENGLISH LITERATURE

Year 12 Teacher A (5 Lessons) Teacher B ( 4 Lessons)

Autumn  Term

Half Term 1

Paper 1 –Aspects of Comedy

Introduction to the course

 

Independent research on context for  ‘Twelfth Night’ and a mini-presentation.

 

The history and origins of the genre of comedy within literary tradition

 

Close study of Twelfth Night

Introduction to the course

 

 Independent research on context for  ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and a mini-presentation.

 

The history and origins of the genre of comedy within literary tradition

Close study of The Importance of Being Earnest

Autumn  Term

Half Term 2

Paper 1 –Aspects of Comedy

Twelfth Night continued

Comedy Poetry Anthology continued

Critical Anthology

 

Importance of Being Earnest continued

Comedy Poetry Anthology  

Spring  Term

Half Term 1

Paper 1 –Aspects of Comedy

NEA

Finish Twelfth Night

Comedy Poetry Anthology continued

Critical Anthology

Comedy Poetry Anthology continued

Critical Anthology

Spring  Term

Half Term 2

NEA

Paper 2 – Elements of Crime

Critical Anthology continued

Introduction to the genre of crime

Critical Anthology continued

Introduction to the genre of crime

Summer Term

Half Term 1

NEA

Paper 1 –Aspects of Comedy

NEA Coursework

Revision of Twelfth Night

NEA Coursework

Revision of The Importance of Being Earnest

Summer Term

Half Term 2

NEA

Paper 2 – Elements of Crime

NEA Coursework

Start Crime Novel

NEA Coursework

Start Crime Poetry

Year 13 Teacher A (4 Lessons) Teacher B (5 Lessons)

Autumn Term

Half Term 1

Finish Crime Poetry

Unseen Crime extratcs

Revision of Twelfth Night

Finalise  NEA

Finish Atonement

Unseen Crmie extracts

Revision of The Importance of Being Earnest

Finalise NEA

Autumn Term

Half Term 2
   

Spring Term

Half Term 1
   

Spring Term

Half Term 2
   

Summer Term

Half Term 1
   

Summer Term

Half Term 2
   

Year 2

Teacher 1 (5 Lessons) Teacher 2 ( 4 Lessons)

AUTUMN HALF-TERM 1

Paper 2A- Elements of Crime Writing 

AUTUMN HALF-TERM 1

Paper 2A- Elements of Crime Writing 

  1. Finish teaching Atonement

 

  1. Tie in some Section A unseen extracts as teaching Atonement

 

    No 22.

 

  1. 1 week revision of The Importance of Being Earnest and Comedy  poetry.  Complete a knowledge test and an essay plan

 

Produce draft 2 of NEA Piece 2
  1. Finish Teaching Rime of the Ancient Mariner

 

  1. Tie in some Section A unseen extracts as teaching Rime of the Ancient Mariner

 

  1. Teach Crabbe and Wilde poems

 

  1. 1 week revision of Twelfth Night.   Complete a knowledge test and an essay plan

 

 

Produce draft 2 of NEA Piece 2

AUTUMN HALF-TERM 2

Paper 2A- Elements of Crime Writing

AUTUMN HALF-TERM 2

Paper 2A- Elements of Crime Writing

  1. Finish teaching Atonement

 

No 26.

 

  1. 1 week on The Importance of Being Earnest and Comedy poetry revision

 

Both pieces of coursework to be completed by end of term

No 25.

 

  1. Revisit Unseen Crime extract Section A and work on exam technique and selection of texts for Sections B & C

 

  1. 1 week revision on Twelfth Night

 

Both pieces of coursework to be completed by end of term

SPRING HALF-TERM 1

Paper 2

SPRING HALF-TERM 1

Paper 2

  1. Mocks (whole Paper 2)

 

  1. Develop examination skills

Revision of texts: Paper 2 Atonement and  Paper 2 Poetry

 

Paper 2 Section C Atonement & Poetry

29.    Mocks (whole Paper 2)

 

30.Develop examination skills

 

31.Revision of texts: Poetry Paper 2 and also Paper 1 Twelfth Night

Paper 1 Twelfth Night Section A or B

SPRING HALF-TERM 2

Paper 2A- Elements of Crime Writing

Revise Paper 1B

SPRING HALF-TERM 2

Paper 2A- Elements of Crime Writing

  1. Teach Paper 2 Section B and C – Atonement and connection of other texts with Atonement; connection of all texts for Section C

 

  1. Revise Paper 1 Poetry and The Importance of Being Earnest

Paper 1 Section C & make question cover Tam, MRH eg. Gender question

  1. Teach Paper 2 Section B and C – Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Browning/Crabbe/Wilde and connection of these texts
  1. No 33

Revise Paper 2 Unseen Extract Question

 

Half-termly assessment Paper 2 Section A Unseen Extract Drama (eg. The Crucible)

SUMMER HALF-TERM 1

Paper 2A- Elements of Crime Writing

Paper 1b –Aspects of Comedy

SUMMER HALF-TERM 1

Paper 2A- Elements of Crime Writing

Paper 1b –Aspects of Comedy
  1. Mock – Paper 2 full mock. -Go through mock

 

  1. Develop examination skills

 

  1. Revise Paper 1 –Aspects of Comedy

 

  1. Revise Paper 2 – Elements of Crime Writing

35.Mock –Paper 2 full mock.  -Go through mock

 

36.Develop examination skills

 

37.Revise Paper 1 – Aspects of Comedy

 

38.Revise Paper 2 – Elements of Crime Writing

Enrichment Opportunities for English Literature students

We offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities for students of English Litearature.  These include: visiting speakers and links to industry (such as journalists, actors and lawyers),, trips to museums and libraries (such as The John Rylands Library, Elizabeth Gaskell House, and The Bronte House), university workshops and taster days, lunchtime and afterschool clubs and competitions (These include accredited Oxbridge competitions such as The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition).  Obviously during the Covid pandemic, some of these opportunities have varied in their availability and delivery.

Cross-Curricular Links with English Literature

English Literature connects directly to a range of different subjects, including History, RE, Politics.  The coursework component equips students with analytical essay writing skills required for all other subjects.

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