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Year 7

This year, Year 7 have been working on developing skills such as searching for meaning, analysing patterns and relationships within a text as well as being able to write creatively to demonstrate a wide range of vocabulary.

In order to support students, students should continue to read for pleasure regularly but also try to read a variety of texts such as newspaper articles and blogs. This will help their understanding of purpose, audience and form.

Students are encouraged to complete reading logs (on SMHW) as it will give them a better understanding as to why writers make certain choices.

Students are also advised to go on Show My Homework (SMHW) to complete the 3 project booklets. Additional tasks may also be set through the programme or via class group emails.

Show My Homework: https://www.teamsatchel.com/

Where to find books online: https://www.online-tech-tips.com/cool-websites/7-websites-with-free-online-books-for-kids/

(Students have a login for Show My Homework).

 

Year 8

This year, Year 8 have been exploring a variety of genres including gothic, sci-fi and fantasy. Through the genres students have looked closely and language and structure. Students have also been making connections between fiction texts and how they have been influenced by aspects of history.

In order to support students, students should continue to read for pleasure regularly but also try to read a variety of texts such as newspaper articles and blogs. This will help their understanding of purpose, audience and form.

Students are encouraged to complete reading logs (on SMHW) as it will give them a better understanding as to why writers make certain choices.

Students are also advised to go on Show My Homework (SMHW) to complete the 3 project booklets. Additional tasks may also be set through the programme or via class group emails.

Show My Homework: https://www.teamsatchel.com/

Where to find books online: https://www.online-tech-tips.com/cool-websites/7-websites-with-free-online-books-for-kids/

(Students have a login for Show My Homework).

 

Year 9

This year, Year 9 have been exploring a range of genres such as the gothic genre, dystopian genre and detective fiction. Students have been developing their ability to identify writers’ techniques evaluating their impact on the reader. Students have also been developing their understanding of how writers are influenced by historical events making links to real life examples. Students have also been studying a 19th century text which has allowed them to see how language has changed over time.  

In order to support students, students should continue to read for pleasure regularly but also try to read a variety of texts such as newspaper articles and blogs. This will help their understanding of purpose, audience and form.

Students are encouraged to complete reading logs (on SMHW) as it will give them a better understanding as to why writers make certain choices.

Students are also advised to go on Show My Homework (SMHW) to complete the 3 project booklets. Additional tasks may also be set through the programme or via class group emails.

Show My Homework: https://www.teamsatchel.com/

Where to find books online: https://www.online-tech-tips.com/cool-websites/7-websites-with-free-online-books-for-kids/

(Students have a login for Show My Homework).

 

Year 10

Year 10 is an important year where much of the learning of skills and texts takes place. To support this at a time of remote learning we will use the Century learning platform. Students are to focus on Language Paper one skills and can revise literature texts that they have already covered including poems, Macbeth and An Inspector Calls. To help navigate this resource students are advised to start with diagnostic tasks and then to consult their ‘recommended paths’, these are generated on an individual basis from student’s responses.

Century: https://www.century.tech/

 

Other useful websites to revise skills and texts include:

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4 (AQA Language & Literature).

Sparknotes Macbeth: https://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/macbeth/

(No fear Shakespeare tab has the whole text with modern English translations)

 

Sparknotes An Inspector Calls: https://www.sparknotes.com/drama/an-inspector-calls/

Link to ‘An Inspector Calls’ complete text: https://www.brookfield.hants.sch.uk/subpage-content/content-pdfs/exams11/English/Modern%20Text/An%20Inspector%20Calls_text.pdf

Grammar skills: https://www.grammar-monster.com/

 

Year 11

Year 11 is an important year where much of the application and honing of the skills and knowledge taught in year 10 are embedded. To support this at a time of remote learning we will use the Century learning platform. To help navigate this resource students are advised to start with diagnostic tasks and then to consult their ‘recommended paths’, these are generated on an individual basis from student’s responses. Students need to work through tasks set on all areas of their GCSEs for both Language and Literature. Literature texts include: Macbeth, Jekyll and Hyde and An Inspector Calls as well as the Power and Conflict Poetry cluster. Online resources can be used for these also.

All students have access to ‘Show My Homework’ and Language Mini Mocks will be added for students to attempt also. Please feel free to contact subject teachers directly as we will also be working remotely from home during the school term, all English teachers email addresses can be found on the English section of the schools website.

Century: https://www.century.tech/

Show My Homework: https://www.teamsatchel.com/

(Students have logins for both the learning platforms above).

 

Other useful websites to revise skills and texts include:

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4 (AQA Language & Literature).

Sparknotes - Macbeth: https://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/macbeth/

(No fear Shakespeare tab has the whole text with modern English translations)

 

Sparknotes - An Inspector Calls: https://www.sparknotes.com/drama/an-inspector-calls/

Link to ‘An Inspector Calls’ complete text: https://www.brookfield.hants.sch.uk/subpage-content/content-pdfs/exams11/English/Modern%20Text/An%20Inspector%20Calls_text.pdf

Sparknotes – Jekyll and Hyde: https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/jekyll/ (Includes the full text)

Grammar skills: https://www.grammar-monster.com/

Mr Bruff on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrbruff/playlists

(His ‘NEW’ videos are the best, they include recent exam feedback so all information is up to date).

 

 

Year 12

In Year 12, each student is given a dedicated homework resource filled with increasingly challenging tasks that they are expected to complete weekly. This provides consolidation and practice applying what they have learned in lessons. Students should continue to do this in the light of any school closures.

Students are also provided with a lever arch folder that is, over time, filled with resources, notes and assignments – all of which provide the basis for examination success. The KS5 Language handbook has been sent to every student via email and is also available on the shared area in the Distance Learning folder.

Please also access the AQA website for key materials and examples of past papers.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702

 

Year 13

In this crucial year, students are expected to take an independent approach to their learning which is emphasized by the need for thorough completion of their NEA coursework, worth 20% of their final marks. I have a submission of each piece for each student currently; if you are happy with each piece of work then that is what will be submitted – if not, then you will need to submit a revised version to me via email by March 31st  2020.

Please refer to the handbook which is mentioned above and which is on the Distance Learning area; please also refer to the AQA website for key materials.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702

 

You should be referring to all the hard copies of resources which you have been given in lessons and which you keep in folders; please do not hesitate to contact me via email if you need clarification of any kind.