English

Welcome to English at Harton Academy

English is a rich and varied subject. We are passionate about helping all of our students to become confident and powerful readers, writers and speakers. With this in mind, we aim to create engaging and challenging lessons for students of all ages and abilities.

Across the key stages, there is much that can be done at home to support your child’s English skills. The single most effective way to help your child to succeed is to encourage them to read at home. All of our students in Years 7 and 8 will take part in the Accelerated Reading program. As part of this program, they will always have a book to be reading independently. From Year 9 onwards, students should read as widely as possible: both fiction and non-fiction. For suggestions on what to read, see the links below:

We hope that your son or daughter’s study of English at Harton is engaging, rewarding and challenging.

Key Stage 3 English

Independent reading and reading for pleasure is consistently encouraged.

Class readers are filtered throughout the year.

Spoken English (taking the form of speaking and listening activities) is integrated throughout the year as well as taught explicitly.

Year 7

Term
Autumn 1

A Transition Unit on James Bond which is designed to engage and build on the skills of Y6

Reading and responding to a post 1914 novel

Narrative Writing: Initial stimulus the transition unit and then looking at myths/legends/fairy tales and their modern interpretations

Autumn 2

Reading and responding to a post 1914 novel

Writing an informal Letter

Writing a book review

Author biography: classroom poster

Pre-Christmas tasks: group task and presentation on designing and promoting a new Christmas toy

Spring 1

Non Fiction Unit

Reading: autobiography and informative leaflets

Writing: informative article and persuasive letter

Spring 2 Reading and writing tasks based on Shakespeare:

  • The Tempest

or

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Or

  • Henry V
Summer 1

Reading poetry from different cultures

Writing: explanatory report/ persuasive speech

Summer 2

Reading short stories: Ruthless and Roald Dahl Stories

Narrative writing

Year 8

Term
Autumn 1

A transition unit on ‘Villains’ which is designed to engage and build on the skills of Y7

Reading and responding to a post 1914 novel

Narrative writing: using the transition unit to create a believable character and then writing in a variety of genres

Autumn 2

Reading and responding to a post 1914 novel

Writing a formal letter

Writing an entertaining concert review

Writing an author biography in the style of Desert Island Discs

Pre-Christmas Tasks: group task and presentation on designing and promoting a new Christmas film

Spring 1

Non-Fiction:

Reading: feature article and travel writing

Writing: advisory report/ persuasive article

Spring 2 Reading and writing tasks based on Shakespeare

  • Much Ado About Nothing

or

  • The Taming of the Shrew

or

  • Richard III
Summer 1

Reading poetry: a series of lessons based on responding to unseen poems

Writing: informative speech/entertaining review

Summer 2  Reading and responding to short stories: The Pedestrian+ Sci-Fi Genre

Year 9

Term
Autumn 1

A transition unit on ‘New Worlds’ which is designed to engage and build on the skills of Y8

Reading and responding to a post 1914 novel

Narrative Writing: using the transition unit to create a believable character, setting and then writing in a variety of genres considering the narrative structure

Autumn 2

Reading and responding to a post 1914 novel

Writing a letter with a mixed register

Writing a restaurant review

Author biography: presentation or biographical writing

Pre-Christmas tasks: group task and presentation on designing and creating a new Christmas advert.

Spring 1

Non Fiction:

Reading: 19th century non-fiction texts

Writing: argumentative speech/ entertaining article

Spring 2

Reading: responding to unseen fiction extracts from the 20th and 21st centureies

Writing: transactional writing (speech, letter, review, article, report)

Summer 1

Reading Poetry: World War 1 poetry

Narrative writing

Summer 2 Reading and responding to modern drama:

  • Blood Brothers

or

  • Our Day Out

or

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night time

Media task: advertising

Key Stage 4 English

At Key Stage 4, our students study for two separate GCSEs:

  • GCSE English Language: WJEC Eduqas
  • GCSE English Literature: Edexcel

The table below shows a breakdown of the two courses and the exams that students will sit. All students sit their final exams at the end of Year 11, although we carry out practice papers and mini-assessments across the two year course.

Component

English Language: WJEC/Eduqas

 

English Literature: Edexcel

Component 1 : 20th Century Literature Reading Study and Creative Prose Writing

 

40% of GCSE – Exam 1 hour 45 minutes

 

Section A (20%) – Reading

Understanding of one unseen prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century. You will answer a range of structured questions.

 

Section B (20%) – Prose Writing

One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles.

Component 1: Shakespeare and Post-1914 Literature

 

50% of GCSE – Exam 1 hour 45 minutes

 

Section A: Shakespeare (Students will study either ‘Romeo and Juliet’ or ‘Macbeth’)

Two part question:

Part 1: You will be asked to read a short extract (approx. 30 lines) and write a close language analysis of the extract.

 

Part 2: You will be asked to explore how a theme from the extract is explored elsewhere in the play. You need to focus on maintaining a critical style and the show understanding of the relationship between the text and the context in which it was written.

 

Section B: Post-1914 British Play or novel (All students will study ‘An Inspector Calls’)

Answer one question from a choice of two.

A quotation will form the stimulus for the questions (plot, setting, character and theme – one or more)

SPG

 

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading Study and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

 

60% of GCSE – 2 hour exam

 

Section A (30%) – Reading

Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total)of high-quality unseen non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century. You will answer a range of structured questions

 

Section B (30%) – Writing

Two compulsory transactional, persuasive and/or discursive writing tasks

Component 2: 19th-century Novel and Poetry since 1789

 

50% of GCSE – Exam 2 hours 15 minutes

 

Section A – 19th-century Novel (Students will study either ‘A Christmas Carol’ or ‘Jekyll and Hyde’)

Two part question

Part 1: A close language study of an extract (approx. 400 words)

Part 2: An essay question on different aspects of the text, exploring one or more areas of plot, setting, character or theme

 

Section B – Poetry since 1789

Part 1: Poetry Anthology: Comparison (language, form, structure and context) of a named poem and a poem of your choice

Part 2: Comparison (language, form and structure) of two unseen contemporary poems linked by theme.

 

Component 3: Spoken Language

One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback


How to support your child to succeed at GCSE English

There are many ways in which to support your child with their English studies:

  • Encourage regular reading at home – we recommend reading for 20 minutes every day. Many studies show that regular reading at home improves students’ potential across all subjects, not just English. There are links to recommended reading at the top of this page.
  • Ensure your son/daughter completes all homework set, including independent work on revision guides:
  • Re-read set literature texts with your son/daughter.
  • Consider purchasing CGP Revision Guides – these are on sale at a discounted price through the school at key points across the course. Alternatively, they can be bought online.

Last updated: 27-09-18

Key Staff

Lady L Gibson :
Teacher

Name: Lady L Gibson

Role: Teacher

Email: LGibson@hartonacademy.co.uk

Miss C Ritson :
Teacher

Name: Miss C Ritson

Role: Teacher

Email: critson@hartonacademy.co.uk

Miss L Eadie :
Teacher

Name: Miss L Eadie

Role: Teacher

Email: LEadie@hartonacademy.co.uk

Miss L Wolfendale :
Teacher

Name: Miss L Wolfendale

Role: Teacher

Email: LWolfendale@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mr A Hudson :
Deputy Subject Leader - in charge of KS3

Name: Mr A Hudson

Role: Deputy Subject Leader - in charge of KS3

Email: Dhudson@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mr A Reavley :
Teacher

Name: Mr A Reavley

Role: Teacher

Email: AReavley@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mr A Richardson :
TeacherAssistant Subject Leader - in cha

Name: Mr A Richardson

Role: TeacherAssistant Subject Leader - in charge of KS4 data and tracking

Email: ARichardson@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mr C Quinn :
Assistant Head of Year

Name: Mr C Quinn

Role: Assistant Head of Year

Email: CQuinn@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mr K Haswell :
SENCO

Name: Mr K Haswell

Role: SENCO

Email: KHaswell@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mr P McGowan :
Teacher in Charge of KS5

Name: Mr P McGowan

Role: Teacher in Charge of KS5

Email: PMcGowan@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mrs C Chesborough :
Teacher

Name: Mrs C Chesborough

Role: Teacher

Email: CChesborough@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mrs D Dawson :
Subject Leader

Name: Mrs D Dawson

Role: Subject Leader

Email: Ddawson@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mrs F Hutchinson :
Assistant Subject Leader - in charge of

Name: Mrs F Hutchinson

Role: Assistant Subject Leader - in charge of CPD and T&L

Email: FHutchinson@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mrs G Quinn :
Teacher

Name: Mrs G Quinn

Role: Teacher

Email: gquinn@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mrs H Astrop :
Head of Year

Name: Mrs H Astrop

Role: Head of Year

Email: HBarclay@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mrs J Gray :
Specialist Literacy Teacher

Name: Mrs J Gray

Role: Specialist Literacy Teacher

Email: JGray@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mrs K McCarty :
Teacher In Charge of Media Studies

Name: Mrs K McCarty

Role: Teacher In Charge of Media Studies

Email: KMcCarty@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mrs L Swan :
Leading Practitioner

Name: Mrs L Swan

Role: Leading Practitioner

Email: LSwan@hartonacademy.co.uk

Mrs S Connolly :
Literacy Co-ordinator

Name: Mrs S Connolly

Role: Literacy Co-ordinator

Email: SConnolly1@hartonacademy.co.uk

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