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Communication

English

Intent:

To ensure that everything we do has a focus on helping the pupils to succeed to their potential; academically, socially and emotionally.

The curriculum will always have sufficient depth and coverage to ensure that the pupils progress over five years.

To instil a passion for life-long learning and continued improvement; so that our students are both creative and critical of the information they encounter in the modern world. For example, in Year 7 our pupils study civil rights campaigns right through to modern social media campaigns. In Year 8 pupils learn about dystopian texts in a challenging and interactive way. In Year 9, there is a focus on disturbed voices poetry, which is modern, reflective and relevant.

To develop creative and analytical communication skills so that students can express themselves precisely, accurately, and in detail in order to prepare students for life and for potential later study. Also to encourage a breadth of cultural knowledge and understanding.

To focus on pupil development by providing exciting and challenging learning and extra-curricular opportunities and experiences.

In the English Department we want to create an inclusive and inspiring environment where all pupils feel supported and are empowered to succeed. We also want to fully embrace the vison, values and aims of the Academy Trust.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3, we want to encourage students to read as often and as widely as possible.

Research indicates that children who are very good and confident readers by the age of 15 are most likely to go on achieve well at high school, college and university.

We also know that students who read for just half an hour a day can be up to a year ahead of those who don’t by the time they turn 15.

Assessment in English is carried out each half term.  We use a mix of tests and other assessments to develop an overall profile of each child, using ‘I can’ statements.

What will I study?

Each year is based around a different set of topics that provide a broad and balanced curriculum in English.

In Year 7, students will study:

  • Fairytales
  • Novel (Including: Maggot Moon and A Monster Calls)
  • Newspapers - reading and writing
  • An Introduction to Poetry
  • Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’
  • A 19th Century Text

In Year 8, students will study:

  • Reading and writing non-fiction texts - Travel Skills Unit
  • Novel
  • Writing skills - Argumentative and Persuasive Writing
  • Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice
  • Poetry- From other cultures
  • Literary Text Analysis

In Year 9, students will study:

  • Gothic - Literary Fiction and Imaginative Writing
  • Blood Brothers
  • Poetry - Disturbed Voices
  • Novel
  • Shakespeare's Macbeth
  • Reading Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing

Key Stage 4

Each year is based around a different set of topics that provide a broad and balanced curriculum in English.  

In Year 10, students study the Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1), including:

  • Fiction and Imaginative Writing
  • Non- Fiction and Transactional Writing
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • An Inspector Calls  by J.B Priestley or Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
  • Poetry Since 1789 – Pearson Anthology

Modern Foreign Languages

Intent:

At Ellesmere Park High School, the MFL department is committed to delivering a curriculum that is both engaging and challenging at all levels whilst celebrating and supporting academic achievement and progress.

Our key aims are:

  • To engage pupils with our curriculum and promote the love of learning a foreign language.
  • To engender the self-confidence needed to allow pupils to progress successfully in communicating in a foreign language for practical purposes.
  • To increase the level of linguistic and cognitive demand through each academic year and key stage.
  • For our pupils to be open minded and adaptable to developing life-long linguistic skills.
  • To equip pupils to become responsible world citizens who can make a positive contribution and be mutually respectful in our multicultural society.

At Key Stage 3 all students study Spanish.

In Year 7

pupils learn the key basics to enable them to communicate with Spanish speakers and hold introductory conversations covering topics such as asking and answering questions about name, age, birthday, where you live and so on.

Once the foundations for good pronunciation and confidence in speaking have been laid, we cover topics in more detail and explore talking about opinions, justifying those opinions, what you do in school, describing friends and family and talking about what you do in your free time. Some pupils will move on to talk about past and future events.

In Years 8 and 9

Pupils will begin to explore some of the topics covered at GCSE level to give pupils an insight into the depth of work required at this level.

These topics include Shopping, Home life, Health, Work, Festivals, Travel, Spanish Gothic Literature, The Environment and Celebrations. Pupils will be expected to talk about past and future events with increasing confidence. As we approach option time, students will examine career choices, the advantages and disadvantages of different jobs and the qualifications needed.

GCSE Languages Years 10 and 11

All students follow the Eduqas Exam board qualification.

There are 3 major topic areas covered. These are Identity and Culture, Local, national, international and global areas of interest and Current and future study and employment.

GCSE students will be expected to have acquired knowledge and understanding of Spanish grammar during their course. In the examination, they will be required to apply their knowledge and understanding over four skills – Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. All four skills are examined at the end of Year 11.