Year 7
During this year the Literacy skills of Reading, Writing and Oracy will be developed, using the year 7 workbook for all mixed ability classes during the Autumn term. This booklet will be differentiated in order to ensure understanding and an appropriate level of challenge for all pupils. We concentrate on grammar work and description, starting on comprehension practice too. In the New Year we differentiate by setting, according to school policy, but all will follow the same curriculum, namely persuasive and oral work, creating narratives and letters, pamphlets and poetry. We read class novels together and foster analytical skills by discussing the issues and characters involved. Throughout the year we coach detailed reading and writing skills, including grammatical accuracy.

Year 8
Year eight is set from the start but all follow the same scheme of work. There is a more detailed focus this year on reading skills, building in work developed by Assembly agencies to develop PISA skills. We continue reading class novels, working on empathy skills, personal opinion and literary analysis, with narrative work being the focus during the first term, leading to persuasive and media-based texts in the Spring term. Again, a grammar workbook is completed during the year and comprehension pieces develop detailed reading skills.

Year 9
Year nine continue to develop skills as above, revising grammatical basis and reading class novels. More challenging themes and literature are introduced, and a range of tasks which support detailed, analytical reading skills. Pupils will be expected to discuss formally and will have the opportunity to give a talk to the class, in preparation for GCSE coursework in year 10. There is a range of writing tasks covering different text types and pupils will be expected to be able to use formal language fluently on paper and orally. Themes such as extreme sports, space exploration, hunting and animal welfare may be discussed, according to class taste.

All pupils in years 10 and 11 follow a course in English with almost all undertaking the GCSE English language course and most also completing the GCSE English literature course.

English GCSE: Language
Unit 1– Oral: Internal assessment: Two tasks, an individual talk and group work, both to be set by the WJEC and recorded.

Unit 2 - Written Examinations: Two exam papers, both featuring comprehension material from at least three sources, with a range of questions requiring short and long answers, and both featuring writing tasks. Paper one will focus on description, narration and exposition, while paper two will focus on argumentation, persuasion and instruction. There will be two editing/correcting tasks in paper one, which add up to 5% of the entire grade.

English GCSE: Literature
Unit 1– Internal Assessment:Internal assessment: One play by Shakespeare will be studied and a range of poetry as specified by the WJEC, from ‘Poetry 1900 – 2000: 100 poets from Wales’. There will be two tasks: one based on Shakespeare (2 hours) and the other comparing at least two poems from the selection (2 hours).

Unit 2 - Written Examinations: External exams: There are two papers of two hours each. Paper 1 will include the study of a novel by an author from a different culture, probably ‘Of Mice and Men’, and a comparison of previously unseen poetry. The second paper will include study of one novel and one play.

English Literature:
Unit 1– Pre-1900 Prose (eg. Austen, Hardy), Extract and Eassay, and Drama (eg. Faustus), Essay
Unit 2 - Study of two poets (eg. Seamus Heaney, Owen Sheers), Analysis of one poem and Comparison of two poems.

Unit 3 – Pre-1900 Poetry (eg. Chaucer, Keats), Analysis of one poem and analysis and comparison of two unseen poems.
Unit 4 - Shakespeare (eg. Hamlet), Extract Question and Essay Question
Unit 5 - Coursework. Extended essay of 2,500 to 3,000 words in length, based on study of two novels, one written before the year 2000, the other after.