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Welcome to the Ralph Thoresby School English department. Our department consists of ten dedicated and highly professional English teachers. It is run by Mr. Hook and Ms. Henderson, who are Co-Heads of English. Pupils complete two GCSE courses in English: AQA English Language and AQA English Literature, so English is actually two subjects. All pupils study English Language and English Literature from year 7 to year 11. We are also a popular A-level subject. Many of our pupils choose to study A-Level English Language and Literature.

Our pupils develop a wide range of reading, writing and speaking & listening skills. These skills are an essential part of pupils’ lives at school and their lives beyond school. We also like to encourage our pupils to develop a passion for English by offering a range of extra-curricular activities, including poetry workshops and a hugely successful creative writing residential.

 

Links to SMSC and British Values

The English language is a constantly developing part of our national identity. English is the platform we use to read, write, speak and listen to each other. These skills are the foundation of all SMSC and British values. English literature includes the works of many of the world’s greatest writers, such as Shakespeare, Dickens and Priestley. The stories of these writers cover hugely important issues that link to SMSC issues and British values, such as social responsibility, liberty, morality and equality.

Courses available to take at KS4 and KS5

  • KS4 - AQA GCSE English Language & AQA GCSE English Literature
  • KS5 - AQA A-Level English Language and Literature (combined course)
  • Year 7 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      English Literature: Read and study a popular novel.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils read a novel chosen for the group by their teacher. They learn about how the writer uses language to engage the reader and how context affects the characters.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam in week 7 of half-term 1. The exam asks them how the writer presents an important them in a short extract and how that theme is presented in the novel as a whole. Pupils are not allowed a copy of the novel in the exam.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Fiction Writing

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to create an engaging and entertaining piece of descriptive or narrative writing. This includes developing vocabulary, using varied sentence structures and using writing techniques, such as figurative language.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam in week 5 of half-term 1. The exam asks them to produce a piece of descriptive or narrative writing.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Fiction Reading

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to independently analyse a short piece of literature, explaining the impact that language and structure have on the reader.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam in week 5 of half-term 3. The exam has four questions. Question 1 is a comprehension question. Question 2 asks them to analyse language. Question 3 asks them to analyse structure. Question 4 asks them to analyse language and / or structure.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Non-fiction Writing

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to create an engaging and effective piece of non-fiction writing, such as an article, letter or speech. This includes developing vocabulary, using varied sentence structures and using writing techniques, such as figurative language.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Non-fiction Reading

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to independently analyse and compare two short pieces of non-fiction, explaining how the impact that language and structure have on the reader

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      English Literature: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and a selection of poetry by different writers.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils study this classic Shakespeare play. They learn about how Shakespeare used language, structure and dramatic techniques to engage his audience and how context affects the characters.

      Following their exam, pupils study a selection of poetry, learning about a range of poetic techniques.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam on Romeo and Juliet in week 5 of half-term 6. The exam asks them how Shakespeare presents an important them in a short extract and how that theme is presented in the play as a whole. Pupils are not allowed a copy of the play in the exam.

     

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Your child will be set one English homework each week. All the materials they need to complete their homework will be sent home with them.

     

    Equipment required:

    Pen, pencil, sharpener, ruler, highlighter.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Watch and discuss the news.

    Read and discuss newspaper articles.

    Read and discuss works of fiction (novels, short stories, poetry).

    Watch and discuss good quality dramas and documentaries.

     

    Homework Information

    Your child will be set one English homework each week. All the materials they need to complete their homework will be sent home with them.

  • Year 8 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      English Literature: Read and study a popular novel.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils read a novel chosen for the group by their teacher. They learn about how the writer uses language to engage the reader and how context affects the characters.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam in week 7 of half-term 1. The exam asks them how the writer presents an important them in a short extract and how that theme is presented in the novel as a whole. Pupils are not allowed a copy of the novel in the exam.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Non-fiction Reading

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to independently analyse and compare two short pieces of non-fiction, explaining how the impact that language and structure have on the reader.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam in week 3 of half-term 3. The exam has four questions. Question 1 is a comprehension question. Question 2 asks them to summarise the two texts. Question 3 asks them to analyse the language in one text. Question 4 asks them to compare and analyse the language in both texts.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Non-fiction Writing

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to create an engaging and effective piece of non-fiction writing. This includes developing vocabulary, using varied sentence structures and using writing techniques, such as figurative language.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam in week 3 of half-term 3. The exam asks them to produce a piece of non-fiction writing, such as an article, letter or speech.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Fiction Reading

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to independently analyse a short piece of literature, explaining the impact that language and structure have on the reader.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Fiction Writing

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to create an engaging and entertaining piece of descriptive or narrative writing. This includes developing vocabulary, using varied sentence structures and using writing techniques, such as figurative language.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Shakespeare’s Othello and a selection of poetry by different writers

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils study this classic Shakespeare play. They learn about how Shakespeare used language, structure and dramatic techniques to engage his audience and how context affects the characters.

      Following their exam, pupils study a selection of poetry, learning about a range of poetic techniques.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam on Othello in week 5 of half-term 6. The exam asks them how Shakespeare presents an important them in a short extract and how that theme is presented in the play as a whole. Pupils are not allowed a copy of the play in the exam.

     

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Your child will be set one English homework each week. All the materials they need to complete their homework will be sent home with them.

     

    Equipment required:

    Pen, pencil, sharpener, ruler, highlighter.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Watch and discuss the news.

    Read and discuss newspaper articles.

    Read and discuss works of fiction (novels, short stories, poetry).

    Watch and discuss good quality dramas and documentaries.

     

    Homework Information

    Your child will be set one English homework each week. All the materials they need to complete their homework will be sent home with them.

  • Year 9 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      English Literature: Read and study A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. They learn about how Dickens used language to engage the reader and how context affects the characters.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam in week 7 of half-term 1. The exam asks them how the writer presents an important them in a short extract and how that theme is presented in the novel as a whole. Pupils are not allowed a copy of the novel in the exam.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Fiction Writing

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to create an engaging and entertaining piece of descriptive or narrative writing. This includes developing vocabulary, using varied sentence structures and using writing techniques, such as figurative language.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam in week 5 of half-term 1. The exam asks them to produce a piece of descriptive or narrative writing.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Fiction Reading

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to independently analyse a short piece of literature, explaining the impact that language and structure have on the reader.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam in week 5 of half-term 3. The exam has four questions. Question 1 is a comprehension question. Question 2 asks them to analyse language. Question 3 asks them to analyse structure. Question 4 asks them to analyse language and / or structure.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Non-fiction Writing

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to create an engaging and effective piece of non-fiction writing, such as an article, letter or speech. This includes developing vocabulary, using varied sentence structures and using writing techniques, such as figurative language.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Non-fiction Reading

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to independently analyse and compare two short pieces of non-fiction, explaining how the impact that language and structure have on the reader.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      English Literature: Shakespeare’s Macbeth and a first reading of JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils study this classic Shakespeare play. They learn about how Shakespeare used language, structure and dramatic techniques to engage his audience and how context affects the characters.

      Following their exam, pupils read JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls. They study this text in greater depth in year 10.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam on Macbeth in week 4 of half-term 6. The exam asks them how Shakespeare presents an important them in a short extract and how that theme is presented in the play as a whole. Pupils are not allowed a copy of the play in the exam.

     

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Your child will be set one English homework each week. All the materials they need to complete their homework will be sent home with them.

     

    Equipment required:

    Pen, pencil, sharpener, ruler, highlighter.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Watch and discuss the news.

    Read and discuss newspaper articles.

    Read and discuss works of fiction (novels, short stories, poetry).

    Watch and discuss good quality dramas and documentaries.

     

    Homework Information

    Your child will be set one English homework each week. All the materials they need to complete their homework will be sent home with them.

  • Year 10 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      English Literature: JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls and AQA Anthology Poetry (poems 1-9)

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils study this classic play. They learn about how Priestley used language, structure and dramatic techniques to engage his audience and how context affects the characters.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam in week 4 of half-term 1. The exam asks how a key theme or character is presented in the play.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Non-fiction Reading

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to independently analyse and compare two short pieces of non-fiction, explaining how the impact that language and structure have on the reader.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam in week 2 of half-term 4. The exam has four questions. Question 1 is a comprehension question. Question 2 asks them to summarise the two texts. Question 3 asks them to analyse the language in one text. Question 4 asks them to compare and analyse the language in both texts.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Non-fiction Writing

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to create an engaging and effective piece of non-fiction writing. This includes developing vocabulary, using varied sentence structures and using writing techniques, such as figurative language.

      Assessment

      Pupils have an exam in week 3 of half-term 3. The exam asks them to produce a piece of non-fiction writing, such as an article, letter or speech.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Fiction Reading

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to independently analyse a short piece of literature, explaining the impact that language and structure have on the reader.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Fiction Writing

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to create an engaging and entertaining piece of descriptive or narrative writing. This includes developing vocabulary, using varied sentence structures and using writing techniques, such as figurative language.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      English Literature: Revision of A Christmas Carol and Macbeth & AQA Anthology Poetry (poems 10-15 and a selection of unseen poems)

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils revise both texts, which they studied in year 9.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam on Macbeth in week 3 of half-term 6. Section A asks how Shakespeare presents an important them in a short extract and how that theme is presented in the play as a whole. Section B asks how Dickens presents an important them in a short extract and how that theme is presented in the novel as a whole. Pupils are not allowed a copy of either text in the exam.

     

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Your child will be set one English homework each week. All the materials they need to complete their homework will be sent home with them.

     

    Equipment required:

    Pen, pencil, sharpener, ruler, highlighter.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Watch and discuss the news.

    Read and discuss newspaper articles.

    Read and discuss works of fiction (novels, short stories, poetry).

    Watch and discuss good quality dramas and documentaries.

     

    Homework Information

    Your child will be set one English homework each week. All the materials they need to complete their homework will be sent home with them.

  • Year 11 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      English Literature: Revision of An Inspector Calls, AQA Anthology Poetry and Unseen Poetry.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils revise An Inspector Calls, AQA Anthology Poetry on the theme of conflict and how to approach unseen poetry.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils have an exam I week 6 of half-term 1. Section A asks how a theme or character is presented in An Inspector Calls. Section B asks pupils to compare two of the poems they have studied. Section C asks pupils to analyse an unseen poem and then to compare that poem with another unseen poem.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language: Non-fiction Reading & Writing

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to independently analyse and compare two short pieces of non-fiction, explaining how the impact that language and structure have on the reader. Pupils learn how to create an engaging and effective piece of non-fiction writing. This includes developing vocabulary, using varied sentence structures and using writing techniques, such as figurative language.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils sit the first section of the exam in week 3 of half-term 2. Question 1 is a comprehension question. Question 2 asks them to summarise the two texts. Question 3 asks them to analyse the language in one text. Question 4 asks them to compare and analyse the language in both texts. Pupils sit the second section of the exam in week 7 of half-term 2. The exam asks them to produce a piece of non-fiction writing, such as an article, letter or speech.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Fiction Reading & Writing

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Pupils learn how to independently analyse a short piece of literature, explaining the impact that language and structure have on the reader. Pupils learn how to create an engaging and entertaining piece of descriptive or narrative writing. This includes developing vocabulary, using varied sentence structures and using writing techniques, such as figurative language.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils sit both sections of the exam in week 1 of half-term 4. Section A has four questions. Question 1 is a comprehension question. Question 2 asks them to analyse language. Question 3 asks them to analyse structure. Question 4 asks them to analyse language and / or structure. Section B asks them to produce a piece of descriptive or narrative writing.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language and English Literature final revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Lessons and homework tasks are focused on revising English Language exam skills, English Literature exam skills and English Literature set texts (Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, AQA Anthology Poetry)

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language and English Literature final revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Lessons and homework tasks are focused on revising English Language exam skills, English Literature exam skills and English Literature set texts (Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, AQA Anthology Poetry)

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      English Language and English Literature final revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Lessons and homework tasks are focused on revising English Language exam skills, English Literature exam skills and English Literature set texts (Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls, AQA Anthology Poetry)

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

     

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    Your child will be set one English homework each week. All the materials they need to complete their homework will be sent home with them.

     

    Equipment required:

    Pen, pencil, sharpener, ruler, highlighter.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Watch and discuss the news.

    Read and discuss newspaper articles.

    Read and discuss works of fiction (novels, short stories, poetry).

    Watch and discuss good quality dramas and documentaries.

     

    Homework Information

    Your child will be set one English homework each week. All the materials they need to complete their homework will be sent home with them.

  • Year 12 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Paris Anthology Travel & Tourism Texts / The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      With teacher 1, pupils study a variety of travel and tourism related texts about the iconic city of Paris.

      With teacher 2, pupils conduct a first critical reading of Margaret Atwood’s harrowing dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Paris Anthology Autobiographical Texts / The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      With teacher 1, pupils study a variety of autobiographical texts relating to the iconic city of Paris.

      With teacher 2, pupils conduct further detailed study of The Handmaid’s Tale.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Paris Anthology Spoken Discourse Texts / Poetry by Robert Browning

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      With teacher 1, pupils study spoken discourse relating to the iconic city of Paris.

      With teacher 2, pupils read a number of works by the brilliant Victorian poet Robert Browning.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils sit a full paper 1 exam in week 1 of half-term 3. The first question asks them to compare two texts from the Paris Anthology. The second question asks them to explore a key theme in The Handmaid’s Tale. The third task asks pupils to compare two of Browning’s poems.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Paris Anthology Journalistic & Historical Texts / Poetry by Robert Browning

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      With teacher 1, pupils begin their non-exam assessment. This is a completely independent task that requires pupils to compare a key theme in one literary text and one non-literary text. The theme and the texts are chosen by pupils.

      With both teachers, pupils will revise the texts they have studied across the academic year.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision for end of year mock exams / A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      With both teachers, pupils will revise the texts they have studied across the academic year, in preparation for the end of year mock exams.

      With teacher 2, pupils will conduct a first reading of A Streetcar Named Desire, in preparation for year 13.

      Assessment

      PINS marking is used to give pupils feedback on exam practice and help them to improve. Pupils sit a full paper 1 exam in week 3 of half-term 6. The first question asks them to compare two texts from the Paris Anthology. The second question asks them to explore a key theme in The Handmaid’s Tale. The third task asks pupils to compare two of Browning’s poems.

     

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    AQA Paris Anthology (provided by school)

    AQA Poetry Anthology (provided by school)

    The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (available from school or any good retailer)

    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (available from school or any good retailer)

    A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (available from school or any good retailer)

    Study guides are also available for The Great Gatsby, The Handmaid’s Tale and A Streetcar Named Desire.

     

    Equipment required:

    Pen, pencil, sharpener, ruler, highlighter

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Reading and re-reading of set texts and study guides.

     

    Self-study Information

    Homework is set once every week by each teacher.

     

    Reading and re-reading of set texts and study guides should be done regularly and independently.

     

    The non-exam assessment (or NEA) is a completely independent task that requires pupils to compare a key theme in one literary text and one non-literary text. The theme and the texts are chosen by pupils. Teacher 1 will be able to guide pupils but they must act proactively and independently.

  • Year 13 Overview

     

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    AQA Paris Anthology (provided by school)

    AQA Poetry Anthology (provided by school)

    The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (available from school or any good retailer)

    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (available from school or any good retailer)

    A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (available from school or any good retailer)

    Study guides are also available for The Great Gatsby, The Handmaid’s Tale and A Streetcar Named Desire.

     

    Equipment required:

    Pen, pencil, sharpener, ruler, highlighter.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Reading and re-reading of set texts and study guides.

     

    Self-study Information

    Homework is set once every week by each teacher.

     

    Reading and re-reading of set texts and study guides should be done regularly and independently.

     

    The non-exam assessment (or NEA) is a completely independent task that requires pupils to compare a key theme in one literary text and one non-literary text. The theme and the texts are chosen by pupils. Teacher 1 will be able to guide pupils but they must act proactively and independently.

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