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What is the overall aim of what we are learning in English Language?

The intention of the English Language curriculum is to create empathetic, confident and critical citizens by providing students with the knowledge and know-how to interrogate, interpret, communicate and engage with the world around them. We believe that mastering language can open doors and ensure our students are the most successful citizens they can be.

What are students learning in Year 7 & 8?

The complexity of English grammar is broken down into cumulative items of knowledge. As students learn these deeply in isolation, they are able to remember more and do more with them in the future. Our cumulative curriculum works from sentence level to whole text structures. We pay close attention to working memory so that students are not overwhelmed. For instance, the complexity of commas is gradually introduced over a number of lessons. This ensures students are able to master and then use this knowledge in their own writing in a range of contexts.

Why are they learning these things?

Creativity and originality emerge from a deep understanding of a subject’s foundations. By studying grammar and writing in isolation, students gain the foundational knowledge from which creativity can emerge. Being able to use subordinate clauses accurately enables students to compose multi-faceted narratives, articles and essays in English and in other subjects.

Year 7 - Scheme of Learning Overview
   Unit A Unit B Unit C Unit D        

Mastery 

Writing 1

Mastery Writing 1:A Mastery Writing 1:B Master Writing 1: C n/a

Mastery 

Writing 2

Mastery Writing 2:A Mastery Writing 2:B Mastery Writing 2:C Mastery Writing 2:D

Mastery 

Writing 3

Mastery Writing 3:A Mastery Writing 3:B Mastery Writing 3:C n/a
Paired Reading for Pleasure
Year 8 - Scheme of Learning Overview
   Unit A Unit B Unit C Unit D        

Mastery 

Writing 1

Mastery Writing 1:A Mastery Writing 1:B Master Writing 1: C n/a

Mastery 

Writing 2

Mastery Writing 2:A Mastery Writing 2:B Mastery Writing 2:C Mastery Writing 2:D

Mastery 

Writing 3

Mastery Writing 3:A Mastery Writing 3:B Mastery Writing 3:C n/a
Paired Reading for Pleasure


What are the students learning in Year 9, 10 & 11?

The development of a strong personal voice is placed at the heart of our curriculum. At Key Stage 4, we teach reading and writing skills in tandem. Our curriculum pulls from a variety of sources and voices to support students in their analysis and evaluation of the methods writers use. Our curriculum structures encourage students to emulate the choices that they analyse in their own writing.

Why are they learning these things?

Our curriculum ensures that our students leave us with the skills to interrogate, interpret, communicate and engage with the world around them. Our pairing of reading and writing skills creates empathetic citizens who are able to appreciate real world discourses and engage in these themselves.

Year 9 - Scheme of Learning Overview
   Unit A Unit B Unit C Unit D        

Mastery 

Writing 1

Mastery Writing 1:A Mastery Writing 1:B Master Writing 1: C n/a

Mastery 

Writing 2

Mastery Writing 2:A Mastery Writing 2:B Mastery Writing 2:C Mastery Writing 2:D

Mastery 

Writing 3

Mastery Writing 3:A Mastery Writing 3:B Mastery Writing 3:C n/a
Paired Reading for Pleasure
Year 10 - Scheme of Learning Overview
10.1 Narrative Voice - Paper 1
10.2 Expressing Viewpoint and Tone - Paper 2
10.3 Narrative Structure - Paper 1
10.4 19th Century non-fiction - Paper 2
10.5 Constructing an Argument - Paper 2
10.6 Speaking and Listening - Expressing Our Ideas
Year 11 - Scheme of Learning Overview
11.1   Analysing and Using Structure - Paper 1
11.2 Paper 1 Revision - Q2 and Q4
11.3 Paper 2 Revision - Q2 and Q4



How can I find out more about what students are learning?

Schemes of Learning        Over the course of this academic year, we will be sharing links to our schemes of learning. You can click on these links to see more about what your child is studying.
GCSE Exam Board See the exam board specification below for a full outline of how the course is structured.
 
GCSE Specification      AQA                GCSE English Language (8700)    
Subject Contact The name and email address of the subject leader can be found below. Please feel free to contact them if you have any further questions or would like to learn more about the curriculum students are following.
Subject Leader & email Ms H Vardon-Prince               hvardon-prince@northolthigh.org.uk

English Literature

What is the overall aim of what we are learning in English Literature?

The intention of the English Literature curriculum is to invite students to join the universal human discourses that great literature explores. We aim for our students to find their voice as they interrogate the ideas that have come before them. 

What are students learning in Year 7 & 8?

At Key Stage 3, students study texts from the established literary canon (such as Oliver Twist and Animal Farm) alongside a wide range of diverse voices (such as The Bone Sparrow and Noughts and Crosses) as challenging vehicles to illustrate the conventions that writers use in literature to convey big world ideas. Students are explicitly taught contextual knowledge to facilitate their explorations of writers’ methods and isolation of the defining messages of literary texts such as Dickens’ desire for a fairer society. In addition, students are explicitly taught tier two vocabulary alongside the texts that they study. Our students take real pride in the extensive vocabulary acquisition and opportunities for useful application that our curriculum provides.

Why are they learning these things?

The texts that we study allow students to explore worlds outside of their immediate context whilst also finding relatability in the universal themes that are discussed. We carefully select texts that expose students to: character tropes, narrative arcs, themes, ideas and vocabulary that they will return to across their curriculum journey. In our curriculum, knowledge is cumulative to ensure students know more and remember more. Each strand builds on what has come before and acknowledges what is to come. For example, in Year 7, the study of A Midsummer Night’s Dream exposes students to Shakespeare’s commentary of the severity of a patriarchal society. This is built upon in the Year study of The Tempest. These increasingly complex conversations support our Key Stage 4 students to engage with Romeo and Juliet’s messages in a deeper way.

Year 7 - Scheme of Learning Overview
7.1 Oliver Twist
7.2 A Midsummer Night's Dream
7.3 Poetry - Metaphor
Year 8 - Scheme of Learning Overview
8.1   Sherlock Holmes
8.2 The Tempest
8.3 Animal Farm



What are the students learning in Year 9, 10 & 11?

Our students have the opportunity to return to our core literary texts on multiple occasions across Key Stage 4. This cumulative curriculum allows students to deepen their understanding of the core texts and build their detailed knowledge base over time. We believe this facilitates interesting and multi-layered interpretations. We build on the key skills taught at Key Stage 3, to provide students with the know-how they need to fully discuss their complex ideas.

Why are they learning these things?

At Key Stage 4, our students develop a critical understanding of the ways in which literary texts are a reflection of, and exploration of, the human condition. We have selected three texts that allow students to consider universal themes from different perspectives. For example, our study of Blood Brothers, Romeo and Juliet and Power and Conflict Poetry encourages a consideration of how writers criticise the hierarchical structures of society in similar ways, whether writing in the sixteenth century or the twentieth. In the same way, students can consider how human hubris is criticised by both Stevenson and Shakespeare. These critical conversations encourage students to consider how these universal themes impact their own lives.

Year 9 - Scheme of Learning Overview
9.1 Romeo and Juliet - First Read (Youthful Love)
9.2 Jekyll and Hyde - Plot and Character
9.3 Blood Brothers - Plot and Character
9.4 Interspersed Poetry
Year 10 - Scheme of Learning Overview
10.1 Poetry Anthology - Power & Conflict
10.2 Unseen Poetry - Choices Used to Convey Meaning
10.3 Blood Brothers - Second Read (Themes and Big Ideas)
10.4 Jekyll and Hyde - Second Read (Themes and Big Ideas)
10.5 Romeo and Juliet - Second Read (Themes and Big Ideas)
Year 11 - Scheme of Learning Overview
11.1   Romeo and Juliet - Essay Writing
11.2 Jekyll and Hyde - Essay Writing
11.3 Blood Brothers - Essay Writing



How can I find out more about what students are learning?

Schemes of Learning Over the course of this academic year, we will be sharing links to our schemes of learning. You can click on these links to see more about what your child is studying.
GCSE Exam Board See the exam board specification below for a full outline of how the course is structured.
 
GCSE Specification AQA    GCSE English Literature (8702)  
Subject Contact The name and email address of the subject leader can be found below. Please feel free to contact them if you have any further questions or would like to learn more about the curriculum students are following.
Subject Leader & email Ms H Vardon               hvardon-prince@northolthigh.org.uk

Literacy

What is the overall aim of what we are learning in Literacy?

The Literacy programme at Northolt High School is a targeted programme which aims to ensure that pupils can work at age-related standards and with enhanced access to the wider curriculum . It boosts pupils' reading comprehension, thinking and learning skills so that they can apply these in all subjects.

What are students learning in Year 7 & 8?

Students are developing their reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, spoken English and communication so they can access the secondary curriculum.

Why are they learning these things?

The programme will boost independent learning strategies and strengthen their confidence to work with greater independence.

Year 7 - Scheme of Learning Overview
7.1 Use a range of reading strategies to understand what I have read
7.2 Make inferences using evidence from the text
7.3 Comment on the writer’s choice of vocabulary
7.4 Use literary devices to enhance the impact of writing
7.5 Analyze the structure of a text
7.6 Write well-structured essays and other non-narrative texts, including arguments
Year 8 - Scheme of Learning Overview
8.1   Analysing the structure of a text
8.2 Write in personal and formal styles
8.3 Identify and discuss the presentational and organizational features of a text
8.4 Write well-structured essays and other non-narrative texts, including arguments
8.5 Make inferences referring to evidence from the text
8.6 Discuss the purpose and audience of a text and explain the writer’s intention



How can I find out more about what students are learning?

Schemes of Learning Over the course of this academic year, we will be sharing links to our schemes of learning. You can click on these links to see more about what your child is studying.
Subject Contact The name and email address of the subject leader can be found below. Please feel free to contact them if you have any further questions or would like to learn more about the curriculum students are following.
Subject Leader & email Anita Nayyar               anayyar@northolthigh.org.uk