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St Ambrose Barlow RC High School

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School

 English

Intent Statement

Our curriculum aims to foster a love of language and literature in our learners; building on their successes at KS2 and equipping them with the skills to be effective and confident communicators for life.

Through our study of the Ambrose Canon, we will take pupils on a journey of some of the greatest texts and characters in literature around the world. We aim to challenge them to be deep, critical and empathetic thinkers; to explore the ‘big ideas’/ key themes across texts and how they reflect society of the time and to read regularly for pleasure.

We will enable our pupils to become imaginative, articulate and appreciative of language through access to an engaging and challenging bespoke curriculum.

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Year 7

Pupils are encouraged to listen to one another and then asked to take part in group discussions. On many occasions they are given the opportunity to debate and develop arguments on a variety of issues and topics. To improve their reading, pupils can choose from a large range of material suited to their age and ability, and it is hoped that they gain much pleasure from this. Pupils have one guided reading lesson per week to promote independent and creative thought. They are taught to write clearly and accurately, using correct spellings and punctuation. Pupils learn to draft and revise work and are taught a wide range of grammatical rules. The Drama course in Year 7 involved pupils in investigating a range of topics and issues through various methods and forms. In Drama, we aim to develop confidence, creativity and sensitivity. Pupils are encouraged to widen their understanding of values and cultural change, as well as improving their physical and perceptual skills.

Year 8

Pupils are encouraged to listen to one another and then asked to take part in group discussions. On many occasions they are given the opportunity to debate and develop arguments on a variety of issues and topics. To improve their reading, pupils can choose from a large range of material suited to their age and ability, and it is hoped that they gain much pleasure from this. They are taught to write clearly and accurately, using correct spellings and punctuation. Pupils learn to draft and revise work and are taught a wide range of grammatical rules. The Drama course in Year 8 involved pupils in investigating a range of topics and issues through various methods and forms. In Drama, we aim to develop confidence, creativity and sensitivity. Pupils are encouraged to widen their understanding of values and cultural change, as well as improving their physical and perceptual skills.

Year 9

Pupils are encouraged to listen to one another and then asked to take part in group discussions. On many occasions they are given the opportunity to debate and develop arguments on a variety of issues and topics. To improve their reading, pupils can choose from a large range of material suited to their age and ability, and it is hoped that they gain much pleasure from this. They are taught to write clearly and accurately, using correct spellings and punctuation. Pupils learn to draft and revise work and are taught a wide range of grammatical rules.

Year 10

In this course pupils are studying two full AQA Board GCSE's in English Language and English Literature. Both GCSEs require pupils to demonstrate skills in listening, talking, reading and writing. Pupils must convey their ideas, knowledge, feelings and points of view on a range of literature as well as responding critically to non-fiction and media texts. 

Year 11

In this course pupils are studying two full GCSEs in English Language and English Literature. Pupils must convey their ideas, knowledge, feelings and points of view on a range of literature, including poetry, plays and 19th Century texts, as well as responding critically to non-fiction and media texts. Throughout the course, pupils will develop their synthesis, language, structure, comparison and evaluation skills. Written elements include writing narratives, descriptions and discursive texts. These skills are evaluated through examination. Pupils sit a total of four exam papers for English Language and Literature at the end of year 11.

Useful Links

 

Knowledge Organisers

 

 

Home Learning Resources

The following documents can be viewed or printed and completed on paper or as a worksheet

Accelerated Reader

 

Accelerated Reader is used at the beginning of all Key Stage 3 (Y7, 8 and9) lessons. It is designed to:

Build up reading skills 

Motivate pupils to read 

Create confident and independent readers

 

 

Accelerated Reader can be used at home and quizzes can be completed during normal school hours (9am - 3pm Monday to Friday). It cannot be accessed at any other time than this. 

 

How to use it?

Pupils must read a book that is listed as Accelerated Reader friendly. You can check whether a book is this by going onto www.arbookfind.co.uk

Check whether this book falls within the reading range (ZPD) of the student (they should have this range written in their diary).

Once you have checked whether the book you have/want to read is listed as Accelerated Reader friendly and within the correct difficulty range, read the book.

Once finished, log onto www.ukhosted26.renlearn.co.uk/6708712 

Login using the student username and password that pupils use in school to take quizzes.

Click on the Accelerated Reader box and type in the name of the book. 

Complete the quiz for this book

Repeat steps 1 - 7

Year 7

Week 1 

Week 2 

Week 3 

Year 8

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Year 9

Week 1 and 2

Year 10

Week 1 & Week 2

Week 3

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Year 11

Week 1

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Week 3

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Year 13

Week 1 & Week 2

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Week 3

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