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English

Welcome to English

English is taught across the age and ability range by a team of specialist teachers. Whilst following National Curriculum guidelines, the course is designed to develop skills of reflective thinking, confident reading, skilful writing, confident speaking and creative responses. Students will cover a varied range of texts from different genres, periods and cultures. All preparation and some application of what has been taught will be done in the classroom but home study forms an important and integral part of the course.

Year 7

Students will study two novels, one Shakespeare play, short stories and plays. Learning objectives include narrative writing, descriptive writing, exploring themes, writing to instruct and analysing the writer’s craft.

Work is assessed throughout the year and there is an end of year exam in the summer

Year 8

Students will study three novels, one Shakespeare play and examples of war poetry. Writing tasks will include an analysis of genre and travel writing.

Learning objectives for this year group are character analysis, article writing, poetry comparison, essay writing, inspirational writing, writing in character and writing to inform and persuade.

Work is assessed throughout the year and there is an end of year exam in the summer

Year 9

Students commence to develop skills required for KS4. They will study one Shakespeare play, one novel, a range of poetry for comparison and a spoken language extract.

Learning Objectives will include descriptive writing, narrative writing, textual analysis, identifying and analysing features of spoken language and examination preparation. In addition, students will be formally assessed on their Speaking and Listening skills.

Students undergo a controlled assessment at the end of each unit and will have an end of year exam

Years 10 & 11

Students will consolidate the skills learned in Year 9 and enhance their learning. They will study one Shakespeare play, poetry comparison, a novel and a spoken language extract. Learning Objectives include descriptive writing, narrative writing, textual analysis, identifying and analysing features of spoken language and individual and group speaking and listening.

In their final year they will examine further a Shakespeare play and make an in-depth study of a text from a different culture or tradition. They will also be required to study a contemporary drama and a literary heritage text.

Currently, students are examined by a series of controlled assessments and a final, terminal examination. In 2017, however, this will change. Students will take English Language and Literature separately and will be assessed solely by a final examination in the summer of Year 11. The department will prepare students for this change by holding a series of mock exams during the two years of the course.

 

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Netherhall High School
Netherhall Avenue,
Huddersfield,
HD5 9PG

Tel: 01484 382140 
Email info@nlconline.org.uk

Named contact for queries: Joanne Ainley ainleyj@nlconline.org.uk

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About the NLC

NLC consists of four schools, covering a full range of ability from 3 - 19 years. Each school has its own distinctive ethos and identity but all share the common goal of catering to the specific needs of each student.