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Meadowhead School

Meadowhead SchoolAcademy Trust

English

Our Vision

Our English Curriculum is designed to ensure that Meadowhead students:

  • Know and understand a rich and diverse range of challenging literature
  • Know and understand the patterns, history and diversity of English
  • Develop independent and critical responses to texts
  • Create engaging, interesting and accurate texts
  • Articulate their views and engage in meaningful discussion and debate

English at Meadowhead combines reading of the word and reading of the world. Through the texts we read, students will travel to different places, cultures, perspectives and traditions. In responding to these texts, they will become confident communicators in writing and speech.

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Key stage 3 (7-9)

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

Transition Project: Adventure

Roots of European Literature

People and Places Poetry

Let’s Think in English

History of English

 

Modern Novel

Of Mice and Men

 

An Inspector Calls

Assessment   

A: Recall of Roots of European Literature

B: Creative Writing

A: Recall of History of English

B: Persuasive Writing on Language Issue

Essay on Of Mice and Men (includes extract)

Term 2:

Modern Novel

Let’s Think in English

Macbeth

 

Creative Writing: Dystopia

Blood Brothers

 

Being Human Poetry

 

Assessment

Essay on one poem studied in People and Places Poetry

Essay on Macbeth or Lady Macbeth (includes extract)

Choice of two essays on Blood Brothers

Term 3:

 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Let’s Think in English

Conflict Poetry

 

Literary Heritage: War of the Worlds

GCSE English Language: Literary Fiction and Creative Writing

 

Key stage 4 (10-11)

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1

Power and Conflict Poetry – War

A Christmas Carol

Romeo and Juliet

Unseen poetry

Assessment Power and Conflict poetry comparison

New English Literature Paper 2: Romeo and Juliet and Unseen poetry

English Language Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
Term 2

English Language Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

Spoken Language presentations

English Language Paper 2: Re-cap

English Language Paper 1: Section A – Reading

Power and conflict poetry

English Language Paper 1: Section B – Writing

Assessment English Language Paper 2: Section A

New English Literature Paper 1: Power and conflict poetry comparison, Lord of the Flies/Blood Brothers

English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative reading and writing
Term 3

Romeo and Juliet

Power and Conflict Poetry – Power
Revision and Exam Preparation
Assessment

English Language Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

English Literature Paper 1: Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol
N/A

 

Key stage 5 (12-13)

English Literature

 

Year 12

Year 13

Term 1

Introduction to Modern Literature and Unseen Poetry

Othello

The Great Gatsby

The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Feminine Gospels

Assessment

Section A: Test on Modern Times Unit  

Section B: Comparative essay on two poems

Paper 1: Unseen Poetry and Love Poetry/Gatsby

Paper 2: Unseen Prose

Term 2:

Love Poetry

King Lear (NEA)

Revision of Y12 Content: Othello, Unseen Poetry, The Great Gatsby and Love Poems

Trials

Paper One: Othello, Gatsby and Love Poems, Unseen Poetry  

Paper Two: Feminine Gospels, Unseen Prose, The Handmaid’s Tale and A Streetcar Named Desire

Term 3:

 A Streetcar Named Desire

Unseen Prose

NEA drafting and development

Revision and Exam Preparation

Resit trials

Paper One: Othello, Gatsby and Love Poems, Unseen Poetry 

Paper Two: Feminine Gospels, Unseen Prose, The Handmaid’s Tale and A Streetcar Named Desire

Assessment Paper 1: Gatsby and Love poems  

 

English Language     (Paper 1 Knowledge Organiser, Paper Two Knowledge Organiser, Language Levels)

 

Year 12

Year 13

Term 1

Linguistic methods (grammar, mode, genre, graphology, lexis and semantics, pragmatics, discourse and structure)

Introduction to sociolinguistics

Language and Gender

Accent and Dialect

Child Language Acquisition (spoken) 

Language Change

Completion of NEA (Investigation and Original Writing)

Assessment Paper 1: Analysis  

Term 2:

Language and Social Groups

Language and Age

Language and Sexuality

Language and Occupation

Child Language Acquisition (reading and writing

World English

Trials

Paper 1: Meaning and representation in Language

Paper 1: Meaning and representation in Language

Term 3:

 Language and Ethnicity

NEA: Investigation

NEA: Original Writing  

Revision and exam preparation

Paper 1 Knowledge Organiser

Paper Two Knowledge Organiser

Language Levels

Resit trials

Paper 1: Meaning and representation in Language

Paper 1: Meaning and representation in Language

Assessment Full AS Paper 2  

Useful websites

Extra-curricular / enrichment

We are proud of our range of extra-curricular trips and visits. Over the last few years, our trips have included visits to see ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Othello’, ‘King Lear’, ‘Lord of The Flies’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, and ‘A Monster Calls’. We also welcome travelling theatre groups into school. Our multi-school creative writing project Everyone a Writer allows all students to submit work for publication in an annual anthology.

 A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol - performed by Quantum Theatre at Meadowhead

"Words are some of the most powerful and important things I know....Language is the tool of love and the weapon of hatred. It's the bright red warning flag of danger--and the stone foundation of diplomacy and peace." 

Ludwig Wittgenstein