The English Department
The English Department at Sir Thomas Boughey Academy is a dedicated and talented team of teachers who are devoted to ensuring that students enjoy and achieve to the best of their ability.
We aim to equip our students with the skills and attitudes that will enrich their understanding and experience of the subject, whilst preparing them for their final Year 11 examinations.
Our rich and varied curriculum is designed to cultivate curious and creative students who share our passion for the subject and perform effectively in their exams.
Key Stage 3 Overview
Transition and Induction Phase (Year 7 & 8)
Programme of Study
Students have 7 x 1 hour English lessons each fortnight.
Assessment and Homework
In years 7 & 8, students will be set one piece of homework each week, which will be linked to the scheme of work being studied. Show My Homework will be used to set homework one task per fortnight will be a flipped learning task.
Year 7 Curriculum Content
|Autumn 1||What do you know about Sir Thomas Boughey Academy? Students will use the theme of ‘My School’ to explore different forms of writing and develop their reading skills.|
|Autumn 2||Dracula, Frankenstein and many more. Students will study the ‘Gothic’ genre to understand the conventions of the genre, crafting their writing to suit this style.|
|Spring 1||Skellig. Students will read, analyse and evaluate David Almond’s short novel ‘Skellig’, using it as inspiration for extended writing.|
|Spring 2||Skellig. Students will read, analyse and evaluate David Almond’s short novel ‘Skellig’, using it as inspiration for extended writing.|
|Summer 1||What is our heritage? A study of a selection of poems.|
|Summer 2||Genre Project – Students will read a range of texts, developing research, speaking and listening skills|
Year 8 Curriculum content
|Autumn 1||‘Boy in The Striped Pyjamas.’ A full term is dedicated to John Boyne’s emotional novel set in WW2, considering author’s craft, readers’ views and the context of the book.|
|Autumn 2||‘Boy in The Striped Pyjamas.’ A full term is dedicated to John Boyne’s emotional novel set in WW2, considering author’s craft, readers’ views and the context of the book.|
|Spring 1||The pen is mightier than the sword – exploring the language of magazines and newspapers throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.|
|Spring 2||Language Detectives – an exploration of close reading techniques.|
|Summer 1||Is this some Shakespeare I see before me? Students will read extracts from Shakespeare’s plays, exploring the use of language and how it was received in context.|
|Summer 2||An Introduction to GCSE Literature – Students will study extracts from a range of genres and time periods to develop the skill set required to read texts closely at GCSE.|
Key Stage 4 Overview
Students begin their GCSEs in English Language and English Literature in Year 9. We follow the AQA specifications in both Language and Literature.
GCSE English Language Examination Board: AQA Course Specification: 8700
What is GCSE English Language all about?
GCSE English Language will develop your reading and writing skills. You will read a range of texts written between the 19thcentury to the 21st century and covering a range of themes and genres. You will develop your writing so that you can write in a range of different styles and purposes as well as for different audiences.
You will study a range of extracts from texts on different topics and themes to develop your knowledge about how writers use language and structure to influence and interest their audiences. These extracts will be from both fiction and non-fiction texts written from 1800 to the present day. You will have the opportunity develop your creative writing in a wide range of styles for a range of different purposes and audiences. You will build upon the techniques you already know from Key Stage 3 so that you are able to express your views in a way that will achieve the maximum amount of impact on your audience.
How will I be assessed?
There are two written examinations for English Language, there are no tiers of entry for this subject. At the end of the two year course, candidates will be awarded a grade from 1 to 9. Grade 9 is highest grade.
Paper 1 – Explorations in creative reading and writing: 1 hour 45 min exam. 80 marks. 50% of GCSE. Section A Reading (40 marks 25% of GCSE) 4 questions about extracts you have read. Section B Writing (descriptive or narrative) (40 marks 25% of GCSE) 1 extended creative answer.
Paper 2 – Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives: 1 hour 45 mins exam. 80 marks. 50% of GCSE. Section A Reading (40 marks 25% of GCSE) 4 questions about a fiction extract and literary non-fiction extract you have read. Section B Writing – writing to present a viewpoint (40 marks 25% of GCSE) 1 extended creative answer.
Spoken Language – will also be tested by your teacher. For this element of your course you will receive a Spoken Language endorsement which will not count towards your GCSE grade. For this element of the course you will be assessed on how you present, respond to questions/feedback and your use of standard English.
GCSE English Literature Examination Board: AQA Course Specification: 8702
What is GCSE English Literature all about?
GCSE English Literature will develop your reading and analysis skills. You will read a variety of texts by many different authors from different time periods. Texts include Macbeth by William Shakespeare, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley. You will also study a collection of poetry on the theme of Power and Conflict and learn how to analyse unseen poems.
How will I be assessed?
There are two written examinations for English Literature. There are no tiers of entry for this subject. At the end of the two year course, candidates will be awarded a grade from 1 to 9. Grade 9 is highest grade.
Paper 1 Shakespeare and the 19th century novel: 1 hour 45 min exam. 64 marks 40% of GCSE Section A Shakespeare: one question on Macbeth. Section B The 19th-century novel: one question on A Christmas Caro by Charles Dickens.
Paper 2 Modern texts and poetry: 2 hour 15 min exam. 96 marks. 60% of GCSE Section A Modern texts: one essay question on An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley. Section B Poetry: compare two poems on the theme of power and conflict. Section C Unseen poetry: Analyse an unseen poem and compare it to another unseen poem.
How can parents support their child and STBA?
We are a forward-looking department, keen to engage in new concepts and ideas that will help and encourage students flourish in their learning. Our department thrives on team-work both with staff, students and parents alike. Relationships are built on mutual respect and a united sense of vision for future success. Below you will find a list of revision resources to help support your child’s learning journey outside of the classroom.
Revision materials for GCSE English Language and English Literature can be found on:
- BBC GCSE Bitesize
- YouTube Revision Videos (Mr Bruff / Mr Salles)
- SMHK contains support material for Homework task
Set texts for English Literature
We encourage all GCSE students to have their own copies of the set texts so that they can annotate these during study to aid later revision. The ISBN numbers are as follows:
- Macbeth – ISBN 978-0-19-832400-3
- A Christmas Carol – ISBN 978-1-407143-64-4
- An Inspector Calls – ISBN 978-0-435232-82-5
Alternatively electronic copies of both Macbeth and A Christmas Carol are available to download for free. PDFs available on SMHK
Copies of the poems in the Conflict and Power poetry collection are provided by the school but there are also annotated versions of each poem available to download from the school SMHK site.