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English

Year 7


In Year 7, students begin the year with an introductory scheme of work which focuses on understanding characterisation through studying a novel and extracts from a range of different genres. This also gives them a solid understanding of the analytical skills required for English. Subsequent schemes present students with links to their heritage, by looking at works throughout English Literary history such as William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley and many others. Some of the key skills focused upon are: reading for meaning; linking texts to their social and historical contexts; exploring writers’ use of language; writing imaginative and creative texts; and technical accuracy of sentences, punctuation and spelling.

Year 8


The Year 8 curriculum is designed to develop the skills and knowledge gained from year 7, through an exciting mix of modern fiction, story writing and drama performance. Students have the opportunity to read and then practise writing their own dystopian texts, from ‘The Hunger Games’ to ‘1984’ and beyond. Students also explore twentieth century fiction such as ‘Of Mice and Men’ and begin to analyse poetry at greater depth, exploring character and conflict. Skills developed include: organising and paragraphing texts; varying sentence types for effect and making selective vocabulary choices; exploring plays in performance; selecting evidence for analysis and interpreting texts.

Year 9


Year 9 English at Plympton Academy aims to motivate, inspire and challenge all students, in order to prepare them for the rigour of their KS4 curriculum.  We firmly believe that through high quality and engaging teaching, we can inspire students to achieve their full potential in these key qualifications. Students’ experience of English at KS4 is characterised by a sense of purpose but also of enjoyment as we support them in making a high level of progress in this subject.

They begin with an introductory module to help them with the transition from KS3 to the higher demands of KS4.  This module introduces students to the key skills they will need in order to be successful in their exams and prepares them for the rigor of GCSE studies, through the study of modern fiction short stories. This allows students to explore why an author structures and creates a short story to engage their reader.  We then begin the preparation for their English Language and English Literature exams which are taken at the end of Year 11.

Years 10 and 11


Students follow the AQA syllabus and the qualification is structured as follows:

English Language

Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing

  • 1 hour 45 minutes

  • 50% of overall grade

  • Reading section requires students to respond to a piece of fiction

  • Writing section offers the students to demonstrate their creative writing skills through a narrative or descriptive task.

Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

  • 1 hour 45 minutes

  • 50% of overall grade

  • Reading section asks students to respond to two texts, one of which could be from 19th

  • Writing section requires students to write an extended piece developing their own viewpoint.

Spoken Language

  • All students will be assessed on their spoken language skills which will be accredited separately.

 

English Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-Century novel

  • 1 hour 45 minutes

  • 40% of the overall grade

  • One question on a Shakespeare play which students will have studied in class

  • One question on a 19th-Century novel which students will have studied in class

  • Currently the chosen play and novel are: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

  • 2 hours 15 minutes

  • 60% of the overall grade

  • One question on a modern prose text or play

  • One question comparing two poems, one of which students will have studied in class

  • One question on an unseen poem

  • Currently the chosen texts are ‘An Inspector Calls,’ or ‘Blood Brothers,’ (play) and the chosen poetry cluster from the AQA anthology is ‘Power and Conflict’. These choices are subject to change.

Meet the staff


  • Mrs Claire Jones- Head of English

  • Ms Heidi Barber – Head of Key Stage 3

  • Ms Hayley Phare – Head of Key Stage 4

  • Ms Sarah Glover – Assistant Principal/English teacher

  • Mrs Laura Wills – English Teacher

  • Ms Sara Clyndes- English Teacher

  • Mr Brad Turner – Assistant Principal/English teacher

  • Mr Kasim Langmead – Vice Principal/English teacher

  • Mrs Debra Clifft – School Librarian

  • Mrs Julie McGlinchey – School Librarian