English Language

The English language curriculum at Bradford Academy is designed to give students a broad exposure to a varitey of communication, analytical and creative opportunities. Students at key stage three begin each  year developing their creative writing skills by exploring a range of texts from the Grammar for writing schemes of work; these schemes are designed to teach grammar in a contextualised way Рfocusing on effects achieved, so students have a wider range of techniques with which to craft creative, effective texts
provide engaging and interactive lessons. The lessons are designed to help build grammatical knowledge and improve  writing
motivating students to write independently  and they encourage students to reflect on their writing and understand how to improve with our range of activities.
Students then build on these skills throughout their time with us and extend and develop this knowledge at Key Stage five.

Year 12

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives AO1: Apply appropriate methods of language analysis, using associated terminology and coherent written expression.

AO2: Demonstrate critical understanding of concepts and issues relevant to language use.

AO3: Analyse and evaluate how contextual factors and language features are associated with the construction of meaning.

AO4: Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic concepts and methods.

AO5: Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.

Key Activities / Homework Identifying and applying linguistic frameworks to a variety of spoken and written texts. Developing essay and creative writing skills.
Assessments Continuous assessment to take the form of analytical paragraph writing, regular exam style practise essays on Language Variation theory and regular tests on key theories and terminology.
Suggest reading & support materials A level English Language for AQA published by Cambridge University Press

 

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives AO1: Apply appropriate methods of language analysis, using associated terminology and coherent written expression.

AO2: Demonstrate critical understanding of concepts and issues relevant to language use.

AO3: Analyse and evaluate how contextual factors and language features are associated with the construction of meaning.

AO4: Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic concepts and methods.

AO5: Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.

Key Activities / Homework Research and analysis on key linguistic theories including conducting and analysing own studies, presentations (paired and grouped), essay planning and writing focusing on effective analytical structure. Reviewing, editing and responding to feedback on written work.
Assessments Exam questions on language diversity, textual variations and representations will be set once a fortnight. Throughout the term creative writing opportunities will be given to aid preparation for their non exam assessment.
Suggest reading & support materials A level English Language for AQA published by Cambridge University Press

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives AO1: Apply appropriate methods of language analysis, using associated terminology and coherent written expression.

AO2: Demonstrate critical understanding of concepts and issues relevant to language use.

AO3: Analyse and evaluate how contextual factors and language features are associated with the construction of meaning.

AO4: Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic concepts and methods.

AO5: Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.

Key Activities / Homework Research (independent and grouped) on relevant language theory, presentations (paired and grouped), writing tasks focused on developing creative writing responses in line with non exam assessment requirements. Reviewing, editing and responding to feedback on written work.
Assessments Exam questions on language diversity, textual variations and representations will be set once a fortnight. Throughout the term creative writing opportunities will be given to aid preparation for their non exam assessment.
Suggest reading & support materials A level English Language for AQA published by Cambridge University Press

Year 13

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives AO1 Select and apply a range of linguistic methods, to communicate relevant knowledge using appropriate terminology and coherent, accurate written expression.

AO2 Demonstrate critical understanding of a range of concepts and issues related to the construction and analysis of meanings in spoken and written language, using knowledge of linguistic approaches.

AO3 Analyse and evaluate the influence of contextual factors on the production and reception of spoken and written language, showing knowledge of the key constituents of language.

Key Activities / Homework Applying frameworks, theory and terminology learned in AS and developed in A2 to explore Child Language Acquisition and Language Change texts.
Assessments Preparation tasks, research tasks and exam questions will be set throughout the course and sample essays will be set once a fortnight on Language Change and Language Acquisition to prepare students for the exam component of the course (worth 60% of the A2 course).
Suggest reading & support materials Nelson Thornes AQA English Language B A2. David Crystal’s Encyclopaedia of the English Language.

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives AO1 Select and apply a range of linguistic methods, to communicate relevant knowledge using appropriate terminology and coherent, accurate written expression.

AO2 Demonstrate critical understanding of a range of concepts and issues related to the construction and analysis of meanings in spoken and written language, using knowledge of linguistic approaches.

AO3 Analyse and evaluate the influence of contextual factors on the production and reception of spoken and written language, showing knowledge of the key constituents of language.

Key Activities / Homework Research tasks, group presentations, paired essay writing and individual exam practise time are the key methods used to prepare and assess students in this half term.
Assessments Students will consolidate and revise the year’s work in this term. Student’s will be assessed on both the exam and investigative coursework element to ensure they achieve in both these elements when they are examined in the spring.
Suggest reading & support materials Nelson Thornes AQA English Language B A2. David Crystal’s Encyclopaedia of the English Language.

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives AO1 Select and apply a range of linguistic methods, to communicate relevant knowledge using appropriate terminology and coherent, accurate written expression.

AO2 Demonstrate critical understanding of a range of concepts and issues related to the construction and analysis of meanings in spoken and written language, using knowledge of linguistic approaches.

AO3 Analyse and evaluate the influence of contextual factors on the production and reception of spoken and written language, showing knowledge of the key constituents of language.

AO4 Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English in a range of different contexts informed by linguistic study.

Key Activities / Homework Research tasks, group presentations, paired essay writing and individual exam practise and assessments are the key methods used to prepare and assess students in this half term. The importance of meeting deadlines and managing time effectively is also a huge part of this term as the individual investigation requires a greater element of project management than experienced at AS.
Assessments Along with exam assessments, in keeping with the previous term’s activities, students will begin to work on their own Language investigation (worth 40% of their A2 course) based upon their own interests from the study of linguistics. Creative writing opportunities will also be built in to develop the skills required for the media text element of the investigation; a piece of writing to inform a non-specialist audience on the linguistic issue their investigation has focused on.
Suggest reading & support materials Nelson Thornes AQA English Language B A2. David Crystal’s Encyclopaedia of the English Language.