English Literature

The English Literature curriculum is designed to cover a broad range of non fiction and non fiction texts, covering both pre and post 1900 texts, to develop of students ability to read both critically, analytically and, most importantly, for enjoyment.

Year 12

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives Taken from the specification (AQA A)NEW SPECIFICATION. ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES TO BE TAUGHT CONTINUALLY.

AO1: Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.

AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.

AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

AO4: Explore connections across literary texts.

AO5: Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.

Key Activities / Homework First term

Teacher 1 = drama

Teacher 2 = poetry

The concept of love is to be defined in different contexts as per specification.

Additionally, key activities will include language analysis and the structure of texts and written work as students are new to the course and will need to meet AOs quickly to enable success.

Assessments Assessment of student work to be undertaken by weekly essays (per teacher) to evaluate written skills – focusing on assessment objectives. Independent research should also be undertaken during private study which can be assessed through written or oral delivery. Feedback to include exemplar material and AfL to stimulate learning.
Suggest reading & support materials Learners have their own texts, critical theory is to be provided by teachers.   Support in the form of intervention/electives and advice on revision/study guides.
Term 2
Key Learning Objectives As before:                                                                                        AO1: Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.

AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.

AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

AO4: Explore connections across literary texts.

AO5: Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.

Key Activities / Homework As per term 1: including more exam specific style questions. Switch of Unit at Christmas. Both teachers to teach prose. 1 text each. Focus to be on linking texts.
Assessments As per term 1: weekly essays marked specifically to the assessment objectives.   Essays should also be timed and in controlled conditions to stimulate expected conditions. Independent research should also continue to be undertaken during private study to enhance assessments. Feedback to include exemplar material and AfL to stimulate learning.
Suggest reading & support materials As before. Additional readings for prose texts will be supplied by the teachers. Possible intervention strategies employed by Christmas to ensure learners achieve their potential.

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives As before:                                                                                                                                      AO1: Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.

AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.

AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

AO4: Explore connections across literary texts.

AO5: Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.

Key Activities / Homework Continued language analysis and comparative skills as per texts and assessment objectives.
Assessments Assessment of student work to be undertaken by comparative essays/exam specific style questions. Revision sessions to be delivered – various activities including full mock conditions including time with feedback session and exemplar material.
Suggest reading & support materials As before. Further electives and revision sessions to be offered.

Year 13

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives LEGACY SPECIFICATION (LAST ASSESSMENT)                                                                                             Taken from specification (AQA A):

AO1: Articulate creative, informed and relevant responses to literary texts, using appropriate terminology and concepts, and coherent, accurate written expression

AO2: Demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts

AO3: Explore connections and comparisons between different literary texts, informed by interpretations of other readers

AO4: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received

Key Activities / Homework Course is split into 2 units (coursework and exam) Teachers to take responsibility for their own unit. Focus is on deep analysis of texts and comparative skills and making links between texts. A VAST NUMBER OF TEXTS ARE STUDIED BY STUDENTS.
Assessments Coursework drafts and proof of independent research/tutorials including specific feedback. For the exam unit timed essays
Suggest reading & support materials Students have their own texts and are aware of the expectations of the course including exemplar material. Electives/tutorials to be offered.   Advice on specific revision guides.

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives As before:

AO1: Articulate creative, informed and relevant responses to literary texts, using appropriate terminology and concepts, and coherent, accurate written expression

AO2: Demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts

AO3: Explore connections and comparisons between different literary texts, informed by interpretations of other readers

AO4: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received

Key Activities / Homework AS per term 1: language analysis and how MEANINGS are shaped and created – AO specific. Analytical writing with continual feedback for revised drafts.
Assessments Specific exam questions when students have covered the texts required (previous papers). Continued coursework drafts with personalised and specific feedback.
Suggest reading & support materials Texts. Tutorials/electives. Intervention for coursework

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives As before:                                                                                              

AO1: Articulate creative, informed and relevant responses to literary texts, using appropriate terminology and concepts, and coherent, accurate written expression

AO2: Demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts

AO3: Explore connections and comparisons between different literary texts, informed by interpretations of other readers

AO4: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received

Key Activities / Homework Specific comparative skills and linking texts.   Focus is heavily on exam skills as texts will be largely covered and being revised in terms of links via themes.   Quotation banks.
Assessments Continued timed exams in controlled conditions to stimulate exam conditions.
Suggest reading & support materials Additional revision sessions/interventions possible walking/talking mocks.