Waterhead Academy

English Literature

The English Department provide a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum that fosters a love of learning. Our curriculum is intended to ensure that students ‘master’ key concepts and skills in sufficient depth so that they can apply subject knowledge in unfamiliar contexts and excel in their learning.

YEAR 7

 Curriculum Intention:

The Year 7 schemes of work ensure that students are provided with a knowledge-rich cumulative English curriculum working in partnership with ‘The Mastery Curriculum’.

We ensure that students know more and remember more about the texts’ historical and social contexts. Having a strong understanding of the text’s context, plot, purpose and author enables them to make connections and solidify their understanding.

Our curriculum is cumulative and integrated so that the content and knowledge is connected and each activity within each lesson builds on what has come before and acknowledges what is to come.

This enable students to form a firm foundation of literary and linguistic knowledge so that they are able to read and write accurately and critically.

Curriculum Implementation:

YEAR 8

 Curriculum Intention:

The Year 8 schemes of work ensure that students are provided with a knowledge-rich cumulative English curriculum working in partnership with ‘The Mastery Curriculum’.

We ensure that students know more and remember more about the texts’ historical and social contexts. Having a strong understanding of the text’s context, plot, purpose and author enables them to make connections and solidify their understanding.

Our curriculum is cumulative and integrated so that the content and knowledge is connected and each activity within each lesson builds on what has come before and acknowledges what is to come.

This enable students to form a firm foundation of literary and linguistic knowledge so that they are able to read and write accurately and critically.

Curriculum Implementation:

  

YEAR 9

Curriculum Intention:

The Year 9 schemes of work ensure that students are provided with a knowledge-rich cumulative English curriculum working in partnership with ‘The Mastery Curriculum’.

We ensure that students know more and remember more about the texts’ historical and social contexts. Having a strong understanding of the text’s context, plot, purpose and author enables them to make connections and solidify their understanding.

Our curriculum is cumulative and integrated so that the content and knowledge is connected and each activity within each lesson builds on what has come before and acknowledges what is to come.

This enable students to form a firm foundation of literary and linguistic knowledge so that they are able to read and write accurately and critically.

Curriculum Implementation:

 

Year 10 

Curriculum Intention:

The Year 10 schemes of work ensure that students are well equipped to embark on their GCSE journey. In Year 10, students study solely Literature to support ‘early entry’.

This is a decision that many schools make to reduce cognitive overload and to reduce the pressure on a child’s long term memory. During our current situation, we are seeing students having to isolate meaning that they are missing learning. Whilst this has not been a large number and whilst we have not had to have a whole year group isolation, we are keen to follow a ‘Teach, Learn Test’ model that many key groups find beneficial as opposed to waiting until Year 11. We also find that this experience prepares students for Year 11 where they will sit exams for the remainder of their subjects including English Language

The Exam Board for Literature is: Edexcel 

Curriculum Implementation:

Year 11