All students at The Jubilee Academy receive innovative and engaging English lessons, and our Key Stage 3 curriculum is planned around creating a strong foundation for core literacy skills and preparation for GCSE examination in Key Stage 4. All lessons are differentiated to both support and challenge our students and progress is regularly assessed using a range of teacher assessments for reading, writing and speaking and listening. Students are also regularly required to assess their own learning and review their own progress towards their targets to encourage them to take ownership of their own learning.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Our Key Stage 3 schemes of work are designed to embed necessary skills for the reformed GCSE syllabus. Texts such as ‘Teacher’s Dead’ are used to maximally engage students whilst providing a firm basis for the development of reading, writing and spoken language skills. Students complete a broad range of activities, from creating their own newspaper reports and diary entries to designing comic strips and hot-seating characters.
KS3 Literacy is an additional module put in place to encourage students to focus on developing their literacy skills across the curriculum. Students study War Poetry, looking at the context, reflecting on historical information and interpreting poet’s representations of war. They also explore genre and themes such as stereotyping through the well-known modern film Shrek.
Curriculum for Years 9 and10
Our Key Stage 4 programme aids students in acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to sit their Eduqas Literature GCSE paper at the end of year 10. This allows students to focus on one exam per year, encouraging maximum engagement and motivation.
This GCSE in English Literature enables students to:
The English Literature GCSE qualification is made up of two externally-assessed examination components: Component 1 and Component 2. Component 1 includes Shakespeare and Poetry and is worth 40% of the total grade, Component 2 includes Post-1914 Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry. This paper is worth 60% of the total grade. The specific texts studied for Literature are: ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B Priestley and ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.
Curriculum for year 11
The Year 11 course focuses on the preparation for the English Language GCSE building on skills developed in Year 10.* The syllabus covers a range of reading, writing and speaking and listening tasks that are outlined through the Eduqas GCSE specifications (Graded 9-1).
The aims of the GCSE English Language course are that students will:
In addition, the GCSE English Language course enables learners to:
Examination involves two externally-assessed examination components and one internally assessed non- examination component. The internally-assessed non-examination component tests spoken language skills. Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.
*(Where students join The Jubilee academy in Year 11, they may take the GCSE Literature Paper in the summer series and suitable study will take place alongside the Language component preparation.)