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The Belvedere Academy

English

English Language

In English Language, our predominant aim is to develop a love of reading and writing for a variety of forms, audiences and purposes.  We strive to increase the cultural capital and creativity of our students by exposing them to a breadth and depth of texts from across different time periods. We provide opportunities for them to develop their knowledge of how language shapes meaning and affects how we perceive the world around us. Our schemes of work have been designed to equip students with a range of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills – as well as providing them with opportunities for critical thinking and independent research. Ultimately, our curriculum establishes our students to be effective communicators, critical thinkers and judicious consumers of information. The English Language curriculum aims to ensure success in a variety of academic and career pathways.

English Literature

In English Literature, we endeavour for our students to become active and passionate readers who enjoy engaging with a range of challenging texts from a variety of genres and writers. We want to equip students with the ability to analyse and appreciate texts in relation to their cultural, social and historical contexts. Our aim is to encourage wider reading outside of the classroom so that students develop an intrinsic love of literature that enriches their ability to empathise with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds. By exposing our students to a rich body of literature, we aim to nurture creativity and develop a strong authorial voice.

The Department

English is a creative and lively department, where we always strive to do the best for our students!  We like nothing more than getting everyone involved in English whether that be competitions to guess teachers’ favourite books or dressing up for World Book Day.  We have many different characters within the department but we are all one team and work well to support each other and in turn support our students. We have a range of both Language, Literature and Media specialists in the department who all have a vast range of knowledge. Our subject opens up many doors and lends itself so well to discussions about many different issues.  We love reading and writing and this is reflected in the importance we put on developing those skills in lessons and also outside of class too.  Check out the Belvedere Journal!

Course organisation

Year 7

Half Terms

1 & 2

Celebrating Identity


Class Text: The House with Chicken Legs

Celebrating Identity Continued

Half Terms

3 & 4

Shakespeare in Love


Class Text: Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare in Love Continued

Half Terms

5 & 6

Literature Throughout Time

Literature Throughout Time

Year 8

Half Terms

1 & 2

World at War

 

Class Text: The Diary of Anne Frank

World at War Continued

Half Terms

3 & 4

Shakespeare’s Magic and Monsters

 

Class Text: The Tempest

Shakespeare’s Magic and Monsters Continued

Half Terms

5 & 6

Imagining the Future

Imagining the Future

Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

Powerful Poetry

What the Dickens?

Exploring the Novels of Charles Dickens


Class Text: A Christmas Carol

Half Terms

3 & 4

What the Dickens?

Exploring the novels of Charles Dickens

Writing with Purpose: Exploring Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing

Half Terms

5 & 6

Narrative Journeys 


Class Text: Frankenstein

Narrative Journeys

Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Power and Conflict Poetry

Power and Conflict Poetry

 

Unseen Poetry

Half Terms

3 & 4

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Political and Social Views in Literature: An Inspector Calls

Half Terms

5 & 6

Political and Social Views in Literature: An Inspector Calls

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Shakespeare’s Macbeth 

 

Return to A Christmas Carol

Half Terms

3 & 4

GCSE Language Revision

GCSE Literature Revision

Half Terms

5 & 6

Exam Preparation

Exam Preparation

Year 12 Literature

Half Terms

1 & 2

Introduction to Tragedy and Crime Writing

Study of: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

 

Agatha Christie’s Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Half Terms

3 & 4

Study of: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

 

Agatha Christie’s Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Study of: Keats Poetry

 

Unseen Crime

Half Terms

5 & 6

Study of: Keats Poetry

 

Unseen Crime 

 

Introduction to the Non-Examination Assessment (NEA)

Completion of the NEAs

Year 13 Literature

Half Terms

1 & 2

Study of: Shakespeare’s Othello

 

A Selection of Poetry from Crabbe, Browning and Wilde.

Study of: Shakespeare’s Othello

 

A Selection of Poetry from Crabbe, Browning and Wilde.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Study of: Ian McEwan’s Atonement

 

Return to Death of a Salesman and Keats Poetry

Study of: Ian McEwan’s Atonement

 

Return to Death of a Salesman and Keats Poetry

Half Terms

5 & 6

Revision and Exam Preparation

Revision and Exam Preparation

Year 12 Language

Half Terms

1 & 2

Introduction to the Language Toolkit

 

Child Language Acquisition

Introduction to the Language Toolkit

 

Child Language Acquisition

Half Terms

3 & 4

Study of: Contemporary Language Change

 

Accent and Dialect

Study of: Language Change and Political Correctness

 

Accent and Dialect

Half Terms

5 & 6

Study of: Language, Gender, Age and Class

Study of: Language, Gender and Occupation

Year 13 Language

Half Terms

1 & 2

Introduction to the Non-Examination Assessment (NEA)

Study of:

World English

 

Return to Child Language Acquisition

Half Terms

3 & 4

Return to Age, Class and Occupation on Language

Return to Language Change and Gender

Half Terms

5 & 6

Revision of Core Topics

Revision and Exam Preparation

Enrichment

Belvedere Journal

Crime Fiction

Creative Writing 

Relaxing Reading

Conspiracy Club

Trips

Chrystall Prize Public Speaking Competition

‘Othello’ theatre trip

‘An Inspector Calls’ at the Lowry

Staffing

Mrs A. Dickinson - Curriculum Leader of English & Media

Mr H. Woolley - Assistant Curriculum Leader of English and Media

Mr T. Lamb - Subject Leader of Media, English Teacher

Mrs J. Jones - Vice Principal, English Teacher

Ms E. Speed - Senior Assistant Vice Principal, English Teacher

Mrs H. Adam - Assistant Vice Principal, English Teacher

Miss C. Brooks – KS3 English Coordinator, English Teacher

Miss M. Johnson – Assistant Head of Sixth Form, English Teacher

Mr C. Brazier - English Teacher

Miss E. Woods - English Teacher

Miss M. McGowan – Music and English Teacher

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