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The Belvedere Academy

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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


Key Texts: The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Answerson + extracts from a range of other texts, incl. Boy 87, Cronton Knights and Great Expectations. 

Celebrating Identity Continued

Half Terms

3 & 4

Shakespeare in Love


Key Texts: Romeo and Juliet and Sheakspearean Sonnets 

Shakespeare in Love Continued

Half Terms

5 & 6

Literature Throughout Time

 

Extracts from: Mythos by Stephen Fry, Lycaon by Ted Hughes, Paradise Lost by John Milton, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and other extracts.

Literature Throughout Time

Year 8

Half Terms

1 & 2

World at War

 

Key Texts: The Diary of Anne Frank + extracts from The Book Theif by Marcus Zusak, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and a range of other non-fiction texts and poetry.

World at War Continued

Half Terms

3 & 4

Shakespeare’s Magic and Monsters

 

Key Texts: The Tempest and extracts from other Shakespearean plays 

Shakespeare’s Magic and Monsters Continued

Half Terms

5 & 6

Imagining the Future

 

Key Texts: The Time Machine by HG Wells and a range of extracts from other texts.

Imagining the Future

Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

Powerful Poetry

 

The study of poetry through the lenses of feminism, postcolonialism, the policitcs of class and romanticism.

 

What the Dickens?

 

Exploring the Novels of Charles Dickens


Key Texts: Hard Times, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, 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 


Key Text: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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 

 

 

Half Terms

3 & 4

GCSE Language Revision

The study of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Half Terms

5 & 6

GCSE English Literature Revision

Exam Preparation

Year 12 Literature

Half Terms

1 & 2

Introduction to Tragedy and Crime Writing

 

Study of:

 

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

 

A Range of Crime Poetry, including poetry from Robert Browning, Oscar Wilde and George Crabbe

Study of:

 

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

 

A range of Crime Poetry, including poetry from Robert Browning, Oscar Wilde and George Crabbe

 

Half Terms

3 & 4

Study of:

 

TRAGEDY - A range of poetry by John Keats 

 

CRIME - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

 

Study of:

 

TRAGEDY - A range of poetry by John Keats 

 

CRIME - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

 

Half Terms

5 & 6

Non-Assessment Examination:

 

A study of different literary critical theories, including feminism, postcolonialism, marxism and narrative theory. 

 

Planning and writting two independant NEA pieces (poetry and prose).

 

Non-Assessment Examination:

 

A study of different literary critical theories, including feminism, postcolonialism, marxism and narrative theory. 

 

Planning and writting two independant NEA pieces (poetry and prose).

Year 13 Literature

Half Terms

1 & 2

Study of:

 

TRAGEDY - Shakespeare’s Othello

 

CRIME - Atonement by Ian McEwan 

Study of:

 

TRAGEDY - Shakespeare’s Othello

 

CRIME - Atonement by Ian McEwan 

Half Terms

3 & 4

 

CRIME - The History of Crime: Exploring extracts from different crime texts 

 

TRAGEDY - Return to Death of a Salesman and Keats Poetry

 

CRIME - Creative Writing: Crime Writing

 

Return to Crime Poetry

 

TRAGEDY - 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

Miss C. Shaw - English Teacher 

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