We aim to foster a love of the English language in our students. Teaching is focussed upon developing students’ skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. We require students to engage with a wide range of literary and no-literary texts, produced over a range of time. Through exploring texts, students will engage with cultural, moral, social and spiritual issues.
By the time they leave Davenant, our students should be able to us the English language in their day-to-day lives, have the literacy required for them to succeed in the world of work and a knowledge and understanding of texts which will support their continued learning.
KS3 Curriculum Content
First half term: Novel
Second half term: Poetry
Third half term: Non-fiction writing
Fourth half term: Shakespeare
Fifth half term: Debating
Sixth half term: Creative writing
Students are assessed at the end of each of the first four half terms by means of a one hour paper written under examination conditions. Speaking and listening is continuously assessed in class by teachers in the fifth half term. Students sit a two hour examination in the final half term consisting of an unseen reading paper and a writing paper.
KEY STAGE 4
AQA GCSE Language
Students are assessed on their ability to understand how language is used to present ideas and opinions. Students will also be asked to use this understanding to create their own pieces of writing which achieve specific purposes and adhere to a prescribed form. As no texts are studied in full and all exam questions are based on unseen extracts, these exams are based entirely on a set of skills which the students will practice over their year 10 and 11 years.
- No text books required. A variety of fiction and non-fictions texts (similar to those which might arise on the exam) will be provided by teachers in lesson.
Paper One: Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives
- Reading: Comprehension and evaluation questions based on unseen 19th-21st century fiction extract
- Writing: Narrative creative writing based on a written or visual prompt
Paper Two: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
- Reading: Comprehension and comparison questions based on two non-fiction extracts (one pre-20th century, one 21st century)
- Writing: Informative, persuasive, or advisory writing based on a written prompt
AQA GCSE Literature
Students are assessed on their understanding of characters, themes, and key ideas presented in a variety of texts. Students will also be expected to comment on how writer’s present these features, and relate them to the context in which the texts were produced. All exams are closed book.
- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or A Christmas Carol
- Animal Farm or The Lord of the Flies
- AQA Anthology ‘Poems Past, Present, and Future’- Power and Conflict section
- Paper One: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
- Shakespeare: Thematic/character-based question on a given passage from Macbeth. Students will need to relate this passage to their understanding of the rest of the play.
- 19th century novel: Thematic/character-based question on a given passage from either A Christmas Carol or The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and MrHyde. Students will need to relate this passage to their understanding of the rest of the novel.
- Paper Two: Modern Texts and Poetry
- Modern Texts: Students will chose between two thematic/character-based questions on a given passage from either Animal Farm or The Lord of the Flies. Students will need to relate this passage to their understanding of the rest of the novel.
- Anthology Poetry: Comparative question on a selected poem from the anthology studied and one other anthology poem of the students’ choice.
- Unseen Poetry: One comprehension and evaluation question on a provided unseen poem. One comparative question on two provided unseen poems.
KS5 Curriculum content