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15/12/17

News: Pupils will finish at 1:35 on Wednesday 20th December for the Christmas holidays 🎄

14/12/17

It’s our amazing breakfast reading morning tomorrow from 7:30am. Come and read and have a free breakfast on us 📖🍳🥓 https://t.co/NCdjTnYIl1

14/12/17

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Another day, another show! Today Y2 are watching perform Bugsy Malone https://t.co/iyzWY6YshB

14/12/17

Enjoy 😊

14/12/17

Retweetd From Kim Jade

Enroute to CERN with our a-level physics students. Far too excited

23/11/17

Just a reminder for tonight 😊

23/11/17

A really informative day so far- brilliant to see 👍🏻 https://t.co/poQy6n5STS

23/11/17

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In with team for for Yr12 https://t.co/lZdES7pIVl

23/11/17

Retweetd From NELFT ScHS Thurrock

Student drop-ins at lunch time today: and both with . If you can't attend you can still speak to us via https://t.co/fvoQpHDJvD

22/11/17

Retweetd From Luis Amador

HACH’s finest... a pretty good teachmeet. https://t.co/TTMcJ6klJX

22/11/17

You are all welcome to our sixth form opening evening tomorrow night, starting at 6pm until 8 👍🏻😁

22/11/17

Retweetd From Miss Hollingbery

What an amazing turnout and presentations https://t.co/GICV2I6j93

21/11/17

Retweetd From HACH Geography

A blustery day at Mersea today - well done year 11 for getting stuck in with some ‘proper geography’ in preparation for the mocks https://t.co/kjeBZe5DJl

21/11/17

We hope you all had a brilliant day at the kids lit quiz 2017- keep reading 😁 https://t.co/Vgs6r7E8TG

21/11/17

Wow what an amazing day at the Kids Lit Quiz today. Fantastic effort to all involved 👌🏻📚👍🏻😁 https://t.co/suZDkKrCwS

20/11/17

Just a reminder we have our sixth form open evening this Thursday evening from 6pm- All welcome 😁

12/11/17

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and Michelle Harrison https://t.co/wsQ01XT1FF

09/11/17

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How about a retweet to raise awareness of our twitter account?

20/10/17

Happy half term everyone 👍🏻 see you all back on Monday 6th November

20/10/17

Retweetd From HACH PE DEPT

Year 7 5-a-side borough champions!!! Mr Bridges https://t.co/Bn0t47Dy1i

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

English Curriculum in years 7 to 9

If you require more information on the content of these units, please contact t.street@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk

The KS3 national curriculum can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4.

 

English Schemes of Work 2014

The new Harris Federation English schemes of work for KS3 have been written in line with the aims and ethos of the new National Curriculum and sequenced to best prepare our students for the rigours of the new GCSE qualifications. These schemes of work have been overseen and written by the Federation English consultant team, along with a team of outstanding English teachers from across the Federation.

Our curriculum introduces students to a wide variety of challenging texts throughout KS3, developing their understanding of literature through a formal approach. Students are taught how to develop their reading, writing and spoken language skills through the study of canonical British texts and seminal texts from world literature, using the seven basic plot structures (Christopher Booker, The Seven Basic Plots: Why we tell stories, 2004) as a tool for comparing and connecting texts from a range of social, historical and literary contexts.

Students are taught key grammatical concepts explicitly and these are reinforced through the scheme of work to ensure students can analyse their use and effect, replicating them accurately and creatively in their own work. Students will be encouraged to develop their wider reading through a selection of linked texts for each unit. Throughout the key stage, students are taught how to analyse a range of non-fiction texts which are integrated into the content of each unit.

Through the study of more challenging texts, and with a focus on developing reading and writing skills, students will gain the cultural capital and literacy skills necessary to succeed in higher education and compete in a global market.

The curriculum has also been differentiated with distinct Nurture, Foundation and Higher schemes of work aimed at both supporting and challenging students appropriately.

Key differences in the new curriculum

The introduction of more challenging texts and a focus on retaining key information on character, plot, and themes will help prepare students for the new linear GCSE exams. By repeated practice in extended writing and redrafting, students will be able to hone their skills of reading and writing with a focus on improving levels of technical accuracy which will aid their communication in all subjects.

The new assessments at KS4 will require students to be confident writing extended responses to a range of texts, both whole texts studied in class and unseen texts. Our KS3 curriculum encourages deep knowledge and understanding of texts studied whilst providing a framework for understanding new texts.

Assessment

The assessment system has been designed alongside our schemes of learning to ensure regular assessment of reading, writing and spoken language across a range of different genres and contexts. The assessment will be used to identify students are secure in their understanding of key concepts before they move on and to target intervention swiftly and effectively where it is needed. We will assess students’ progress in reading, writing and spoken language through classwork, homework, weekly multiple choice and spelling tests and a half term unseen assessment for both reading and writing.

Regular extended writing produced in class books will be used to assess progress and identify how students might improve. Homework will be set regularly and will be integral in assessing students’ ability to work and apply the skills they have learnt independently. The teacher will use this assessment to inform their planning, support individuals and adapt lessons accordingly for their class.

In preparation for the new GCSEs, all half term written assessments will be unseen. Students in Years 7 & 8 will have open book exams, whilst students in Year 9 will have closed books exams to help ease the transition to KS4 where closed book exams will be used for GCSE. Results for these assessments will be reported to parents as percentages and we will use these scores to predict a student’s most likely grade (MLG) at the end of Year 11, to assess whether they are on track.

The new grading system for English GCSE is 9-1 with 9 being the highest. The reported MLG will be given using the 9-1 scale. There is a single tier of exam entry.

End of half term assessments and end of term exams will be set by the Federation English consultant team in order to prepare students for the new GCSEs from the start of Year 7. These assessments will be moderated by the Federation English consultant team in order to standardise marking across the Federation.

Key differences in assessment

There is now no external reported assessment at the end of KS3. This means giving a current level is not possible so we will use percentages from the reading and writing papers outlined above to help generate a most likely grade prediction for the end of Year 11. Students will be assessed on Reading, Writing and VSPAG (Vocabulary, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and given specific feedback on what elements of the skill they need to develop to support with progress in class and at home.  

This is a pilot year and all practice is being constantly monitored, reviewed and adapted as the year goes on.

                      

NEW KS3 CURRICULUM: Long term plan

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

Foundations

History of English

Rags to Riches

Myths and Legends

Overcoming the Monster

Rhetoric

Tragedy

Comic Poetry

Roald Dahl (N)

Roger McGough (H)

Benjamin Zephaniah (F)

 (An author in depth)

Comedy

Quest

The Odyssey

Coraline (N)

(Whole text – an author in depth)

Quest

Exam Revision

Literature:

Extract analysis

Comparison poetry question

Language: Comprehension

Writing

Year 8

Disruptions

Bildungsroman

Jane Eyre  (N)

Oliver Twist (F)

David Copperfield (H)

(19th Century/ an author in depth)

Rags to Riches

Spiritual Poetry

Ghazals

Sonnets

Blake

(Poetry)

Quest

Overcoming the ‘Monster’

Stone Cold

Of Mice and Men

(An author in depth)

Overcoming the Monster

The Language of Comedy

-Romeo & Juliet

-Much Ado About Nothing

-Rob Brydon

-Educating Rita

Comedy

Disorder

Othello

(Shakespeare)

Tragedy

Exam Revision

Literature:

Extract analysis

Comparison poetry question

Language: Comprehension

Writing

Year 9

Brave New Worlds

Dystopia/The Future

Brave New World (H) I’m the King of the Castle (N)

Woman in Black (F)

(Post 1914 text)

Quest

Modern Tragedy

A View from the Bridge

(An author in depth – post 1914 play)

Tragedy

Shakespearean Comedy

Twelfth Night (Shakespeare)

Comedy

WW1 Poetry

Sassoon

Owen

Rags to Riches

Dictators

Civil Rights/Dictators

(Spoken language)

Overcoming the Monster

Exam Revision

Literature:

Extract analysis

Comparison poetry question

Language: Comprehension

Writing