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Broadwater School

ENGLISH

ENGLISH

Teachers: Mrs Ashley Baker, Mr Matt Hull, Mrs Jo Blanchfield, Ms Lian Campbell-Lendrum, Mrs Lizzi Matthews, Ms Alex Bayliss, Ms Andie Pothecary and Ms Hollie Slatcher-Thwaites.

HLTA: Mrs Janina James

TA: Ms Mel Turcan

Subject Leader: Mrs Ashley Baker Email

Broadwater School Grammar Booklets: 

Please see booklets below. To complete the booklet, please open PDF document and click 'fill and sign'.  This will allow you to put text boxes and type where needed.

SPaG SATS Part 1

SPaG SATS Part 2

SPaG Spelling and Vocabulary Part 3

Homework tasks can be viewed on the showmyhomework website

GCSE Exam Specification: 

AQA English Language and AQA English Literature

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702

ACCELERATED READER FOR Y7 & Y8 STUDENTS 

At Broadwater School we have introduced the Accelerated Reader scheme for our Year 7 and 8 students.

What is Accelerated Reader?

  • A library based programme for assessing pupils progress in reading
  • Measures ACTUAL reading, not just comprehension
  • ‘The world’s largest …’ which means we have great support and resources
  • A way of motivating pupils to read

How we can help by using Accelerated Reader 

  • We’ll give pupils time in school to do nothing else but ENJOY a book
  • We can help pupils choose a reading book which is perfect for their reading ABILITY. Students can also use the AR book finder website to check whether a book falls within their ideal reading range. https://www.arbookfind.co.uk/ 
  • We can help them choose a reading book which is perfect for their interests (tonnes of new books!!)
  • Library always open, pupils encouraged to take books out!

The Process

  1. Pupils takes a baseline test (termly)
  2. Pupil is given a ZPD (reading range), e.g. 4.3-7.1
  3. Pupil finds a book at lower end of ZPD (e.g. 4.4) from the AR selection in the library
  4. Pupil reads the book
  5. Pupil takes a post reading quiz
  6. Pupil gets rewarded for passing, and recommended a higher level book
  7. Points are accumulated towards a target and prizes

AR at Broadwater School

  • Huge investment in the library stock
  • ‘Reading time’ a policy at the start of all lessons in year 7 and 8
  • Commitment to tracking data and progress
  • Rewarding achievement in reading
  • Raising the profile of reading

Students are awarded for…

  • Achieving 100% accuracy on a book quiz
  • Becoming a word millionaire by reading 1.5, 2.5 or 5 million words
  • Achieving the highest individual reading target
  • Class award given to the class who have collectively achieved the highest reading target.

Our Learning Resource Centre Manager is Mrs Carmichael-Parsons.

How parents can help with Home Connect

  • Parents can track their children’s reading from home via the link to Accelerated Reader HERE . Student's login details: Username: IT username (first three letters of their first name followed by the first four letters of their surname); Password: atlas
  • They can view results of quizzes taken recently and over the whole school year
  • Colourful and user-friendly screen
  • Parents can set up their email address to receive automatic feedback

Further details of the Accelerated Reader scheme are available from Mr Hull, Assistant Headteacher.

British Values 

BRITISH VALUES

Democracy

The poetry module ‘Power and Conflict’ is aimed solely at exposing pupils to the struggles those from Britain and other cultures have suffered historically. Similarly, now a KS3 text, ‘Of Mice and Men’ provides excellent content on attitudes towards outsiders (due to race, gender, age and disability), and exploring this theme proves to be one of the most productive and informative aspects of the whole novel. 

Our P4C lessons are extremely diverse in content and often use a text featuring another culture or someone considered to be on the margins of society. These provoke interesting discussion and are excellent for challenging pre-existing viewpoints

Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

KS4 novels such as ‘A Christmas Carol, and plays such as ‘An Inspector Calls’ are excellent at giving pupils an introduction to basic politics, teaching them the difference between capitalism and socialism and ideas about social responsibility. The Origins scheme of work taught at the start of year 7 also encourages an appreciation of other cultures through an array of different Origin stories.

Mutual respect

Individual liberty

The rule of law

Key Stage 3 

Click HERE to see our long term plan for Year 7 and HERE to see our long term plan for Year 8.
These have been adjusted this year to include all of the skills required by the new National Curriculum.

Please note that the above long term plans are used by teachers as a guide to ensure they cover a range of texts and skills. There may be some variation between teaching groups depending on the ability of the class. 

Key Stage 4 

Year 9 Long Term Plan 2021

Year 10 Long Term Plan 2021

Year 11Plan for 2020 (during COVID)

Please note that the above long term plans are used by teachers as a guide to ensure they cover a range of texts and skills. There may be some variation between teaching groups depending on the ability of the class. 

KS4 REVISION RESOURCES 

Textbooks/revision guides:

The text books are: 

  • Macbeth. The Complete play with handy hints and space for notes.
  • An Inspector Calls,
  • A Christmas Carol
  • AQA Poetry Anthology – Power and Conflict Section

We have CGP revision guides, as follows:

  • AQA Power and Conflict Poetry  
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Blood Brothers
  • A Christmas Carol

These are available from the school prices at £3.75 each.

Websites:

  • BBC Bitesize English Literature ( ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘A View from the Bridge’, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night’ )
  • Sparknotes for all of the above, particularly 10 minute plot summary videos
  • Please note that the two above are not specific to any exam board, so give no useful advice on answering exam questions. They are helpful for plot, characters and themes.
  • Vocabulary.com is perhaps the most useful tool in boosting the quality of expression
  • Freerice.com is similar to above but the words chosen are not as practical

YouTube channels:

Helpmemrdavies

Mr Bruff tutorials: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrbruff

Podcasts:

We are in the process of uploading two video and sound files of ‘Walking talking mocks’ and a PIXL webinar

Apps:

Spellmania (more of a game, but great for extending vocabulary)

Dictonary (which also includes a thesaurus feature)

Thesaurus - any variety.