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The English team at The Portsmouth Academy aspire to create a curriculum that ensures good progress for all and embodies the passion, beliefs and values appertaining to our subject.

For us, English is the key to successful learning in all subjects. A good command of the English language enables achievement in every aspect of learning, work and life. This belief is at the heart of our decision to underpin all of our schemes of learning with an overarching text. Our students will read at least three novels in each year of KS3, stretching across a range of themes, cultures and eras. Each class will enjoy a text that is pitched to both support and extend their abilities, yet all grouped thematically. In this way, we ensure that every student in the year group experiences a wealth of different genres during the academic year.

Our curriculum allows students to compare their core texts to poetry, non-fiction articles and comparative fiction. We encourage opportunities for independent and interdependent work, allowing students to engage with literature on a personal level. Being literate in reading, writing and communication is at the heart of our creative thinking; the technical aspect of literacy is the lynch-pin in all of our creative pursuits. Strong literacy skills and creativity widens our horizons and opens up a lifetime of opportunity.

Studying and reading literature for pleasure is like falling in love with words.

English Team

Autumn Term

Year 7 will spend the first term learning about Gothic horror. Gothic horror is an important genre to study – there is vast exploration of the human condition which allows for rich characterisation. It will encourage pupils to look inwardly, reflect and consider morality, empathy and compassion. Gothic horror also provides opportunities for language analysis for all ability ranges because of the emphasis it places on setting and world-building. Because of this. Dracula has been chosen as a core text for year 7, however there is a tremendous range of texts that can be deconstructed which will facilitate the process of reconstruction in the form of the creative writing. Historically, pupils have left year 6 as enthusiastic creative writers – something that will continue to be developed in their first term at TPA. Finally, our pupils have always shown a certain fascination for horror stories, the supernatural and Halloween – another reason why Gothic is a good entry point for them.The substantive knowledge that pupils acquire at KS2 will evolve into disciplinary knowledge throughout this term as they learn there is more to words and language than simply what they are or what they mean. Instead, they are influenced by context and intent and this is something year 7 pupils will begin to consider when analysing and crafting.

Autumn Term

Year 8 will begin by studying the First World War through the play Journey’s End and the wealth of contemporary war poetry at out disposal. The personal nature of these texts will provide students with a greater understanding of the human condition

Syllabuses

Subject Board Qualification Link Split
English Language AQA GCSE AQA English Literature [8710] Written Exam: 60%
Coursework: 40%
English Literature AQA GCSE AQA English Language [4705] External Exam: 60%
Controlled Assessment: 40%

Syllabuses

Subject Board Qualification Link Split
English Language AQA GCSE AQA English Literature [8710] Written Exam: 60%
Coursework: 40%
English Literature AQA GCSE AQA English Language [4705] External Exam: 60%
Controlled Assessment: 40%

Syllabuses

Subject Board Qualification Link Split
English Language AQA GCSE AQA English Literature [8710] Written Exam: 60%
Coursework: 40%
English Literature AQA GCSE AQA English Language [4705] External Exam: 60%
Controlled Assessment: 40%