Welcome to the English Department!

Welcome to the NUSA English and Media Studies webpage!

We are a team of dedicated teachers who teach across Key Stages 3 and 4.

As a department, we are committed to helping all students make maximum progress through creative approaches to teaching and learning. We aim to engage students in a wide range of texts and give all students the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.

Our promise is that all students will leave us with the essential written and oral literacy skills required to thrive outside of the school environment.

The English curriculum at NUSA comprises of three main areas of study: English Language, English Literature and Media Studies.

Please scroll down to take a look at our curriculum!

The Curriculum

Most students are assigned two of our enthusiastic members of staff. In Key Stage 3, one of these teachers focuses on the students' reading and analysis skills whilst the other takes the lead on their creative writing. At Key Stage 4, one teacher is responsible for delivering the English Language papers whilst the other is focused on delivering the English Literature curriculum. The skills students are taught are transferable across the Literature and Language papers.

Students should expect to be assessed against the AQA assessment objectives at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 3

A reading age test is completed in Year 7 and is repeated throughout the student's school life (or until they reach a reading age of 16+).

English Speaking Board: NUSA is a centre recognised as being fit to deliver the English Speaking Board qualification. Our current Year 7s are preparing for their ESB spoken language assessment in the summer term and, if successful, will come away with a qualification that recognises their outstanding oracy skills.

All Year 8 classes have one communications lesson a week that promotes the development of their oral skills.

Literacy: All Key Stage 3 classes have one reading lesson a week in one of our dedicated reading hubs and students are able to borrow books from our library. Those students who require more targeted reading intervention are placed on the Accelerated Reading programme whilst we also use Lexia, Dancing Bears and Freshstart for those students who we believe need additional help. It is also departmental policy to set all Key Stage 3 classes on-going reading homework.


Autumn term
Spring term
Summer term
Year 7
Conflict

Creative writing and reading skills are taught through the study of a novel.
Poetry and Crime and Mystery Short Stories

Creative writing and reading skills are taught through bespoke anthologies.
Stories of Survival and Introduction to Shakespeare

Creative writing and reading skills are taught using a non-fiction anthology on the theme of 'Stories of Survival'.

Half-term 2: Skills are taught through an introduction to the work of Shakespeare.
Year 8
Dystopian fiction and a Novel

Creative writing and reading skills are taught through the study of a novel and extracts from dystopian fiction.
Shakespeare and Non-Fiction

Introduction to one whole Shakespeare play.

Half-term 2: Building upon the skills taught in Year 7 as we return to non-fiction.

Poetry and 'Travel and Journeys'

Building upon the poetry skills taught in Year 7.

Half-term 2: Building upon the creative writing and reading skills taught using a non-fiction anthology on the theme of 'Travel and Journeys'.

Key Stage 4

We follow the AQA exam board for both English Literature and English Language.

English Literature

This qualification consists of two written exams. The first paper focuses on a Shakespeare text and a nineteenth century novel. Our current Year 11s are studying 'Macbeth' and 'A Christmas Carol'.

Paper two focuses on modern drama and poetry. Alongside the GCSE AQA 'Power and Conflict' anthology, our current Year 11s are studying 'An Inspector Calls'.

English Language

This qualification consists of two written exams. The first paper focuses on unseen fiction texts and creative writing (fiction). Paper two focuses on unseen non-fiction extracts and informative and persuasive writing.


Summer term
Spring term
Autumn term
Year 9
19th Century Prose and 'A Christmas Carol'

Using 'A Christmas Carol' and 19th century non-fiction to teach the skills necessary to excel in both Literature and Language GCSEs.
'Past and Present' Poetry anthology and Speeches

Begin analysing a small selection of GCSE poetry and building on the non-fiction skills previously taught through the teaching of famous speeches.
Poetry and Spoken Language

A return to the poetry of last half term. This is taught concurrently with an introduction to the spoken language GCSE.
Year 10
Post-1914 Drama: 'An Inspector Calls' and Paper 2 through 'A Christmas Carol'.

An introduction to 'An Inspector Calls': the modern prose we study at GCSE. A return to 'A Christmas Carol'. Again, the skills necessary to succeed in both Literature and Language are taught through these texts.
Shakespeare: 'Macbeth'

An introduction to 'Macbeth': the Shakespeare text assessed at GCSE.
Language Paper 1 and Spoken Language Assessment

A focus on solidifying the students' knowledge of English Language Paper One before students are asked to deliver their spoken language assessment.
Year 11
'Macbeth' and Paper 1 Section B; 'A Christmas Carol' and Language Paper Section A

Revision of 'Macbeth' and the skills taught throughout KS3 and KS4. Revision of creative writing skills.

Half term 2: Revision of 'A Christmas Carol' and the skills taught throughout KS3 and 4. An explicit study of Language Paper 1 is taught concurrently.
'An Inspector Calls' and Language Paper 2; Poetry and Language Paper 1

Revision of 'An Inspector Calls' and the skills taught throughout KS3 and KS4 with an explicit focus on English Language Paper 2.

Half term 2: Revision of the poetry studied in Year 9 with analysis of new GCSE poetry. An explicit study of English Language Paper 1.
GCSE Preparation




Revision of the skills necessary to succeed in the English Literature and Language papers. Targeted and relevant interventions issued where appropriate.

Extra-curricular Activities

NUSA's English and Media department currently run a number of after-school interventions for KS3 and KS4 students. We also offer 'Film Club': a weekly opportunity to enjoy a film of the students' choice.

We will once again be offering our Year 11 students the chance to see 'Poetry Live!', an event at which students can listen to the poets they have studied read some of their most famous works.

The Media Studies department has strong links with their counterparts at the University of Nottingham and are currently looking into extra-curricular opportunities.

Media Studies

The NUSA English department currently offers Media Studies as an options subject. We currently follow the Eduqas exam board.

This qualification is made up of two written exams and a non-exam assessment. The first written exam: 'Exploring the Media' is worth 40% of the overall GCSE. The second written exam: 'Understanding Media Forms and Products' is worth 30%. The non-exam assessment is also worth 30%.

Students will begin the GCSE in Year 9 and complete their written examinations in Year 11.

Why study Media Studies?

Media Studies is a vibrant and rigorous GCSE course in which students analyse the representation of people and things in the print media (newspapers and magazines), the broadcast media (television and radio), film, video games and social media.

As well as analysing these media forms, we also study their history and the institutions that produce them.

Our Media Studies curriculum will allow students to improve their knowledge of the media and respond critically to media texts. Students will also get the opportunity to produce their own media products using the knowledge of production processes that they acquire in their theory lessons. Finally, students will expand their knowledge of media texts and be shown products that challenge their own ideas and values.

The Curriculum

Year 9


Summer term
Spring term
Autumn term
Year 9
Film Posters Analysis and Introduction to Film

An introduction to the basics of film poster analysis.

Half term 2: An introduction to the basics of film production.
Narrative and Audience Theory and the Music Video

An introduction to the basics of narrative and audience theory.

Half term 2: A music video case study applying the theories learnt over the previous term.
Newspapers and Magazines and Production Skills

An introduction to the basics of newspapers and magazines.

Half term 2: Lessons in how to use such programmes as Photoshop and Sony Vegas ahead of the GCSE non-assessment module.

Year 10


Summer term
Spring term
Autumn term
Year 10
Advertising and Marketing; Newspapers and Magazines

Building upon the skills taught in Year 9 in our study of film posters.

Case Studies: 'This Girl Can' and 'Spectre'

Half-term 2: Building upon the skills taught in Year 9 in our studies of newspapers and magazines.

Case studies: 'GQ' and 'Pride'.
TV Crime Drama

Building upon the skills taught in Year 9 in our 'Introduction to Film' module.

Foci: industry, representation, audience, context and analysis.

Case Studies: 'Luther' and 'The Sweeney'.
Non-Exam Assessment

Building upon the skills taught in Year 9 in our 'Production Skills' module.

The briefs for the non-exam assessment are made available in March.

Year 11


Summer term
Spring term
Autumn term
Year 11
Video Games and Music Videos

Looking at the industry that makes, and audience that consumes, 'Pokémon Go!'.

Half term 2: Focusing on the music video case studies. Building upon the skills taught in Year 9.

Case Studies: 'Roar' (Katy Perry), 'Uptown Funk' (Bruno Mars) and 'Black or White' (Michael Jackson).
Radio and Newspapers

Looking at the industry that makes, and the audience that consumes, 'The Archers'.

Half term 2: Building upon the skills taught in Years 9 and 10 as we analyse set copies of 'The Sun' and 'The Guardian'.
GCSE preparation

Revision of the skills necessary to succeed in the Media Studies papers. Targeted and relevant interventions issued where appropriate.

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