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English

The study of English is taught in such a way that several aims are covered at a time. For example, the close reading and study of a text can encourage creativity through the production of writing in a variety of forms. Presentation and oral communication skills are developed through discussion or dramatic role play. As an integral part, specific technical skills such as spelling and grammar are also learned. Specific attention is also paid to the development of personal reading.

In Year 10 and 11 we concentrate on preparing our students for the compulsory English Language and English Literature examinations, which are based on non-literary and media texts as well as the study of classic plays, poetry and novels. Students are given the opportunity to respond analytically, personally and imaginatively to texts which are studied in
class. We also organise a range of theatre trips and productions from outside agencies in school to support students’ understanding of the
works they study

Topics

KEY STAGE 3

  • In Key Stage 3, students will study a range of fiction and nonfiction texts. They will also study one of Shakespeare’s plays, a series of poetry and a class novel. Alongside this pupils will develop their writing skills by producing pieces of imaginative writing and transactional writing. 


 

KEY STAGE 4:

All students will follow the new Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Language and GCSE (9-1) English Literature. 

Students will be prepared for the Edexcel GCSE in English Language and the Edexcel GCSE in English Literature. For the English Language GCSE, students will study unseen extracts from the Language anthology (Edexcel) and will practise writing in different genres, for different audiences and for different purposes. For the English Literature GCSE, students will study a play, a novel and a Shakespeare play. They will also study and revise a range of poems from the ‘Conflict’ section of the poetry anthology. 

 

  • Year 9

In Year 9, students study Of Mice and Men, An Inspector Calls and a selection of poems from the Edexcel Conflict Anthology. Students will understand how to engage with a text and will be able to respond to key themes and ideas. Students will also study a range of short stories and extracts to stimulate their own writing. They will produce pieces of imaginative writing and transactional writing. 

  • Year 10

In year 10, students will study Macbeth, a selection of poems from the Edexcel poetry anthology and will complete their spoken language assessment. Students will also study An Inspector Calls, with a focus on developing their analytical and essay writing skills.

  • Year 11

In Year 11, pupils will respond to a series of texts, both fiction and nonfiction, in order to master their English language skills. They will also focus on imaginative writing and transactional writing and will be able to skillfully craft their writing to engage an audience. 

 

Students will study A Christmas Carol and will revisit An Inspector Calls. Students will respond to a series of poems from the Edexcel anthology as well as a selection of additional poems in order to prepare them for the unseen section of their examination. 

 

A level

  • English Language - AQA 7701/7702  

Differences between speech and writing; discourse analysis; language and gender; language and power; writing a range of different genres, for different purpose and audiences with associated commentaries (non-exam assessment unit-NEA). In year 13 students will undertake their own language investigation (NEA) which can be centred around their own choice of topic; they will study Language Change from the 1600’s onwards; they will analyse the development of children’s language. 

 

  • English Literature - Edexcel  

Different genres of literature explored and studied. Two novels, for example Never Let Me Go and Frankenstein, relating broadly to a theme; one Shakespeare text, alongside a critical anthology, and another play in either the genre of tragedy or comedy. A selection of post 2000 poetry will be studied as well as examination of a literary movement or poet. Students will also be examined on their ability to analyse unseen poetry and there will be a coursework element which involves comparison of two texts.

A Level English Language

A Level English Literature