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English

Our aim is to develop our students’ interest so they appreciate the love of language and literature and develop their communication skills at all levels. Outside of the classroom, we offer theatre visits, study trips, and in-school visiting speakers; these offer a large dimension of extended learning opportunities.

Key Stage 3

Overview

The work completed during the key stage three years forms an excellent foundation for students to progress onto GCSE. High expectations of effort, standard of work, and home learning is expected, which encourages independent thought and reading.

The key stage three years are designed to build on previous work and form a solid foundation to progress onto GCSE. The work completed in these years will enhance students’ knowledge of writing through novels, short stories, non-fiction, poetry and speaking and listening through presentation.

  YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9
Autumn 1 Writing Styles Don’t get me started! Literary Heritage
Autumn 2 Novel study: ‘Warhorse’ Sherlock Holmes ‘Of Mice and Men’
Spring 1 Play study: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Novel study: ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ Crime
Spring 2 Poetry Anthology: ‘Growing Pains’ Creative Writing Literary Non-Fiction
Summer 1 Novel study: ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’ Shakespeare: Shorts/Play Dystopian Literature
Summer 2 Literature Anthology: ‘Childhood’ Young Apprentice ‘An Inspector Calls’/ ‘Lord of the Flies’

Key Stage 4

As students mature and have a better understanding of language and literature, we broadly set them according to their ability. They are further encouraged to undertake wider reading, debating, and public speaking as additional activities on a regular basis to improve your grades.

  YEAR 10 YEAR 11
Autumn 1 Writing Skills:
Creative Writing (using poems from Anthology as stimulus)
+ viewpoint writing
Preparation for English Language Units 1 and 2, and revision of ‘A Christmas Carol’ for English Literature.
Autumn 2 Literature Paper 2
Modern text:
prose or drama
‘An Inspector Calls’ OR ‘Lord of the Flies’ OR ‘Animal Farm’
Spring 1 Language Paper 1
20th/21st century prose fiction
+
creative writing skills
Revision of ‘Macbeth’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’/’Lord of the Flies’ for English Literature, and preparation for English Language Units 1 and 2.
Spring 2 Literature Paper 1:
Shakespeare – ‘Macbeth’
Summer 1 Language Paper 2
 
19th/20th and 21st century non-fiction texts + viewpoint writing
Exam preparation for both English Language and English Literature
Summer 2 Literature Paper 2
Poetry Anthology (1 Cluster)
+
Unseen poetry skills

Assessment

GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language are assessed by 100% terminal examination.

Key Stage 5

The foundations formed at key stage 3 and 4 are enhanced at AS and A level.

For current Year 13, we teach the WJEC (Welsh Board) syllabus which is assessed, at both AS and A2, by an examination worth 60% and coursework worth 40%.

Due to the high uptake of this subject, we usually run several groups of between 15 to 18 students per group to provide the ideal balance of individual attention and stimulating discussion.

For current Year 12, students will undertake the new specification and take their examinations at the end of Year 13 only.

  YEAR 12 YEAR 13
Autumn 1 Duffy/Larkin
 
AND
 
Unseen prose/poetry –
building skills
Preparation for and writing of coursework – a 2000 word study of two prose texts. Revision of Donne and Larkin and Duffy for Component 1.
Autumn 2 Larkin/Duffy
 
AND
 
Donne
Spring 1 ‘Hamlet’
 
AND
 
‘The Duchess of Malfi’/’A Streetcar Named Desire’
 
OR
 
‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’/’Betrayal’
Preparation for Component 3 – Unseen Prose and Poetry. Revision of ‘Hamlet’ and the two other drama texts for Component 2.
Spring 2 As Spring 1
Summer 1 As Spring 2 Exam preparation for all three components.
Summer 2 Unseen poetry/prose
 
AND
 
Core coursework text

More detailed course information is on the Portal.