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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.

The KS3 Suggested Reading List can be viewed here.

  YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9
Autumn 1 Transition Unit and Childhood 19th Century Fiction Extracts ‘Of Mice and Men’
Autumn 2 Childhood Novel Study:  ‘The Other Side of the Truth’ Non Fiction Extracts
Spring 1 Novel Study:  ‘Warhorse’ with connected non-fiction, poetry, drama and writing Film Unit Shakespeare:  ‘Much ado about Nothing’
Spring 2 Novel Study:  ‘Warhorse’ with connected non-fiction, poetry, drama and writing Creative Writing and Short Stories Film and Media in English
Summer 1 Novel Study:  ‘Coram Boy’ with connected non-fiction, poetry, drama and writing Poetry Dystopian Literature – language papers skills
Summer 2 Novel Study:  ‘Coram Boy’ with connected non-fiction, poetry, drama and writing’ ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

Key Stage 4

Exam Board:  AQA

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.

The KS4 Suggested reading List can be viewed here.

  YEAR 10 YEAR 11
Autumn 1 Novel/Play:  ‘An Inspector Calls’ or ‘Lord of the Flies’ Language Papers 1 & 2; revision of ‘A Christmas Carol’
Autumn 2 Language Paper 1 plus revision of ‘A Christmas Carol’
Spring 1 ‘Macbeth’ ‘Macbeth’ and Poetry start

Language Revision and Novel

Spring 2 Language Paper 2
Summer 1 Poetry Anthology focus Language Revision and Literature immersions
Summer 2 Poetry Unseen / Spoken Language

Assessment

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

Exam Board:  AQA
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse

Key Stage 5

 

The foundations formed at Key Stages 3 and 4 are enhanced at AS and A level.

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.

 

  YEAR 12 YEAR 13
Autumn 1 Duffy/Larkin

AND

Transition – building A Level skills using unseen prose/poetry

Preparation for NEA – teaching texts 1 & 2

Exam Preparation:  Shakespeare, Donne, ‘The Duchess of Malfi’,  ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ / Larkin and Duffy

Autumn 2 Larkin/Duffy

AND

Donne

Spring 1 Shakespeare

AND

‘The Duchess of Malfi’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

 

Exam Preparation:  Shakespeare, Donne, ‘The Duchess of Malfi’,  ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ / Larkin and Duffy, unseen prose, unseen poetry
Spring 2 As Spring 1
Summer 1 Shakespeare

Unseen prose and poetry

Exam preparation for all units
Summer 2 Donne

AND

Preparation for NEA/unseen prose