English

Easter Revision

A Christmas Carol
An Inspector Revision
Blood Brothers Revision
Jekyll and Hyde Revision
Macbeth Revision

Year 7

Across the year, you will be able to read a wide range of texts from different time periods and different genres. You will explore poetry through time with a focus on both physical and metaphorical journeys; read one of our fantastic and highly emotive texts ‘Wonder’, ‘Private Peaceful’ or ‘The Terrible Thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket’; engage with a number of biographical and autobiographical extracts and find yourself in a completely different world when reading ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. You will also have the opportunity to develop your writing for a range of different purposes and readers writing both imaginatively and persuasively.

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Year 8

In Year 8, culture and context becomes an important part of our work and you will read and work with a number of texts from different cultures and social/historical contexts. We will start our studies this year by reading a ‘classic’ piece of fiction – ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Oliver Twist’ or ‘Great Expectations’ exploring what life was like during the Victorian era. You will then read a range of literary non-fiction, studying extracts from Bill Bryon’s ‘Shakespeare’ Simpson’s ‘Touching the Voice’ and Douglas Adam’s ‘Last Chance to see.’ In Term 4 we move to the 20th century to study one of three plays: ‘Journey’s End’ by Sheriff, ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell or ‘End Game’ by Beckett before ending the year exploring a range of short stories to include ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ by Roald Dahl and ‘The Speckled Band’ by Arthur Conan Doyle. Our writing in year 8 becomes more transactional with a focus on writing speeches and an article to inform.

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Year 9

In Year 9, it is time to get critical! We want you to develop your critical voice this year and begin to engage with texts at a deeper level ahead of your GCSEs. Across the year you will read and analyse one of three 20th century novels: ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding, ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck or ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell . You will then read a selection of the GCSE poems ahead of year 10 before returning to Shakespeare to study ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ or ‘Romeo and Juliet’. In the final term you will study a documentary, critically evaluating it for its content and presentation. Alongside this, we will continue to help you develop the craft of writing and you will have the chance to write both descriptively and analytically.

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Year 10

Welcome to GCSE! In Year 10, you will begin to work towards the Edexcel GCSE in English Language and English Literature. Over the course of this year, in preparation for the GCSE in English Literature, you will study two of the set texts - a modern play 'Blood Brothers' or 'An Inspector Calls' and a pre 19th century prose text 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' or 'A Christmas Carol'. You will also study a cluster of poetry connected by time and place. For the GCSE in English Language you will read anthologies of fiction and non-fiction linked by theme in order to develop a critical voice to help you analyse the way writers’ use language and structure to present meaning. You will also have the opportunity to develop your writing skills, practising imaginative writing, persuasive writing and transactional writing. We can’t wait to see what you can produce!

Specification

Edexcel GCSE English Language
Edexcel GCSE English Literature

Year 11

As you move into Year 11, you will continue to update and refresh your knowledge upon all of the texts studied in Year 10 whilst extending the writing skills developed. There will be the opportunity to study Shakespeare’s Macbeth and investigate and analyse non-fiction written in the 20th and 21st century, extending your use of the critical voice. The poetry focus shifts to the preparation of unseen poems, allowing you to employ all of the analytical skills developed in Year 10 across poetry exploring a range of themes and issues. The examination includes a Speaking and Listening element which requires you to construct and present to the class upon a range of topics and text considered. Good luck!

Specification

Edexcel GCSE English Language
Edexcel GCSE English Literature

Year 12

English Language A/AS Level

For those who have enjoyed their English course and want to continue to explore both sides of English, this course offers a fantastic opportunity to do so.  Although there are two pathways and the assessment requirements are different there will be a combined course of study that will allow all pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required for the path that they have adopted.

The course is shaped around two themes which are Society and the Individual and Voices in Speech and Writing. The first is centred upon two texts: 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens and The 'Bone People' by Keri Hulme whilst the second offers the opportunity to explore a range of digital and non-fiction texts.

For both courses the assessment, in the initial year of A Level will be in the form of external examination. There is the opportunity for extended original writing in the second year of the A Level course.

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English Literature A/AS Level

For students who have enjoyed their GCSE English courses or students who have a love for reading and a passion for literature, this is the course for you. In English lessons, students are challenged by a wide range of literary heritage texts and more modern literature to challenge and interpret their own critical and personal views. We follow the AQA Specification A in English Literature. This fantastic course, we believe, gives students a fully-rounded overview of literature. The course is divided into three units which are connected by wider literary themes.

Unit One: 'Love Through the Ages' is the over-arching theme which encompasses the study of our texts in this unit. (40% of overall A-level)
Although not an exhaustive list of aspects of 'Love Through the Ages', areas that can usefully be explored include: romantic love of many kinds; love and sex; love and loss; social conventions and taboos; love through the ages according to history and time; love through the ages according to individual lives (young love, maturing love); jealousy and guilt; truth and deception; proximity and distance; marriage; approval and disapproval.

Section A: 'Othello' by William Shakespeare
Section B: Comparative Unseen poetry
Section C: 'The Great Gatsby' & a collection of post- 1900 love poetry

Unit Two: 'Modern Literature Post- 1945' (40% of overall A-level grade)
The literature of modern times may include: wars and the legacy of wars; personal and social identity; changing morality and social structures; gender, class, race and ethnicity; political upheaval and change; resistance and rebellion; imperialism, post-imperialism and nationalism; engagement with the social, political, personal and literary issues which have helped to shape the latter half of the 20th century and the early decades of the 21st century.

Section A:  'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams OR Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy
Section B: 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest' by Ken Kesey & 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker

Unit Three: Independent Critical Study - 'Texts Across Time' (20% of overall A-level grade)

In 'Texts Across Time', students write a comparative critical study of two texts (2500 words). AQA is committed to the notion of autonomous personal reading and Texts Across Time provides a challenging and wide-ranging opportunity for independent study. Possible themes for the comparison are indicated below, but this is not a set list and students are free to develop their own interests from

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Year 13

English Language

In Year 13 you will continue your work on analysing language, exploring how language has changed over time but also how and why language varies according to who you are and where you live. In addition, you will complete two coursework pieces: a language investigation and a language production.  These tasks will really give you the opportunity to explore your own personal areas of interest when it comes to language.

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English Literature

Your A Level course will consist of two components – coursework and exam preparation.  For the exam component, you will study the topic ‘Elements of the Gothic’, for which you will study ‘The Bloody Chamber’ by Angela Carter, ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare and ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley. You will be encouraged to broaden your wider reading, and your two pieces of coursework will allow you to study several areas of key critical theory (feminism, Marxism, metaphor and the nature of what makes literature “art”) before applying this knowledge to three texts of your choosing. 

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Wonder written by R J Palacio

Whale Rider

Martin Luther King

Lord of the Flies

Blood Brothers

An Inspector Calls

Language Analysis

The Color Purple

Globe Theatre Visit

Globe Theatre Visit