Our aim is to instil a love of English for all our students. We actively seek out dynamic and interesting texts that students can unpick to discover the way that great writers craft their works. We encourage active debate and risk-taking within a classroom ethos of respect, support and safety. It is crucial that all students feel empowered to explore their own responses to literary and media texts, and are properly trained to express their thoughts and reactions appropriately.
Throughout their time studying English, students will examine a range of prose, poetry, drama and media texts hailing from a range of periods throughout time. This exposure and study will help students learn more about the decisions that go into writing for different purposes, audiences and genres. This will ensure our students have the opportunity to develop and improve their own writing skills in preparation for the rigours of the GCSE examinations and to support them to develop the resilience needed for all exam qualifications. As a result, each unit of study culminates in an exam style assessment which assesses how students have revised, how they respond in exam conditions and how they meet the exam criteria.
YEAR 7 - Students begin by developing on the core literacy and reading skills they learnt at KS2.
- Block 1 – ‘Wonder’ – study of the modern novel
- Block 2 – ‘Malala’ – non-fiction texts
- Block 3 – ‘What is English Literature’ – poetry and prose, a trip through time.
- Block 4 – ‘Shakespeare – Archetypes and Allusions’
YEAR 8 – Skills of analysis learnt in Year 7 are applied to richer and more challenging texts and concepts.
- Block 1 – ‘A Christmas Carol’ – the nineteenth-century novel
- Block 2 – ‘’Writers’ Workshop – The Great Gender Debate’
- Block 3 – ‘Poetry and Spoken Word’
- Block 4 – ‘Shakespeare: the First Feminist?’
YEAR 9 – Students are fully prepared for the demands of the GCSE course that they will undertake in Year 10. Students develop their reading, inference and analytical skills by reading and responding to challenging ideas surrounding the texts they study. Students develop creative writing skills and also produce non-fiction texts where they argue their own viewpoints.
- Block 1 – ‘Of Mice and Men’ – critical thinking
- Block 2 – ‘Going on Adventures’ – travel writing from the nineteenth century to the present day
- Block 3 – ‘Power and Conflict’ - poetry
- Block 4 – ‘Shakespeare’s Macbeth’
YEAR 10 & YEAR 11 - All students follow the AQA GCSE English Language and AQA GCSE English Literature courses both of which are assessed through external examination at the end of the Year 11. The literary texts all students will study are Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’, Stevenson’s ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, and AQA’s ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry anthology.
- Block 1 – ‘Jekyll and Hyde’
- Block 2 – ‘Blood Brothers’
- Block 3 – ‘Unseen Poetry
- Block 4 – ‘Shakespeare Masterclass’
- Block 1 – Language Paper 1 and Literature Texts
- Block 2 – Language Paper 2 and Literature Texts
- Block 3 – GCSE Revision – Language and literature - exam skills
Students sit two English language exams and two English Literature Exams.
- English Language Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative reading and Writing
- English Language Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
- English literature Paper 1 - Shakespeare and the 19th-century Novel
- English Literature Paper 2 - Modern Texts and Poetry