English

 

Foundation Years: Year 7 and 8

Foundation Years: Year 7 and 8

The Curriculum for year 7 – 8 are designed to give students the opportunity to experience different Fiction and Non-Fiction texts as a foundation learning, whilst building on the key skills for both English Language and Literature which they will require later as they progress further up the school. Year 7 and 8 provide a solid basis for studies; students study a range of texts including plays, poetry, and novels, analysing these as well as using them to support their own original writing.  The texts have been carefully chosen to cover a range of genre. The breath of study will enable students to develop the love for reading and writing.

Year 7

  • Baseline Assessment
  • Fiction - Character and setting
  • Novel: Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol
  • Writing to persuade – Analysis of non-fiction and persuasive texts
  •  Drama: William Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Year 8

  • Gothic fiction
  • Poetry
  • Novel: George Orwell - Animal Farm
  • Drama: William Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing

Keystone Year: Year 9

The intent is to expose students to a range of challenging texts from different eras, enabling them to develop the full range of skills for Language and Literature. They will move from studying whole texts, developing an understanding of concepts such as context, language, and structure, before applying these skills to a range of extracts, both fiction and non-fiction. Resilience will be developed through regular extended writing. The final term will build on students’ cultural capital, enriching their knowledge of eras, genres, and literary movements ahead of the GCSE curriculum.

Novel - Class choice of:

  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Woman in Black
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Heroes
  • Drama: William Shakespeare - Macbeth
  • Dystopian Fiction - Analysis of extracts from dystopian fiction texts
  • The Language of Journalism
  • Analysis of non-fiction extracts on sport, the environment, and social issues.
  • Enrichment lectures - carousel of lessons that provide cultural capital and enrichment for GCSE topics 

GCSE: Years 10 and 11

English Literature A encourages students to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received, and understood. Studying texts within a shared context enables students to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives.

year 10

  • An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley
  • English Language paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Anthology Power and Conflict Cluster

year 11

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • English Language paper 2 – Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives
  • Unseen Poems
  • Anthology Power and Conflict Cluster

A level: years 12 and 13

 

English Literature A encourages students to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received, and understood. Studying texts within a shared context enables students to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives.

paper one: love through the ages

  • Section A: Shakespeare
  • Section B: Unseen poetry
  • Section C: Comparing texts

paper two: texts in shared contexts

OPTION B

Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day.

  • Section A: Set texts. One essay question on set text

Poetry: Carol Ann Duffy - Feminine Gospel (post 2000)

  • Section B: Contextual linking

- Drama: Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire

- Prose: Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale

  • Non-exam assessment (NEA): Independent critical study: texts across time
  • Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre1900
  • One extended essay (2500 words)