English

The world is built of words. Whether our students are Tweeting, emailing, reading Dickens or writing letters in high flying jobs, we want them to leave the English Department sensitive to the power of words. We want them to be readers; readers who experiment, who are not frightened of poems, or confused by newspapers. We want them to enjoy reading, but also be to technically skilled, and able to write essays which get to the heart of texts and explain their ideas clearly to examiners. We want them to be writers; powerful writers who can make their emotions leap off the page and manipulate their reader’s feelings with their words, writers who can express complicated ideas in professional, clear English, ready for the modern job market, and, most of all, students who can see the life-long power of being a good writer who enjoys experimenting with words. As part of this challenge, we have built a rigorous, challenging and supportive curriculum to help them take the next steps on their learning journey. We believe all students should take Language and Literature at GCSE and we want our younger years to build the foundations of success from the moment each child enters our doors in Year Seven.

  • Year 7
    • “All the World’s A Stage” – a study of Modern Drama
    • “A Challenge to the Dark” – a study of Literary Heroes
    • “Sandstorms and Ice Blasts of Words” – a study of the Modern Novel
    • “Tie the Poem to a Chair and Torture It” – a study of Poetry
    • “Never, never, never let them near your television set!” – a study of Survival in Literature and Literary Non-Fiction
    • “Is Anybody There?” – a study of Mystery and Suspense in Literature and Poetry
  • Year 8
    • “Nothing in Life is Easy” – a study of the Modern Novel
    • “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me At All” – a study of Fear in Literature
    • “The Old Lie” – a study of War in Literature
    • “In Roaring They Shall Rise” – a study of Literary Monsters
    • “Things of Darkness” – a study of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”
    • “What Business of Mine is It?” – a study of how Voice is created in both Fiction and Literary Non-Fiction
  • Year 9
    • “In the Days When The World Was Wide” – a study of Non-Fiction relating to life in the modern world
    • “A Christmas Carol” – a study of the 19th Century Novel
    • “Things Fall Apart” – a study of ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell
    • A study of Creative Writing techniques and styles
    • “Romeo and Juliet” – a study of Shakespeare
    • GCSE Poetry – three linked poems are woven into the Shakespeare unit
  • Year 10

     

    • For GCSE English Language and Literature, students are awarded two separate GCSEs, but study the subjects with the same teacher
    • We follow the AQA Specification for both examinations
    • The only Controlled Assessment element of the course is the Spoken Language study, completed in the final term of Year 10
    • Shakespeare – this unit covers the GCSE Literature text for Paper 1: Section A
      • At present, we study “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare
    • The 19th Century novel – this unit covers the GCSE novel for Literature Paper 1: Section B
      • At present, we study “The Sign of the Four” by Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Non-Fiction – this contributes to GCSE English Language Paper 2
    • Fiction – this contributes to GCSE English Language Paper 1
    • Modern Drama
      • At present, we study “An Inspector Calls” by JB Priestley
      • This covers the GCSE Drama for Literature Paper 2: Section A

    Poetry – this contributes to GCSE Literature Paper 2: Section B

  • Year 11
    • For GCSE English Language and Literature, students are awarded two separate GCSEs, but study the subjects with two different teachers
    • The year is organised around revision and consolidation of the topics covered in Year 10

    Students currently sit three mock examinations – September, December and March – to help us refine our teaching to their particular needs