English, Language and Literature
“English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.” (Curriculum 2013)
meet the department
what to expect in year 7
what to expect in year 8
what to expect in year 9
why study english at gcse?
what to expect in year 10 & 11
In Year 10, students commence their preparation for the GCSE in English Language and the GCSE in English Literature, AQA Board. An integrated approach to the two GCSEs is taken in the first and second term, with the two Literature Paper 1 texts – Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the 19th century novel The Sign of Four – being used to develop key skills for Language Papers 1 (creative fiction) and 2 (non-fiction). In the final term, students move on to Literature Paper 2, focussing on the Poetry sections (Sections B and C) of the paper. They will study a collection of 15 poems from the AQA anthology on ‘Love and Relationships’, as well as develop their analysis of ‘unseen’ poetry. Throughout the year, students will sit assessments at the end of each half-term to monitor their development of key skills throughout the course.
In Year 11, students complete their coverage of Literature Paper 2 with the study of the modern play An Inspector Calls. This is then followed by a revision of poetry studied, as well as a thorough preparation for Literature Paper 2 and Language Paper 1. Both of these papers will constitute the mock examinations in November. Students will then undertake preparation and assessment for the Spoken Language Endorsement. The second term will involve preparation for Language Paper 2 in the first half of the term, and a revisiting of Literature Paper 1 in the second half of the term. At the end of each half-term, students will again sit a mini-mock to ensure progress is measured and intervention is in place for students as well. The summer term will follow a general revision programme which will be tailored to the needs of each class.
english trips and events
what to expect @ ks5
Students prepare themselves for assessment in three exam units and one course work unit over the two years of this course. They begin with a Drama module, focussing on tragedy, which demands the study of Shakespeare’s Othello and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire; students must be able to comment on the writers’ craft as well as show awareness of contextual matter and, with the Shakespeare, be able to incorporate critical readings. A Prose unit follows requiring students to study two novels under the theme of Science and Society to facilitate the writing of a comparative response. A Poetry unit, followed throughout the course and starting with the reading of nineteen poems from a modern anthology, moves to the study of a poetic movement – The Victorians. A comparative exploration between two independently read texts comprises the coursework element.
English Literature and Language
Students prepare themselves for assessment in two exam units and one course work unit over the two years of this course. To begin with, using an anthology of spoken and written texts, classes learn to analyse how ‘voices’ are created by writers for particular effects and audiences in relation to pertinent contextual factors; a further module within this Paper 1 Voices in Speech and Writing exam demands that students study a modern play – Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. Preparation of Paper 2 Varieties in Language and Literature follows, requiring students to read two novels from the set theme Encounters and gain skills in comparing writers’ methods in presenting their ideas. The novels are: Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Towards the end of year 12 a course work unit is begun. This calls for students to write two creative pieces and evaluate the writing process.
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