English

Introduction

All students study English Language and Literature from Year 7 to 11.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, we begin our study of English Language and English Literature through the constant application of reading skills to a wide variety of texts written from the 16th Century to the present day. We study writing in all of its forms including fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, novels and short stories.

Our Key Stage 3 program of study looks like this:

YEAR 7
Sherlock Holmes Developing inference and deduction skills through close reading of detective stories.
Spy School Developing the understanding of and ability to write for a range of different purposes.                                                       
Poetry from Other Cultures  Developing cultural understanding and analytical skills through close reading of poetry.
Travel Writing Developing the understanding of and ability to present a point of view on a topic/place.
Macbeth Applying inference, analysis and evaluation skills to a Shakespeare play.
Power Applying close reading and writing skills to speeches which motivate people.
YEAR 8
Oliver Twist Developing analytical skills through close reading of a 19th Century text.
London Exploring a range of non-fiction texts on a topic close to our hearts.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Applying inference, analysis and evaluation skills to a Shakespeare play.
Story Telling (Journey) Developing creativity by applying the rules of storytelling.
Animal Farm Applying inference, analysis and evaluation skills to a modern text.
Protest Applying skills surrounding the writer’s craft to share thoughts on making society a better place.

 

Students are encouraged to read widely outside of school and we regularly check their reading progress through weekly library lessons and through the use of the Accelerated Reader reading program.

Key Stage 4

All students study both English Language and English Literature giving them two GCSEs.

It is a statutory requirement that all students follow a course of study that includes English in one of its many forms. It is about developing your skills of analysis and preparing students for the future, whether in the workforce or with further study.

All employers will ask about results in GCSE English and will use them as part of their recruitment procedures. It is a requirement to have an English GCSE at Grade 4 in order to go on to further study. If you wish, you can study English Literature, English Language or English Language and Literature at AS and A Level.

Our Key Stage 4 program of study looks like this:

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Written Exam 1hr 45mins
 

  • Section A - Reading (one literature fiction text
  • Section B - Writing (descriptive or narrative writing

50% GCSE

Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives
Written Exam 1hr 45minutes
 

  • Section A: Reading (one non-fiction or literary non-fiction text)
  • Section B: Writing (writing to present a viewpoint.

    50% GCSE

Assessment Objectives:
AO1

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information from texts; select and synthesise evidence from different texts.
    AO2
  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views.
    AO3
  • Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts.
    AO4
  • Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual detail.
    AO5
  • Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
    AO6
  • Candidates must use a range of punctuation and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
GCSE English Literature

Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
Written Exam 1hr 45mins
 

  • Section A – Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Section B – 19th-century novel (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde)

    40% GCSE

Modern texts and poetry
Written Exam 2hr 15mins
 

  • Section A – Modern Text (Blood Brothers)
  • Section B – Poetry
  • Section C – Poetry Comparison

    60% GCSE

Assessment Objectives:
AO1

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to: 
  • maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response
  • use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
    AO2
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
    AO3
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
    AO4
  • Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
KS4 Assessment & Examinations
All English GCSEs are assessed through terminal exams.