English

  • Year 7 & 8 English Overview

    The English curriculum covers three key areas:

     

    Reading

     

    Students are assessed on their ability to find information within a text and to express their understanding of how a text works. They are taught to uncover both obvious meaning and to read between the lines, deducing what a 'writer' is trying to imply. Students become more aware of how language is used as a tool to manipulate readers and are able to comment on linguistic devices used by writers to achieve different effects.

     

    Writing

     

    Students are taught to write appropriately for different purposes and audiences. They are

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  • Year 7 English

    On a rotation system, students study the following during the course of Year 7:

    - Harry Potter

    - Poetry

    - Introduction to Shakespere

    - Tales of Crime and Mystery

     

    How you can help:

    Below are some 'Top Tips' that your child can use to help boost their English levels.

     

    Reading - read widely!

    - Read fiction!
    - Read newspaper articles and magazines. Try to notice the devices they use to interest and involve the reader e.g. rhetorical questions, alliteration etc.
    - When you read a text try to read between the lines to work out what it is trying to tell you.
    - Remember to use the

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  • Year 8 English

     

    On a rotation system, students study the following during the course of Year 8:

    - Non-Fiction Reading

    - Non-Fiction Writing

    - Poetry

    - Animal Farm

    - Shakespeare

     

    How you can help:

    Below are some 'Top Tips' that your child can use to help boost their English levels.

     

    Reading - read widely!

    - Read fiction!

    - Read newspaper articles and magazines. Try to notice the devices they use to interest and involve the reader e.g. rhetorical questions, alliteration etc.

    - When you read a text try to read between the lines to work out what it is trying to tell you.

    - Remember to use the P.E.E. rule

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  • Year 9 English

    Year 9 begin preparation for GCSE. They will study the following texts for English Literature:

    • An Inspector Calls – J.B. Priestley

    • A Shakespeare play (Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth)

     

    We highly recommend that students purchase their own copy of these texts so that they can annotate and make notes effectively. There are also study guides that are widely available in print and online for these texts.  Later in the year, students will work on responding to unseen poetry.

    For English Language, students will continue to develop and consolidate their skills in using punctuation and grammar, as well as their ability

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  • Year 10 English

    For English Literature, students will study A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and poetry from the examination anthology. For English Language, students will be developing skills in the following areas: 

    • Writing imaginatively – narrative and descriptive
    • Responding to fiction and literary non-fiction extracts
    • Producing written texts to a specified audience, purpose and form in which they give their own perspective on that theme, as a response to non-fiction texts such as articles, letters and blogs
    • Speaking and Listening

     

      Students will sit mock examinations throughout the year to assess their understanding and progress. We follow the AQA syllabus for both

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  • Year 11 English

    English Language

    We study AQA GCSE English Language. The specification can be found here .

     

    For English Language, students sit two final exam papers:

    • Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing - 1 hour 45 minutes – worth 50%
      • For Section A, students read and answer questions on one piece of literary fiction.
      • For Section B, students produce a piece of descriptive or narrative writing.
    • Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives - 1 hour 45 minutes – worth 50%
      • For Section A, students read, compare and answer questions on one nineteenth century non-fiction text and one modern non-fiction text.

      • For Section B, students

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  • A Level English Language

    The course we follow is AQA A Level English Language 7702. Students' learning is based around the core language levels: lexis, grammar, discourse, phonology, pragmatics and graphology. The linguistic terminology and concepts these introduce are then applied to a range of texts across a variety of contexts. It is imperative that students revise this new terminology regularly in order to build up a strong linguistic vocabulary.

    Students will explore the following areas of language study:

    • Language and Gender
    • Language and Occupation
    • Language and Social Groups
    • Accent and Dialect
    • Language Change
    • Child Language Development

     

     

    NEA (Non-examined assessment - formerly coursework)

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  • A Level English Literature

    We study OCR A Level English Literature. The specification can be found here .


    Students read a range of texts including novels, poetry and plays. They will study the effects of language and structure in literature and be encouraged to consider alternative, critical interpretations and the context in which texts are produced and received.

     

    Students study the following texts:

    • Measure for Measure – William Shakespeare
    • A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
    • The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
    • Paradise Lost – John Milton
    • Sylvia Plath poetry
    • The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
    • She Stoops to Conquer - Oliver Goldsmith or An Ideal Husband – Oscar Wilde
    • On
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  • A Level English Language & Literature

    The course we follow is AQA English Language and Literature B (This will link you to the full course specification and links to past examination papers). Throughout the course, students will study a range of literature including plays, poetry and prose, as well as having the opportunity to investigate how language is used and manipulated in a variety of contexts. Texts studied on the course may include The Great Gatsby, the poetry of Robert Browning, King Lear and Glengarry Glen Ross.

     

    AS Level

    Unit 1 - ELLB1F - Introduction to Language and Literature Study

    60% of AS, 30% of A Level

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