Key Stage 3
The central pillars of our department’s philosophy are the delivery of progression, continuity, challenge and support to all pupils across the ability range.
We believe in the teaching of English skills through a variety of units that engage, stretch and embed progress. Each year, pupils explore non-fiction, prose, poetry and drama as well as working on discrete units that develop their technical facility with language.
In Year 7, pupils engage in a creative writing unit, the play version of A Christmas Carol, the novel Wonder, a themed poetry collection, non-fiction based themed work and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition, themed units developing spelling, punctuation and grammar are delivered alongside each of these learning contexts.
In Year 8, pupils engage in a persuasion unit, culminating in a formal debate, poetry from other cultures, Romeo and Juliet, the novel Holes and the play version of Frankenstein. In addition, themed units developing spelling, punctuation and grammar are delivered alongside each of these learning contexts.
In Year 9, pupils study the novel Of Mice and Men, Sherlock Holmes short stories, creative writing, themed poetry and non-fiction. In addition, units developing spelling, punctuation and grammar are delivered alongside each of these learning contexts.
Key Stage 4
"Why study English? You develop the insight of an artist, the precision of a scientist and the persuasiveness of a lawyer.”
These two separate GCSEs are delivered by the same teacher and all pupils will follow the AQA GCSE Specification course for both English Language and English Literature. This will provide the opportunity to study a range of excellent fiction and non-fiction.
AQA English Language - Eligible for grades 9-1
Paper 1 Examination: (Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing) 50% of GCSE.
Section A: Reading: one literature fiction text
Section B: Writing: descriptive or narrative writing
Paper 2 Examination (Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives) 50% of GCSE
Section A: Reading: one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
Section B: Writing: writing to present a viewpoint
Non-examination assessment: Spoken Language
0% weighting in the GCSE course but separately endorsed as pass, merit or distinction. Teacher assesses skills in presenting, responding to questions and feedback, as well as use of Standard English.
AQA English Literature - Eligible for grades 9-1
Paper 1 Examination (Shakespeare Play and the 19th Century Novel): 40% of GCSE.
Section A Shakespeare (Macbeth): pupils will answer one question on the play. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
Section B The 19th-century Novel (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde): pupils will answer one question on the novel. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.
Paper 2 Examination (Modern Texts and Poetry): 60% of GCSE.
Section A Modern Texts (An Inspector Calls): pupils will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.
Section B Poetry (AQA anthology: Past and Present, cluster 1): pupils will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from an anthology.
Section C Unseen poetry: pupils will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.