We aim to guide and support students to become excellent communicators through their speech and writing, with the ability to use language creatively and accurately and to understand the writer’s craft through close analysis. Through the study of all the various features of English we aim to increase students’ appreciation and knowledge of the English language and through a rich diet of prose, plays and poetry help them to enjoy the rich diversity of its literature, past and present. Students study a variety of texts including modern novels, English literary classic, plays by Shakespeare, literature from the Classical World, poetry from the English literary tradition, texts that will challenge their understanding and help them question many of the world’s most complex issues.
The department is keen to help students by encouraging the habit and enjoyment of private reading: all students are expected to read for personal enjoyment each week.
Students follow a programme of lessons each half term based around: a theme or programme of study (including Literary Time Travel, Imagery in Poetry and such like) ; the study of a literary text; private reading; graded spelling, punctuation and grammar tests and non-fiction writing.
Unit 1a Memories and Moments (study of biography and autobiography)
Unit 1b A Christmas Carol (literary study of Charles Dickens’s classic)
Unit 2a Greek Myths (in translation)
Unit 2b Exploring Ballads (analysing, researching, writing and performing)
Unit 3a Literary Time Travel (a time travel quest exploring literatures great moments)
Unit 3b Shakespeare Shorts (exploring and researching the history and performance of one of the plays)
Unit 1a Studying a Novel – part 1
Unit 1b Studying a Novel –part 2
Unit 2a Non-fiction and Media (analysing and producing non-fiction and media texts)
Unit 2b A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in performance – analysing and directing)
Unit 3a Secrets and Legends (exploring the world of myths, secrets and legends through non-fiction texts)
Unit 3b War of the Worlds ( exploring the genre of science fiction in text and film)
Unit 1a Studying the novel
Unit 1b Studying the novel and poetry (exploring and analysing literary texts – moving towards GCSE analysis)
Unit 2a Non-fiction and Media
Unit 2b Imagery in Poetry
Unit 3a Studying Shakespeare
Unit 3b Modern Drama (exploring Gothic fiction through a modern one-act play)
We currently follow the Edexcel English Language and Literature GCSEs.
As of September 2015 we will be following AQA English Language and Literature – details to follow.