October 1, 2020

English and English Literature

Aims and Ethos:

  • To develop good literacy skills so that students leave us able to communicate effectively with fantastic reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.
  • To develop an understanding of different genres of writing and literature (non-fiction, media texts, prose, poetry and drama.)
  • To develop the ability to analyse and evaluate texts using language, structure and form terminology effectively.
  • To develop creativity.
  • To promote students’ Social Moral Cultural and Spiritual development by encouraging discussion, freedom of thought, appropriate behaviour, articulacy and sensitivity to the various themes and ideas within texts.
  • To develop independence and resilience so that all students are able to take responsibility for their own learning.

Key Stage 3: 
The theme of the Year 7 curriculum is ‘Reality vs. Fantasy.’  Across the year, students will learn how to develop their narrative writing and how to write with a high level of technical accuracy. Moreover, they will be given the opportunity to read a wide range of texts from different time periods and different genres.

The two texts students read and study in depth with their teacher are:

  • Contemporary fiction – A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  • William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Furthermore, in Year 7 students have one dedicated library lesson each week. Students are motivated to read books for pleasure via the Accelerated Reader scheme in which students take quizzes each time they complete a book. This facilitates students’ passion for reading and improves their reading ages.

The theme of the Year 8 curriculum is ‘Identify and Voice.’  In Year 8, culture and context becomes an important part of our work and students will read and work with a number of texts from different cultures and social/historical contexts.

  • Contemporary Fiction about Discrimination – Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman, Wonder – R. J. Palacio, The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty – David Calcutt
  • Different Cultures Poetry – John Agard, Grace Nichols, Lawrence Ferlinghetti etc.
  • Contemporary Drama – Our Day Out – Willy Russell


Key Stage 4 – AQA Exam board

In Year 9, it is time for students to get critical. Students will be taught to develop their critical voice and begin to engage with texts at a deeper level. Year 9 students will commence their GCSE course working towards GCSE English Language and Literature examinations.  The texts students will be taught are:

  • Unseen Poetry (English Literature Paper 2)
  • An Inspector Calls – J. B. Priestley (English Literature Paper 2)
  • Power and Conflict Poetry (English Literature Paper 2)

At Key Stage 4 students will also have two weekly lessons dedicated to English Language focusing on:

Paper 1: Creative Reading and Writing – Students will study a range of high-quality literature texts and evaluate the methods writers use; students will also learn skills to write creatively.

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – Students will study a range of non-fiction texts and learn how to compare ideas and evaluate the methods writers use; students will also learn skills to write for purpose

In Year 10 students will continue working towards the AQA GCSE English Language and Literature examinationsThe texts students will be taught are:

  • 19th Century Novel– The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Hyde – R. L. Stevenson or A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth

 Year 11 is a consolidation year. Students will build on their knowledge of their 4 literature texts by completing

focused examination practice and revision.  Students will be quizzed to help them recall quotations to be able to tackle the closed-book examinations.

A Level – AQA Exam Board

For those who have enjoyed their English course and want to continue to explore both sides of English, this course offers a fantastic opportunity to do so. We offer a two year A Level course with students submitting their coursework (20%) and sitting their two examinations in Year 13. This course encourages students to develop their interest in English Literature through reading widely, critically and independently.
In Year 12 Students Study Towards Paper 1 – Love Through The Ages:

  • William Shakespeare’s – Othello
  • Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby
  • Pre-20th Century Poetry – La Belle Dame Sans Merci – John Keats, Remember – Christina Rossetti, The Flea – John Donne etc.
  • Independent Critical Study – Texts Across Time

In Year 13: Students Study Towards Paper 2 – Texts in Shared Contexts: Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day

  • Tennessee Williams – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Alice Walker – The Colour Purple
  • Carol Ann Duffy – The Feminine Gospel

Additional Support in the English Faculty:

  • CSI – Specific and targeted small group intervention for all year groups throughout the year.
  • Enrichment 7 – Mindfulness
  • Lunch and Learn sessions – students can access additional support with classwork and homework
  • Saturday Revision classes for Year 11
  • Half-Term and Easter Revision classes for Year 11