English

Year 7

Is social media damaging society?

Unit 1 (10 weeks)

Reading – Non- fiction/ writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

Writing – Writing to present a viewpoint

Unit 2 (10 weeks)

Reading – A journey through poetry – Students study a range of poems across the English Literary cannon and respond to them individually

Writing – Writing to describe

Unit 3 (10 weeks)

Reading – Novel – Each tier will study a different novel

Tier One: Northern Lights

Tier Two: Private Peaceful

Tier Three: An Eagle in the Snow

Writing – Writing to narrate: the fantasy genre

Unit 4 (10 weeks)

Reading – Who is Shakespeare’s greatest villain?
Students explore extracts from a range of Shakespeare plays in which villains are featured

Writing – Creative writing unit linked to Shakespeare – writing letters as characters/monologues

Year 8

How does the media represent teenagers? Media unit linked to BBC School Report

Unit 1 (10 weeks)

Reading – Non- fiction/ writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

Writing – Writing to present a viewpoint

Unit 2 (10 weeks)

Reading – Poetry – the world around me: students explore an anthology of poems about place/the world today. Students learn to compare poetry

Writing – Writing to describe

Unit 3 (10 weeks)

Reading – Novel – Each tier will study a different novel.

Tier One: Lord of the Flies

Tier Two: The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

Tier Three: I Know What You Did Last Wednesday

Writing – Writing to narrate

Unit 4 (10 weeks)

Reading – Plays across time: Students read a Shakespeare and a modern play linked by a theme, exploring how playwrights achieve particular effects.

Writing – Students write their own play in a particular genre

This unit will coincide with a theatre trip.

Year 9

Is it right to keep animals in captivity?

Unit 1 (10 weeks)

Reading – Non- fiction/ writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

Writing – Writing to present a viewpoint

Unit 2 (10 weeks)

Reading – Poetry Relationships – Students study an anthology of poems about relationships and learn how to compare them to GCSE standard.

Writing – Writing to describe

Unit 3 (10 weeks)

Reading – Novel: Students explore challenging novels that are of GCSE standard

Tier One: Frankenstein

Tier Two: The Woman in Black

Tier Three: A Monster Calls

Writing – Writing to narrate

Unit 4 (10 weeks)

Students begin their GCSE studies. TBC

Year 10

AQA GCSE in English Language, AQA GCSE in English Literature
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english#bm-GCSE

Autumn Term

Poetry Skills: Comparing how themes and ideas are presented across poems.

A Christmas Carol Skills: Exploring how themes and ideas are presented throughout the novella.

Spring Term

Romeo and Juliet Skills: Linking writer’s methods to context

English Literature Paper 2 Revision Skills: Analysing language and structure.

Summer Term

English Literature Paper 1 Revision Skills: Moving from extract to whole text analysis

Speaking and Listening Assessment Skills: Presenting viewpoints in a detailed and engaging way.

Year 11

AQA GCSE in English Language, AQA GCSE in English Literature
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english#bm-GCSE

Autumn Term

Romeo and Juliet Skills: Linking writer’s methods to context

English Language Paper 1 Revision Skills: Analysing language and structure and writing to describe/ narrate

A Christmas Carol Skills (English Literature): Exploring how themes and ideas are presented throughout the novella.

Spring Term

English Language Paper 1 Skills: Comparing texts and writers’ methods/ writing to present a viewpoint.

English Language and English Literature

Skills: Analysing language and structure and evaluating methods.

Summer Term

Literature revision Skills: Moving from extract to whole text analysis.

AQA AS and A Level English Language

Studying English Language can involve exploring almost any use of words. Students will have the opportunity to study the ways English language is used in a variety of forms and contexts. For example, students may study the use and functions of language within real conversations, in social media sites such as Facebook and in a variety of written texts. At AS Level, students additionally study the exciting area of Language and Gender. Students explore how gender is represented in a range of written texts, how the English language is gendered, and how women and men speak differently. Finally, students complete two pieces of creative writing as the coursework component of the course.

There are four units in A-level English Language. You will study how to categorise, create, develop and investigate language from the past to the present day.

This course will develop students’:

  • interest in English, through learning about its structures and functions, developments and variations
  • ability to express oneself in speech and writing, producing texts for different audiences, purposes and in different genres
  • understanding of linguistic concepts and methods to analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources.

At A Level, students explore how language has changed over time. Students study the history of the English language from its origins to modern day English. Students also study Child Language Acquisition, exploring how children learn and develop language. Students will culminate the course with a language investigation into a topic that they are interested in.

This course encourages you to take responsibility for your own learning and provides a strong grounding in the academic principles related to working with language data. English is a highly regarded subject that will stand you in good stead for whatever subject you choose to study at higher education level or indeed for whatever career you choose to pursue. Universities and employers value the analytical reading skills and clarity and coherence in writing they can expect from former English Language students.

Qualification equivalence: AS/A Level
Course contact: Mr Hamilton
Assessment: Coursework and exams
Additional entry requirements: 2 Grade 6s in GCSE English Language and Literature
Suggested combinations: History, Geography
Link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702

AQA As and A Level English Literature

At Advanced Level in English we develop many of the skills that students have acquired at GCSE but in far greater depth. We hope to inspire and develop students’ interest and enjoyment of literature through reading a range of texts and through encouraging their individual and original interpretations of them. This course provides students with an opportunity to study a subject that is held in high academic regard, but which may also be a personal passion or interest.

The study of English Literature at this level offers personal enrichment and a potential pathway to further/higher study and rewarding future careers. Students can expect to be given strong individual support to achieve their maximum potential on this course, as well as active, effective and student-centred classroom learning. AS English Literature will provide students with an introduction to the discipline of advanced literary studies and will present opportunities for reading widely as well as for making creative and well informed responses to each of the major literary genres.

Students will study a wide variety of poetry, prose and drama, sitting AS examinations to demonstrate that they understand form and language, different interpretations of texts, the way texts relate to one another and the contexts in which they are written and read. Students will continue to develop their critical and analytical skills at A Level whilst broadening their knowledge of prose, drama and poetry. There are further examinations at the end of the A Level course with an additional coursework unit which introduces students to literary criticism and theoretical debates.

Students can expect to study some of the following pieces of literature:

  • William Shakespeare: Othello, King Lear
  • Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman
  • William Shakespeare: Richard II
  • Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
  • Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  • Thomas Hardy: selected poems
  • John Keats: selected poems
Qualification equivalence: AS/A Level
Course contact: Mr Hamilton
Assessment: Coursework and exams
Additional entry requirements: 2 Grade 6s in GCSE English Language and Literature
Suggested combinations: History, Geography
Link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-b-7716-7717