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  • Key Stage 3

    Year 7          

    Ancient myths

    The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Iliad & the Aeneid

    The roots of drama

    Oedipus the King - Sophocles; The Birds - Aristophanes       

    Links to legends

    Beowulf; Journey to the West

    The art of rhetoric

    Shakespeare - Julius Caesar - Speeches & biographies (Cicero & Suetonius)          

    Language change

    Chaucer – The Prologue

    Grammar        

    Parts of speech: verbs, nouns, articles, adjectives and prepositions; subject-verb agreement; tenses; the elements of a sentence; simple/compund/complex sentences; listing and bracketing commas; topic sentences; paragraphs; introductions and conclusions

    Year 8        

    Romance

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Lady of Shallot, La Belle Dames Sans Merci           

    Tudor she wolves

    Biographies & speeches   

    Witchcraft in the sixteenth century

    Shakespeare - Macbeth; Marlowe - Dr Faustus

    The role of religion

    King James Bible; Extracts from Milton – Paradise Lost, More – Utopia

    The sonnet form

    Petrarch to Shakespeare to Clare to Armitage

    Grammar        

    Revision of previous year plus adverbs, comparative and superlative adjectives, nouns, plural nouns, the genitive case (the apostrophe), contraction. Revision of previous year plus compound-complex sentences, noun appositive phrases, conjunctive adverbs, and semi colons. Revision of previous year plus connections between sentences, proofreading, drafting and rewriting.

    Year 9          

    The Gothic tradition

    Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde, Wuthering Heights

    War poetry

    Investigation into the context & writing from Tennyson to Hardy to Owen

    Dystopia

    Orwell - Animal Farm & 1984

    Freedom

    Civil rights – biographies & speeches

    Grammar        

    Revision of previous years plus subject, direct object, indirect object, the passive, auxiliary verbs, participles, word endings. Revision of previous years plus restrictive and non-restrictive clauses, colons, hyphens, punctuating speech. Revision of previous years plus text purpose and audience.

  • Key Stage 4

    GCSE English Language/English Literature

    There are two separate qualifications offered as part of the core subject of English from September 2015 – English Language and English Literature. Most students are entered for both qualifications, although those students who may find it difficult will be given the opportunity to be assessed for English as a single qualification.
     
    Where will this take me post-16?
    English is a requirement for the vast majority of post-16 courses and employers look for it too. Having a GCSE in English will help you in all career paths in the future. Want to take it further? English and literature can help you towards a career in the legal profession, broadcasting (film, TV and radio), publishing, journalism, marketing, editorial work, public relations, copywriting, library work, acting, translating, TV or theatre directing, advisory work and teaching, to name a few.
     
    English Language
    Why study English?
    In many aspects of everyday life, English plays a part, whether it’s reading a magazine article, discussing last night’s episode of Eastenders or writing a letter to a future employer. Being able to communicate effectively is an essential part of your progress in the adult world, so an ability to hold your own in English is a definite bonus!
     
    What areas would you study?
    So what can English do for you? Throughout the two-year course, you will explore a variety of non-fiction and media texts from the real world, such as newspaper articles, websites, leaflets, advertisements and letters. The examination will consist of two papers; explorations in creative reading and writing and writers’ viewpoints and perspectives. You will develop writing skills, including writing for a range of purposes and audiences in a variety of styles. You will also study poetry, plays and printed media from a number of different time periods. 
     
    How do you learn?
    You will read a range of texts which you will analyse and compare with texts from different genres and time periods. Writing for a variety of purposes and audiences is important and you will research, plan and re-draft texts to improve your understanding. The development of speaking and listening skills is encouraged so that you can communicate through different situations, such as individual presentations, pair tasks and group work.
     
    How are you assessed?
    Examination 100%
     
    English Literature
    Why study English Literature?
    English Literature broadens your mind as you read and explore the experiences of a range of authors. It allows you to develop the ability to interpret writers’ techniques and improve your independent learning skills, and reading for meaning skills.
     
    What areas would you study?
    Throughout the course you will study Shakespeare plays and a 19th-century novel. You will develop the ability to appreciate and interpret authors’ language choices and techniques; how to research texts and authors effectively; and how social, historical, cultural and personal contexts affect writers and their work.
     
    How do you learn?
    You will read a range of texts which you will analyse and compare with texts from different genres and time periods. Research skills will be developed throughout the course, both as an individual and as part of a group.
     
    How are you assessed?
    Examination 100%
  • English Literature A-level

    English Literature A-level

    Examination Board: Edexcel

    Introduction and Structure

    A-level in English literature enables you to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of texts, whilst developing your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation. You will study eight literary texts plus unseen poetry. It is expected that you will purchase your own copies of the set texts to use throughout the course. There will be a great deal of reading as preparation for discussion work in lessons, so you must have constant access to the texts.

    Assessment

    Component 1: Drama

    You will study one Shakespeare play and one other drama from either tragedy or comedy alongside critical essays.

    Written examination 2 hours 15 minutes/60 marks/30% of total qualification

    Component 2: Prose

    You will study two prose texts from a chosen theme. At least one must be pre 1900.

    Written examination 1 hour/40 marks/20% of total qualification

    Component 3: Poetry

    You will study poetic form, meaning and language including a selection of post 2000 specified poetry and a specific range of poetry or a named poet.

    Written examination 2 hours 15 minutes/60 marks/30% of total qualification

    Component 4: Coursework

    You will choose and study two texts, approved by your teacher and write an extended comparative essay.

    Internally assessed, externally moderated/60 marks/20 % of qualification

    Careers and Progression

    The course prepares students for future study in literature and supports other studies in the arts and humanities. Students have gone on to successful careers in television, law, accountancy, business and teaching.

    Entrance Requirements

    Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths

    Strongly recommended: Grade 5 in English literature

  • English Language A-level

    English Language A-level

    Examination Board: AQA

    Introduction and Structure

    English language at A-level is a broad, engaging and stimulating course where you will learn a wide range of new concepts and skills. It enables you to explore in-depth the study of language and how it is used to communicate meaning.

    Assessment

    Component 1: language variation

    • how language varies depending on mode, field, function and audience
    • how language choices can create personal identities
    • language variation in English from c1550 (the beginnings of early modern English) to the present day

    Written examination 2 hours 15 minutes/60 marks/35% of total qualification

    Component 2: child language

    • spoken language acquisition and how children learn to write between the ages of 0 and 8
    • the relationship between spoken language acquisition and literacy skills that children are taught, including the beginnings of reading
    • appropriate theories of children’s language development

    Written examination 1 hour/45 marks/20% of total qualification

    Component 3: investigating language

    You will:

    • select a research focus from five topic areas
    • develop research and investigation skills
    • undertake a focused investigation
    • apply your knowledge of language levels and key language concepts developed through the whole course
    • develop your personal language specialism

    Written examination 1 hour 45 minutes/45 marks/25% of total qualification

    Component 4: coursework - crafting language

    You will

    • research a selected genre
    • demonstrate your skills as a writer within your selected genre, crafting texts for different audiences and/or purposes
    • reflect on your research and writing in an accompanying commentary

    Two assignments internally assessed and externally moderated. 50 marks/20% of total qualification

    Careers and Progression

    The course prepares you for future study in language, linguistics and supports other studies in the arts and humanities.

    Entrance Requirements

    Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths

    Strongly recommended: Grade 5 in English language

  • English Combined A-level

    English LANguage & literature A-LEVEL

    Examination Board: AQA

    Introduction and Structure

    This accessible and stimulating course enables you to engage creatively and independently with a variety of spoken, written and multi-modal texts. It is designed with a focus on the integration of language and literature, enabling you to see how linguistic and literary methods are related and to explore these links in their work. It builds on the skills and knowledge already gained and prepares you for next steps. The variety of assessment styles used, such as re-creative writing, commentary writing, discursive essays and research-based investigative writing, allows you to develop a wide range of skills. These include the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research, which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

    Assessment

    Paper 1: telling stories

    • remembered places – the representation of place
    • imagined worlds – point of view and genre in prose
    • poetic voices – the forms and functions of poetic voice
    • methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

    Written examination 3 hours//100 marks/40% of total qualification

    Paper 2: exploring conflict

    • writing about society – the role of the individual in society, and re-creative writing based on set texts
    • critical commentary – evaluating own writing
    • dramatic encounters – conflict in drama
    • methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

    Written examination 2 hour 30 minutes/100 marks/40% of total qualification

    Non exam assessment: making connections

    You will undertake a personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse (2,500–3,000 words)

    • making connections – investigation on a chosen theme and texts
    • methods of language analysis are integrated into the activity

    Assessed by teachers/moderated by AQA; 50 marks /20% of total qualification

    Careers and Progression

    The course prepares you for future study in language, linguistics and literature as well as supporting other studies in the arts and humanities.

    Entrance Requirements

    Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths

    Strongly recommended: Grade 5 in English