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English is a vital subject and has a major role in the development of all children. It develops pupils transferable skills and links to all other curriculum subjects.

Our main aim is to equip pupils with the skills they need to be effective and enthusiastic communicators. In addition, we hope to foster creativity, imagination and a recognition of the advantages of careful crafting in all aspects of English work.

English lessons will usually give pupils the opportunity to express themselves in both speech and writing, and we are all committed to nurturing enthusiasm for reading and successful writing as well. In addition, the subject is a natural space for exploring spiritual, moral, social and personal issues that impact on the lives of young people.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, pupils have five lessons per week and in Year 8 and 9 pupils have 4 lessons per week. Drama is taught within English.

The schemes of learning in all year groups cover non- fiction and fiction reading and writing; aspects of media; studying class novels- contemporary and classic; studying relevant Shakespeare plays and poetry; texts from other cultures and traditions; Drama plays and script writing and the study of various short stories. In each year, pupils create a portfolio of assessment work in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.

Regular use of our school library is encouraged. Pupils complete specific reading schemes in each year and have regular lessons in the library. Pupils are actively encouraged to develop a regular , independent reading routine.

Key Stage 4

  • English Language GCSE

  • English Literature GCSE

English Language GCSE

How the course is assessed: 100% final examination

(Additional spoken language assessment recorded separately)

Exam Board: AQA (8700)

Course Overview: GCSE English Language will allow you to demonstrate the use of English in real life, investigate how language is used and draw upon your own experience. English Language at GCSE will provide students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to communicate with clarity and meaning both in writing and orally. The course has been designed to develop each student’s knowledge and understanding of language through a wide range of opportunities, responding to a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as through a variety of speaking and listening opportunities.
Learning activities are interactive and include small group class activities, whole group discussions and computer-based activities.

You can expect to:

  • Make explorations in reading through the study of fiction and non-fiction texts.

  • Develop extended writing skills through the use of narrative and description.

  • Explore spoken language through presenting styles, responding to questions and feedback with the use of Standard English.

  • Refine your writing skills to enable you to communicate clearly, imaginatively and effectively, as well as investigating viewpoints and perspectives.

Where does it lead?

GCSE English Language, when combined with other GCSE subjects, can lead you on to studying A-levels and further studies. A good qualification in GCSE English Language is demanded by most universities and employers, so it is a vital qualification to achieve. Overall, GCSE English Language is seen by many one of the most important qualifications a person can have, as it helps to unlock many doors in education and employment. English language is such a versatile subject that it can be combined with many other areas of study at university.

English Literature GCSE

How the course is assessed:  100% final examination

Exam Board:  AQA (8702)

Course Overview: GCSE English literature offers you the chance to study classic literature, including drama, contemporary novels and poetry too. This specification develops each student’s enthusiasm for literature by using a skills-based approach to study.

Students will analyse the styles and techniques of great works by writers such as Shakespeare, Dickens, Golding and Priestley. English literature will also see students studying an anthology of poems on the theme of power and conflict.

You can expect to:

  • Read, understand, evaluate and respond to texts evaluate texts, providing an informed personal response.

  • Analyse the language, form and structure of texts.

  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

  • Read critically in order to explore characters, events, themes and language.

  • Relate texts to their social, historical, cultural and literary contexts.

  • Write about the texts using relevant quotations and detailed textual references.

Where does it lead?

A GCSE in English literature will give students vital skills that can lead on to A-level and further studies in English literature and could lead to a career in one of its associated fields. Graduates go into a wide range of careers, including journalism and media as well as law, accountancy and business. English literature will demonstrate to employers that you acquired good reasoning and analytical skills, essential in practically all walks of life.

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