English

Curriculum Offered

Year 7

  • Festivals
  • Animals (Poetry focus)
  • Environment
  • Victorian Short Stories
  • Shakespeare
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Modern Drama

Year 8

  • Creative writing
  • Poems from Other Cultures
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Victorian Short Stories
  • Shakespeare
  • Macbeth
  • Modern Drama

Extra Curricular Activities

Within the English Faculty we are always seeking to offer additional opportunities to our students. These activities have two aims.

Firstly, we seek to extend and reinforce their understanding of the curriculum and to this end we provide additional opportunities to catch up on missing work and revise for examinations. These sessions take place after school and specific events are organised in school holidays.

We also offer enrichment activities to share our own passion for the subject. There are established reading clubs and a film club has recently been started

GCSE English Literature

English Literature

What will you learn about?

The units of work we will cover are:

Shakespeare and post-1914 literature.

19th Century novel study and pre 20th Century poetry.

What skills will you develop?

Literature encourages you to think about ideas and experiences that you may not have had. It makes you better able to understand other people, and be able to read texts and make up your own mind about them.

How will you learn?

The texts that we read are the basis for a variety of activities that we can do: drama, group work and creative writing are all part of it. The main assessment is through essays and longer answers in the exams, so we will teach you the art of essay writing and ensure that you have plenty of practice before the real thing.

What will this course help you to do post 16?

Almost all courses will be pleased to see you have studied English Literature. It is especially useful for courses such as Law which involve quite a lot of reading.

reading.

GCSE English Language

English Language

What will you learn about?

The units of work we will cover are:

Fiction and Imaginative writing.

Non-fiction and transitional writing.

Spoken Language Endorsement.

What skills will you develop?

English Language develops your ability to think for yourself, encouraging you to read texts and engage with them in a wide range of ways. It also focuses on building your essential literacy skills, which will be vital for college course, A Level study and your future career.

How will you learn?

It is important to all of the English teachers that your learning is as active and exciting as possible. You will read a variety of texts and we will encourage you to take part in a range of activities, including group work, drama and presentations. Importantly, independent study at home will help you to develop the skills to tackle the unseen activities in your exams at the end of the course.

What will this course help you to do post 16?

Improving your reading and writing skills is the most important thing you can do to make sure you are successful in the future. Most college courses will ask for specific grades in English Language.