English is a subject which gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of great works of literature and your ability to write creatively and argumentatively. During Years 7 – 9, we build our understanding of seminal works of literature, ranging all the way from The Odyssey to William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations We do not shy away from creating a very secure knowledge bank from which to work later. We also develop our ability to write through reading these texts and aim to secure a sound understanding of the mechanics of successful writing across a range of text types.
During Years 10 and 11, we aim to build on the work completed during Key Stage 3 and very deliberately continue to practise the skills required to be successful in our terminal GCSE examinations. In Year 10 we aim every year to attend a live production of Blood Brothers (theatre schedules permitting) and to read as widely across a range of texts as possible.
In Year 7, students will study four core units: Greek Mythology, The Odyssey, Julius Caesar and Interesting Lives. This will be augmented with three class readers that will be read for enjoyment alongside. Three writing units will also complement the units of work: Narrative writing, writing to describe and writing to argue and persuade.
In Year 8, students will move on to a further four core units: Oliver Twist, Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls and Poetry Through Time. The three class readers at Year 8 are Noughts and Crosses, 1984 and Animal Farm, while the three writing units will focus on character and setting.
In Year 9, students will again study three core units: War Poetry, Journey’s End and Henry V. There will be three class readers as there have been throughout Key Stage 3. The writing units will help students write from a character’s perspective, write a persuasive speech and write about the natural world.
In Year 10, students begin their study of AQA GCSE English Language and Literature. They begin by studying Blood Brothers by Willy Russell and then, as we move towards the festive season, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Students then turn their attention to English Language and study this through to Easter. We then move on to Anthology Poetry – the students will study the Power and Conflict cluster.
In Year 11, students will study Macbeth as their final English Literature text. After this is complete, we begin a period of revision and consolidation of the Key Stage 4 work so far. There will be a significant number of revision and intervention opportunities for students to take advantage of throughout the year.