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Head of Department: Mr James Knight

Key Stage 3 Coordinator: Ms Kevin O’Connor

Key Stage 4 Coordinator: Ms Suzy Aktinson

Key Stage 5 Coordinator: Mr David Corbishley

Key Stage 3 (Yr 7-9)

Year 7:
Autobiographical anecdotes (literary non-fiction writing),
Textual Detectives (acquiring analytical skills), Mean to be Free (modern drama), The Island Project (transactional writing), My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece (modern novel), War poetry (Literary Heritage; pre and post 1914), Private Peaceful (modern novel), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare)

Year 8:
The Other Side of Truth (modern nove​l), Anita and Me (modern drama), Inspiring Speeches (persuasive rhetoric), The Ruby in the Smoke (literary heritage- modern classic), Gothic Tales (genre study, pre and post 1914), Macbeth (Shakespeare)

Year 9: 
Of Mice and Men (World Literature, modern classic), The Short Story (prose), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare), A View From the Bridge (modern drama),
Introduction to Dickens (pre-1914 prose, literary heritage), GCSE Springboard (reviewing KS3 skills as preparation for KS4)

 

Key Stage 4 (Yr 10-11)

KS4- All students study both English Language and English Literature GCSE (AQA)

Year 10:
An Inspector Calls,
A Christmas Carol, English Language paper 2, Romeo and Juliet

Year 11: 
Power and Conflict Poetry, English Language paper 1, Revision of all units

Key Stage 5 (yr 12-13)

KS5:

English Literature A-Level (Edexcel)

Year 12:
Tragedy: A Streetcar Named Desire;
Othello (including: Critical Essays and Theories), Romantic Poetry; Science and Society: Never Let Me Go, Frankenstein,

Year 13:
Modern Poetry, Non-examined assessment unit (coursework), revision of all units

Year 12: English Language GCSE (retake only, AQA)

English Language paper 1 and 2

Independent Learning Resources

Key Stage 3

  • The BBC Bitesize KS3 English website contains tips and quizzes for reading and writing skills.
  • Students can complete activities from any of the CGP KS3 English books in the library (titles include KS3 English, Essential Terms, Spelling Punctuation and Grammar and The Study Guide)
  • Students should read for pleasure for 30 minutes each evening, regularly changing their book in the library. It would be particularly beneficial for students to read a book by the same author or in the same genre as the one which they are studying in lessons; students should ask their class teacher for guidance on this.
  • Students should take an Accelerated Reader quiz once they have completed each independent reading book. These normally need to be completed at school in the library or VLE outside of lesson times.

Key Stage 4

AQA in English Literature and AQA in English Language

  • Revision guides published variously by: CGP; York Notes; Collins; OUP; Pearson Education; and Letts are available in the library for our AQA GCSE English Literature texts: An Inspector Calls; Romeo and Juliet; Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Sets 1a and 1b only); A Christmas Carol; and the AQA Power & Conflict poetry anthology.
  • There are also workbooks and revision guides for the AQA GCSE English Language papers.
  • Students should improve their knowledge of the Literature texts by taking tests on the PiXLit App
  • The BBC Bitesize AQA Literature website has very clear resources for most of the texts we study.
  • The SparkNotes website has more extensive commentary on all texts except the poetry Students should read for pleasure for 30 minutes each evening, regularly changing their book in the library. It would be particularly beneficial for students to read a book by the same author or in the same genre as the one which they are studying in lessons; students should ask their class teacher for guidance on this