Curriculum

Key Stage 3 Years 7-9

Our Key Stage 3 students follow themed units in English, based around the National Curriculum, which enable them to develop the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Each unit has one main literature text which is then linked to other extracts or whole pieces of fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry, as well as opportunities for students to create their own texts and to write for different purposes and for different audiences.

The themed units with the main texts are as follows:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Y7

DISCOVERY
The Odyssey
Homer
SURVIVAL
Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens
TRUTH
The Tempest
Shakespeare

Y8


DREAMS
Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck

DYSTOPIAS
Animal Farm
George Orwell

RELATIONSHIPS
The Space Between Us
Thrity Umrigar
Y9

PROTEST
A Kestrel for a Knave
Barry Hines

CONFLICT
Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare

IDENTITY
Small Island
Andrea Levy


GCSE Years 10- 11

English Language

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

100% examination

Assessment details

There are two exams, both of which are non-tiered.
Paper 1 covers creative reading and writing. (One literary fiction text, descriptive or narrative writing) Paper 2 covers writers’ viewpoints and perspectives. (One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text, writing to present a viewpoint.)

The exams are worth 50% each

Additional Information (e.g. equipment required, possible career paths)

English Language opens doors to a wide variety of further education opportunities and careers. Strong language skills will help you to succeed in every subject area and career, with all employers looking for a good GCSE in English. In addition, the subject can lead to many exciting careers such as media and journalism, law, publishing and teaching.

English Literature

http://www.aqa.org.uk/

100% examination

Assessment details

There are two exams, both of which are non-tiered.
Paper 1 : Shakespeare (Macbeth) and the 19th Century Novel (A Christmas Carol).

Paper 2 : Modern Texts (Lord of the Flies) and Poetry (Power and Conflict), including unseen poetry.

Paper 1 is worth 40% and Paper 2 is worth 60%

Additional Information (e.g. equipment required, possible career paths)

English Literature opens doors to a wide variety of further education opportunities and careers. As well as helping you to succeed in all areas of study and employment due to the strong communication skills that it develops, the subject also leads to may interesting career opportunities such as publishing, the media, theatre, academic routes and teaching, to name just a few.

A-Level Years 12 and 13

English Literature

Exam Board: AQA

Texts for this A-Level are:

Paper 1 Love Through the Ages: Shakespeare's Othello, Pre-1900 poetry anthology and The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Paper 2 Modern Times - Literature from 1945 to the present day: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy

Coursework requires you to write a comparative critical study of two texts in a 2,500-word essay.

Assessment

80% examination / 20% coursework

English Language

Exam Board: AQA

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

Section A - Textual Variations and Representations

Section B - Children's Language Development

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change

Section A - Diversity and Change

Section B - Language Discourses

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action

A language investigation (2,000 words excluding data) and a piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total)

Assessment

80% examination / 20% coursework

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