Key Stage 3 English

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn Myths and Legends. Poetry Romeo and Juliet Of Mice and Men
  A Christmas Carol Poetry Competition
Spring Controversial Issues Private Peaceful The Tempest
  Chaucer: History of Language
Summer Crime Fiction: the Speckled Band (Sherlock) Persuasive Speeches Animal Farm
  Murder at the Manor Project Travel Writing

Key Stage 4 English Language and English Literature

  Year 10 Year 11
Autumn Creative Writing. Poetry Macbeth
  An Inspector Calls
Spring Writing to Argue. Poetry Analysis Literature. Fiction Text
  Analysing Non-Fiction texts. Unseen Poetry Revision of 10 and 11
Summer The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The vast majority of pupils will study GCSE English Language and English Literature, although a small number of pupils will be offered GCSE English. English Literature allows pupils to explore texts from a personal perspective and  offers an experience of:

  • Literature today
  • Literature globally
  • The Literary Heritage

English allows you to demonstrate your ability to use English in real-life contexts using an investigative and analytical approach to topics, drawing on personal experience.

In the combined course you will develop:

1. The ability to read, understand and respond to all types of literary text to appreciate the ways in which authors achieve their effects and to develop information retrieval strategies for the purpose of literary study;

2. Awareness of personal, social and cultural significance in the study of literature;

3. The ability to construct and convey meaning in written and spoken language, using correct grammar and standard   English.

The syllabus is defined in terms of a number of areas of study with descriptive titles or clear boundaries. It offers opportunities for comparative study and for study in depth and in breadth of a significant group of texts, including poetry, prose and drama.

There is a requirement for an understanding of literary tradition, and appreciation of social and historical influences and cultural contexts, and considered responses to literature and interpretations of literature through writing. It requires the study of works that have been most influential in shaping and refining the English language and its literature. Works of Shakespeare are included.

The syllabus requires you to demonstrate that you can:

1. Respond critically, sensitively and in an informed way to what is read, heard and seen, using textual evidence as appropriate.

2. Explore how language, structure and forms contribute to the meanings of texts, considering alternative approaches and interpretations.

3. Select appropriate ways to convey response.


Type of Assessment

Both controlled assessment and external examination will be used to reach the final grade.

This will result in two distinct qualifications at GCSE level.


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