About the subject
In English students develop a love of language and literature, and explore a range of important themes, contexts and ideas. All students develop key skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening that prepare them for further study and the professional world.
Pupils read widely from a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, which may include newspaper extracts, autobiographies, diaries, poetry, prose and drama and a range of plays by Shakespeare. Students develop key skills of comprehension, inference, analysis and critical evaluation.
Students are provided with opportunities that enable them to develop skills in writing in a wide variety of forms and styles and for a variety of audiences. Pupils will write in various ways including narrative and descriptive pieces, discursive essays, diary entries, letters and newspaper reports. Students are taught to write extended, well-structured analytical essays. Both technical accuracy and creativity are emphasised and pupils are encouraged to develop their skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Speaking and Listening
The students have the opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills through a variety of classroom activities including role play, group debate and discussion and formal presentations.
Students are encouraged to participate in a range of extra-curricular opportunities in English. Students have taken part in activities ranging from BBC School Report, to reading groups, theatre trips and poetry competitions. Students are provided with specifically tailored literacy booster classes at KS3 and revision classes in preparation for their GCSE exams at KS4.
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Year 7 Overview
The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty
GCSE English Language Paper 2 Exam Skills
Year 8 Overview
War Poetry Comparison
GCSE English Language Paper 1 Exam Skills
Year 9 Overview
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
Nicholas Nickleby & David Copperfield Writing
GCSE English Language Paper 2 Exam Skills and Mock Exam
Culture and Identity Novel
Year 10 Overview
A Christmas Carol or Great Expectations
An Inspector Calls
GCSE English Language Paper 1 Exam Skills and Mock Exam
Year 11 Overview
Romeo and Juliet
GCSE English Language Papers 1 and 2 Exam Skills and 2 Mock Exams
A Christmas Carol or Great Expectations Revision
An Inspector Calls Revision
Exam board used for GCSE
The examination board used for GCSE English and English Literature is AQA.
AQA English Language (8700)
AQA English Literature (8702)