Curriculum

English Language / Literature

Language is all around us and it is something we use all day, every day.

English not only teaches you about language but also how to use it effectively, and respond to it with understanding.

Literacy skills are developed in English lessons that will help you in other subject areas in school, in everyday life and in your future career.

Why study English Literature?

English Literature will not only help you develop your reading and analytical skills but will also provide you with the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate a range of texts from different genres.

What will I learn about?

The course requires you to read a wide range of poetry, plays, non-fiction texts and novels and respond to them in four exams in Year 11.

The key areas of study focus on:

  • The study of a Shakespeare play
  • A range of poems from a chosen collection
  • A 19th Century novel and a modern novel or play
  • Descriptive and Narrative Writing
  • Writing to express a viewpoint
  • Analysis of non-fiction and literary texts
  • Spoken Language

How will I be assessed?

All students are entered for both English Literature and English Language.

As part of the Language course you will complete a Speaking and Listening task.

You will sit four exams at the end of Year 11.

What do employers think about the subject?

The skills you gain in English Language, such as the ability to read, write and speak with confidence, are highly valued by all employers.

Most further education establishments and many employers look for a high-quality GCSE qualification in English Language.

Skills learnt in GCSE English Literature such as literacy, analysis, communication, empathy and the ability to develop ideas and a line of argument, are useful in many professions.

What are the skills I will gain?

In English Language / English Literature you will develop the ability to write accurately and analytically, in a range of styles and for a variety of purposes.

You will also be able to read and respond to a range of texts with understanding and insight. You will develop skills as a speaker for different situations.

Year -by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 7 your child will study:

  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  • A range of poems
  • A range of non-fiction texts
  • Transactional Writing (Point of View)
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Extracts from Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • Descriptive and Narrative writing

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes, formative assessments and summative assessments.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 7 is:

  • Regular for pleasure
  • Background research
  • Quizzes

In Year 8 your child will study:

  • The Art of Story Telling – Harry Potter by J K Rowling
  • Hidden Voices – A range of fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Myths and Legends
  • Genre writing
  • A range of poems
  • Shakespeare’s Macbeth


Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes, formative assessments and summative assessments.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 7 is:

  • Regular for pleasure
  • Background research
  • Quizzes

In Year 9 your child will study:

• Genre study – Modern horror
• Non-fiction – 19th century extracts
• Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
• Transactional Writing (Point of View)
• Modern drama
• A range of poetry based on Power & Conflict.

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes, formative assessments and summative assessments.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 7 is:

• Regular for pleasure
• Background research
• Quizzes

In Year 10 your child will study:

• An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley
• A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
• Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
• Power & Conflict Poetry
• The necessary reading and writing skills to approach both sections of AQA English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2
• The Spoken Language element of the AQA English Language GCSE

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class tests, summative assessments at the end of each topic and mock exams throughout the year.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 10 is:

• Revision of the literary texts studied (such as plot and key quotations)
• Research around key contextual details relevant to the literary texts studied
• Completion of exam-style questions

In Year 11 your child will study:

• The remaining poetry from the AQA Anthology (not studied in Y10)
• Unseen Poetry
• Revision of all the key elements of both the AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature specifications.

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class tests, summative assessments at the end of each topic and mock exams throughout the year.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 11 is:

• Revision of the literary texts studied
• Completion of exam-style questions
• The expectation to attend weekly revision sessions