Curriculum | English
As the English faculty, we strive to empower every learner to believe in their own ability with confidence and independence, as well as harbouring a love of learning. We endeavour to stimulate a high level of curiosity within the subject which encourages pupils to feel enriched and driven to learn about the world around them – central to this is a love of reading. The ability to analyse as well as appreciate quality literature is at the heart of what we do. We also actively promote writing in its many forms, focusing on the fine details of its mechanics as well as the process as a creative outlet. Moreover, the faculty develops skills to be adaptable and persuasive communicators in our ever-changing world.
As English teachers, we model teamwork and mutual support of one another as well as encouraging creativity without a fear of risks. Furthermore, we celebrate the successes of our pupils in order to ensure they feel proud of their learning and motivated to explore a wide range of literature.
We want our pupils to learn to their potential and develop into strong, fearless young women with a tolerant and open-minded view of the world.
Year 7 – 4 periods per week following the National Curriculum
Year 8 – 4 periods per week following the National Curriculum
Year 9 – 4 periods per week exploring the skills required for GCSE
- GCSE English Language (AQA)
- GCSE English Literature (AQA)
Throughout year 7 and 8, the pupils follow the National Curriculum as a journey through English. Exploring how the language and literature of English has changed throughout time. The skills pupils focus on reading, writing and communication. Topics covered include; A Celebration of the English Language, Epics and Myths, Shakespeare’s Baddies, Novel or Play and Female Writers.
Pupils build on their knowledge, skills and understanding from year 7. Topics covered include; Victorian Monsters, Romantic Poetry, Dystopian Fiction, Female Poets/Writers from Around the World and Exam Preparation
In year 9, pupils will explore the skills needed for their GCSE exams which begin in year 10. We do AQA and all pupils will sit both the GCSE English Language as well as the GCSE English Literature courses. Topics in year 9 include; Shakespeare, 19th, 20th and 21st Century Literature, The Novel and a Spoken Language component.
Options offered at the end of Year 9
GCSE English Language:
Exam Board: AQA
No. of Exams: 2
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing 50%.
Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives 50%
Spoken Language Presentation 0% of GCSE, endorsed on a separate certificate.
GCSE English Literature:
Exam Board: AQA
No. of Exams: 2
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel 40%.
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry 60%.
Units studied in year 10
Pupils will cover preparation for both English Language exams. This will involve exploring a variety of modern and 19th century texts. We will also cover writing to express a viewpoint, writing to describe, and the 19th Century and modern novels that have been allocated to the class.
Units studied in year 11
Pupils will study a full Shakespeare play, an anthology of poetry as well as exploring unseen poetry and revising everything studied in year 10.