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English Literature
Studying literature ensures that our students will learn not only how to analyse a text, but also how to gain experience of a wide range of analytic and critical thinking skills, as well as a broad understanding of the development of philosophical and political movements throughout the ages. The study of literature enables students to broaden their horizons through the development of cultural capital, as well as apply a fresh and creative quality to their studies and, it could be said, to life as a whole.

Not only does our curriculum include seminal texts, it also uses a thematic study for students to make connections between texts and ideas as they have developed over time. Furthermore, our students are encouraged to make connections between the differences in expression and construction by studying and comparing different forms and genres. For example, our Year 8 students study the exploration of the theme of power and conflict through a range of pre19th century and modern poets to consider a range of perspectives and understand how to analyse in a nuanced manner.

Additionally, our students have access to Accelerated Reader in order to not only support our students in their reading and literacy, but also to use a range of engaging technologies to encourage our students love of language and literature.

At Key Stage 4, our students conduct in depth studies of the 19th Century text The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson), the AQA Anthology of Poetry (Power and Conflict), JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and a range of unseen poems. Students begin by understanding the texts and quickly develop their studies into the themes and perspectives in order to furnish them with the key knowledge and skills to achieve.

Key areas of development will be as follows:

  • Reading critically
  • Writing personal responses
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Analytical skills
  • Contextualising key texts
  • Developing the use of expression

Students will study the following key areas:

  • Shakespeare
  • 19th century novels
  • Modern texts
  • Various types and styles of poetry
  • Seminal world texts
  • Childrens’ literature
  • The literary canon
 

Curriculum Overview: English Literature

Year 7 Year 8
  • Heroes and Villains (Bible Stories, Myths and Legends; Beowulf)
  • Virtues and Vices Poetry (16th to 20th century)
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Drama text)
  • Shakespeare’s The Tempest;
  • Detective Fiction (Conan Doyle, Roald Dahl) Modern Drama (Flesh and Blood)
  • Poetry of power and conflict (Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, etc…)
  • R.L. Stevenson’s The Body Snatcher
  • Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar;
Year 9 Year  10 & 11
•Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers;
•A range of poetry from other cultures and traditions;
•A range of unseen poetry analysis
•Shakespeare’s Macbeth
•R. L. Stevenson Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
•AQA Anthology of Poetry (Power and Conflict)
•JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls
•Shakespeare’s Macbeth
•A range of unseen poems
Key Stage 3

Our pupils are assessed through a range of written portfolios, creative texts which they produce (from fiction to poetry), written assessments and their use of spoken language. We take this approach as part of our focus on the formative component of assessment in preparing students for the rigors of Key Stage 4, but also to create opportunities to students to develop a broad and balanced range of skills and knowledge.

Key Stage 4

Internal assessments take place every half term to ensure that students are aware of their own progress and to support them in their journey towards success. These half-termly assessment reflect what a student can expect in their exams to ensure that students develop resilience and key skills. Our students will also be expected to practise weekly essay writing on a range of texts and topics.
The final assessments are comprised of examinations where students will take two written exam papers. Paper 1 exam will last 1 hour 45 minutes and will be scored out of 64 marks. Paper 2 exam will last 2 hours 15 minutes and will be scored out of 96 marks.

Exam Board Specification: AQA

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Enrichment Offer

Internal assessments take place every half term to ensure that students are aware of their own progress and to support them in their journey towards success. These half-termly assessment reflect what a student can expect in their exams to ensure that students develop resilience and key skills. Our students will also be expected to practise weekly essay writing on a range of texts and topics.
The final assessments are comprised of examinations where students will take two written exam papers. Paper 1 exam will last 1 hour 45 minutes and will be scored out of 64 marks. Paper 2 exam will last 2 hours 15 minutes and will be scored out of 96 marks.

Exam Board Specification: AQA

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