English and English Literature is the study of language, in all its forms. Students read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts, from contemporary novels to classic fiction and newspaper articles to transcripts of spoken language. Students explore how language is used across genres, considering the purpose, audience and form and analysing the way writers use grammar, punctuation and literary devices.
Students also explore how to plan, shape and produce their own writing, through a wide variety of tasks, from creative writing to argumentative essays. They learn how to make their writing purposeful and engaging, drawing on the knowledge they have gained from studying the works of other writers, both contemporary and classic.
In addition to this, students’ communication skills are developed through speaking and listening tasks, in which students learn how to work in groups and pairs to debate, discuss and develop their ideas.
Within all of these areas lies a key focus of the subject: literacy. Students learn how to create coherence in the language they use – both written and spoken – and a clear emphasis is placed on the importance of using accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar.
In Key Stage 3, students are exposed to a wide array of engaging, stimulating and challenging texts, which include a range of both modern, contemporary texts as well as those from our own English literary heritage. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking through detailed explanations and analysis of these texts, which supports their preparation for the demands of GCSE in Key Stage 4. Through these texts, we aim to inspire and motivate students, by providing them with many opportunities to nurture their own creativity through their writing. All Learning Episodes begin with an engaging hook to captivate and interest the minds of our students, which we build upon by investigating a variety of texts by the likes of; Susan Pilcher, William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley and poems written by Wordsworth, Owen and Hegley, amongst many others. Students then acquire the skills, ideas and knowledge needed to prepare them for half-termly assessments.
Key Stage 4 requires students to explore both classic and contemporary texts in depth, whilst building the skills of critical analysis and higher order thinking. Language skills are taught through the study of stimulating and challenging written texts. Over the three year course students study prose, drama and poetry, building on the strong foundations of Key Stage 3, exploring texts from different social, cultural and historical contexts. Students study works by Shakespeare, Priestley and Dickens as well as a collection of poetry on the theme of power and conflict. Throughout the Key Stage students also have the opportunity to write in a variety of forms such as; creative writing and more formal essay writing, whilst developing their speaking and listening skills. Students are formally assessed throughout the Key Stage so they are well prepared for the examinations at the end of Year 11, where they will be awarded a GCSE in both Language and Literature.
- English Language – CGP- English Language Guide and Workbook,/Writing Skills/ Spelling Punctuation and Grammar. Available to buy.
- English Literature– CGP- Power and Conflict poetry Revision Guide/ An Inspector Calls – Text Guide/A Christmas Carol – Text Guide/Romeo and Juliet, The Play. Available to buy.
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