English Department Curriculum Overview
Key stage 4:
From years 9 – 11, students study their core exam texts for their GCSE English Literature examinations and begin to experience a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction in preparation for their English Language examinations. Recent changes to the GCSE examinations are substantial. There is no longer a coursework element to the units and all of the literature exams are closed book. With this in mind, students now begin to read and learn these texts from year 9 so that their understanding of them is extensive. In year 9, we mainly concentrate on understanding the content of English Language papers 1 and 2 and how to approach the unseen sources. With English Literature, we simply enjoy reading the texts, developing a chronological understanding as well as an awareness of contextual factors. The texts we are going to explore are:
1. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
2. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
3. An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestly
4. A selection of Power and Conflict poetry
When year 9 enter year 10, they already have a concrete understanding of the texts we are studying, therefore this enables us to begin analysing the texts in greater depth and detail. When going through the Literature elements, students begin to expand on their previous learning through learning key quotes and themes from the texts and poetry which can be applied to their analysis. For the English Language paper, students are regularly tested in lesson on each question with a final mock exam paper in the summer term, which will highlight any weaknesses which can then be rectified when the students return and commence their final year of study.
By reading the texts from year 9 onwards, year 11 becomes a ‘re-cap and revise year’ where students are able to solidify their understanding of all four exam papers and texts studied. The exam papers taken are as follow:
English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
English Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
English Literature Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry
Within the English department, support is offered throughout the academic year, with writing clubs, intervention after school for year 11 and one-to-one tutors within the English department itself.
Key Stage 3:
In Key Stage 3, students study a wide variety of literature to enable them to take on the more difficult texts in Key Stage 4. Students are taken on a journey through time, experiencing texts from Greek writers such as Homer before taking on the Middle Ages through studying an anthology of extracts Geoffrey Chaucer. After this, students investigate the Renaissance and Romantic periods through studying a wide variety of poets and of course, William Shakespeare, before landing in the 19th century and studying the full text of Frankenstein.
Within this programme of study, students will be getting to grips with the new GCSE examinations through answering questions from both the literature and language papers. This will include character based questions of the texts studied and longer pieces of descriptive writing to prepare them for the rigour of GCSE study.
English & Language Staff
Director of Learning: Mr J Harris
Assistant Director of Learning: Ms S Bryant
Head of MFL: Ms J Pickering
Teacher of English: Ms R Ashraf
Teacher of English: Mr S Chakravarty
Teacher of English: Mr T Fisher
Teacher of English: Ms B Graveline
Teacher of English: Miss L Jones
Teacher of English: Mrs S Patel
Teacher of English: Mr L Rice
Teacher of English: Mr L Turner
Teacher of MFL: Mrs K Whitehouse
Information on current specs being studied in respective year groups
• AQA English Language and Literature is taught from year 9
Recommended text books / revision guides to supplement course:
In the English department, we recommend students use the CGP revision guides. For this year we recommend you purchase the following:
• The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
• An Inspector Calls
• AQA Power and Conflict Poetry
These are the four texts the students will be reading this year in preparation for their GCSE examinations.
Recommended web sites / resources to aid home learning
BBC bitesize: https://www.bbc.com/education/examspecs/zcbchv4
GCSE POD: https://www.gcsepod.com/