In Year 11, students’ lessons will be split into English Language and English Literature lessons. Students will have now learnt the content for English Literature and will focus on revision and exam practice. For English Language, lessons will be tailored around the assessment objectives for the exams and students will complete several mock papers over the year, to ensure they are confident with the exam requirements. Students will be expected to attend after school, ‘Get Exam Ready,’ sessions each week to reinforce exam skills and allow students to get the best possible results in their English courses.
In Year 10, students continue their GCSE courses. They will study ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ and ‘A Christmas Carol,’ as part of their English Literature course. Alongside this, students will also revisit the skills for English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2. In the final term, students will complete the speaking and listening endorsement for the English Language course – a recorded presentation on a topic of their choice.
In Year 9, students begin their GCSE courses. They will begin by studying the AQA poetry anthology, ‘Power and Conflict,’ and unseen poetry skills. Students will also study ‘An Inspector Calls,’ later in the year. These make up the modern texts for English Literature. Students will also be introduced to the skills needed for English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2. Year 9 is certainly an important year and allows students their first real insight into the standards of the new GCSEs.
In Year 8, students will study older works from the literary canon, with texts increasing in challenge as the year goes on. Students will still study a range of texts, poetry, prose and drama. In the final term, students will complete a unit on the Gothic genre, looking at famous extracts from texts like ‘Dracula,’ and ‘Frankenstein,’ before studying Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth.’ Students will continue to complete one literacy based skills lesson a week, to reinforce expectations for technical accuracy. Year 8 is a more challenging year for students in English as they approach KS4. Students will also study Animal Farm in the Spring Term.
In Year 7, students will read a range of modern texts from poetry, prose and drama. In particular, students love reading Willy Russell’s ‘Our Day Out.’ They will also complete units on creative and transactional writing, allowing students to express and improve their own writing voice. Staff will support students through regular feedback and there will be opportunities for individual, paired and group work throughout the year. Students will also complete one literacy based skills lesson a week, to reinforce expectations for technical accuracy. Year 7 is an exciting year for students in English as they make the step from primary.