Head of Department: Ms Susan Harewood & Mr James Knight
Key Stage 3 Coordinator: Ms Amy Higgins
Key Stage 5 Coordinator: Mr David Corbishley
Key Stage 3 (Yr 7-9)
Autobiographical anecdotes (literary non-fiction writing), Roald Dahl Shorts (prose), Mean to be Free (modern drama), The Island Project (transactional writing), My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece (modern fiction), War poetry (Literary Heritage; pre and post 1914), Private Peaceful (Modern prose), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare)
Our Day Out (modern drama), The Giver (dystopian prose), Inspiring Speeches (persuasive rhetoric), The Ruby in the Smoke (literary heritage- modern classic), Gothic Tales (genre study, pre and post 1914), Macbeth (Shakespeare)
Of Mice and Men (World Literature, modern classic), The Short Story (prose), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare), A View From the Bridge (modern drama), Great Expectations (pre-1914 prose, literary heritage), Writing for change (transactional writing)
Key Stage 4 (Yr 10-11)
KS4- All students study both English Language and English Literature GCSE (AQA)
An Inspector Calls, Power and Conflict Poetry, English Language paper 2, Romeo and Juliet
A Christmas Carol’, English Language paper 1, Revision of all units
Key Stage 5 (yr 12-13)
English Literature A-Level (Edexcel)
Tragedy: A Streetcar Named Desire; King Lear (including: Critical Essays and Theories), Romantic Poetry; Science and Society: Never Let Me Go, Frankenstein,
Modern Poetry, Non-examined assessment unit (coursework), revision of all units
Legacy: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE A-level (Edexcel): The Individual and Society, Unseen non-fiction extract, Creative Writing
Year 12: English Language GCSE (retake only, AQA)
English Language paper 1 and 2
Independent Learning Resources
Key Stage 3
- The BBC Bitesize KS3 English website contains tips and quizzes for reading and writing skills.
- Students can complete activities from any of the CGP KS3 English books in the library (titles include KS3 English, Essential Terms, Spelling Punctuation and Grammar and The Study Guide)
- Students should read for pleasure for 30 minutes each evening, regularly changing their book in the library. It would be particularly beneficial for students to read a book by the same author or in the same genre as the one which they are studying in lessons; students should ask their class teacher for guidance on this.
- Students should take an Accelerated Reader quiz once they have completed each independent reading book. These normally need to be completed at school in the library or VLE outside of lesson times.
Key Stage 4
AQA in English Literature and AQA in English Language
- Revision guides published variously by: CGP; York Notes; Collins; OUP; Pearson Education; and Letts are available in the library for our AQA GCSE English Literature texts: An Inspector Calls; Romeo and Juliet; Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Sets 1a and 1b only); A Christmas Carol; and the AQA Power & Conflict poetry anthology.
- There are also workbooks and revision guides for the AQA GCSE English Language papers.
- Students should improve their knowledge of the Literature texts by taking tests on the PiXLit App
- The BBC Bitesize AQA Literature website has very clear resources for most of the texts we study.
- The SparkNotes website has more extensive commentary on all texts except the poetry Students should read for pleasure for 30 minutes each evening, regularly changing their book in the library. It would be particularly beneficial for students to read a book by the same author or in the same genre as the one which they are studying in lessons; students should ask their class teacher for guidance on this