English

What are we studying?

Year

7

Dates

4 Sep - 19 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Year 7 will begin their five year learning journey studying texts that introduce them to characterisation, theme and genre. The texts studied are stepping-stones to the key exam texts studied in Y10 and Y11.

In Term 1 students will explore Greek Mythology, considering themes of morality, equality, democracy and the art of story-telling. As they move through the year they continue their analytical exploration, focusing on Conflict Poetry, Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein and a range of non-fiction texts.

Assessment will focus on key literature and language exam skills.

OTHER INFORMATION

Students will have opportunities throughout the year to enrich their textual studies with extra-curricular trips and workshops. In Term 1 they will participate in a Greek Mythology workshop provided by The Story Museum in Oxford.

Year

8

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Year 8 will study a range of fiction and non-fiction texts that focus on issues of apocalypse and humanity, enabling them to strengthen their communication skills, deepen empathy and improve creativity.
The texts studied build on the Y7 texts and are stepping stones to the key exam texts studied in Y10 and Y11. The texts studied are Cirque du Freak, War Poetry, Shakespeare, A Monster Calls and a range of fiction and non-fiction texts that explore what it means to be human.

Assessments will focus on literature and language exam skills.

OTHER INFORMATION

Students will have opportunities throughout the year to enrich their textual studies with extra-curricular trips and workshops.

Year

9

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Year 9 will focus on texts that have crime as a central theme, as this is a common theme for many of their key Y11 exam texts and will therefore help them prepare for the deep thematic analysis required at KS4

The texts studied build on the Y8 texts and are stepping stones to the key exam texts studied in Y10 and Y11. In Term 1 students will study Of Mice and Men and will explore themes of crime, class, gender and discrimination. Later on in the year they explore creative writing inspired by image, Blood Brothers, Othello and propaganda writing.

Assessments will focus on literature and language exam skills.

OTHER INFORMATION

Students will have opportunities throughout the year to enrich their textual studies with extra-curricular trips and workshops.

Year

10

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Y10 begin the exam pathway and all texts and skills studied are those vital for their exam success in Y11.

In Term 1 students will study either Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and will explore themes of revenge, loyalty, love, hate, gender, tragedy, conflict, religion and Science. As the year progresses students will study A Christmas Carol, Language exam skills and An Inspector Calls. The year ends with students sitting their Spoken Language Endorsement exam.

Assessments will focus on literature and language exam skills.

OTHER INFORMATION

Weekly student-led revision lesson delivered.
Students will have the opportunity to experience a live performance of the texts, beginning with An Inspector Calls, in October.

Year

11

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

Y11 begin the year focusing on their poetry anthology for the Literature Paper 2 exam, which explores poems with themes of power and conflict. Students have 15 poems to explore in total.

The anthology includes the following poems: Ozymandias, London, The Prelude, My Last Duchess, The Charge of the light Brigade, Exposure, Storm on the Island, Bayonet Charge, Remains, Poppies, War Photographer, Tissue, The Emigree, Checking out me History and Kamikaze.

English Language and English Literature revision resources will be available soon to download from this website under Learning/Year 11

Assessments will focus on literature and language exam skills.

OTHER INFORMATION

Weekly student-led revision lesson delivered.
Students will have the opportunity to experience a live performance of the texts, beginning with An Inspector Calls, in October.