English Language, Literature and Communication Culture

Key Stage 3 English

Year 7

Students will develop their skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in English through the following units:

Year 8                                   

Students will continue to develop their skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in English through the following units:

Year 9

Students will continue to develop their skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in English through the following units:

GCSE

Year 10

Girls follow the AQA specifications for English Language and English Literature. In Y10, students undertake a study of a Shakespeare play, and prepare thoroughly for the English Language Paper One examination with its focus on reading and writing fiction. Towards the end of Y10, students are assessed on a Spoken Language presentation for which they receive separate accreditation, and start their study of Animal Farm for Paper 2 of English Literature.

Year 11

As well as completing their study of Animal Farm, girls study two further texts for the English Literature exams: a collection of heritage and contemporary poetry and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, as a 19th century novel. In parallel with this, girls build on the skills and approaches necessary for success in Paper 2 of English Language with its emphasis on reading and writing non-fiction. After Easter the focus is very much on revision and preparation for the series of four examinations.

A LEVEL

English Language

 

Students follow the AQA Specification and study three units:

Unit 1: Language, the Individual and Society

 Unit 2: Language Diversity and Change

 

Unit 1: Language, the Individual and Society

Unit 2: Children’s Language Development

 

Non-exam assessment (coursework)

There are two coursework tasks.

The first is a language investigation which involves exploring and analysing language data:

The second involves producing a piece of original writing and a commentary on it.

A LEVEL

English Literature

Students follow the Edexcel/Pearson specifications:

Year 12

Introduces students to the higher demands of A-Level study through an induction unit on speculative fiction that then leads to the study of two novels linked through the theme of Science and Society, and to two further texts: a modern tragedy and a collection of contemporary poetry.

Y13

In Y13, students engage with two further examined set texts: a Shakespeare tragedy and Chaucer’s “Wife of Bath”, and consolidate and review their thinking about the Y12 texts in preparation for the A-Level exam papers. In addition, students prepare for and produce a comparative coursework piece that links two additional texts studied more independently.

A LEVEL

Communication and Culture This AQA specification is designed to:

Y12

At AS, Units 1 and 2 provide an integrated and complementary introduction to the study of communication and culture. Both units deal with the personal level of communication and candidates' own experience of cultural products and cultural practices. The interaction between the individual and the broader cultural environment is a key area of investigation:

Y13

At A2, Units 3 & 4 build on the work established in the AS; providing an integrated and extensive programme of study. Texts and contexts are more challenging and there is greater focus on theoretical approaches to contemporary culture. Both Units cover broader issues of cultural reproduction and transmission, with a plethora of critical opinions and perspectives; key concepts switch from identity to power:

OTHER INFORMATION

Across the years the English team offers its girls and students an extensive range of enhancement and enrichment opportunities:

 


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