English Language and Literature

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 and speaking and listening in English through the following units:

Strand 1: The Art of Storytelling: Fantastical Worlds

Strand 2: Words that change the world: Voices of War

Strand 3: Words that present the world: Women’s Voices

Year 9

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

Strand 1: The Art of Storytelling: A Gothic Perspective

Strand 2: Words that change the world: Politics and Poverty

Strand 3: Words that present the world: Representations of Women

GCSE

Year 10

Students follow the AQA specifications for English Language and English Literature. In Year 10, students begin with a study of Animal Farm in preparation for their second Literature Paper. They follow this with a thorough preparation for the English Language Paper One examination with its focus on reading and writing fiction. They will then undertake their study of a Shakespeare play, Macbeth. Towards the end of Year 10, students are assessed on a Spoken Language presentation for which they receive separate accreditation. The students’ poetry unit is introduced and will be completed in Year 11.

Year 11

As well as completing their study of heritage and contemporary poetry, students will study one further text for English Literature: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, as a 19th century novel. They will then build on the skills and approaches necessary for success in Paper 2 of English Language, which focuses on reading and writing in 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

Students follow the Edexcel A-level specification which focuses mainly on analysis, debate and critical theorising about a large number of published works, be they novels, poems, plays or other literary works. Both traditional and modern texts are covered. Year 12 study an induction unit on speculative fiction that then leads to the study of two novels, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Frankenstein,  linked through the theme of Science and Society. They will also begin their study of the tragedy genre, reading A Streetcar Named Desire. Finally, students begin their study of contemporary poetry from The Forward Book of Poetry. Students will begin thinking about the texts and topics for their coursework which involves a comparative, more independent study, and is written in Year 13.

Y13

In Year 13, students begin writing their coursework initiated in Year 12. They will also continue their study of tragedy through Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Building on their knowledge of poetry, students read Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, or a collection of Romantic poems. From February, onwards we review and consolidate thinking about the texts studied in Year 12 in preparation for the A-Level exam papers.

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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