Year 7

EnglishTerms 1 & 2: Literary Heritage – Scholars will read an abridged version of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens alongside extracts from the original texts. Scholars will develop their comprehension skills as well as identify and explain their feelings about a character. They will also learn about the Victorian era and how this context relates to the text. In addition pupils will begin to develop their analysis skills by writing an analytical essay on Dickens’ villain, Bill Sikes.

Terms 3 & 4: Shakespeare – Scholars will study Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will focus on the play in performance and how Shakespeare uses dramatic devices to engage his audience. Scholars will master the complicated plot and characters and will understand how the social world of the play drives the plot.

Term 5: Introduction to poetry – Scholars will study a collection of classic poems both heritage and contemporary. Scholars will learn how to unpick the hidden meaning of a poem through the study of language with a particular focus on metaphor. This unit will build on the understanding of language acquired in the Shakespeare unit and will prepare them for the study of language and theme in the next unit of work – the modern novel.

Term 6: The modern novel – Scholars will use their knowledge of a heritage text to critically study a contemporary work of fiction to comment on the form of novel and how it has changed. They will also use their skills of language analysis to track patterns of language across a text and comment on how this engages a reader.

Year 8

Terms 1 & 2: Literary Heritage – Scholars will read either the classic or abridged version of 3 Sherlock Holmes stories. All scholars will have the opportunity to read original extracts of the text.  They will develop comprehension skills with increasingly challenging vocabulary and syntactic structure. Scholars will learn how to develop their analysis of quotations and select illuminating evidence, as well as demonstrate their understanding of the plots and their link to the social context of the period.

Terms 3 & 4: Shakespeare – Scholars will study Shakespeare’s The Tempest, focusing on how Shakespeare uses language devices to develop themes within the play. Scholars will read a combination of the original text and selected supporting texts in order to write an analytical essay as their final piece of assessment for this unit.

Term 5: The modern novel – Scholars will utilise all the skills learned over the past 2 years of study in order to analyse a contemporary piece of work. They will focus on how language analysis helps to reveal the crucial themes and character development within the novel. The final pieces of assessment for this unit will be a critical essay and a creative writing text.

Term 6: Introduction to poetry – Scholars will study a selected anthology of poems designed to prepare them for further study at GCSE level. This unit will build on the analytical skills from previous units (both Year 7 and Year 8), as well as continuing to challenge preconceived notions of poetry, text structure and themes across literature.

Year 9

Terms 1 & 2: Literary Heritage – Scholars continue to develop their understanding of a diverse range of heritage texts by studying Jane Eyre. Scholars will read either the classic or abridged version of the text, focusing primarily on the start of the novel. They will develop comprehension and analytical skills of key themes and ideas within the novel, as well as linking to social context and ideas of the time.

Terms 3 & 4: Shakespeare – Scholars will develop their understanding of key Shakespeare texts, beginning to develop an in-depth critique of one of Shakespeare’s finest plays; Romeo and Juliet.

Term 5: Poetry Unit – Scholars will study an anthology of poetry that complements the key themes presented in the GCSE syllabus. This unit will further develop analytical skills learned throughout the current and in previous years of study. Particular focus will be placed on the use of imagery and structure used within the text to demonstrate the themes and connections within the anthology, as well as linking these to other literature studied across the term.

Term 6: GCSE Preparation – Scholars will utilise all of the skills that they have learned to start their preparation for their GCSE texts. They will do an initial read of their pre-1914 classic text, focusing on plot and vocabulary comprehension.

Key Stage 4: Year 10 & Year 11

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English Literature and English Language are two separate GCSEs that will be taught at different points across the year. 

In preparation for the English Literature GCSE scholars will study a wide range of British literature, including a text from the Literary Heritage, a modern novel, a themed collection of poetry and a Shakespearean play.

In English Language lessons, scholars will study 20th century fiction and non-fiction texts such as diaries, newspaper articles, journals and biographies from the 18th – 21st century on a range of themes including education, power, travel and entertainment. In addition, scholars will also be creating their own fiction and non-fiction writing on these themes, among others.  Scholars’ speaking and listening skills will be assessed through their study of English Language.

Exam Board and Specification:

AQA English Literature & English Language

Key areas of content:

English Literature

  • An Inspector Calls by J.B.Priestley
  • The Sign of The Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Themed collection of 15 poems

English Language

  • 20th century fiction
  • 18th-21st century literary non fiction
  • Descriptive writing
  • Writing to respond to a viewpoint

Scholars will sit 4 terminal exams, two for each GCSE.    

English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel

English Literature Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

English Language Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives