Head of English: Mrs C Rees, BA (Hons) Belfast, MA York, MEd Bath
English Teacher: Miss D Bahbra, BA (Hons) Surrey, MSc Leicester
English Teacher: Mrs A Chick, BA (Hons) Hull
English Teacher: Mrs K Clutterbuck, BA (Hons) Royal Holloway
English Teacher: Mr Z Tiplady, BA (Hons) Durham
English at KS3 works as a bridge between the Literacy skills and knowledge developed in Primary schools and the Literature and Language knowledge necessary for GCSE study. Students follow the National Curriculum, but they are also given the opportunity to study skills in additional areas such as Media.
We aim to make learning fun at KS3 so that students develop a passion for Literature and a genuine enjoyment of writing. Students not only participate in lessons, but they are also given the opportunity to co-construct their own learning through giving guided presentations or leading group work. We consider ICT to be an important part of learning in today’s world, so although they may be studying classic Literature, students also use ICT in every module!
All pupils will study English Literature GCSE. This course allows you to experience a range of literature drawn from contemporary and modern texts, texts from across the globe and texts which have had a significant influence on our English literary and cultural heritage. You will be given the chance to study a modern text, with modern being defined as post-1945 – a point at which a discernible shift in culture is evident. You will also learn to recognise that literature has the power to cross cultures. The course takes a skills-based approach to the study of literature, which will enable you to make original and individual responses to each element of assessment.
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century Novel – Pupils will study one Shakespeare text and one 19th century novel. They will have one exam question on each.
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry – Pupils will study one modern text and a section of poetry from an anthology. They will answer one exam question on the text, one exam question comparing two poems and one additional exam question on an unseen poem.
There are two written examination papers: one lasts 1 hour and 45 minutes; one lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes. The course is now 100% examination.
All pupils will study English Language GCSE. This course allows you to demonstrate your ability in functional English, to investigate and analyse language and to experiment and use language creatively. It offers a skills-based approach, which will enable you to make original and individual responses to each element of assessment. You will be given the opportunity to explore the way language works and to understand and appreciate the way writers and speakers adapt their language to suit their audience and purpose.
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – Pupils are required to read and understand a range of fiction texts, identifying the writers’ crafts and transferring these skills into their own writing.
Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – Pupils will explore a range of non-fiction texts, identifying the techniques and strategies used in the development of the writing. They will be required to write their own work according to the requirements of a number of different specific genres.
The course will enable students to:
• read a wide range of texts, fluently and with good understanding.
• read critically, and use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing.
• write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately.
• use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately.
• acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
• listen to and understand spoken language, and use spoken Standard English effectively.
There are two different written examination papers, each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes. Each paper will contain a reading and a writing section. Students will also need to carry out a formal presentation which will be filmed and assessed.
Non-exam assessment: students will be required to demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting; listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations; and use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations. NB. Whilst this component is now non-examination, it is compulsory and will carry a level on students’ GCSE certificates.
Studying English Literature is both fun and useful. You will have the opportunity to read and discuss some of the most famous and exciting books ever written as well as learning how to appreciate the craft of the writers who produced them. Wherever possible we make sure that all drama texts studied are experienced as live theatre.
Paper 1: Love Through the Ages
Unit 1 – Love Through the ages: Shakespeare and Poetry ‘Othello’, ‘Taming of the Shrew’, or ‘Measure for Measure’ An anthrology of love poetry from across the ages
Unit 2 – Love Through the Ages: Prose ‘Persuasion’, ‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Atonement’, ‘Rebecca’, ‘A Room with a View’, or ‘The Go-Between’.
Paper 2: ‘Text in Shared Context’
Unit 3 – Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to present day. Three texts from this list:
‘Skirrid Hill’ (Owen Sheers), ‘Birthday Letters’ (Ted Hughes), ‘Ariel’ (Sylvia Plath), ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’/’A Streetcare Named Desire’ (Tennessee Williams), ‘Oranges are Not the Only Fruit’ (Jeanette Winterson), ‘The Help’ (Kathryn Stockett), ‘The God of Small Things’ (Arundhati Roy), ‘Waterland’ (Graham Swift), ‘The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
Unit 4 – Independent Critical Study: Students write an essay comparing two texts from their own choice. These should reflect an area of personal interest.