Key Stage 3 – Years 7 – 8

Year 7

The innovative year 7 curriculum is driven through texts which will interest and engage the students. It encourages students to explore a range of different genres and to develop a passion for literature. Students also study literary non-fiction whereby students read about a wide variety of amazing acts of survival and concentrate on tracing the thoughts and feelings of the individuals. 

Students are also introduced to more challenging texts such as ‘The Tempest’ by  William Shakespeare, within this scheme of work students look at different styles of writing and examine in greater detail Shakespeare’s creative use of language.

Within this year Students also study a variety of genres form the 18th 19th 20th and 21st  centuries. Students examine the techniques used by the writers and their impact on the audience. Students will also begin to experiment with some of these techniques in their own writing.

Year 8

The dynamic year 8 curriculum enables students to build upon skills learnt in year 7 and prepares them for the start of their GCSE course in year 9.

In Year 8 students again study Shakespeare, this time they study the play ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Students are asked to explore the theme of  conflict within the play and examine the way Shakespeare presents his characters, taking in the context of the play. 

Students also complete an author study, again looking at an accomplished author and a variety of their work. Additionally to this, students will go on to study a creative unit on advertising. Within this unit students explore various types of media and discover how persuasive language is used within them to engage the reader. 

Following on from Year 7, students also explore texts from the 18th 19th 20th and 21st centuries, examining the variety of experiences and language used by the writers.

Key Stage 4 - Years 9 - 11 

In years 9, 10 and 11, students study two GCSE courses:

· English Language

· English Literature

English Language:

They will study texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century. They will explore and analyse a range of genres, including high quality journalism, travel writing and 20th or 21st  century literature fiction.

The course includes writing their own creative texts as well as non-fiction texts, which are  marked for creative content as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar.

English Literature:

Students study a 19th century novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, the play ’Macbeth’  by  William Shakespeare,  a range of conflict poetry by various poets, and  modern drama ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley. They will aim to become   critical readers of the texts, capable of evaluating the writers’ craft and comparing and  contrasting  texts studied.

Spoken Language:

Spoken language is studied; the marks do not count towards the GCSE grade, but it is assessed. Students will be awarded a separate level.