Situated on the second floor, the department has nine classrooms, one large store and an English office. KS3 classes make regular use of Accelerated Reader through the library in order to encourage them to become independent and critical readers.
Key Stage 3
Students study a range of poetry, drama and prose over the three years. There is also a keen emphasis on improving their literacy skills to enable them to access their studies across the curriculum. Students are formally examined each year in addition to assessments across the year to assess their reading, writing and speaking skills. All lessons are aimed at providing a sound basis for GCSE study.
Key Stage 4
Students follow the new AQA English and English Literature courses. They will study “An Inspector Calls,” “Romeo and Juliet” and either “A Christmas Carol” or “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.” They will also study a range of poetry from different ages. The English course involves students experiencing a range of fiction and non-fiction texts; learning how to summarise, evaluate and analyse language, form and structure. Alongside their GCSE grades, students will be awarded a spoken language grade for a presentation. This will be in the form of pass, merit or distinction.
Key Stage 5
At AS level students study a range of texts through the lens of tragedy. Students study domestic and classical tragedy over the course of the year, looking at the journey of tragic protagonists until their inevitable fall. This year students are studying William Shakespeare’s play ‘Othello’, Arthur Miller’s play ‘Death of a Salesman’, Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel ‘Remains of the day’ and four narrative poems by John Keats.
At A2 level students produce two pieces of coursework using an aspect of the critical anthology. One piece is based on a collection of poems and the other is based on a novel of their choice. The texts they study are centred around the idea of social and political protest. Students study Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience and also Khaled Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’. Students are expected to read around the texts they study and to engage in discussion and debate in the lessons and their written responses.
GCE English Language (AQA)
Students currently sit both the AS and A Level qualification. In year one, they will study aspects of linguistics which give them the tools to analyse the ways we use language in society. They will also encounter a range of language theory and use this to interpret data. In year two, students complete two pieces of coursework: a creative piece and a language investigation. Alongside this, they will study the development of language in children and the ways our language has changed over time.
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