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Key Stage 3

 

In KS3 English lessons, pupils read and explore a number of high quality, challenging texts including an anthology of World War 1 poetry and a selection of non-fiction texts from the 19th century to the present day. Pupils also study a broad range of prose texts including, Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’, John Boyne’s ‘The Boy in Stripped Pyjamas’, John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ and William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Furthermore, pupils have opportunities to develop their creative writing and transactional writing skills at various points. Each lesson and scheme of learning is carefully designed to build on previous learning and ultimately to prepare them for the rigours of GCSE study and exams.

 

Key Stage 4

 

In KS4 English lessons, pupils follow the AQA English Language and Literature courses, giving them the opportunity to achieve two GCSEs. For literature lessons, pupils study the following key texts:

•             Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

•             A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

•             An Inspector Calls – J.B Priestley

•             AQA Poetry Anthology – Power and Conflict Cluster

For language lessons, pupils experience a selection of non-fiction texts from the 19th century to the present day as well as a selection of high quality prose extracts in preparation for the reading element of their exams. Pupils also learn how to improve their descriptive, narrative and transactional writing skills in preparation for the writing element of the exams.

 

Key Stage 5

 

In KS5 lessons, pupils follow the EDUQAS English Language and Literature A Level Course. Pupils are given a balance of language and literature as they work towards achieving the A Level qualification. Key texts studied include:

•             'Once in a House on Fire' by Andrea Ashworth

•             'The Colour Purple' by Alice Walker

•             'Cat on the Hot Tin Roof' by Tennessee Williams

•             'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte

•             'Othello' by William Shakespeare

•             Poetry anthology from the 16th century to the 19th century

The study of these key texts is supplemented by the completion of rigorous coursework and classwork which includes the study of comparison skills, analysis of the spoken word and other forms of analytical writing.

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