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In English, we strive to give our students the knowledge, opportunities and analytical tools to speak, read and write confidently in a range of mediums and situations. Our wish is for students to view literature as the gateway to new ideas and perspectives and the means through which they can satisfy their intellectual curiosity. As such, our curriculum draws on a wide range of texts from different periods, places and traditions.

In Y7, students will study ancient myths and legends, a diverse range of poetry, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a nineteenth century novel.

However, learning is not just confined to the classroom.  We offer a range of stimulating extra-curricular opportunities, including a debating society, a creative writing forum and a book club, as well as exciting trips to the theatre. Indeed, we are passionate about providing an array of creative outlets for students, whether that be in the form of poetry slam workshops, national writing competitions or our very own school magazine, ‘The Chronicle’.

Our latest endeavour is a script writing competition, with the winning entry being performed by Sixth Form Drama students. We also have a wonderfully welcoming library, where students can enjoy reading at their own pace. We are dedicated to providing a challenging and rigorous curriculum which inspires and engages students, as well as a community that relishes in independent thought and imagination

KS3

TBC

KS4

Expected Equipment

  • Pencil
  • Writing Pen (Blue/Black)
  • Assessment Pens (Red/Purple)
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Set literature texts

Resources for learning

We suggest the following websites as useful resources for independent learning:

Students will also need a copy of the Literature set texts they are studying so that they can make annotations.

The York Study Guides are also excellent for set literature texts: https://www.yorknotes.com/

The student shared area (Z drive) also includes PowerPoint presentations of lessons, extra critical reading and example past papers for examination practice.

Year 10

Curriculum Information

  • Classes are taught in sets throughout to ensure appropriate support and challenge
  • Students have eight lessons over a two-week timetable
  • Homework is set three times a fortnight and students are expected to spend approximately 45 minutes on each piece
  • Students are prepared for both the English Language and English Literature GCSE. We follow the AQA examination board specification
  • Students will have written work assessed twice a term and will sit mock GCSE examinations in English Literature and English Language at the end of the year
  • English Language is a combination of assessing a range of critical reading and comprehension skills, as well as those related to writing in response to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. All texts in the examination will be ‘unseen’: students will not have studied them during the course. They will be high-quality, challenging unseen material, drawn from the last three centuries and include literature and extended literary non-fiction, and other writing such as essays, reviews and journalism (both printed and online)
  • English Language Paper 1 (Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing) is 1 hour 45 minutes and comprises 50% of the GCSE. It contains a reading section (40 marks) with four questions on a single fiction text and a writing section (40 marks) which is a piece of descriptive or narrative writing
  • English Language Paper 2 (Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives) is 1 hour 45 minutes long and 50% of the GCSE. It includes a reading section (40 marks) with four questions on non-fiction texts and a writing section (40 marks) that involves presenting a viewpoint in a non-fictional text form
  • There is also a separate endorsement for a speaking and listening examination that is compulsory but does not contribute to the overall mark.
  • There are two English Literature examinations. The first focuses on Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel. Pupils study either Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing or Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and either Great Expectations by Charles Dickens or The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The second paper focuses on modern texts. Students will study An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley, as well as a poetry anthology which will be provided by AQA entitled Power and Conflict. There is also an unseen poetry element to this paper
  • English Literature Paper 1 (Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel) is 1 hour 45 minutes and 40% of the GCSE. It involves one question on each text. Students are asked to write in detail about an extract and then about the text as a whole.
  • English Literature Paper 2: (Modern texts) is 2 hours 15 minutes and comprises 60% of the GCSE. There is an essay on An Inspector Calls, an essay question comparing poems from the Power and Conflict anthology, and questions on two unseen poems.

Programme of Study

Year 10 Programme of Study

Year 11

Curriculum Information

  • Classes are taught in sets throughout Year 11 to ensure appropriate support and challenge
  • Students have eight lessons over a two-week timetable
  • Homework is set three times a fortnight and students are expected to spend approximately 45 minutes on each piece
  • Students are prepared for both the English Language and English Literature GCSE. We follow the AQA examination board specification
  • Students will have written work assessed twice a term and will sit mock GCSE examinations in English Literature at Christmas and English Language in February
  • English Language is a combination of assessing a range of critical reading and comprehension skills, as well as those related to writing in response to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. All texts in the examination will be ‘unseen’: students will not have studied them during the course. They will be high-quality, challenging unseen material, drawn from the last three centuries and include literature and extended literary non-fiction, and other writing such as essays, reviews and journalism (both printed and online)
  • English Language Paper 1 (Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing) is 1 hour 45 minutes and comprises 50% of the GCSE. It contains a reading section (40 marks) with four questions on a single fiction text and a writing section (40 marks) which is a piece of descriptive or narrative writing
  • English Language Paper 2 (Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives) is 1 hour 45 minutes long and 50% of the GCSE. It includes a reading section (40 marks) with four questions on non-fiction texts and a writing section (40 marks) that involves presenting a viewpoint in a non-fictional text form
  • There are two English Literature examinations. The first focuses on Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel. Pupils study either Macbeth, Much Ado about Nothing or Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and either Great Expectations by Charles Dickens or The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The second paper focuses on modern texts. Students will study An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley, as well as a poetry anthology which will be provided by AQA entitled Power and Conflict. There is also an unseen poetry element to this paper
  • English Literature Paper 1 (Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel) is 1 hour 45 minutes and 40% of the GCSE. It involves one question on each text. Students are asked to write in detail about an extract and then about the text as a whole
  • English Literature Paper 2: (Modern texts) is 2 hours 15 minutes and comprises 60% of the GCSE. There is an essay on An Inspector Calls, an essay question comparing poems from the Power and Conflict anthology, and questions on two unseen poems.

Programme of Study

Year 11 Programme of Study

Extracurricular enrichment

Outside of the classroom, the English Department is involved in a wide variety of stimulating activities. These include:

  • The Jack Petchey Speak Out competition – a public speaking competition at regional and national level.
  • Theatre trips to see performances of set drama texts or other relevant performances
  • Poetry Live – an event with poets from the GCSE specification reading and discussing their work
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Debating Club

We also aim to foster an enjoyment of reading. Research by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has shown that reading for pleasure is a more important indicator of academic success than socio-economic background. Thus we encourage all our students to not only read the texts set for the syllabus but also to read widely from a range of contemporary and classic literary fiction and non-fiction. See ‘Resources for Learning’ for reading lists

KS5 English Literature

Expected Equipment

  • Pencil
  • Writing Pen (Blue/Black)
  • Assessment Pens (Red/Purple)
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • Set literature texts

Resources for learning

Useful websites:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/may/08/books.booksnews• https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/english-literature-2015.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments

Students will need a copy of the Literature set texts they are studying so that they can make annotations.

The York Study Guides for AS/A Level are also excellent for set literature texts:

https://www.yorknotes.com/

The student shared area (Z drive) also includes PowerPoint presentations of lessons, extra critical reading and example past papers for examination practice. 

Curriculum Information

  • Classes are taught in different groups according to their option block
  • Students have 9 lessons over a two week timetable
  • Students are assigned an hour of homework or independent study for every hour they are taught. They are also expected to engage in independent research.
  • We teach English Literature only and follow the new Edexcel specification.
  • This is a linear course with all assessment at the end of the course.
  • It is also possible to follow a one year A/S English course for enrichment for those student wishing to continue with English Literature in Year 12 but not take it to A Level.
  • In Year 12 students will study a specified list of 20 poems from Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002-2011, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and two prose texts on the theme of ‘Science in Society’: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is the 19th century text and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood is the post 1900 text. They will also make a start on Year 13 coursework and unseen poetry.
  • Students will have written work assessed twice a term and will sit mock examinations at the end of Year 12. The results of these examinations will contribute significantly towards their predicted UCAS grades.
  • In Year 13 students will complete their coursework, study a Shakespeare text (Othello or Antony and Cleopatra) Shakespeare text, study the poetry of Keats and practise analysing unseen poetry. They will also revise the Year 12 content of the specification. 

Extracurricular enrichment

Outside of the classroom, the English Department is involved in a wide variety of stimulating activities.  For Year 12, these include:

  • Theatre trips to see performances of set drama texts or other relevant performances.
  • Debating Club
  • Extension booster sessions: lunchtime sessions for students aspiring to excellence and wishing to expand their study of literary texts and concepts.
  • We also aim to foster an enjoyment of reading. Research by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has shown that reading for pleasure is a more important indicator of academic success than socio-economic background. Thus we encourage all our students to not only read the texts set for the syllabus but also to read widely from a range of contemporary and classic literary fiction and non-fiction. See ‘resources of learning’ for reading lists.

Year 12 Programme of Study

Year 13 Programme of Study