Subjects

English Language / Literature

Why study English Language?

Language is all around us and it is something we use every day.

English not only teaches you about language but also how to use it effectively, and respond to it with understanding.

Literacy skills are developed in English lessons that will help you in other subject areas in school, in everyday life and in your future career.

Why study English Literature?

English Literature will not only help you develop your reading and analytical skills but will also provide you with the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate a range of texts from different genres.

What will I learn about?

The course requires you to read a wide range of poetry, plays and novels and respond to them in four exams in Year 11.

The key areas of study focus on:

  • The study of a Shakespeare play
  • A range of poems from a chosen collection
  • A 19th Century novel and a modern novel or play
  • Descriptive and Narrative Writing
  • Writing to express a viewpoint
  • Analysis of non-fiction and literary texts

How will I be assessed?

All students are entered for both English Literature and English Language.

As part of the Language course you will complete a Speaking and Listening task which will also be awarded a grade on your GCSE certificate.

4 Exams at the end of Year 11.

Make sure you understand exactly what you need in order to pass your English examinations. If in doubt, ask!

What do employers think about the subject?

The skills you gain in English Language, such as the ability to read, write and speak with confidence, are highly valued by employers.

Most further education establishments and many employers look for a high-quality GCSE qualification in English Language.

Skills learnt in GCSE English Literature such as literacy, analysis, communication, empathy and the ability to develop ideas and a line of argument, are useful in many jobs.

What are some of the skills I will gain?

In English Language / English Literature you will develop the ability to write accurately and analytically, in a range of styles and for a variety of purposes.

You will also be able to read and respond to a range of texts with understanding and insight. You will develop skills as a speaker for different situations.

Year-by-Year Subject Breakdown

In Year 7 your child will study:

  • Non-fiction text types
  • Wonder by RJ Palacio
  • Descriptive writing (based on designing an imaginary desert island)
  • Our Day Out by Willie Russell
  • A variety of poetry
  • Narrative writing (based on superhero stories)

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and a cumulative test at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 7.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 7 is:

  • Regular reading of their Accelerated Reader book
  • Weekly spelling tests

In Year 8 your child will study:

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • War Extracts
  • A variety of poetry
  • Extracts from Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • The Dystopian Genre
  • An Introduction to Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and a cumulative exam at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 8.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 8 is:

  • Regular reading of their Accelerated Reader book
  • Weekly spelling tests

In Year 9 your child will study:

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Point of View Writing (based on the theme of Crime and Punishment)
  • A Thematic Study of Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
  • The Gothic Genre
  • A variety of poetry (based on the themes of Love and Relationships)
  • Nineteenth-Century Narrative Writing

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class quizzes and tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and a cumulative test at the end of the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 9.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 9 is:

  • Research tasks relevant to their in-class study
  • Weekly spelling tests
  • Preparatory tasks for exams and assessments

In Year 10 your child will study:

  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • War Poetry
  • The necessary reading and writing skills to approach both sections of AQA English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2
  • The Spoken Language element of the AQA English Language GCSE

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and mock exams throughout the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 10.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 10 is:

  • Revision of the literary texts studied (such as plot and key quotes)
  • Research around key contextual details relevant to the literary texts studied
  • Completion of exam-style questions

In Year 11 your child will study:

  • The remaining poetry from the AQA Anthology (not studied in Y10)
  • An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
  • From approximately Christmas of Y11, revision of all the key elements of both the AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature specifications.

 

Your child’s progress will be assessed using in-class tests, summative assessments at the end of each half term and mock exams throughout the year, which will test everything they have learnt throughout Year 11.

Typical homework your child might get in Year 11 is:

  • Revision of the literary texts studied
  • Completion of exam-style questions
  • The expectation to attend weekly revision sessions in addition to their at-home revision