English

In English students learn to speak and write fluently so fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.

Topics include:
Y7
Whodunnit? – Crime Fiction
Lamb to the Slaughter
About his Person
The Adventure of the Speckled Band
The Highway Man

The Tempest – Shakespeare

Class Novel – Classes will study a text from our wide range of non-fiction texts appropriate to their ability.

Y8
Character & Voice – Play texts studied would be one of the following: Noughts & Crosses, Peter Pan or The Demon Headmaster.

Media
Gothic Literature – Pupils will explore the genre through the study of extracts from gothic texts.

Class Novel – Classes will study a text from our wide range of non-fiction texts appropriate to their ability.

Y9
Conflict – Romeo & Juliet – Shakespeare
Conflict Poetry

World Literature
– Of Mice and Men

GCSE Speaking & Listening

People & Perspectives – Pupils will explore a range of non-fiction writing to understand how viewpoints and perspectives are communicated to an audience.

GCSE Power & Conflict Poetry

Y10
English Literature
Modern Text (‘Lord of the Flies’ or ‘An Inspector Calls’

Power & Conflict Poetry

19th Century novel (‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’)

English Language
Explorations in creative reading and writing & writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

Y11
English Literature
Shakespeare (‘Macbeth’)

English Language
Explorations in creative reading and writing & writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

English Literature

Y12
English Literature
3 tragedy texts (Othello, Death of a Salesman and Keats poetry)
Exploration go Crime genre
Crime Poetry
Critical theory
Poetry NEA

Y13
2 further Crime texts (Atonement and Hamlet)
Prose NEA

Film Studies

Film is one of the main cultural innovations of the 20th century and a major art form of the last hundred years. Those who study it characteristically bring with them a high degree of enthusiasm and excitement for what is a powerful and culturally significant medium, inspiring a range of responses from the emotional to the reflective. Film tudies consequently makes an important contribution to the curriculum, offering the opportunity to investigate how film works both as a medium of representation and as an aesthetic medium.

Topics include:
Y12
Varieties of film and filmmaking & Production
Non-exam assessment

Y13
Global filmmaking perspectives

Exam Boards

Key Stage Course Exam Board
KS5 AQA English Literature B (AA) AQA
KS4 English literature (8702) AQA
KS4 English Language (8700) AQA
KS5 Film Studies Eduqas

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