The English Department aims to offer an enjoyable, creative and innovative curriculum, which will challenge, stretch and broaden the horizons of every student.
We aim to prepare every student, so that all are ready when they start GCSE in Year 9.


In every year at KS3, students will be taught:

Reading: quality fiction, drama and poetry texts, short stories and factual-informative writing;
Writing: stories and descriptive writing, poetry, essays, speeches and articles;
Speaking and Listening: the ability to research and present topics of interest;
Shakespeare: an introduction to the plays of our greatest playwright.

Students at KS3 have three one hour lessons a week, plus one hour of literacy or Latin per fortnight for our weakest or strongest groups respectively.

Because of the importance of literacy in the world, every lesson starts with silent reading.


KS3 Reading List


English Language and Literature
This course is a very demanding three-year course leading to linear exams in Year 11. There will be four examinations in total (two for English and two for English Literature) and students will leave with two GCSEs.

What will I learn?

You will be required to study the following whole texts in detail:

You will learn how to read a wide range of texts for understanding and respond to them critically. You will also develop your writing skills in order to write accurately, fluently and at length as well as plan, draft, edit and proof-read confidently and effectively. You will be expected to be familiar with English grammar and terminology as well as understand how language is adapted for different purposes and audiences. Finally, you will learn how to communicate and express ideas clearly; take part in discussion; organise your ideas into sentences and paragraphs; use accurate spelling and punctuation, and write using a variety of styles to achieve different effects. You will participate in specific speaking and listening tasks and practice examination questions.

What sort of homework will I be set?

You will be asked to research, complete wider reading, write drafts and essays and prepare for exam practice questions.

What coursework will I need to do?

It is a 100% exam-based course. No coursework will be completed.


English Language 

Exam board: AQA - https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english
Examination: Summer 2021

Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Writing

Section A: Reading - One literature extract with 4 questions to answer (AO1 – 4)

Section B: Writing - Descriptive or narrative writing (AO5 & 6)

Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Section A: Reading - Two non-fiction and one literary non-fiction extract with 4 questions to answer (AO1 – 4)
Section B: Writing - Descriptive or narrative writing (AO5 & 6)

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language

What's assessed

English Literature:

Paper 1 – choose any 2

Paper 1A - Anthology of poetry – 1 item. 30 marks (AO1, AO2, AO3)
Paper 1B -
19th century novel – 1 item. 30 marks (AO1, AO2, AO3)
Paper 1C - 
Modern prose/drama – 1 item. 30 marks (AO1, AO2, AO3)

Paper 2 - compulsory
Section A - Shakespeare – 1 item. 30 marks (AO1, AO2, AO3) + 4 marks (AO4)
Section B - Part 1: unseen poem essay. 24 marks (AO1, AO2) + 4 marks (AO4). Part 2: unseen poetry comparison 8 marks (AO2)

N.B.: The Literature examination format for summer 2021 is different to all previous years. Whilst the nature of the questions and tasks will remain the same, they might be found on a different paper from that stated above.

What qualification will I gain?

GCSE: AQA English Language and AQA English Literature.

Past/ specimen papers:
English Language: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/assessment-resources
English Literature: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/assessment-resources

Useful websites:
Mr Bruff’s youtube English page: https://www.youtube.com/user/mrbruff
https://www.gcsepod.com/ (you will need your log-in for this. Please speak to your form tutor, LDY, Mrs Pitcher for help on this.)
GCSE bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zxqncwx & https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zcbchv4


Key Stage 4 Reading List


English Language and Literature have long been acknowledged as a highly valuable and prestigious A Level. They still rank today as two of the top subjects to study in preparation for University, and English Literature is formally listed as a Facilitating Subject for Russell Group Universities.

Are you passionate about reading high-quality Literature? Do you love to look closely at texts, analysing exactly what ideas are being explored and how the language works? Do you enjoy debating ideas and then organising your thoughts into strong, clear arguments? Are you curious about how and why we communicate the ways that we do?

If the answer is 'yes', then welcome to one of your most challenging and interesting educational pursuits so far!


Key Stage 5 Reading list



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