English

Curriculum Leader: Mrs A Betts 

Subject Leader(s):
Laura Sisterson (Year 7) ([email protected])
Fran Holmes (Year 8) ([email protected])

Fortnightly Lessons:
Year 7 – 7 lessons
Year 8 – 7 lessons

Homework:
Once a fortnight, 30 minutes

Year 7 Topics:
Novel of teacher’s choice; Poetry; Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream); Chaucer; Short Stories

Year 8 Topics:
Novel of teacher’s choice; Gothic and Film; War and non-fiction

Useful Resources:
BBC Bitesize KS3 website

  We offer a three year GCSE course which allows students to explore a wider range of texts.  All students will gain two qualifications: iGCSE English Language (CIE) and GCSE English Literature (Edexcel). Course outlines depend on the year group of your child, as the curriculum is continually under review. Year 10 and 11 Controlled Assessments: Shakespeare and ‘An Inspector Calls’ Year 10 & 11 Coursework Response to an article Creative writing Discussion/argument piece Year 10 & 11 Exams: 1 Poetry, 1 Prose – Literature 1 Reading and Response – Language Year 9 No coursework or controlled assessment 2 Reading and Response exams – Language 1 Poetry, one Prose  – Literature All years will undertake speaking and listening assessment.

English Language

A Level English Language (Edexcel) covers language variation, child language acquisition and investing language as written examinations, with creative writing coursework contributing to 20% of the final grade.

GCSE re-sit in Language will be available to those who don’t achieve a grade 4 for English Language.

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English Literature

Edexcel is the exam board for Language and Literature A – Level courses, not AQA.

A-Level English Literature course covers a range of prose, drama and poetry, from Shakespeare until the 21st Century, with an opportunity to complete coursework which is worth 20% of the final grade.  We do not complete the AS Level course.

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Film Studies

The study of film, in all its forms, holds a prominent place in our critical understanding of the modern world.

Moving images have always been new and exciting, and Film Studies allows students to study a diverse range of films in order to consider how they reflect the time and place of construction.

Film Studies’ students can progress to a wide  range of career opportunities. These range from those that specifically relate to film – whether in academia, creative industries, film festival/ cinema programming or arts administration – to other spheres, such as publishing, journalism, public relations and education.

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