Across the year, we will read a wide range of texts from different time periods and different genres. The texts chosen in year 7 underpin the Academy’s core values. You will start by exploring poems such as ‘Invictus’ by Henley, ‘If’ by Kipling and ‘Desiderata’ by Ehrmann and what it really means to have a limitless attitude. We will read a range of different extracts from some fantastic texts to include ‘Private Peaceful’, ‘Wonder’, ‘Once’ and ‘Stormcatchers’ to explore how writers use structure to entice readers into narratives. Respect and resilience is the focus for our third unit in which we explore a range of autobiographical pieces to include ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, ‘I Am Malala’ and ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’ by Nelson Mandela before ending the year with a bit of comedy and light relief through the Shakespearean play ‘Twelfth Night.’
In Year 8, culture and context becomes an important part of our work and we will read and work with a number of texts from different cultures and social/historical contexts. We will start the year by reading a ‘classic’ work of fiction, ‘Oliver Twist’ using this text to navigate life during the Victorian Era. We will then pack our bags and adventure with the likes of Bill Bryson around the world before returning to England and ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell. We will end the year comparing 19th and 20th century short stories to include ‘The Speckled Band’ by Arthur Conan Doyle and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ by Roald Dahl to really see how society has moved on.
In Year 9, it is time to get critical! We want you to develop your critical voice this year and begin to engage with texts at a deeper level ahead of your GCSEs. Across the year you will read ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck and analyse how Steinbeck has crafted a text that provides a poignant and significant commentary on society during 1930s America. We will then move on to the study of a documentary, an under-utilised form, and evaluate its significance in impacting the way in which we view the world. Our third unit is the study of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet which will enable us to critically look at how Shakespeare crafts his characters to convey attitudes towards love during this era. Finally, we will end the year introducing you to some of the GCSE Time and Place poetry, evaluating how poets’ writing is often influenced by their own life experiences.
Welcome to GCSE! In Year 10, you will begin to work towards the AQA GCSE in English Language and the Edexcel GCSE in and English Literature.
English Literature: Over the course of this year, in preparation for the GCSE in English Literature, you will study three texts: ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell; ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, as well as a cluster of poetry connected by the theme of Time and Place. In studying each text, we will explore the narrative, the crafting of characters and key themes and the social and historical backdrop that has influenced much of the writing.
English Language: A varied range of fiction and non-fiction, linked by theme, will be at the heart of our work in English Language this year. Using these texts, we will develop your ability to analyse and compare texts, with a particular focus on how writers construct meaning and the ways in which texts reflect their perspectives. You will also have the opportunity to develop your writing skills, practising imaginative writing and writing to express a viewpoint.
As you move into Year 11, you will continue to update and refresh your knowledge upon all of the texts studied in Year 10 whilst extending the writing skills developed. There will be the opportunity to study Shakespeare’s Macbeth and investigate and analyse non-fiction written in the 20th and 21st century, extending your use of the critical voice. The poetry focus shifts to the preparation of unseen poems, allowing you to employ all of the analytical skills developed in Year 10 across poetry exploring a range of themes and issues. The examination includes a Speaking and Listening element which requires you to construct and present to the class upon a range of topics and text considered. Good luck!
For students who have enjoyed their GCSE English courses or students who have a love for reading and a passion for literature, this is the course for you. In English lessons, students are challenged by a wide range of literary heritage texts and more modern literature to challenge and interpret their own critical and personal views. We follow the AQA Specification A in English Literature. This fantastic course, we believe, gives students a fully-rounded overview of literature. The course is divided into three units which are connected by wider literary themes.
Unit One: 'Love Through the Ages' is the over-arching theme which encompasses the study of our texts in this unit. (40% of overall A-level)
Although not an exhaustive list of aspects of 'Love Through the Ages', areas that can usefully be explored include: romantic love of many kinds; love and sex; love and loss; social conventions and taboos; love through the ages according to history and time; love through the ages according to individual lives (young love, maturing love); jealousy and guilt; truth and deception; proximity and distance; marriage; approval and disapproval.
Section A: 'Othello' by William Shakespeare
Section B: Comparative Unseen poetry
Section C: 'The Great Gatsby' & a collection of post- 1900 love poetry
Unit Two: 'Modern Literature Post- 1945' (40% of overall A-level grade)
The literature of modern times may include: wars and the legacy of wars; personal and social identity; changing morality and social structures; gender, class, race and ethnicity; political upheaval and change; resistance and rebellion; imperialism, post-imperialism and nationalism; engagement with the social, political, personal and literary issues which have helped to shape the latter half of the 20th century and the early decades of the 21st century.
Section A: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood
Section B: 'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams and 'Feminine Gospels' by Carol Ann Duffy
Unit Three: Independent Critical Study - 'Texts Across Time' (20% of overall A-level grade)
In 'Texts Across Time', students write a comparative critical study of two texts (2500 words). AQA is committed to the notion of autonomous personal reading and Texts Across Time provides a challenging and wide-ranging opportunity for independent study. Possible themes for the comparison are indicated below, but this is not a set list and students are free to develop their own interests from
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