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English is a very diverse subject, important in its own right and the basis for so much understanding and learning across the curriculum. On a simple level, English encompasses the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, However the subject also encourages students to imagine, explain, describe, analyse, review, persuade, argue, inform and advise in both writing and in speech. English helps young people to understand the world around them through the study of media in all its forms, such as advertising, film, television, newspapers and magazines.
Students are encouraged to read literature both for individual pleasure and as part of the course. Novels, short stories, poems and drama, both contemporary and classic, are read and studied. A variety of teaching and learning styles are used to encourage collaboration with others and confidence in the individual as a speaker. Students are encouraged with personal reading and the development of study and research skills through library-based programmes of study and access to IT rooms.
In Year 7 students study animal literature, autobiographical writing, drama, short stories, letter writing, writing newspaper articles and an introduction to Shakespeare: The Tempest
In Year 8 students explore travel writing, the Gothic tradition, drama, short stories, writing an epilogue, webpage writing, poems from other cultures, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night.
In Year 9 students study adventure and mystery, speeches (writing to argue and persuade), drama, conflict poetry, Henry V, Richard lll, King Lear and the Merchant of Venice.
At Key Stage 4 all students will take AQA GCSE English Language and Literature and will be assessed in speaking and listening.
The course is assessed by exam only at the end of Year 11 so students will be expected to undertake a thorough programme of revision throughout the two years.
More information can be found on the AQA website by clicking the links below.
At Key Stage 5 student can study English Language or English Literature at A Level.
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