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Of all the subjects within the curriculum, it could be argued that without an understanding of English, a student would struggle to access other subjects. Indeed, there is no area of study that English and the communication skills honed while studying English do not influence.

The ability to read and search for the deeper meaning within a text is a skill that is transferable across the curriculum. To write you have to read, and to really read you have to think, criticise, doubt, analyse, debate and interpret. Reading allows us to think about how words, sentences, characters and plots reveal who we are as people.

The written word can be used to persuade, to express emotion, or simply for enjoyment. Literature not only serves as a way to enrich our minds, it is a chance to enlighten a person and gives us a chance to broaden our horizons and perspectives. All literature shares the common theme of the idea, ideas which explore, probe, inquire and inspire; literature can teach us about the past, the present and even the future.

The books we read in English make us think about how we behave with each other and often make us want to be better people.
Year 8 student

Potential career options and further study

English students have to be good communicators, which is a valuable skill in every walk of life but even more so in careers where you have to deal with people. The widespread demand for good communication skills means English offers a lot of potential career paths such as a career in media and journalism or advertising. 

Juggling opposing viewpoints and handling complex arguments is what we do in English all of the time and this is what work in the public sector is all about. Or what about marketing and PR where the way words and images influence people are key and are something English students think about all of the time - every organisation needs a marketing presence.

Those who study English at a more advanced level and beyond are also likely to develop many of the skills required for a career in law and the legal sector where attention to detail and the ability to make sense of complex written material is key.

English makes you think about the world and about the society we live in.
Year 10 student

English curriculum information for Years 7-11

Year

Term

Units of Work

Assessments

 7

Autumn

 Descriptive writing: places.

Gothic fiction

Descriptive writing: people characters and monsters.

 Pre and post teaching writing assessment .

Reading and writing assessment .

Descriptive writing.

 

Spring

Shakespeare:  As You Like It .

Paper 1 revision: reading and writing.

Reading assessment .

Reading and writing progress exams.

 

Summer

Novel: A Monster Calls.

Viewpoint writing.

Poetry: childhood

Reading assessment.

Writing assessment.

Reading assessment.

 8

Autumn

 Descriptive writing: people

Viewpoint writing

Novel: Ruby in the Smoke

 Pre and post teaching writing assessment.

and post teaching writing assessment.

 

Spring

Novel: Ruby in the Smoke

Narrative writing.

Reading assessment.

Pre and post teaching writing assessment.

 

Summer

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet.

Poetry: War

Reading assessment.

Unseen reading assessment.

 9

Autumn

Descriptive writing: people and places.

19th C novel: A Christmas Carol

 Pre and post teaching writing assessment.

Extract based assessments to prepare them for Literature Paper 1

 

Spring

Language Paper 1: structure.

Shakespeare: Macbeth

Revision Language Paper 1 and Literature Paper 1.

Pre and post teaching writing assessment.

Extract based assessments to prepare them for Literature Paper 1

Progress exams

 

Summer

Viewpoint writing.

Writing assessment.

 10

Autumn

Narrative writing. 

19th Century Novel

Pre and post teaching writing assessment.

Based assessments to prepare for Literature Paper 1

 

Spring

Descriptive writing:  people and places.

Reading Skills (Language Paper 1 revision )

Revision: Macbeth and A Christmas Carol

Writing assessment.

Language Paper 1 assessment.

Progress exams

 

Summer

Viewpoint

Poetry Anthology: War and Conflict

Unseen Poetry

Writing assessment.

A selection of mini assessments across the unit, culminating in a Literature Response. (Literature Paper 2).

 11

Autumn

Poetry Anthology: War and Conflict

Narrative writing.

Language Paper 1: revision

A Christmas Carol: revision

Reading assessment.

Pre and post teaching writing assessment.

A selection of mini assessments across the unit.

 

Spring

Viewpoint writing: revision

Romeo and Juliet: revision

Poetry Anthology: revision

Writing assessment.

Reading assessment.

Reading assessment.

GCSE course information

Qualification & Board

GCSE in English language and GCSE in English literature (AQA 8700, 8702)

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE)

All students will study both literature and language across Key Stage 4 with final examinations at the end.

English language will develop your skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables you to express yourself creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively.

English literature will teach you to appreciate the written word in all its forms and give you a greater understanding of classic texts.

Potential Career paths

Teaching, journalism, advertising, copy writing.

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals)

English language: 100% examination

Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing: 50%

Section A: Reading - one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing - descriptive or narrative writing

Paper 2: Writers' viewpoints and perspectives: 50%

Section A: Reading - one fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing - writing to present a viewpoint

 

English literature: 100% examination

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel: 40%

Section A: Shakespeare - write in detail about an extract & then about the play as a whole

Section B: The 19th century novel - write in detail about an extract & then about the novel as a whole

Paper 2: Modern texts & poetry

Section A: Modern texts - one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text

Section B: Poetry - one comparative question on one named poem and printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster

Section C: Unseen poetry: one question each on two unseen poems and one comparative question

Core or Option

 Core

No Option Choices (GCSE only)

 

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent

 2 GCSE’s (English Language & English Literature)