English

KEY STAGE 3

During Key Stage 3, you will study an exciting and engaging curriculum filled with wonderful opportunities to develop your reading, writing and speaking and listening skills!

You study a wide range of texts to advance your knowledge.  Ranging from traditional texts, such as Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and William Blake's fascinating poetry, to current Literature such as Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Watcher in the Shadows, the curriculum is varied and exciting. One thing we can guarantee is that you won’t be bored!

We also offer you a range of exhilarating and enriching co-curricular activities throughout Key Stage Three. You will be scared out of your wits with dramatic readings of Gothic Literature; go back in time to Shakespearean England when you visit The Globe Theatre and learn the life of a journalist when you visit The Guardian Headquarters. 

 

KEY STAGE 4

In English lessons, you will be working towards both your English Language and English Literature GCSEs.  The course is made up of exam preparation and speaking and listening activities which will allow you to demonstrate how versatile and wide-ranging your skills in English actually are!

We strive to enrich our students’ love of the subject through well planned, interactive and innovative lessons across the department so you will be engaged and challenged throughout the course.  We study a range of texts - both fiction and non-fiction, traditional and contemporary - whilst aiming to promote our students’ love of language. You will develop your skills in literature through practising literary analysis informed by an understanding of the social, cultural and historical context of our examination texts.  You will also have the opportunity to share your creative abilities in the form of fiction and non-fiction writing, as you prepare for your examination in English Language.

All of your endeavours will be fully supported through our co-curricular programme which includes our debating club and Literacy Leadership initiative, as well as our trips to the theatre to see our core GCSE texts brought to life on the stage.

Year 11 students are able to use the app below to help with revision for the English Literatire exam.

http://englishapp.pixl.org.uk/PiXLit.swf

Log in using the following details:

School ID: SJ2012

User ID: Student's school email address (without the .302)

Password: literature

KEY STAGE 5

If you like reading, you’re going to love English at A-level!  For you to be proficient in studying English Language and Literature or English Literature, you need to read widely.  The syllabi require you to show an understanding of the literary, cultural and historical contexts of Literature and so a breadth of reading experience is crucial to success and, of course, enjoyment!  You will need to draw upon this reading in your responses to your set texts and coursework. Once you begin your A Level course, you will find that you have a lot of independent reading to do, so it is vital that you make the most of the summer holidays to read widely.

In order to complement your reading, half- termly Book Club sessions are held where we discuss selected works of fiction chosen by both teachers and students. Attendance to these sessions is compulsory to enable students to generate discussion and articulate their viewpoints. In addition, regular theatre trips are arranged to encourage appreciation of the range of literature to which you will be exposed.

For the Language and Literature course, ‘Emagazine’, produced by the English and Media Centre, is a useful resource which provides students with invaluable information surrounding the world of literature as well as directly commenting on the set texts studied on the A level course. It is therefore essential that students subscribe to the publication (£12.50 per year), which is payable when you register in September. To enhance your research, you will be able to access the archive resources online. 

For the Literature course, ‘The English Review’, produced by the English and Media Centre, is a useful resource which provides students with invaluable information surrounding the world of literature as well as directly commenting on the set texts studied on the A level course. It is therefore essential that students subscribe to the publication (£12.50 per year), which is payable when you register in September. 

To enhance your research, you will be able to access the archive resources of both of these magazines.

You will also have the opportunity to join us for Sixth form theatre trips which, over the course of the key stage, will typically encompass a wide range of drama from Shakespeare to the contemporary.

You will continue to read widely and independently as you prepare for the coursework modules and you will even be allowed to choose the texts of your own to use for this part of the course.

English Language and Literature

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English Literature

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