English

Pupils in Years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to study for two GCSEs; AQA English Language and AQA English Literature. Both of these courses are designed to develop independent, creative thinking skills and the confident use of the English language, as well as to encourage a lifelong love of reading. Pupils are assessed in formal exam conditions at the end of the course. Pupils will also complete Speaking and Listening assessments prior to the exam.

In English Language, pupils will investigate spoken language, which encourages them to think about how language use changes in different contexts and across a variety of themes and cultures. They will study a modern novel and in the exam, explore and produce non-fiction texts. They will also be assessed in their speaking and listening skills.

In English Literature, pupils will study a Shakespeare play, a 19th century novel, a range of poetry from the past two centuries as well being assessed in non-seen material. Assessment will take the form of two formal exams.

Pupils in both years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to take work home to further enhance their skills as well as take part in after school activities that centre around developing their skills in English.

Pupils can also study Entry Level English as deemed appropriate in consultation with their teacher.

Pupils in Key Stage 3 will work to develop skills in both Language and Literature in preparation for Key Stage 4. They will study topics such as Poetry and Shakespeare as well as working on a variety of writing styles.

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