Vision and philosophy
Overview of the learning journey in English
Literature through a critical lens
Drawing on all of the knowledge from key stage 3, the year 10 curriculum develops students’ understanding of power and conflict in a range of British Literature. Starting with the study of the AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology students explore the power of the written word as a tool of expression and a vehicle for change. This is continued with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Students will also practice the skills needed for both GCSE English Language papers through a range of fiction and nonfiction materials from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The spoken language element of the English language GCSE will be completed during year 10. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to engage with a range of linked reading to explore these ideas further and deepen their knowledge.
Students will study a wide range of unseen poetry before revisiting all of the GCSE Literature texts in order to extend and deepen their understanding of the ideas, issues and concepts explored within them. Techniques to help memorise key quotations are developed alongside the analytic and comparative writing skills needed for both the language and literature exams. Students will also practise how to write for a variety of forms and purposes including academic essays, descriptive works of fiction and personal rhetoric. Year 11 students will continue to look at a wide range of fiction and nonfiction extracts from a diverse range of authors in preparation for the unseen element of the language exams. All students are still encouraged to read widely to ‘breathe in’ good quality writing.