Vision and philosophy
English at The Colne celebrates language as a form of art and its importance in the way that we make sense of the world around us. Through studying the very best of literature and exploring the way that it has been shaped by the context in which it was written, students learn to appreciate the power of the written word and how they can utilise this power to express themselves, their lives and the world around them. At The Colne, we are guided by the belief that ‘Reading is breathing in and writing is breathing out’. An understanding of this philosophy underpins every aspect of our curriculum. Students will explore the motivations and intentions of a range of authors whilst looking at how they can manipulate language to communicate their own perspectives and voices.
Chronological journey through literature
Literature through a lens
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 Dickens’ A Christmas Carol alongside GCSE English Language Paper 2 - Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives, students explore the power of the written word as a tool of expression and a vehicle for change. This is continued with the study of the AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology 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 the exams in 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. Students are still encouraged to read widely to ‘breathe in’ good quality writing.