Year 7

Chronological journey through literature

We begin the year exploring archetypal characters through the study of classical stories and ancient myths before moving on to exploring the genres of tragedy and comedy in Romeo and Juliet. We then move to the rebellious poetry of the Romantic era before immersing students in the Victorian period through the study of Oliver Twist. We end the year by exploring a selection of Sherlock Holmes stories as an introduction to the detective genre.

Year 8

Literature through a lens

Building on the work of year 7, this year will focus on how language is used by a wide variety of writers to express attitudes and ideas; beginning with a focus on the history of rhetoric. We then move to our second Shakespeare study (The Tempest) exploring the theme of power through the ideas of racism, slavery and colonialism. An exploration of Gothic literature encourages students to examine how writers presented their fears of the unknown. We then move to Animal Farm and finish with a range of War Poetry with a strong focus on analysing writer’s intentions.

Year 9

iterature through a critical lens

Students will spend year 9 studying a range of texts (fiction and nonfiction) linked to the idea of gender and power starting with an exploration of the feminist lens through time. They then look at range of poetry addressing various issues of identity and examine how writers express their attitudes and opinions. These ideas are then further explored through the study of 'Of Mice and Men’ and the First World War play ‘Journey’s End’. This knowledge of class and gender is then applied in the study of the first GCSE Literature text – An Inspector Calls. Students are also introduced to GCSE English Language Paper 1.

Year 10

GCSE study

Building on students’ knowledge, the year 10 curriculum develops understanding of power and conflict in a range of British Literature. Starting with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol before moving to 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.

Year 11

GCSE Study

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.