Vision and philosophy
This is a map to show the learning journey in English
Overview of the learning journey in English
Literature through a lens
Knowledge Organisers for Year 8
These are the knowledge organiser used by students in lessons to support the learning and retrieval of key information.
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.