English is not just about reading books, poetry and plays – it’s about understanding ourselves and the world around us. As a department we also develop your creativity and confidence in reading, writing and speaking to others – which are all skills you will need for the world of work.
English is not just about reading and analysing books – we teach students life skills such as:
- working independently
- being creative
- thinking critically
- communicating ideas with confidence
- thinking logically
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 and 8 students study a range of topics which develop the skills and knowledge they need at GCSE. These include:
- Reading novels and writing critically about them
- Creative writing (fiction and non-fiction)
- Learning about Shakespeare and his plays
- Understanding how to analyse poetry
- Using roleplay and drama activities to develop confidence and understanding of characters and themes
Key Stage 4
English has two qualifications:
GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.
In English there is now no coursework element. Our lessons are therefore structured around the exam skills that students so crucially need. Students study poetry, prose and plays for literature and a range of non-fiction and fiction for the Language papers. There is further information in the link below:
Key Stage 5
English Literature is offered in Year 12 and 13. Students sit an AS exam in Year12. We have kept the coursework element to allow students to broaden their own interests in the subject which they complete in Year 13.