Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3 students are offered an opportunity to study thematically across three terms. These include a range of stimuli covering: Non-Fiction, Media, Poetry and Prose. We have placed a much larger emphasis on vocabulary development and have built in rigorous and challenging assessments at the end of each term to test skills gained that term. Students also have an opportunity to write their own Gothic novels and create an in-depth project on William Shakespeare - both of these are presented to their peers in the 'Showcase' lesson at the end of that term.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 we begin looking at texts for GCSE Literature - analytical tone, vocabulary and structure are taught explicitly to students, and time is taken to embed these key skills ready for their GCSE exams. At GCSE, students follow the AQA specification for both Language and Literature. The majority of students are entered for both English Language and English Literature GCSE with a small minority following the GCSE English Language route. For Literature, we currently study the core texts: 'Macbeth', 'An Inspector Calls' and 'A Christmas Carol' - alongside the AQA specified Power and Conflict anthology for poetry.
Key Stage 5
At A Level we follow AQA English Literature Specification A which involves the study of a range of Literature in preparation for unseen and exploring ‘Love through the Ages’. Texts studied specifically include: 'The Great Gatsby', 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Othello.