Essa English Expects Excellence!
We are passionate about using language and literacy
Strand Leader: S Cosgrove
In English we strive to instil a love of literature and reading in order to succeed throughout all subjects. We aim to provide this through a challenging and varied curriculum with Shakespeare and engaging texts at the centre.
We set homework fortnightly using the Extended Learning iTunesU course.
We follow the Edexcel exam board and offer two GCSEs in Language and Literature.
Step Up to English classes are offered for students, new to English, to enable them to access the curriculum, as well as developing their own use of the English language. Some year 11 students are also able to sit the AQA Entry Level qualification in English as an alternative to GCSE.
Students are encouraged to buy their own copies of the following GCSE texts to support their learning:
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
An Inspector Calls by J. B Priestley
Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
Topics include Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ and the novel ‘Lord of the Flies’. Students then delve into a mythical world filled with legends, adventure and the need to be courageous. Students will explore ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ as an inspiration for their own creative writing. Students are also placed on the Accelerated Reading course.
Students will study fairytales and folklore in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and subverting tales for a modern audience. They then focus on dystopian literature such as The Hunger Games and Animal Farm.
Students will investigate conflict in war through a variety of texts such as Journey’s End and War poetry. They will explore the darker side of literature through gothic tales such as Woman in Black and begin to study the Literature GCSE text, Macbeth.
This year, the GCSE course is continued through pre 19th century novels, such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or A Christmas Carol, and poetry centered around the theme Clashes and Collisions.
Students will continue poetry and prose and develop language analysis and themes in their second play, Blood Brothers or An Inspector Calls. They will also revise poetry, Shakespeare and language in preparation for their final exams.
Revision sessions are offered weekly.