English

 English               Curriculum Vision

English at All Saints offers students the opportunity to explore moral, social and ethical issues by responding creatively and critically to a range of literary fiction and non-fiction texts.

In English lessons, risk-taking and imaginative thought is encouraged in order to develop students’ ability to write engaging, thought-provoking texts and offer original and insightful interpretations of literature.

J Hallam

J Hallam

Director of English

KS3 English Curriculum

In KS3 English, our students study the following topics:

Year 7

  1. Novel study
  2. Non-fiction – how large companies use language to promote their products
  3. Shakespeare – heroes and villains
  4. Novel study

Year 8

  1. Novel study (Dystopian fiction)
  2. Poetry
  3. Non-fiction
  4. Novel study

Year 9

  1. Novel study 
  2. Poetry
  3. Non-fiction 
  4. Short stories
  5. Shakespeare 
KS4 GCSE English Language Curriculum

Exam board: AQA

In KS4 GCSE English Language, our students study the following topics:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50% of GCSE)

  1. Reading – one literature fiction text
  2. Writing – descriptive or narrative writing

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50% of GCSE)

  1. Reading – one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
  2. Writing – writing to present a viewpoint

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language

  1. Presenting
  2. Responding to questions and feedback
  3. Use of Standard English

Useful websites

AQA GCSE English Language Specification

KS4 GCSE English Literature Curriculum

Exam board: AQA

In KS4 GCSE English Literature, our students study the following topics:

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel (40% of GCSE)

  1. Shakespeare play – Romeo and Juliet
  2. The 19th-century novel – Jekyll and Hyde by Louis Stevenson or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry (60% of GCSE)

  1. Modern prose or drama texts – An Inspector Calls by J B Priestley or Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
  2. The poetry anthology – Power and Conflict
  3. Unseen poetry

Useful websites

AQA GCSE English Literature Specification

KS5 A Level English Language Curriculum

Exam board: AQA

In KS5 A Level English Language, our students study the following topics:

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society (40% of A Level)

  1. Textual variations and representations
  2. Children’s language development (0-11 years)
  3. Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change (40% of A Level)

  1. Language diversity and change
  2. Language discourses
  3. Writing skills
  4. Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Non-exam Assessment: Language in Action (20% of A Level)

  1. Language investigation
  2. Original writing
  3. Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Useful websites

AQA A Level English Language Specification

KS5 A Level English Literature Curriculum

Exam board: AQA

In KS5 A Level English Literature, our students study the following topics:

Paper 1: Literary Genres – Aspects of Tragedy (40% of A Level)

  1. King Lear/Othello – William Shakespeare
  2. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Death of a Salesman (drama) – Arthur Miller
  4. Selection of John Keats’ poetry

Paper 2: Texts and Genres: Elements of Crime Writing (40% of A Level)

  1. Post-2000 prose text
  2. Pre-1900 poetry text 
  3. Long poem

Non-exam Assessment: Theory and Independence (20% of A Level)

  1. Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text

Useful websites

AQA A Level English Literature Specification

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