Course Overview

Our Key Stage 4 Curriculum in English Language and English Literature will provide students with the opportunity to enhance and nurture key skills so that they become independent, critical and evaluative readers. Students will be encouraged to develop independence and insight while exploring a wide variety of topics and texts. Students will study a challenging body of texts with the purpose to develop the necessary skills that are required at GCSE level. we have chosen texts of study which we believe will challenge the students in English and prepare them for further study at A-level. The range of texts studied have been specifically matched to the needs of the students, stretching and challenging all abilities.

• Language Papers 1&2:
This unit will prepare students to independently analyse unseen fiction and nonfiction texts ranging from the 19th-21st Century. They will also explore writing for different purposes.
• ‘Love and Relationships’ Poetry
• Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing or Macbeth’
• 19th Century Text:
‘Jekyll and Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson or ’A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens
• Modern Prose:
‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell or ’An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley

Key skills and concepts developed in English
• Students will further explore and develop their understanding of authors’ methods and the impact of these on the reader.
• Students will be given the opportunity to read a wide range of texts to enhance their knowledge of the conventions of different genres.
• Exploring the structure of a novel/play.
• Their knowledge of language and structure will be used to influence their own creative writing.

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