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English Literature

Literature abandons the constraints of time. Literature is humankind’s creative interpretation of the world around us. Literature is immersing ourselves in worlds beyond our imagination. Literature allows us to hope, to dream and to become empowered. We want our students to acknowledge and appreciate the power of the words that they hear, read and speak every day and we achieve this through our ambitious and inclusive curriculum that is rich in literary heritage. Nurturing the character of each individual student to encourage kindness and decency within our community is at the core of our curriculum. We endeavour to promote and encourage academic success by fostering an appreciation of the written word in all its many forms and together, staff and students explore the riches of communication which we believe is a fundamental skill for life.

Curriculum Intent

Literature abandons the constraints of time. Literature is humankind’s creative interpretation of the world around us. Literature is immersing ourselves in worlds beyond our imagination. Literature allows us to hope, to dream and to become empowered. We want our students to acknowledge and appreciate the power of the words that they hear, read and speak every day and we achieve this through our ambitious and inclusive curriculum that is rich in literary heritage. Nurturing the character of each individual student to encourage kindness and decency within our community is at the core of our curriculum. We endeavour to promote and encourage academic success by fostering an appreciation of the written word in all its many forms and together, staff and students explore the riches of communication which we believe is a fundamental skill for life.

KS3

Subject objective:

To apply the skills developed at KS2;

  • To read easily, fluently and with good understanding develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information;
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;
  • Articulate themselves clearly, accurately and coherently through both written and spoken language;
  • To adapt their language and style in and for a range of contexts,
  • To ensure students are equipped to explore skills at KS4 by offering an ambitious and challenging KS3 curriculum;

 

Curriculum Overview:

Each topic is carefully chosen and sequenced to complement students’ learning in English Language to allow students to build their cultural capital on the topic being explored.

Year 7: Shakespeare’s heroes and villains, Shakespeare’s Sonnets; Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’; War Poetry

Year 8: Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’; Short Stories; Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’

Year 9: Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’; Gothic Short Stories; Unseen Poetry; Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’

7N: School Days: descriptive writing, Groosham Grange: exploring fiction, Nature and Animals: letter writing, The Language of Warfare: exploring fiction.

8N: Society and Me: speech writing, Gothic explorations: creative writing, Fighting for Your Rights: speech writing

KS4

Why should I study this subject?

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it.

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.

The English department is committed to providing all students with the opportunity to become empowered thinkers and speakers and writers. It is the aim of the English department to take students to new worlds – past and present – where they can make new discoveries, meet new types of people and recognise and learn about new topics. Using C.S. Lewis’s words above as inspiration, the English department seeks to allow students the opportunity to broaden their perspectives so that they have chance to understand and make sense of the world and humanity, evaluate their own ideas and feelings so that they are able to communicate their own ideas thoughtfully and sensibly whilst developing tolerance, empathy and respect to others. It is here that Maya Angelou’s quote becomes very much integral to the English department’s aims. We want students to be able to gain a sense of themselves in the world they live in.

What will I study?

  • William Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’
  • Charles Dickens’s novella ‘A Christmas Carol’
  • J.B. Priestley’s play ‘An Inspector Calls’
  • The Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology
  • A selection of Unseen Poetry

How will I be assessed?

Students are formally assessed every half term to monitor progress. At the end of their academic studies they can expect to be assessed through two examinations in the summer. English Literature Paper 1 – 1 hour 45 minutes – 64 marks English Literature Paper 2 – 2 hour and 15 minutes – 96 marks

What skills will I learn?

Literal and inferential comprehension skills. This means that students will understanding a word, phrase or sentence as it was written; explore aspects of plot, character, theme and setting; distinguishing between what a writer states explicitly and what a writer implies; explaining motivation, sequence of events, and the relationship between actions or events across set texts. Critical reading skills. This means that students will work to read a text like a literary critic by forming a point of view. This point of view will form a personal response in the style of an essay. Evaluation of a writer’s choice of language and structural features. This means that students will identify language, structure and form used within a text using subject specific tier 3 vocabulary. Students will then work to explore why and how the writer’s choice of specific language, structure and form is used to create impact. Comparing texts. This means that students will begin to compare and contrast the texts studied, referring where relevant to theme, character, context (where known), style, language and structure. Writing skills. Students will work to produce a clear and coherent point of view in their writing about a set text like a literary critic. Literacy skills. Accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar is integral to conveying meaning. Students will work to enhance their spelling, punctuation and grammar throughout their literature studies.

What equipment will I need?

Pen, exercise book, a copy of each text studied will be provided. At GCSE level, students may wish to purchase their own copy so that they are able to make annotations in it.

How will this subject develop my sense of character and culture?

Each of the Literature texts studied develops every students’ sense of character and culture. The beauty of English Literature is that to each student, each set text may or will mean something different and so this sees a real emphasis placed upon developing understanding and empathy. For example, the study of Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’ allows students to explore themes such as social class and poverty. They will be able to consider the impact of social class and social class divides upon people and society as a whole. By studying the poem ‘Poppies’ by Jane Weir, students will be able to consider war and the effects of war through the eyes of those not directly involved in the conflict but still very much impacted. Empathy, compassion and understanding are very much integral to English Literature.

Where can this subject take me?

English Literature opens many doors. By being able to discuss the world, tackle mature topics in a sensible manner and consider one’s own position and viewpoint in the world, students demonstrate understanding, compassion, empathy and an ability to be great with people which are all qualities that make up a successful individual.
Therefore English Literature may take a student to:

  • Journalism
  • Writer
  • Media work
  • Teacher
  • Nurse
  • Doctor
  • Legal work
  • Solicitor
  • Social worker
  • Psychologist

The list keeps going. Students may talk to their English teachers about this.

Where can I find out more?

The Curriculum Team

Ms J Bostock
Teacher of English
Miss H Dawson
Teacher of English
Miss C Drury
Teacher of English
Miss S Kelly
Director of English Literature
Miss C Lovell
Director of English Language
Mrs E Lowe
Teacher of English
Miss P Odell
Teacher of English
Mr B Robertson
Assistant Headteacher
Miss L Tansley
Teacher of English
Mr J Turner
Teacher of English
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