Pupils will study a range of poetry, prose, drama and other literary and non-literary texts, to help them learn to develop, construct and compose ideas, communicating meaning to specific audiences. This will help them to increase their ability to read accurately and fluently as well as formulate, clarify and express their ideas through speech.
In Year 7, 8 and 9, pupils examine a range of texts including biographies, autobiographies, newspapers, advertisements and travel writing. They also analyse poetry and stories of varying length, study Shakespeare and contemporary plays and are taught how the English Language has developed historically. Throughout, pupils will begin to develop a wide range of vocabulary, elevate their ability to organise and structure sentences grammatically and whole texts coherently, and improve essential presentation skills that include accurate punctuation and correct spelling. All pupils are entered for the new Entry Level Certificate in Year 10.
English is a core subject at GCSE and all pupils are entered for the external examination at the end of the two year course in language. Additionally, GCSE English Literature is offered to those pupils for whom it is appropriate.
Throughout this period, pupils are expected to read with insight and engagement and relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts. Pupils are also taught to understand literary traditions and to evaluate how writers use linguistic, structural and presentation devices to achieve their effects. The reading list changes every year and a variety of texts have been analysed in the past, including ‘War of the Worlds’, First World War poetry and ‘Macbeth’.
Pupils also undertake a number of creative writing tasks that demonstrate their ability to communicate clearly and imaginatively, using and adapting forms for different readers and purposes, and participate in discussion and debate by both speaking and listening.