English

Welcome to the English Department

The English department follows its own curriculum in Year 7-9. It is designed to encourage our pupils to become readers and writers who are enthusiastic, creative, critical and competent. Girls will study modern drama, poetry and prose texts, pre-twentieth century prose and poetry, Shakespeare plays and a range of non-fiction texts. All study incorporates speaking and listening activities, analytical and creative written responses, responses that require IT skills and a mixture of individual, small group and whole class learning. We also believe that it is important to embed grammatical skills and to encourage girls in their independent reading. At the end of the Key Stage, the girls will have a robust skill set that will enable them to make a smooth transition to their GCSE English Language and English Literature courses.

Here is an outline of the texts and topics that each year group might study:

Year 7

– Diaries and Journals
– Nineteenth Century Novel: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Spring
– Persuasive Writing and Speaking (including Debating)
– Modern Novel: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Summer
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
– Nature Poetry

Year 8

–Extracts from Gothic fiction
Twelfth Night or Macbeth by William Shakespeare
– Magazines Writing Unit
– World War One poetry
– Modern Novel: Animal Farm by George Orwell
– Modern Drama: An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley

Year 9

– Modern Novel: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
– Poetic Forms
Spring
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Summer
– Travel Writing
– Creative Writing Project: Different Cultures

GCSE

Students follow the AQA GCSE courses in English Language and English Literature. They are designed to be complementary and we can, therefore, integrate them and teach them simultaneously. Texts are chosen for their merit and cover all genres.

Currently, our students study an anthology of poetry, ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Lord of the Flies’. They also work on a real range of writing tasks, which include creative and persuasive pieces.

The final assessment is made through four terminal examinations and one Speaking and Listening task completed during the course.