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English

The world of English opens many doors in life. When mastered, a secure command of the spoken and written word is a skill and art that will never be forgotten.

English language is an invaluable tool and resource that will be needed in every learner’s future, no matter what career path they decide to take. GSCE English language will help students to become: independent, creative, think critically and logically and communicate ideas with extreme confidence.

Studying English literature enables students to develop a love of their literary history and heritage, allowing them to appreciate and value the world in which they live. Having a wealth of literary knowledge and understanding will enable all students to value and appreciate diversity and culture, helping them to develop into well rounded citizens. Acquiring skills, such as critical and analytical thinking and confident communication will equip students with valuable skills and assets that will benefit them in higher education and beyond.

Why study English?

We can all communicate in English but do we understand its ancient origins, its purpose and why it is so popular for billions of people across the globe? It is more than a means of expression, students will gain two invaluable GCSEs plus a speaking and listening qualification ready to take into any career.
In Language, students will write for different purposes and audiences. From the power of persuasion, how to write a formal letter that will guarantee an interview to unleashing their imagination in the creative writing section.
Through Literature students will analyse why Macbeth was a terrible ruler, describe how poetry can speak to their soul and explain why we are more like Scrooge than we realise!

How would I learn?

Each exam component tests a student’s ability to read, write, speak and listen critically. There is an additional speaking and listening assessment that encourages students to debate in a topic they feel passionately about.

Students will be expected to complete weekly homework, practice key spellings and complete reading logs to form lifelong study habits.

English is an enriching subject so we do promote reading for pleasure and provide lots of opportunities for students to read widely and often. Students can look forward to competitions, trips to the Theatre, spelling bees, masterclasses, author visits and even dressing up in their favourite character for World Book Day!

English Curriculum Map

Year 7

Autumn 1
Origins of English – Myths and Legends (Fiction reading skills)
Autumn 2
Gothic Tales/Narrative and descriptive Writing (Fiction writing skills)
Spring 1
Introduction to Shakespeare (Shakespeare)
Spring 2
Diverse Voices (Poetry)
Summer 1
Island Adventures Project (Non – fiction writing)
Summer 2
Class Reader (Modern novel)

Year 8

Autumn 1
My Birmingham (Non-fiction reading skills)
Autumn 2
Poetry Through the Ages (Poetry)
Spring 1
Dystopian and Science Fiction (Short stories)
Spring 2
Viewpoints and Perspectives (Non-fiction writing skills)
Summer 1
Noughts and Crosses (Drama)
Summer 2
Class Reader (Modern novel)

Year 9

Autumn 1
Survival Stories (Lang P2 Sec A)
Autumn 2
Seminal World Literature – Of Mice and Men (Lit P1 Sec B)
Spring 1
War Poetry (Lit P2 Sec B and C)
Spring 2
Journeys (Lang P1 Sec A)
Summer 1
Crime and Punishment (Lang P1 and P2 Sec B)
Summer 2
Heroes and Villains (Macbeth/Othello/ Merchant of Venice) (Lit P1 Sec A)

Year 10

Autumn 1
A Christmas Carol (Lit P1 Sec B)
Autumn 2
Language Paper 1 revision
Spring 1
Power and Conflict/Unseen Poetry (Lit P2 Sec A and B)
Spring 2
Language Paper 2 Revision
Summer 1
An Inspector Calls (Lit P1 Sec B)
Summer 2
Macbeth/ Speaking and Listening Recordings (Lit P1 Sec A)

Year 11

Autumn 1
Macbeth/ACC Revision
Autumn 2
Language Paper 2 Revision
Spring 1
An Inspector Calls Revision
Spring 2
Language Paper 1 Revision
Summer 1
Power and Conflict Poetry/Unseen Poetry Revision GCSE Exams
Summer 2
GCSE Exams

Key Subject Facts

Exam Board:

AQA

Course Makeup:

  • Exam 100% 100%

Exam Structure:

  • Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • Paper 2: Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives

Recommended Revision Guides:

Grade 9-1 GCSE English Language and Literature Complete Revision & Practice

Name:

Grade 9-1 GCSE English Language and Literature Complete Revision & Practice (with Online Edn)

Author:
CGP Books
Available from School Office:
Yes – £5.50

Contact English Department

Please use the form below to contact the English department or alternatively please email english_info@starbank.staracademies.org

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