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    English Faculty


    Course Description


    Students are given the opportunity to read a variety of literature and to respond to the content and style of texts. The literature read is drawn from a variety of genres including novels, plays, short stories and poetry.  Examples of these include: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Sherlock Holmes, Noughts and Crosses, Animal Farm, the poetry of Beowulf and a variety of Shakespeare plays.

    Students are encouraged to develop their ideas, and compare a number of texts. They will begin to produce essay style responses. 


    Students complete a variety of tasks focusing on writing skills. These tasks are created from various stimuli:  fiction and non-fiction texts; media projects; horror, adventure and fantasy genre. All tasks are designed to include different purposes and audiences for the writing to develop an ability to manipulate tone and register.

    Students are encouraged to extend their confidence in writing for a variety of purposes and to develop their own distinctive and original style. They are taught to improve and sustain their writing, developing their competence in planning, drafting, redrafting and proofreading their work. Presentation of work should be neat and legible.

    Speaking and Listening:

    These tasks are usually an extension of reading and writing lesson content and include: a range of acting and drama activities; individual or group presentations; large or small group debates; speeches. All tasks focus on fluency and manipulation of spoken language to suit effect communication, purpose and audience. They are taught to be fluent, accurate users of Standard English.

    They are also encouraged to listen with empathy to others and have the opportunity to respond to what has been said. 

    Resource Information

    Reading for pleasure is a key focus for KS3 students as it provides the opportunity for language development, therefore students must have a reading book with them every day. 

    Collins KS3 Revision and Practise - New 2014 Curriculum - KS3 English: All-in-One Revision and Practise

    Various websites can be used to support the curriculum, including



    What will be Studied?

    • A range of literary texts covering different time periods, including
      1. ​​Shakespeare
      2. A nineteenth century novel
      3. A modern text (prose or play)
    • A collection of poerty from 1789 to modern poetry, including Romantic Poetry.

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Ability to read and understand a range of texts
    • Ability to respond to full texts
    • Ability to memorise quotations and use them to support your ideas
    • Ability to analyse ideas, themes and issues
    • Ability to analyse form, structure and language and understand writers’ intentions
    • Ability to compare and link different texts
    • Ability to write coherent essay responses.

    How will the Course be Structured?

    Examination preparation and development of skills throughout Years 10 and 11.

    How will Students be Assessed?

    External examination - 100%

    • Paper 1 - Shakespeare and 19th Century Novel, 40% - 1hr 45 minutes
    • Paper 2 - Post 1914 Literature and Post 1789 Poetry, 60% - 2hrs 15 minutes.



    What is Studied?

    • A range of texts and tasks enabling students to develop creative writing skills, structure writing effectively and improve grammatical accuracy.
    • A range of different texts to read and analyse, covering different time periods, including
      1. non-fiction texts from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries
      2. literary fiction texts from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries

    What Skills are Developed?

    • Ability to read and understand a range of texts, particularly unseen fiction and non-fiction
    • Ability to analyse the use of language, use technical vocabulary accurately and recognise different writers’ viewpoints
    • Ability to analyse language, structure and writers’ intentions critically
    • Ability to produce creative texts for a range of genres, purposes and audiences
    • Your written communication skills and grammatical accuracy.

    How will the Course be Structured?

    Examination preparation and development of skills throughout Years 10 and 11

    How will Students be Assessed?

    External examination – English Language

    • 100% of the total GCSE grade
    • Paper 1:  50% - 1hr 45 minutes.
    • Paper 2:  50% - 1hr 45 minutes.
    • Equally weighted for reading and writing skills.

    Spoked Language

    Students will also get an additional accreditation for speaking and listening activities completed in class.  Candidates will be assessed on their ability to present using Standard English. 



    What will be Studied?

    • A range of different texts which are chosen according to the class.
    • This course is specifically designed to encourage and enthuse students and support them with the English Language GCSE course
    • Students will also have the opportunity to take the Functional Skills qualification.

    How will the Course be Structured?

    • The course is split into projects each lasting 5-6 weeks
    • As and when students are ready, they will be entered for the Functional Skills exams.

    What Skills are Developed?

    • The course aims to develop the reading and writing skills required to gain a C grade in GCSE English
    • Students will have access to a greater range of technology and thus will be able to develop ICT skills too
    • Functional Skills will help to develop important skills like communication, team working, presentation and problem solving
    • Additional English has been introduced to ensure students have the practical skills to apply what they have learnt to everyday situations, such as writing an effective job application, and take the most from life, learning and work
    • For each level, realistic contexts have been designed using clear layouts and plain English.

    The Aims of Additional English are to

    • Accelerate the progress of students in English and/or Maths so that they have a better chance of achieving a C at GCSE
    • Support students’ learning and motivation in relation to literacy
    • help students meet the high demands of other GCSE courses that need high levels of literacy
    • Strengthen the key are of literacy sought by employers

    Functional Skills at Levels 1 & 2, aims to ensure that each individual is able to solve problems in real-life, functional contexts, and develop skills in

    • Reading and understanding a range of texts
    • Writing for different audiences and purposes
    • Participating in discussions and giving presentations