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English

Education and society are rooted in English. History is documented, perspectives are captured, and empathy developed through literature. A high-quality education in English will teach students to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. 

Through reading and listening, others are able to communicate their ideas and emotions with them. It is through reading that students are able to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually and socially, enabling them to acquire knowledge and build on their existing knowledge. 

 
 
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This is part of the beauty 

of all literature. You discover 

that your longings are universal 

longings, so that you're not lonely 

and isolated from anyone.

You belong. 

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

The opportunity to afford our students with our school values of equipping students with resilience, courage, respect, kindness and the ability to collaborate with others is founded in the exploration of literature.

 

With the evidenced disenfranchisement of students who cannot speak, read and write fluently, the skills of language are essential to ensuring that our students can fully participate in society and stand on the same platforms as those with power in a bid for social justice. All students are given the opportunity to reach their full potential, both academically and socially, with no barriers to what they can achieve in school and beyond.

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What are they learning?

Year 7


In Year 7 we begin our journey through the history of English Literature. We start the adventure looking at Pre-Medieval litertaure, exploring the hero's journey and how Greek mythology has shaped our literature and film today. Then we follow Literature through to the Renaissance, ending the year examining Shakespeare's The Tempest and how we still see his influence in today's society. Our writing skills experimented with, using literary and linguistic techniques to craft our pieces.




Year 8


In Year 8, we continue our journey through the history of English literature, picking up in the Renaissance again with Shakespeare's Othello and an exploration of the still relevant social issues explored in the play. We move through the Restoration period, and into to the Romatic period, looking at both poetry and non-fiction rebellious works. Our writing skills are developed further as we explore non-fiction writing of our own, again making use of literary and linguistic techniques and experimenting with form.




Potential Careers relating to your subject


Digital Copywriter / Editorial Assistant / English as a Foreign Language Teacher / Primary Teacher / Secondary Teacher / Journalist / Publishing Copy-Editor / Web Content Manager / Writer / Librarian / Advertising Copywriter / Marketing Executive / Social Media Manager / Media Researcher




Year 9


It is in Year 9 that we end out journey through the history of English literature, starting with the Victorian period and ending with 20th and 21st century literature. We explore the gothic genre, war literature and anthologies of 20th and 21st century poetry and non-fiction texts. As more mature writers, we continue to develop our writing skills, focusing on crafting our writing for different purposes and audiences.




GCSE


At GCSE we study for both English Literature and English Language. In English Literature we explore a Shakespeare play, a 19th century novel, an anthology of poetry, unseen poetry and a modern novel or play. We examine the presentation of character, themes and setting in the texts and how the texts are affected by their contexts. In English Language we explore both unseen fiction and non-fiction extracts from the 19th to 21st century. We also develop our writing further, writing both fiction and non-fiction pieces.





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