English Language

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About the subject

Building on the exploration and analysis of the written word at Key Stage 3, the GCSE English Language course gives students the opportunity to: impress with their creativity in narrative writing; express a viewpoint through sophisticated argument and demonstrate perceptive and personal readings of texts.

Year 7

Beowulf / Respect (short story)
Myths and Legends / Passing for White (short story)
Romeo and Juliet
Grimms Brothers' Tales / Fairy Tales
World War One Poetry / War Poetry
A Monster Calls / The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty

Year 8

Literary Criticism
Of Mice and Men
Mockingbird / Noughts and Crosses
Opinion and Descriptive Writing
Othello / The Tempest
Identity Poetry

Year 9

Brave New World / The Hate U Give / One / Long Way Down
19th Century: Sherlock Holmes Stories
Unseen Poetry: Reading and Writing
Journey's End / Our Day Out
The Crucible / Writing Skills

GCSE English Language

Exam Information

You will have two exams for English Language in the summer of Year 11:
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives
You will complete a separate Speaking and Listening assessment in Year 10

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