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English

Welcome to the English Department.                                                                                                                        Our department is passionate about inspiring students and supporting them in developing a lifelong love of language and literature. In order to do this, we are dedicated to delivering a diverse curriculum, at all key stages, that gives students the tools they need in Reading, Writing and Spoken Language. We promote independent and critical thinking to ensure that students recognise what steps they must take in order to succeed and communicate successfully in the future.

Subject Leader: Miss Emily Smith (esmith@thomasaveling.co.uk)

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8, students can expect to follow a variety of engaging topics that will give them an indication of, and familiarity with, the skills covered at GCSE. Currently, our students engage in creative studies of poetry, Shakespeare and pre-19th century literature along with units based on literacy skills and non-fiction texts. All Key Stage 3 students are enrolled on the Accelerated Reader programme and, as part of this initiative, they have one dedicated lesson a fortnight in our school library.

Year 7

  • Reading for Pleasure
  • War Poetry
  • Nineteenth Century Short Stories
  • Writing for Pleasure
  • Exam Preparation: Fiction
  • Shakespeare

Year 8

  • Reading for Pleasure
  • Poetry from Other Cultures
  • Twentieth Century Drama
  • Writing for Pleasure
  • Exam Preparation: Non-Fiction
  • Shakespeare

Key Stage 4 –GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

Exam board: AQA

Year 9

Year 9 is a transition year for us where we build on the skills developed in KS3 and begin to prepare students more fully for our GCSE paths. In Year 9, we introduce students to their four key Literature texts: ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J. B. Priestley, ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson, and a collection of themed poems. In addition to this, students will also practice vital reading and writing skills to prepare them fully for the demands of the Language exam.

  • An Inspector Calls
  • Love and Relationships Poetry Anthology
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Macbeth
  • Language Paper 1: Exam skills
  • Language Paper 2: Exam skills

Year 10

In year 10, students will engage more fully with the format of the GCSE exams and develop their analytical, evaluative and comparative skills by studying a range of non-fiction texts alongside 19th Century literature extracts. Students will also complete a separately endorsed Speaking and Listening Unit which is a requirement of the GCSE course.

  • Language Paper 1: Section A Reading
  • Language Paper 1: Section B Writing
  • Language Paper 2: Section A Reading
  • Language Paper 2: Section B Writing
  • Revision of Language Papers
  • Literature Paper 2: Love and Relationships Anthology

Year 11

In Year 11, students will immerse themselves more fully with the set Literature texts and develop their exploration of writer’s methods. Students will be stretched to analyse their set texts in a perceptive and sophisticated way.

  • Literature Paper 1: Section A Macbeth
  • Literature Paper 1: Section B Jekyll and Hyde
  • Literature Paper 2: Section A An Inspector Calls
  • Literature Paper 2: Section B and C Poetry
  • Revision of Literature Papers

Key Stage 5 – A-Level English Literature B

Exam board: AQA

Genre study is at the heart of English Literature B and the four broad genres available for study are tragedy, comedy, crime writing and political and social protest writing. Just as meanings of texts are not fixed, neither are definitions of genre, which frequently change and become blurred. The texts offered, therefore, are not necessarily classic examples of established genres and this is reflected in the modifying words ‘aspects of’ and ‘elements of’. Indeed, the specification takes into account the fact that writers often subvert the genre in which they are writing. 

Year 12

  • Tragedy: King Lear
  • Tragedy: Tess of the D’Urbevilles
  • Tragedy: Death of a Salesman
  • Critical Anthology
  • Introduction to the NEA

Year 13

  • Crime: Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Crime: Atonement
  • Crime: Extracts
  • Revision: Tragedy and Crime

Key Stage 5 – A-Level English Language and Literature

Exam board: AQA

The Specification offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively, critically and independently with a wide range of texts. Using literary and linguistic concepts and methods, students analyse literary and non-literary texts in a range of modes and genres, in the process gaining insights into the nature of different discourses and ideas about creativity. Students develop skills as producers and interpreters of language by creating texts themselves and critically reflecting on their own processes of production.

Year 12

  • Telling Stories
  • Poetic Voices
  • Exploring Conflict
  • Imagined Worlds
  • Dramatic Encounters
  • Introduction to NEA

Year 13

  • Telling Stories
  • Poetic Voices
  • Exploring Conflict
  • Imagined Worlds
  • Dramatic Encounters
  • Exam revision