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English

Welcome to the English Department.                                                                                                                       

Our department is passionate about inspiring and facilitating 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 essential tools they need in reading, writing and spoken language. We promote independence at all levels and develop critical thinking to ensure that students recognise what steps they must take in order to succeed and communicate successfully in the future.

Subject Leader: Mrs E Hayward (ehayward@thomasaveling.co.uk)

Key Stage 3

In English, our learning journey starts as we reinforce and build on previous skills attained during Key Stage 2. This can be seen as students are given the opportunity to explore a range of diverse and challenging texts, across a variety of forms. Students develop the ability to read more deeply for meaning and investigate the writer’s use of methods. Moreover, we introduce students to thinking creatively as well as analytically about the texts studied. There are opportunities embedded throughout the year to ensure students are increasingly familiar with new vocabulary and comfortable in a range of spoken language settings and formats.   

Furthermore, 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 to foster a culture that further encourages and embeds reading for pleasure.

Year 7

  • Reading for Pleasure
  • War Poetry
  • Nineteenth Century Short Stories
  • Writing for Pleasure
  • World Literature
  • Shakespeare: Comedies

Year 8

  • Reading for Pleasure
  • Poetry from Other Cultures
  • Twentieth Century Drama
  • Writing for Pleasure
  • World Literature
  • Shakespeare: Tragedies

A differentiated ‘Step Up’ curriculum is offered to students, at Key Stage 3, that need a supported approach to access the challenges of the English curriculum. This structure further reinforces the connections to real life contexts and will support students to develop fundamental comprehension, literacy and spoken language skills that they can apply successfully to their studies and final end point. 

Key Stage 4 –GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature

Exam board: AQA

Across Key Stage 4, our learning journey continues as students will secure and strengthen the core skills built through our Key Stage 3 curriculum, whilst continuing to broaden exposure to new texts.

Year 9

In Year 9, we facilitate the reading and comprehension of our texts whilst securing the distinct knowledge and vocabulary required to explore its significance and influence across time. Students are encouraged to question the writer’s intentions and demonstrate an imaginative understanding of the texts through a variety of re-creative tasks; establishing themselves as writers through a variety of inspired methods and exploring their ability to re-shape meaning. Further opportunities are created to ensure students are able to communicate confidently in spoken and written forms. 

  • Shakespeare study
  • 19th Century Literature
  • 20th Century Drama
  • Poetry Anthology
  • Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • Spoken Language study

Year 10

In year 10, students strengthen their analytical, evaluative and comparative skills by examining a collection of fiction and non-fiction texts; exploring their context, purpose and audience. In addition, students refine their re-creative practice and explore the art of becoming a writer and dedicate themselves to the writing process itself: planning, editing and proofreading. Students gain valuable experience in commenting on the impact of their own writing. They have to consider how their use of language, structure and form can be crafted to aid communication and how they may be required to adapt their writing and speech to meet the needs of different purposes and audience.

  • Whole text: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • Travelling through the 19th, 20th and 21st century: Fiction extracts
  • Whole text: Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives
  • Travelling through the 19th, 20th and 21st century: Non-fiction extracts
  • English Language Revision
  • Literature carousel

Year 11

In Year 11, students will immerse themselves fully in an informed, critical study of Literature. Students will be stretched to analyse their set texts in a perceptive and sophisticated way, with the expectation that they can structure their debate coherently. We encourage students to question and evaluate their understanding of the text and intend for students to craft an assured, personal response surrounding its key themes, characterisation and context. Students are encouraged to research wider interpretations of the key texts independently and the department nurtures and inspires an increasing confidence in original readings.  

  • Shakespeare study
  • 19th Century Literature
  • 20th Century Drama
  • Poetry Anthology
  • Revision of Literature Papers

Key Stage 5 – A-Level English Literature B

Exam board: AQA

Genre study is at the heart of English Literature and the genres selected to inspire our study are tragedy and crime 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’. Therefore, the exploration takes into account, and encourages our students to discover and challenge, the fact that writers often subvert the genre in which they are writing. 

Year 12

  • Tragedy: King Lear
  • Tragedy: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  • 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

English Language and Literature 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