In year 9, students will study texts from a variety of literary genres and historical periods, analysing the ways in which writers write. Each class will study a Shakespeare play, a novel, a range of non-fiction and fiction writing and poetry. Class work will include group work, discussion and debate as well as written work. Writing activities may include the writing of letters, diaries, speeches, empathetic responses, analytical responses and creative writing. Students will develop their reading skills though the analysis of a range of texts, comprehension tasks and reviews. Grammar will be taught and engaged with in context, so that pupils understand the rules and systems that create the English Language. Students will also participate in library lessons once a fortnight to broaden their classroom experience. They will read, write, discuss and research based on what they study in the classroom. The year 9 course prepares students for the challenges of the AQA GCSE course by encouraging independent, critical thought. Our aim is for students to be effective readers, writers and communicators.
KS4 English: English Language and English Literature
Across years 10 and 11, students will work towards two examinations for English Language. These are ‘Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing’ and ‘Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’. To prepare for the reading sections of the papers, students will read and analyse a range of literary fiction and non-fiction extracts from the 19th century to the present day. For the writing sections, students will practise writing in a variety of forms and styles. There will be a continued emphasis on accuracy and grammar, in addition to developing the ways in which students craft their language for different audiences and purposes. Creative writing in lessons takes many forms and students are encouraged to use their imagination and take risks in what they write.
English Literature A Level - AQA
English Language & Literature A Level – AQA
English Language & Literature A Level is a course which, as you would expect, combines aspects of linguistic study with the analysis of literary and non-literary texts. The range of texts is wide, covering poetry, prose and drama in addition to an anthology of non-literary texts. There is the opportunity to write creatively and in year 13 students work on a language investigation (coursework) looking at a literary and non-literary text and investigating how a common aspect is represented in both. This can be wide ranging and topics could include looking at the representation of women in a literary text and song-lyrics, or the representation of soldiers in war poetry and war reports or propaganda posters. Current texts being studied include: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, poetry by Carol-Ann Duffy, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.l
The LitBoost is a podcast for GCSE and A level literature students. Three staff at Redborne Upper School engage in debates about the texts you have studied - it is great for trying to introduce some higher level analysis into your interpretations of the text - and we try and have a laugh too!