English Language & Literature (GCSE)

YearTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7Overcoming the Monster: The History of the English Language – how has our language grown, changed and developed over 2000 years? Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens and the future of the English language.
Shakespeare’s Worlds: The Tempest – an introduction to the historical and social context, language and structure of the Bard’s work.
Ways With Words: Poetry from Other Cultures – analyzing a range of modern poetry from all over the world.
Real People, Real Lives: Non Fiction – extracts from some of the most inspirational people our society has seen, from Malala to Barack Obama.
Novels and Narratives: The Class Reader – studying either ‘Wonder’, ‘Mortal Engines’ or ‘The Book Thief’, pupils will delve deep into the world of the novel, looking at its use of language and structure.
Movie Magic: Structure in ‘Spirited Away’ – a media based topic that examines the use of narrative structure in the famous film.
Year 8Transgressions: The Gothic Genre – looking at the creation and development of this popular genre over time, examining extracts from various famous texts from Dracula to Twilight.
Modern Classics: The Class Novel – studying either ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, ‘Lord of the Flies’ or ‘The Time Machine’ pupils will analyse the effects of context, language and structure of these important novels.
Clashes and Collisions: Conflict Poetry – an anthology of poetry written about the conflicts in our lives – physical, mental and emotional.
Telling Truths: Non Fiction – extracts looking at the important issues of the modern world, from climate change to video game violence.
Serious Shakespeare: Richard iii – a close look at this historical play and it’s use of irony and satire.
Drawing Gender: Comparing Princess Mononoke and Snow White – media topic, exploring the representation of gender in our animated films and how this has changed over time.
Year 9Language Paper 1 – Creative reading and writing studies, based around fiction text extracts.
Language Paper 2 – Comparative reading and transactional writing, based around paired non-fiction text extracts.
Misfortune and Mishap: Tragedy – a detailed look at this varied genre, looking at various texts including ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Graveyard of the Fireflies’.
Literature – ‘A Christmas Carol’ – an initial study of the GCSE Literature text, establishing understanding of the context, plot, characters and themes.
Poetry in the Natural World – poems from different times and places, celebrating the beauty and terror of Mother Nature.
‘Of Mice and Men’ – a revisiting of the tragedy genre, analyzing the language and structure.
Language Paper 1 – A continuation of these studies.
Language Paper 2 - A continuation of these studies.
Literature – ‘A Christmas Carol’ – returning to the text for further insight and analysis.
Poetry in the Natural World – a deeper analysis of the anthology of poetry.
Research Topics – Literature texts ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Macbeth’.
Year 10English Literature – 20th and 21st century prose - Animal Farm

English Language - Paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

English Language - Paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing

English Literature - Dickens – A Christmas Carol
English Literature - Shakespeare – Macbeth

English Literature - Poetry Anthology - Power and Conflict
English Literature – 20th and 21st century prose - Animal Farm

English Literature - Shakespeare – Macbeth

English Language - Paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

English Language - Paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing

English Literature - Unseen Poetry

Revision of Year 10 content for mock exams
Year 11Revision:

English Language - Paper 1 Explorations in creative reading and writing

English Language - Paper 2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

English Literature – 20th and 21st century prose - Animal Farm

English Literature - Unseen Poetry

English Literature - Shakespeare – Macbeth

English Literature - Dickens – A Christmas Carol
English Literature - Poetry Anthology - Power and Conflict

January onwards – revision of Year 9, 10 and 11 content in preparation for examsRevision continued and final exams