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In studying English students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment.  Students learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively.  They also learn to communicate with others confidently and effectively.  Girls will learn to be critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts.  By studying the patterns and conventions of English, students will be able to choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations.

Year 7

Students will write about personal experiences and study non-fiction extracts and a contemporary drama text.  They will study the History of the English Language which is aimed at encouraging a broader understanding of the English cultural and literary heritage.  They will also study a unit on Charles Dickens, which coincides with a trip to Rochester, where Dickens grew up.  They will learn to develop their ideas and broaden their responses, with particular emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Year 8

Students will study a range of extracts from both literature and non-fiction, including newspapers and persuasive texts.  They will study a novel and poetry on the theme of mystery and imagination and will be given opportunities to develop their descriptive abilities through creative writing tasks.  They will write to inform, explain and describe.  Students will study ‘Animal Farm’, developing their critical analysis skills, and read the Shakespeare play, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ providing opportunities for performance related assessments.

Year 9

The year begins with studying the very popular ‘Of Mice and Men’ and exploring the impact of the 1930s context on the themes of the novel.  In the second part of the Autumn Term, students will read and analyse war poetry and write an imaginative piece chronicling the life of a soldier away at war.  In the spring term, they study the Shakespearean play ‘Macbeth’ granting occasions for developing long essay style responses in preparation for the GCSE.  Additionally, they will study a range of literary non-fiction and a novel from different cultures, learning and practising the skills required at GCSE.

Year 10

Students follow the Pearson specification.  Students will study a range of literature including: ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and finally ‘Romeo and Juliet’ developing the skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings and effects.  They will also study a variety of prose fiction and develop the skills to analyse and evaluate 19th century fiction texts.  As part of the English Language exams, pupils will develop imaginative writing skills to engage the reader.  Extracts from 20th and 21st century non-fiction texts will be analysed, evaluated and compared and students will have opportunity to practise responding to exam style questions in preparation for the final GCSE exams.

Year 11

Revision of all of the set texts in preparation for the mock exams as well as further opportunities to practise and develop the skills required for the examination will take place in the Autumn Term.  Pupils will also complete their Speaking and Listening Exam in the first term of Year 11.  Finally students will explore a collection of poems on the theme of relationships and prepare for responding to ‘unseen’ poetry before the final preparations for the English Literature and English Language exams.