English Language and Literature 
English and media enable students to hone the skills necessary to communicate with the individuals they live with in society, the world around them any beyond. We place an emphasis on reading to equip our students with the skills to decode texts at a sophisticated level.

Head of English: 
Ms D Girvan – D.Girvan@stjohnfisher.school

Curriculum Outline

During KS3 students will study the following: contemporary prose: Boy by Roald Dahl, persuasive speaking and how to conduct yourself in a debate, Creative Writing: Gothic Literature-an opportunity to read within the gothic genre and also to produce your own gothic texts, a carefully selected poetry anthology and travel writing, at least two Shakespeare plays from a selection, a unit of work based around the history and contemporary Olympics, The Curious Incident of the dog in the nighttime, an opportunity to take part in a poetry workshop and subsequent poetry slam (judged by a published poet).

Our KS4 course begins in Year 9 and throughout the two years students will prepare for two GCSE subjects-English Language and English Literature. Throughout the three years students will study: a selection of unseen poetry, at least one Nineteenth century text (which will be chosen from: A Christmas Carol, Sherlock Holmes-A Sign of Four or Jane Eyre), a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, at least one Shakespeare play (either Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth) and the AQA poetry anthology (Power and Conflict). The student will also practice for and eventually present their Spoken language Endorsement, which will be directly represented on their GCSE English Language certificate and is a requirement of the course.

Our KS5 provision for English currently consists of the AQA Lit/Lang combined course at both AS and A2 level. Students are introduced to the analysis of stylistics at an advanced level and go on to apply this analysis to a range of texts including: an anthology of non-fiction focussing on Paris, a selection of Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry, a novel detailing an imagined world (currently Handmaid’s Tale), a novel about an individual in society (currently The Great Gatsby) and Shakespeare’s Othello. Students use their analytical skills to discuss the ways in which the writers have created their texts but are also given the opportunity to recast texts and place their own interpretations on them.

Curriculum Outline Media 

During our KS4 course students are introduced to the media topics of: advertising and marketing, film, magazines, newspaper, video games, music, situation comedies and radio. They are encouraged to develop their technical understanding of these texts and the industries that produce them and then they use this knowledge to create sophisticated media productions of their own. KS5 media is suitable for students who haven’t studied the subject at GCSE. The Educas course looks at a wide range of media texts and the theories that have been developed to decode them. Students are encouraged to become critical readers of media texts, in order to hone the analytical and creative skills they will need for their own productions.

Examination Information
Official name of course Qualification Level Exam Board
English Literature GCSE AQA
English Language GCSE AQA
English Language and literature AS/A Level AQA
GCSE Media Studies GCSE Educas
GCE Media Studies AS/A Level Educas
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