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English


All students in Year 11 take GCSEs in both English Language and English Literature.

Our girls are naturally interested in communication. We nurture this interest, supporting it with technical skills and a wider appreciation of literature. In Years 7 to 9 students learn how to use a variety of writing styles, look at text in different media and non fiction; consider poetry, prose and theatre writing, and hone their own skills in a range of speaking and listening activities. Taking an active part in class is essential. Most of our students are voracious readers and many are gifted writers. We encourage them to share their ideas with each other and continue to expand their fiction and non-fiction reading tastes.

 

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Stratford Girls’ Grammar School Year 8 Kids’ Lit Quiz Team hit the National Final of the event held at The City of London School on December 4th. Elodie, Eloise, Heather and Issy have been preparing for this day for the past term. Weekly quiz rounds held under the literary tutelage of English Teacher Mrs Emma Bradley have been more akin to Olympic training than a quiz about books! Having won their regional round of the event held in October, the girls were ready for the bright lights and smoke of London where they faced nineteen other teams from across the country.

Mrs Bradley commented, ‘What was so fabulous about the whole day was the buzz about books; the competitive excitement about reading.’

The day was crowned by an address from Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell (author of the best selling How to Train a Dragon series). The girls were able to meet with her personally and chat about writing and reading.

Pictured are Elodie, Eloise, Heather and Issy with Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell.

 

Students in Years 7-9 can expect to study the following:   

 

     

Year Group

Reading

Writing

Speaking and Listening

Assessments

Year 7

Modern Prose Study

Non-fiction/Media

The Short Story

Shakespeare/ Drama

Pre and Post Twentieth Century Poetry

Close Reading Extract Study – How do writers create character?

Descriptive writing

Story writing

Speech writing

Letter writing

Autobiographical writing

Newspaper/magazine article writing

Leaflet writing

Poetry writing

Analytical/evaluative essay writing

The art of group discussion

 

Individual presentations

 

The art of persuasion

Year 7 will have 6 formal assessments throughout the year.

These assessments will focus on reading, writing and speaking skills taught across the course.

Students also undertake the Hathaway extended project

One end of year examination is sat in the summer term.

Year 8

Writers’ Viewpoints and perspectives – Journeys

Close analysis extracts – non-fiction and fiction

Poetry – themed anthology – pre and post 20th century

The Novel

Shakespeare/Modern Drama

Short Story

Descriptive writing

Speech writing

Newspaper/magazine

Leaflet writing

Analytical/evaluative essay writing

Comparative essay writing

 

The art of rhetoric

Whole class debating

Individual presentations

Year 8 will have 6 formal assessments throughout the year.

These assessments will focus on reading, writing and speaking skills taught across the course.

One end of year examination is sat in the summer term.

Year 9

Dystopia/The Gothic/Project Society

The Novel

Shakespeare/Modern Drama

Non-Fiction Comparative Extracts pre and post 20th century

Poetry – themed anthology

 

Comparative essay analysis

Analytical essay

Summary writing

Speech writing

Newspaper/magazine

Leaflet writing

Short Story

Descriptive writing

Non-Examined Assessment – Individual extended contribution.

Year 9 will have 6 formal assessments throughout the year.

These assessments will focus on reading, writing and speaking skills taught across the course.

Students complete their AQA GCSE English Language NEA Speaking and Listening Assessment in the summer term of Year 9

One end of year written examination is also sat in the summer term.

English Language (AQA 8700)

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – reading questions based on an unseen passage from a literature text and a descriptive or narrative based writing task. 1hr 45min exam (50% of the total marks)

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – reading questions based upon one unseen non-fiction and one unseen literary non-fiction text and a piece of writing to express a viewpoint. 1hr 45 min (50% of the total marks)

Non-Exam Assessment: Spoken Language – students will be asked to deliver a presentation to an audience and respond effectively to questioning using Standard English. This non-examined assessment will take place at the end of Year 9.

English Literature (AQA 8702)

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th- century novel – students will write two extended essays based upon extracts from one Shakespeare text and one 19th-century novel.  1hr 45min (40% of the total marks)

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry – students will write one essay on a modern prose or drama text, followed by a comparative essay based upon anthology poetry and a response to an unseen poem. 2hr 15 min (60% of marks)

An outline of the course is as follows:

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 10

English Literature Paper 2: An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (Reading focus)

Poems Past and Present (Power & Conflict x 9 poems)

 

English Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives  (Reading focus)   

English Literature Paper 1: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

 

English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading & Writing (Writing focus)


English Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives  (Writing focus)

Poems Past and Present (Power & Conflict x 6 poems)

 

Year 11

English Literature Paper 1: 19th Century Novel Study

 

English Literature Paper 2: Approaches to Unseen Poetry

English Literature Paper 2: Revision of Comparative Power and Conflict Poetry

 English Language Paper 1 & 2 Revision  

 

English Language Paper 1 & 2 Revision  

English Literature Paper 1 and 2 Revision 


Love English? Consider English Literature A-level.