Key Stage 3
The KS3 English curriculum at Bishop Luffa is varied, challenging, and centred on creativity. From Year 7 onwards pupils are encouraged to become confident speakers, effective writers, and enthusiastic readers. Pupils in year 7 develop their literacy through studying Language Awareness, The Class Novel, and an Introduction to Poetry. Year 8 pupils are encouraged to think critically about the world around them in their study of Shakespeare and War Fiction and Poetry. Year 9 topics provide both continuity and progression for pupils, including Language and Gender and Romeo and Juliet, which foster independent learning and connections with GCSE. Throughout KS3, there is a rich extra-curricular culture of reading and writing in which pupils are encouraged to participate, including the popular writing magazine Written Life, as well as public speaking and poetry competitions.
Key Stage 4
Why study English Language and Literature
Everyone at Bishop Luffa studies both English Language and English Literature. You will achieve two GCSEs in Year 11. English is a vital subject for all to study, for, as the author Anne Fine says:
‘Without English, nothing. And without good English, nothing very well.’
At KS4, pupils will study for two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature. Both of these courses are designed to develop independent, creative thinking skills and the confident use of the English language, as well as encourage a lifelong love of reading. Pupils are assessed through terminal examinations. For English Language, pupils will read and produce both fiction and non-fiction. They will also be assessed in their speaking and listening skills. For English Literature, pupils will study a Shakespeare play and a classic text from the English Literary Heritage, as well as study poetry, both seen and unseen, and read a modern play. There are opportunities throughout the two-year course to attend conferences, watch plays on-stage use multimedia, and to write for the KS4 Magazine, Phoenix.
Outline of syllabus content
In English Language you will:
Read comfortably, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. These texts will include literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
- Develop your ability to read and evaluate texts – being a critical reader - and make comparisons between them
- Develop skills to help you summarise a text and synthesise (select the appropriate) information or ideas from it
- Magpie knowledge and ideas from your reading to inform and improve your own writing
- Write effectively, clearly and precisely using Standard English appropriately
- Use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
- Build and use a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of subject terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- Listen to, and understand, spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.
In English Literature you will:
- Build your reading range to include Shakespeare, a 19th century novel, contemporary prose, drama and poetry. You will read and evaluate these as a critical reader too.
- Write about literature in a clear and coherent way and you will use accurate Standard English
Both English Language and Literature are 100% exam. There are no longer any Controlled Assessment tasks.
- In English Language you will have two exams: Paper 1, “Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing,” is 1 hour 45 minutes long and is worth 50% of the GCSE. Paper 2, “Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives” covers non-fiction, is also 1 hour 45 minutes and worth 50% of the GCSE.
- In English Literature you will have two exams, “Shakespeare and the 19th century novel” and “Modern texts and poetry.”