Welcome to English

As well as being a crucial qualification to acquire, English is also an exciting subject to study. At Outwood Grange Academy, students study a range of texts for English Literature, including poetry, drama and prose. For English Language, we develop close reading and analysis skills and learn to write for a range of audiences and purposes. We value independent reading and sharing our experiences of the books we have read.

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Key Stage 3

The English course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. Key Stage 3 English is taught in Year 7 and Year 8. Work builds on the students’ existing knowledge and skills, developing increasingly sophisticated reading and analytical skills through the experience of studying a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as developing creativity, awareness of context, and rigour in technical accuracy in writing. Years 7 and 8 are seen as the beginning of a continuous learning journey through to GCSE and, where appropriate, A Level study, with the increased demands of the new GCSE in mind.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: s.thornton@grange.outwood.com

Key Stage 4

Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in English Language and English Literature
In English Language, learning focuses on developing the skills for two exam components. The reading elements require students to read and answer questions on twentieth-century fiction and nineteenth and twenty-first century non-fiction writing. The writing tasks include narrative and transactional writing. For the English Literature specification, students will read and analyse ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley. They will also be tested in their understanding of prepared and unseen poetry.

English Language is assessed in the following way:

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English Literature is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact:
s.thornton@grange.outwood.com

AQA GCSE (A*-G) in Media Studies

Pre-release material is studied for examination.
Coursework is produced on a range of media platforms.

<<Media Studies>> is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: d.ayres@grange.outwood.com

Repeat previous section as appropriate to the number of courses delivered by the department.

Key Stage 5

AQA GCE A Level English Language

Analysis of unseen texts.
Language diversity according to occupation, region, gender and ethnicity.
Child language development.
Language change.
Non-examined assessment includes a language investigation and original writing.

English Language is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: s.thornton@grange.outwood.com

AQA GCE A Level English Language and Literature
’The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood.
‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini.
William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’.
Study of literary and non-literary texts from an AQA anthology about Paris.

<<English Language and Literature>> is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: s.thornton@grange.outwood.com

AQA GCE A Level English Literature
Study of tragedy including ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare, ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy and ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Arthur Miller.
Study of political and protest writing including ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood and the poetry of William Blake.
Non-examined assessment is coursework based on independent reading.

English Literature is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: s.thornton@grange.outwood.com

AQA GCE A Level Media Studies
Investigation of the media and products, platforms and technologies.
Students research a chosen platform and apply critical media perspectives.

Media Studies is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: d.ayres@grange.outwood.com

Repeat previous section as appropriate to the number of courses delivered by the department.

Enrichment Opportunities for English

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.