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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Year 7 and 8

The English course in year 7 and 8 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. 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.harley@grange.outwood.com or s.adams@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.harley@grange.outwood.com

Eduqas GCSE (9-1) in Media Studies

Students study four Media frameworks: Media Language, Representations, Audiences and Industry and apply these to seventeen set products. The products include: television, advertisements, radio, film and newspapers. Students will be assessed on a selection of these products in two exams. For the coursework task, students research, design and create a DVD cover and film poster for an original film.

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: s.harley@grange.outwood.com

GCSE English and English Literature revision website

English teachers and directors from across the Trust have created a revision website which is closely tailored to the messages students receive in their English lessons. We have a wealth of expertise in delivering the WJEC/Eduqas specifications that all our academies use for English and our website ensures that students can access advice and materials which will help them to achieve the best grades they can at any time. Students will need their academy Google login details to access the website.

The website can be accessed by following this link revision.english.outwood.com

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.harley@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.harley@grange.outwood.com

Eduqas 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: s.harley@grange.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities for English

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in English. Year 11 English teachers are available for After-School English revision and catch-up sessions on Monday from 2.30-3.30pm.