Taught by: Mrs Michelle Berry BA (Hons), Essex; BA (Hons) Econ., Wales; PGCE·
At KS3 a programme of units of work has been drawn up and is regularly reviewed, keeping them lively, interesting and engaging. New material, in a variety of formats including: film and theatre clips, pod casts and educational DVDs, is being added to embellish the experience of studying English literature.
Units of work include:
The Genre of Fantasy - based around Neil Gaiman’s text Coraline.
Poetry - engaging with poems from anthologies, making choices, exploring poet’s techniques and writing poems.
Contemporary Novel - The Kite Rider Geraldine McCaughrean
Autobiographical Writing - The Chinese Cinderella Adeline Yen Mah
To Kill a Mockingbird - GCSE text –Harper Lee.
GCSE English 2010
New specification - Edexcel English Literature. (75% exam & 25% controlled assessment)
Understanding Prose – 50%
Exam 1 hr 45
- Essay on Animal Farm – George Orwell
- Essay on To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
Understanding Poetry- 25%
Exam 1 hr 45
- Response to an unseen poem
- Response to two poems from collection of 15 studied
Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama - 25%
- Essay on An Inspector Calls - Priestley
- Essay on The Merchant of Venice
The department views class visits to the theatre and relevant places of interest as an integral part of the English programme. Attempts are made, every year, for years 9, 10 & 11 to watch a professional performance, of the plays, which are being studied. Year 9 also benefits from a trip to The Globe Theatre, time permitting. Additionally, the department tries to secure at least one theatre trip, per year, for each class; this is often supplemented by a backstage tour of a theatre such as Drury Lane.
Recent Department Visits Include:
- RSC The Tempest - Novello Theatre
- The Tempest - Aldwych Theatre
- GCSE Poetry Live with Edexcel
- The Tempest - Young Shakespeare Company - Wyllotts Theatre
- Watership Down - Lyric
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- The Magic Carpet - Lyric Theatre
- Theatre Museum Covent Garden