English at Wycliffe is taught as a core subject starting from Year 9 and continuing as core into Years 10-11, with GCSEs being split into English Literature and English Language. Pupils can choose to study English Literature at A Level.
The Year 9 course includes: a study of other cultures, covering Literature from around the world: War Poetry; Shakespeare; Non-fiction; a genre study of the Gothic. In Year 9 we also introduce the GCSE English Literature course by beginning the study of the poetry anthology unit.
English Language at GCSE follows the Eduqas specification and pupils should expect to study prose fiction comprehension, 19th and 21st Century non-fiction, prose writing, transactional writing and a spoken language presentation at the end of year 10.
English Literature GCSE, again following the Eduqas specification, promotes analytical skills and the ability to synthesise material. Pupils will study: a post 1914 text, 19th century prose, unseen poetry, a poetry anthology and a Shakespeare play.
At A Level we follow the AQA English Literature A specification which is Historicist in its approach. Pupils will study texts in context, either following the period of WWI and its aftermath or Modern Times from 1945 to the present day. In addition, they will study the theme of love through the ages which will include the study of a Shakespeare play and a modern novel. Recent text choices have included ‘Othello’ and ‘The Great Gatsby. There is also the opportunity in the second year of the course for pupils to study their own choice of texts in the coursework unit.
The English Department arranges regular study days, theatre and cinema trips as well as visits from writers to hear experts provide insights into the processes of creating good writing to support the learning of pupils at all levels.