Key Stage 3
Year 7 is focused on – Beowulf, British Poetry of Culture and Identity, Grammar for Writing, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Susan Hill’s I’m King of the Castle and Rhetoric.
Year 8 is focused on – Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Romantic Poets, Short Stories with a focus on Edgar Allan Poe and Anton Chekhov, Grammar, George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Investigative Journalism.
Key Stage 4
All pupils will take examinations in both English Language and English Literature. Whilst decision on the examination boards has yet to be finalised, the curriculum has been designed to match the rigorous demands of the new GCSEs including a rich diet of high quality literature, drama, grammar and rhetoric.
Year 9 will focus on –
Head of Languages Faculty
Summer studied English and Classical Studies at the University of St Andrews, and has been teaching English in London schools for seven years. She believes passionately that studying English not only gives pupils access to a world of great literature but also inspires them to become the writers, critics, actors and rhetoricians of tomorrow.
“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” This quotation from Joyce Carol Oates helps explain the importance of studying English Literature; it is in this study that pupils are able to think beyond their own experiences and engage with the world around them. In studying English, we also study the beauty and ambiguity of language; the history of our nation and the great philosophical questions of life.
English at ELSS in the words of our pupils:
“English isn’t just about reading and writing, it’s about discovering and being surprised about what’s right and wrong.” (Colum)
“English is about exploring and using your imagination. Asking questions, making statements, writing stories. It’s all English.” (Jade)
“English is our language. Reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar are all part of English. We use English in our everyday life to communicate.” (Thajkera)
“English is listening or reading something others have said, then using that knowledge to make something of your own.” (Parker)
“English is a way of communicating and learning the truth about things.” (Jay)
“English is a way of expressing yourself and your views. Not only that but with English you can enter your own world and discover the truth.” (Tom H.G)
“English is a way to communicate with others and it’s also a way of asking questions and discovery. Also English is a way to create suspense, joy and sadness.” (Alisha)
“English is anything you want it to be. You can make English fun or exciting, you can even make it scary. The possibilities are endless. So what do you think of English?” (Aaron)