At Harper Green, we offer a dynamic and engaging curriculum that helps stimulates students’ growth and helps prepare them for the challenges of the KS4 GCSE.
From Shakespeare to Sassoon, students tackle challenging topics to broaden their minds and help them become well rounded individuals, with a love of literature and a passion for language.
In Year 7, your child will cover the following topics:
- Perfecting Prose: improving grammar and vocabulary
- An introduction to Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
- Detective Fiction
- Poetry from another Culture
- All at Sea: The Titanic and that era
- Exam skills: getting used to the AQA exams
In Year 8, your child will study the following topics:
- Gothic literature
- Victoriana: An introduction to Victorian Social and Historical context
- Romeo and Juliet:
- The Language of Warfare: poetry of conflict
- Articles Through the Ages: Non-Fiction reading and writing skills
- Exam Skills: getting used to the AQA exams
During each half term, there are two opportunities for assessing progress, with skills assessed that link to the GCSE Assessment Objectives in Language and Literature. Within all of these lessons, we aim to cover moral, spiritual, social and cultural aspects of life at Harper Green and in the community. We pose challenging discussions on many moralistic points such as: the rights of people from different cultures (Y7), the rights of the individual in society (Y8) and the physical and mental impact of war on the individual (Y8).
At KS4, which we start in Year 9, we aim to provide students with an early insight into the texts studies for the AQA GCSE English Literature Exam. This will give students ample opportunity to develop specific reading skills that allow them to understand an array of complicated texts.
In Year 9, students will read Macbeth, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and either An Inspector Calls or Blood Brothers. These are texts that will be revised and incorporated into the Year 10 and Year 11 curriculum. The overall aim is to give pupils time to engage with and understand key themes and issues within the text
In Year 10 and 11, we introduce pupils to the expectations of the AQA English Language GCSE, giving them the confidence to tackle the varied and robust nature of the questions. Pupils will learn about the impact of specific language techniques on the reader, as well as how structure is important in a text and comparing two non-fiction texts (one being pre-20th Century).
Within all this, we also get pupils learning about the poetry element of the Literature GCSE. This is based on the Power and Conflict Cluster of the Anthology. These are often referred back to and revised throughout the two years.
English Language is a necessity for all future qualifications and ventures. Occupations where English is essential are:
- Journalism and Media
- Teaching (primary and Secondary and for any subject)
- Public Relations
- Social Media
Within English, we offer a variety of extra-curricular activities to broaden the minds of the students:
- Period 7 to Year 11: helps with revision for exams
- Aim Higher Lectures for Year 11: accessing Grade 9 for the Literature exams.
- Debate Club for KS3
- Literature at Lunch
- Weekend revision conferences
- Books and Biscuits for KS3
- Cakes and Classics for KS4
- Big Book Quiz
- World Book Quiz