English

Online Revision Resources

The websites below are useful for both Key Stage 3 and GCSE revision. Most are free!

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3english

www.englishbiz.co.uk

www.learnthings.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/revision

www.universalteacher.org.uk

www.podcastrevision.co.uk

www.s-cool.co.uk

www.mrbruff.com

www.sparknotes.com

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature*

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_language*
 

· OCR Specification

 

Year 9 Summer Term

 

This term is all about 'Macbeth', focusing on plot, characters and key themes. The work done this term will form the basis of the GCSE Literature Shakespeare component in the following two years. Pupils will study the text alongside analysing two film versions of the play, comparing the presentation of key characters. The pupils complete a workbook and a final essay discussing the character flaws of the central character.

Year 7 and 8 Summer Term

 

Alongside preparing for our end of term exams, the group has been exploring Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' We approach this area of the curriculum from a performance perspective, incorporating drama activities to bring the play to life.

Here is a broad outline of English Language taught across KS3 and 4.

 

Year 7 and 8 English – Mrs Lloyd

 

Throughout the past term, we have been looking at the novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher and discussing how people’s true character is developed in adverse situations. We have also had great fun working on a Speaking and Listening Assessment based on Theme Parks! The new term will begin with another wonderful novel – ‘The Hobbit’ by JRR Tolkien – and we shall be looking at Christian virtues in Bilbo and Thorin. The class has brought beards and swords in the event of any battle reenactments! Alongside this, we shall be investigating newspapers and creating our own.

 

 

Year 9 English – Mrs Lloyd

 

So far, we have read two novels dealing with war – ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne and ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo. Both novels deal with the theme of loyalty and courage and have led to some interesting discussions on friendship and responsibility. We have also made great use of the pupils’ knowledge of World Wars as they have been studying this theme in History!

 

 

Year 10  English Language – Mrs Lloyd

 

The class has looked at a range of writing skills to prepare for the GCSE course. (English Language - OCR)

 

Year 10 English Literature - Mrs Vickers

We have begun the set texts for the GCSE course in English Literature (OCR) and last term studied 'An Inspector Calls' by JB Priestley. This term we are looking at 'The Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by R. Stevenson and we are thinking about the Gothic 19th Century novel. Hopefully we will be going to see a theatre production of the novel locally, in March.

 

Year 11 English Language – Mrs Lloyd

 

The class has been practicing the skills necessary for success in the Question 4 tasks – comparing two themed texts.

 

Year 11 English Literature - Mrs Vickers

The class have studied all the texts needed for the course in Literature and last term have been revising Shakespeare's play 'Much Ado About Nothing', which was coupled with an exciting visit (with Year 10) to the Globe Theatre in London to see it performed in October. We also revised 'An Inspector Calls' and began to look at the 'Conflict' poetry anthology in preparation for the mock exams in January. The spring term will also be about revision and preparation for the final exams in the summer.