Online Revision Resources
The websites below are useful for both Key Stage 3 and GCSE revision. Most are free!
· 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 & Literature (OCR) – Mrs Vickers
The class has looked at a range of writing skills to prepare for the GCSE Language course, and begun to work on our speaking and listening coursework.
We have been studying the set texts for the GCSE course in English Literature (OCR) and last term studied the "Conflict" section of our poetry Anthology ("Reflections") . 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. We have also covered our Shakespeare text "Much Ado About Nothing" and our modern literary play "An Inspector Calls" which some of us performed at the end of last term - a great way to learn quotes!
Year 11 English Language & Literature – Mrs Vickers
The class has been practicing all the skills necessary for success in upcoming exams - comparing texts and creative writing have been a main focus. We have also completed our speaking and listening coursework.
The class have studied all the texts needed for the course in Literature and have been revising Shakespeare's play 'Much Ado About Nothing', which which we went to the Globe Theatre in London to see performed live at the start of our course. We also have revised 'An Inspector Calls', 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' and the 'Conflict' poetry anthology (where we even used a 'wiki wars' project to show off our knowledge) in preparation for our summer exams, which we're now fully ready for!
Year 9 English - Spring 2019
Year 9 have been looking at magazines and creating their own minimags. Alongside this, they have been reading suspense stories and devising their own script using suspense techniques.
Following on, we have been practising for the upcoming exam and studying 'Much Ado About Nothing' for GCSE Literature.