Mrs S Butt (Learning Area Leader)
Miss G Harris (Lead Pracitioner)
Mr L McGuigan (Assistant Deputy Leader English)
Mrs S Harvey
Mrs N Evans
Miss A Hawkins
Mr H d'Arce
Mr C Thomas
The English Department at KLS is an experienced department, comprising nine subject specialists. The department offers English and English Literature at Key Stage Three and Four and English Literature at Key Stage Five. We are committed to sharing our passion for the subject, providing a stimulating, dynamic and academically rigorous experience of English for all our students.
A love for literature is fostered through the enthusiasm and expertise of our specialist staff, an emphasis on personalised learning through independent research and projects, and plenty of opportunities for discussion, as we place a high value on each student's personal response and the development of their key character traits.
Each student has access to a rich cultural experience as we offer the opportunity to participate in an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities, from theatre trips around the country to in-house visits from authors which are provided to pupils across all Key Stages.
We share with the students of KLS our own love of reading, circulating detailed reading lists, encouraging discussion, and promoting our popular Reading Log scheme for lower school.
KS3 (Years 7-9)
What is studied?
At Key Stage Three, we focus on developing and securing the key skills required for the study of English and English Literature, whilst also encouraging students to read widely and develop a love and enthusiasm for the subject.
Pupils will be assessed on Reading skills, Writing skills and Speaking and Listening skills. In reading tasks, pupils will be expected to select accurate quotations and analyse the writer’s use of language and structural features using subject terminology accurately, whilst evaluating the success of these techniques in conveying the writer’s purpose. In writing tasks, pupils will be encouraged to be imaginative, writing with a variety of forms and purposes. They will be encouraged to use a wide range of linguistic and structural features accurately and creatively. In both Reading and Writing tasks, pupils will be expected to carefully proof read their work checking for spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors. Speaking and Listening is assessed throughout key stage 3 and includes individual contributions, group discussions and dramatic performances.
In Year 7, pupils will study a range of texts, which include an Induction Unit exploring Chaucer; Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”; a modern novel, which may include My Sister Lives On The Mantlepiece and Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror and a Poetry unit. Pupils will also study “Iqbal” which focuses on child labour and how children are treated differently around the world.
In Year 8, pupils will study a range of texts which include a Modern text The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins; An exploration of Gothic Literature; a poetry unit; an autobiography unit and the study of a modern Drama text.
In Year 9 students study a range of Prose, including “Of Mice And Men’ by John Steinbeck and “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. They will also study a range of War Poetry. From Easter Term pupils will be starting to develop the skills required for the GCSE exams and will explore these whilst studying “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare and various poetry from the EDUQAS anthology.Homework
KS4 (Years 10 – 11)
What is studied
At KLS, all students work towards a GCSE in English Language
(EDUQAS English Language)
All students will be exposed to a range unseen texts including extracts from novels, short stories, newspaper articles, reviews and letters dating from the nineteenth to the twenty first century.
As part of their study, students will consider how established, modern and emerging writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers; identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas; select and synthesise evidence from different texts; use relevant subject terminology as part of their analyse and to compare writers’ ideas and perspectives.
Students will also be taught to communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, adapting the tone, style and register of their writing for different forms, purposes and audiences. We aim to develop students’ ability to develop writing that conveys complex ideas convincingly. In addition, students are expected to use punctuation with a high level of accuracy, to securely use complex grammatical structures and to achieve high levels of accuracy in spelling.
All texts in the examination will be unseen.
Component 1 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (40%)
Section A: Reading (40 marks) (20%): one single literature fiction text
Section B: Writing (40 marks) (20%): one extended writing narrative question
(24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)
Component 2 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing
Written exam: 2 hours (60%)
Section A: Reading (40 marks) (30%): Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of high-quality non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions.
Section B: Writing (40 marks) (25%): Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks
Non-examination Spoken Language
This is assessed within the school by means of a presentation, where pupils respond to questions and feedback.
The vast majority of our students also work towards a GCSE in English Literature
(EDUQAS English Literature)
At KLS, girls will study a nineteenth century novel ‘Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens; a modern drama text ‘Blood Bothers’ by Willy Russell; a Shakespeare play, ‘Macbeth’ as well as a range of poetry from Dickenson to Duffy.
As part of their study, the students will learn to adopt a critical style, developing an informed personal response to the texts. They will learn to analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects in an insightful and sophisticated way. Additionally, students are taught to develop an understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
All assessments are closed book
Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry
Written examination: 2 hours (40%)
Section A (20%) Shakespeare (Macbeth)
One extract question and one essay question based on the reading of the text.
Section B (20%) Poetry from 1789 to the present day
Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, one of which involves comparison.
Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry
Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes (60%)
Section A (20%) Post-1914 Prose/Drama (Blood Brothers)
One source-based question on a post 1914 drama text
Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose (A Christmas Carol)
One source-based question on a 19th century prose text
Section C (20%) Unseen Poetry from the 20th/21st Century
Two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.
Exam board websites (specification and specimen papers):
Key Stage Five/A Level
The study of Literature at A Level is a broad and challenging journey through the literary canon. You will be encouraged to develop interest in and enjoyment of English Literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender, and through experience of an extensive range of views about texts and how to read them. There is significant scope for independent study and the emphasis of the course will be on your development as an informed, independent reader of literary texts through a course of wide and close reading. As a result, you can expect to read numerous texts and write regular essays. However, those wishing to aim for the highest grades will be constantly engaged in reading further around the content of the course.
Students studying A Level English Literature will follow AQA (A) specification, which provides the most flexibility and variety of set text choice allowing both pupils and staff to enjoy pursuing areas of personal interest and expertise.
An A Level in English Literature will provide you with an array of highly desirable transferable skills including:
- Developing detailed and balanced arguments and sensitivity to how communication is shaped by circumstances, authorship and intended audience.
- Sensitivity to the power of language and its role in creating meaning
- A broad vocabulary and ability to use critical terminology appropriately
- Skills in the accurate and appropriate presentation of academic work
- The ability to analyse and write critically, and the capacity for independent thought, reflection and judgement.
- The ability to comprehend and develop intricate ideas and make good use of research skills.
As a result you would be well prepared to apply for an array of University courses from Humanities to Law, International Relations and more.
- You will study poetry, prose and drama from the medieval to modern period.
- You can expect two to three examinations, which will be between two and three hours long and will be closed book. Some of the examination content will be unseen.
- There will be comparative coursework worth 20% of the final A Level, which will ask you to compare and contrast texts from different periods.