Essa English Expects Excellence!
We are passionate about using language and literacy
Faculty Leader: S Cosgrove
In English we strive to instil a love of literature and reading in order to succeed throughout all subjects. We aim to provide this through a challenging and varied curriculum with Shakespeare and engaging modern and pre 19th century texts at the centre.
We set homework fortnightly using the Extended Learning iTunes U course, SAM learning and Accelerated Reader.
We follow the Edexcel exam board and offer two GCSEs in Language and Literature.
Step Up to English classes are offered for students, new to English, to enable them to access the curriculum, as well as developing their own use of the English language. Some year 11 students are also able to sit the AQA Entry Level qualification in English as an alternative to GCSE.
Students are provided with their own copies of the following GCSE texts to support their learning:
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
An Inspector Calls by J. B Priestley
Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
Edexcel Revision guides
Students begin their journey at Essa with a Survival themed course, which supports their transition from primary to secondary. They will study Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and subverting Fairytales for a modern audience.
Students will study tragic heroes in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and focus on dystopian literature such as The Hunger Games and Animal Farm.
Students will investigate conflict in war through a variety of texts such as Journey’s End and War poetry. They will explore the darker side of literature through gothic tales such as Woman in Black and begin to study the Literature GCSE text, Macbeth.
This year, the GCSE course is continued through pre 19th century novels, such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or A Christmas Carol, and poetry centered around the theme Clashes and Collisions.
Students will continue poetry and prose and develop language analysis and themes in their second play, Blood Brothers or An Inspector Calls. They will also revise poetry, Shakespeare and language in preparation for their final exams.
Revision sessions and intervention sessions are offered weekly.