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‘Building powerful knowledge to grow confident & creative global citizens.’

The study of English at The Priory Lincoln Academy is based on the underlying principle that students need to secure, deepen and broaden their understanding of key linguistic and literary knowledge, ideas and concepts in order to link, apply and manipulate them in various contexts throughout their English career.  Students will develop essential life skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in order to become effective communicators in society. They will be able to form opinions, express their points of view, develop an argument and also have the knowledge to be able to write freely, creatively and with passion. Through the themes of Power, Responsibility, Identity and Relationships, students will see common threads which pervade through English literature, from Ancient Greek myths through to futuristic dystopias.

Our recovery curriculum supports students' academic progress by acknowledging potential missed learning opportunities, supporting student wellbeing and facilitating enrichment.  We continue to develop students resilience and sense of achievement fostering their ambition and celebrating their successes.

Year 7 English

Modules 1 and 2– Early Literature

  • Ancient Greek mythology
  • Beowulf
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and other legends
  • Descriptive writing

Modules 3 and 4 Romantic and Victorian Literature

  •  Romantic poetry by Blake, Coleridge, Shelley, Wordsworth and Keates
  •  Victorian literature- study of Dickens, Bronte, Austen and Hardy
  • Non-fiction writing

Modules 5 and 6 Shakespeare-A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • An introduction to Shakespeare
  • Understanding conventions of a Shakespearean comedy
  • Narrative writing

Year 8 English

Modules 1 and 2– War and Conflict

  •  War poetry by Brooke, Owen, Sassoon and  contemporary poets
  •  Descriptive writing

Modules 3 and 4 Social Conscience and Changing Minds

  •  Study of non-fiction articles and speeches
  • Non-fiction writing

Modules 5 and 6 Shakespeare-Macbeth

  • Introduction to the conventions of a Shakespearean tragedy
  • Narrative writing

Year 9 English

Modules 1 and 2– Gothic and Horror

  • An introduction to the conventions of the gothic genre
  • Study of gothic authors including Warpole, Shelley and Stoker,

Modules 3 and 4 Dystopia

  • Study of Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Non-fiction writing

Modules 5 and 6 Shakespeare-Romeo and Juliet

  • Close study of Romeo and Juliet
  • Narrative writing

Year 10

AQA English Language

AQA English Literature

Year 11

AQA English Language

AQA English Literature

Year 12 - 13. Edexcel English Language and Literature

Three components will be studied across the two years.

Component 1 - Voices in Speech and Writing

You will study how spoken voices are created and how writers present an identity in a literary drama text and a wide range of non-fiction and digital texts including transcripts of conversations, radio broadcasts, TV chat shows, poetry, novels, travel writing and electronic communication such as texts, e-mails and blogs.

You will study one play in depth. It may be Equus by Peter Shaffer, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire or Brian Friel’s Translations. In recent years students have seen performances in London at The Old Vic and at the Harold Pinter Theatre as well as locally at LPAC and The Drill Hall.

Component 2 – Varieties in Language and Literature

You will read a wide range of non-fiction texts from the 18th century to the present day on the theme of Society and the Individual.

You will prepare for the exam on two literary related to Society and the Individual; both being either classic or contemporary novels e.g. The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, Birdsong, Dracula.

Component 3 – Investigating and Creating Texts

You will produce two pieces of creative writing on a topic of your choice (e.g. War and Conflict, Journeys, Love and Loss etc. guided and inspired by two stimulus texts that you can choose yourself with your teacher’s guidance. One of your creative texts will be fiction, and one will be non-fiction.

Following this, you will then write a commentary of your two creative writing pieces- commenting on the language and form you have chosen and how this relates to the style you are trying to achieve and the literature which has influenced you.