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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 to enable them to become knowledgeable global citizens.

Students will also develop essential life skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in order to become effective communicators in different situations, allowing them the opportunity to lead a life of their choosing. They will be able to form opinions, express their points of view, develop an argument and have the knowledge to be able to write accurately with freedom, creativity and passion. Through the themes of Power, Responsibility, Identity and Relationships, students will see common threads which pervade through English literature, from epic poetry through to imagined dystopias.

Year 7

Modules 1 and 2: Early Literature and descriptive writing

Modules 3 and 4: Romanticism and non-fiction writing

Modules 5 and 6: Shakespearean comedies and narrative writing

Year 8

Modules 1 and 2: Dickens and the Victorian Era and descriptive writing

Modules 3 and 4: The effects of conflict and non-fiction writing

Modules 5 and 6: Shakespearean tragedies and narrative writing

Year 9

Modules 1 and 2: The Gothic and descriptive writing

Modules 3 and 4: Animal Farm and The Tempest

Modules 5 and 6: Modern and Post-Modern Literature

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.