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“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

Character Opportunities

  • Independently exploring and investigating a theme, character or issue in any text.
  • Researching the historical, political, social and cultural context of a text and applying this to your analysis
  • Helping your English teacher and fellow students by giving out the books and resources; or helping and assisting with the teaching and learning in any way.
  • Responding to constructive criticism in a positive and detailed manner, demonstrating your appreciation of the advice given
  • Responding to written and verbal feedback, through the use of detailed green pen improvements.
  • Using technical and challenging vocabulary in your spoken language and written work.
  • Completing additional research, challenge tasks or attending revision classes; this character is about your effort levels.
  • Reading widely outside of lessons to develop your confidence when dealing with unseen texts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain a piece of writing over a long period of time.
  • Developing your independence in all aspect of the curriculum, ensuring that you work through a problem or misconception rather than relying on your teacher to tell you the answer.
  • Understanding the audience and purpose of a piece of writing and being able to apply the appropriate techniques to your own spoken language and written work; always with the audience in mind.
  • Analysing the traits of a character in a text (their behaviour and communication with other characters) enabling you to discuss and explore their motives and relationships.
  • Actively participating in your Kagan groups and inspiring others.
  • Reading aloud when exploring works of literature and non-fiction texts.

Careers Links

  • Lawyer
  • Teaching Profession
  • Editor, Script Writer, Journalist

Extended Learning

  • Theatre, Cinema, Literary Festivals, Art Galleries
  • Museums and National Trust properties
  • Assisting Teachers to develop Year 7 readers
  • LRC Assistants

Schemes of Learning & Materials

GCSE Subject Specification

You can find all the information relating to this GCSE Subject on our Subject Specifications page.