English

Introduction

The study of English Language and English Literature has clear links to every subject across the curriculum and will ensure that all Trinity students have transferable skills that they can draw upon whilst at school and beyond.

Some of the invaluable skills students will develop are: literal and inferential comprehension skills; becoming critical, questioning readers and listeners; supporting their own points of view in writing and speech; development of writing skills in order to produce clear and coherent texts for a range of purposes.

The skills students will develop during their time in English lessons will be valued in all areas of their lives and in whatever career paths they may ultimately follow.

Key Stage 3

Study at Key Stage 3 will ensure that firm foundations are in place for later study at GCSE and beyond.Over the course of Key Stage 3 all students will study a wide range of literature including novels, poetry and drama from a variety of time periods. They will also develop their writing skills for a variety of different contexts.

Our KS3 English Steps Assessment criteria have been developed with GCSE requirements in mind and consist of five strands.  These strands ensure that students are able to practise and develop the skills that shall be needed for their future study as these are explicitly focussed upon during their first years with us.

These strands are:

  • Reading: Fiction
  • Reading: Non-Fiction
  • Writing: Descriptive/Narrative
  • Writing: Non-Fiction/Own Views
  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Key Stage 4

Students study both English Language and English Literature at GCSE.
Key Stage 4 study of English Language will see students:

  • developing their writing skills to express information clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures;
  • learning how to write imaginatively and creatively;
  • looking at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of their readers.

They will read and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods. Using these they will also learn how to respond to a variety of unseen texts.

They will also work on their extended writing skills using different writing styles and incorporating a wide variety of sentence structures and punctuation.

Their study of English Literature will mean that they will:

  • explore aspects of plot, characterisation, events and settings, distinguishing between what is stated explicitly and what is implied;
  • develop their skills at being critical readers, supporting their points of view by referring to evidence in the text;
  • learn how to write effectively about literature for a range of purposes.

Students will study a modern play as well as poetry written over a period of time. They will also study a Shakespeare text and a novel written during the 19th century.