Our vision:

The English Faculty will empower every child to be able to communicate confidently and creatively, question curiously and critically and leave Erdington Academy with a love of literature that nourishes them for life.

Curriculum:

English Year Plan for 2017-2018

Texts currently studied in Key Stage 3 English:

  • A Monster Calls– Patrick Ness (Year 7)
  • Millions (Year 7)
  • Julius Caesar– William Shakespeare (Year 7)
  • Detective Fiction (Year 7)
  • The Crucible– Arthur Miller (Year 8)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream– William Shakespeare (Year 8)
  • Poetry (Year 8)

Texts currently studied in Key Stage 4 English:

  • Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde- Robert Louis Stevenson (Year 9)
  • An Inspector Calls- B. Priestley (Year 9)
  • An anthology of poetry based around the theme of Clashes and Collisions, including (Year 9)
  • *A Christmas Carol– Charles Dickens (Year 10) (Click here to access a free online version)
  • *Macbeth– William Shakespeare (Year 10) (Click here to access a free online version)
  • *Animal Farm– George Orwell (Year 11)
  • *The ‘Power and Conflict’ cluster of the AQA poetry anthology (Students will receive copies by January of the year of examination)

*Examination text

GCSE Specifications:

AQA English Language

AQA English Literature

Further study:

Erdington Academy Twitter Feed

BBC Education

BBC Skillswise

Sparknotes

No Fear Shakespeare

Show My Homework (Erdington Academy students are all provided with login details.)

Quizlet (Free to join.  Students can revise with readymade resources and may be directed to resources prepared by members of the faculty.)

PiXL Lit (Erdington Academy students will be provided log in details by their class teachers.)

Examination Dates, May & June 2019:

English Language 8700 (1h 45m per paper)

  • 8700/1 Explorations in creative reading and writing: Tuesday 4th June, 2019
  • 8700/2 Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives: Friday 7th June 2019

English Literature 8702

  • 8702/1 Shakespeare and the 19th century novel: Tuesday 15th May 2019 (1h 45m)
  • 8702/2 Modern texts and poetry: Friday 23rd May 2019 (2h 15m)

Extra-curricular activities 2017:

  • Debate Mate: Tuesdays after-school. Open to Year 7-10 students.
  • Book Club: Tuesdays after-school. Open to Year 7 students, run by Year 10 students.
  • HPA master-classes: held at various times throughout the year, during lunch time or Fridays after-school.
  • Revision sessions: day to be confirmed, taking place afterschool from January of the year of examination.
  • Writing Club: Thursdays after-school. Invitation only.

Throughout the year, trips are organised and offered to students where possible, as well.

Suggested Reading Lists:

Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4.