English

English at Burlington Danes Academy is both challenging and rewarding. Students are taught to engage with texts analytically and to express themselves in a manner befitting the professional world. They access a variety of contexts and cultures while exploring a wide range of modern and historical texts of varying mediums. The department strives to make the course of study as stimulating as possible, identifying and accommodating the needs of every student.

KEY STAGE 3

YEAR 7

  • Half Term 1: Victorian Fiction: 'Oliver Twist'
  • Half Term 2: The Modern Novel: ‘Private Peaceful’ and ‘Friend or Foe’, by Michael Morpurgo
  • Half Term 3: Shakespeare: 'Twelfth Night'
  • Half Term 4: Gothic: 'Frankenstein'
  • Half Term 5: Poetry: The Romantics
  • Half Term 6: Philosophy: 'Metamorphsis'

YEAR 8

  • Half Term 1: Modern Novels: ‘Animal Farm’, ‘Storm Catchers’ or ‘The London Eye Mystery’
  • Half Term 2: Drama Study: ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ and ‘Noughts and Crosses’
  • Half Term 3: Child Labour: non-fiction texts, reading ‘Iqbal’ and 'Trash'
  • Half Term 4: Shakespeare: ‘The Tempest’
  • Half Term 5: Poetry: Post 1850
  • Half Term 6: Philosophy: 'The Outsider'

YEAR 9

  • Half Term 1: Modern Novels and Current Issues: ‘Life of Pi', 'Pigeon English' and ‘Stone Cold’
  • Half Term 2: Shakespeare Study: ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
  • Half Term 3: Human Rights: non-fiction texts, the short story and poetry
  • Half Term 4: Non-Fiction: Sports and Role Models in preparation for the summer exam
  • Half Term 5: Introduction to GCSE Literature: ‘Lord of the Flies’ or ‘Martyn Pig’
  • Half Term 6: Introduction to GCSE Literature: ‘Lord of the Flies’ or ‘Martyn Pig’

KEY STAGE 4

YEAR 10

  • Half Term 1: Shakespeare: ‘Macbeth’
  • Half Term 2: The Literary Heritage: ‘Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde’
  • Half Term 3: Creative Writing: Moving Image
  • Half Term 4: Poetry Across Time: Conflict and Relationships
  • Half Term 5: Spoken Language Study
  • Half Term 6: Non-fiction texts in preparation for Year 11 exam

YEAR 11

  • Half Term 1: Texts from different cultures: ‘Of Mice and Men’ or 'Purple Hibiscus'
  • Half Term 2: Language revision: reading and writing non-fiction texts
  • Half Term 3: Literature revision: ‘The Lord of the Flies’ or ‘Martyn Pig’
  • Half Term 4: Poetry Across Time and developing writing skills
  • Half Term 5: Literature and Language revision

SIXTH FORM

YEAR 12

  • Half Term 1: ‘Wuthering Heights’, Tennyson
  • Half Term 2:'Wuthering Heights' and 'A Doll's House'
  • Half Term 3: Victorian contextual studies
  • Half Term 4: Revision: Unit 1 exam
  • Half Term 5: Revision: Unit 1 exam
  • Half Term 6: Introduction to A2: ‘Enduring Love'

YEAR 13

  • Half Term 1: ‘Captain Correlli’s Mandolin’ and Rewriting Africa Coursework: ‘Heart of Darkness’
  • Half Term 2: Making links with ‘The Great Gatsby’ Coursework: independent study
  • Half Term 3: ‘Metaphysical Poetry’ and responding to unseen poetry and prose
  • Half Term 4: Revision: Unit 3 exam
  • Half Term 5: Revision: Unit 3 exam
  • Half Term 6: Revision: Unit 3 exam