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Park High School

Park High School

Year 9

Over the course of this year, students will tackle aspects of English Language and English Literature GCSE courses. We follow the AQA specification for English Literature and the Eduqas specification for English Language. 

Autumn 1

An introduction to the modern novel:

  • Students will study either ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck or ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell.
  • Students will develop close language analysis skills, as well as their appreciation of the relationship between text and context.

Key outcomes:

  • Annotation and analysis of key extracts
  • An essay on the novel as a whole

Autumn 2

Narrative writing

  • Students will prepare for the narrative writing of the English Language GCSE by exploring a range of short stories and personal narratives.

Key outcomes:

Students will plan and write their own narratives.



‘Macbeth’ or ‘Romeo and Juliet’

  • Students will study one of the Shakespeare texts on the AQA literature specification.
  • Students will learn about key themes, concepts and contexts relevant to their text and will engage in close language analysis.

Key outcomes:

Students will respond to an exam-style question, analysing an extract from the play and making links to the text as a whole.

Summer 1

Introduction to AQA Poetry Anthology

Students will study a selection of poems from the ‘Love and Relationships’ or ‘Power and Conflict’ Cluster.

Key outcomes:

  • Annotation of poems
  • Comparative paragraphs

Summer 2

Spoken language preparation:

  • Analysing a range of persuasive speeches
  • Writing and delivering own speech

Key outcomes:

  • Detailed analysis of persuasive speeches.
  • Writing and performing own persuasive speech.

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Address Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL

Headteacher Mr Emlyn Lumley

Phone 0208 952 2803

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