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Key Stage 5

English Literature

First World War poetry; reading as an active process; reading as something which is never ‘innocent’ and is historically, socially and individually specific; interpretation as something which depends on the individual reader’s existing knowledge; critical and informed response to texts in a range of forms, styles and contexts; the interdependent skills of reading, analysis and research; evaluation of a writer’s choice of vocabulary, grammatical and structural features, through the comparison of drafts of poems


First World War; social and cultural impact of war; issues of patriotism; the war poets; the links between perspectives; the role played by individuals, groups, ideas or ideology

Key Stage 4

English Literature

First World War poetry; literal and inferential comprehension; critical reading; comparing texts


First World War; engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers; develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context; develop an awareness of how and why different interpretations have been constructed about people, events and developments from the past and why they may have been accorded significance; organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions

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