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Thursday, May 13, 1999 Published at 16:06 GMT 17:06 UK


Recommended reading

Some categories are featured for the first time

The National Curriculum contains particular recommendations for what children should be studying in English and in history.

The Department for Education says the lists are being considered during the consultation and will be developed in response to comment.


Examples of recommended authors have been provided for the first time for the categories "recent and contemporary drama, fiction and poetry written for young people and adults" and "major writers from different cultures".

1. English heritage: two plays by Shakespeare (one to be studied between ages 11-14)
e.g. Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing

2. English heritage: drama by major playwrights

Oliver Goldsmith
e.g. She stoops to conquer

William Congreve
e.g. Way of the world

Christopher Marlowe
e.g. Doctor Faustus

Sean O'Casey
e.g. Death of a gunman

Harold Pinter
e.g. The Birthday party

J B Priestley
e.g. An Inspector Calls

Peter Shaffer
e.g. The Royal Hunt of the Sun

G B Shaw
e.g. The Devil's Disciple

R B Sheridan
e.g. The Rivals

Oscar Wilde
e.g. The Importance of being Earnest

3. English heritage: two works of fiction by major writers published before 1914

Jane Austen
e.g. Pride and Prejudice

Charlotte Bronte
e.g. Jane Eyre

Emily Bronte
e.g. Wuthering Heights

Joseph Conrad
e.g. Heart of Darkness

Daniel Defoe
e.g. Robinson Crusoe

Charles Dickens
e.g. Christmas Carol

Arthur Conan Doyle
e.g. Sherlock Holmes series

George Eliot
e.g. Silas Marner

Henry Fielding
e.g. Joseph Andrews

Thomas Hardy
e.g. Mayor of Casterbridge

Robert Louis Stevenson
e.g. Kidnapped

Jonathan Swift
e.g. Gulliver's Travels

H G Wells
e.g. History of Mr Polly

4. English heritage: two works of fiction by major writers publishedafter 1914

E M Forster
e.g. Room with a View

William Golding
e.g. Lord of the Flies

Graham Greene
e.g. Brighton Rock

Aldous Huxley
e.g. Brave New World

James Joyce
e.g. Dubliners

D H Lawrence
e.g. Sons and Lovers

Katherine Mansfield
e.g. collected short stories

George Orwell
e.g. Animal Farm

Muriel Spark
e.g. The Ballad of Peckham Rye

William Trevor
e.g. collected short stories

Evelyn Waugh
e.g. Scoop

5. English heritage - poetry by four major poets published before 1914

William Blake
Robert Browning
Robert Burns
Geoffrey Chaucer
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
John Donne
Gerard Manley Hopkins
John Keats
Andrew Marvell
John Milton
Alexander Pope
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Alfred Lord Tennyson
William Wordsworth

6. English heritage: poetry by four major poets published after 1914

W H Auden
Gillian Clarke
Keith Douglas
T S Eliot
U A Fanthorpe
Thomas Hardy
Seamus Heaney
Ted Hughes
Elizabeth Jennings
Philip Larkin
Wilfred Owen
Sylvia Plath
Stevie Smith
Edward Thomas
W B Yeats

7. Recent and contemporary drama, fiction and poetry written for young people and adults

Alan Ayckbourn
Samuel Beckett
Alan Bennett
Robert Bolt
Brian Friel
Willis Hall
David Hare
Willie Russell
R C Sherriff
Arnold Wesker

J G Ballard
Berlie Doherty
Susan Hill
Laurie Lee
Joan Lingard
Bill Naughton
Alan Sillitoe
Mildred Taylor
Robert Westall

Simon Armitage
James Berry
Douglas Dunn
Liz Lochhead
Adrian Mitchell
Edwin Muir
Grace Nichols
Jo Shapcott

8. Major writers from different cultures

Atholl Fugard, South African
Arthur Miller, American
Wole Soyinka, Nigerian Nobel Prize winner
Tennessee Williams, American

Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Nobel Prize winner
Maya Angelou, American
Willa Cather, American
Anita Desai, Indian
Nadine Gordimer, South African Nobel Prize winner
Ernest Hemingway, American
Henry Handel Richardson, Australian
Doris Lessing, South African
RK Narayan, Indian
John Steinbeck, American
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, KenyanNobel Prize winner

E. K. Brathwaite ,Caribbean
Emily Dickenson, American
Robert Frost, American
Robert Lowell, American
Les Murray, Australian
Rabindranath Tagore, Indian
Derek Walcott, Caribbean Nobel Prize winner


AGES 7-11

Local study
Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in Britain
Roman Conquest and Boudicca
King Alfred and Anglo-Saxon resistance to the Vikings

The Tudor World
William Caxton
Henry VIII
Thomas More
Sebastian and John Cabot
Francis Drake
Walter Raleigh
Elizabeth and the Armada
Earl of Essex
William Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatres

Victorian Britain
James Watt
Robert Stephenson, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the introduction of railway travel
Lord Shaftesbury
Florence Nightingale
Victoria and Albert and the Great Exhibition
Humphrey Davy
Alexander Graham Bell

Britain since 1930:
William Morris
William Rootes
John Dunlop and car travel
John Logie Baird
The Depression
The Blitz
Festival of Britain
Emigration and immigration
Space Travel
Impact of new technologies

European study: the Ancient Greeks

A world study: one of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Sumer or Assyrian Empire, the Indus Valley, the Maya, Benin, the Aztecs

AGES 11-14

Britain 1066-1500
The Norman Conquest including Battle of Hastings
The Domesday survey
Richard I and the Crusade
Magna Carta
Henry II
Thomas Becket
Edward I
Edward III
The Black Death
The Peasant's Revolt
Henry V
Henry VI
The Wars of the Roses

Britain 1500-1750
Plantations in Ireland
Poor Laws
Charles I and the Civil Wars
Oliver Cromwell
Charles II
William III
Acts of Union
The Treaty of 1707
Jacobite rebellions
William Harvey
Isaac Newton
Robert Boyle

Britain 1750-1900
Britain and the American Revolution
Napoleonic Wars, Horatio Nelson and Duke of Wellington
Abolition of slavery and slave trade in British Empire
Development of the Empire in India or Africa
Robert Peel
William Gladstone
Benjamin Disraeli
Edward Jenner
Joseph Priestley
Michael Faraday
William and Caroline Herschel
Charles Darwin
Role of an entrepreneur, explorer, individual reformer or politician
Political protest or reform movement, e.g. Chartism
Extension of the franchise
Development of political parties
Relations between Ireland and Britain
Development of legislation to improve working and living conditions
Development of arts and architecture
Developments in science and technology
Industrialisation in a local area
Changes in agriculture and rural life

European study before 1914
Neolithic Revolution
Roman Empire
Italian Renaissance
European expansion in the early modern period
Reformation and Counter-Reformation in 16th century
Ottoman Empire
Peter the Great
French Revolution and Napoleonic era
German and Italian unification
European expansion in 19th century

World study before 1900
Islamic civilisations
Imperial China
India before coming of the British
Civilisations in Peru
Indigenous peoples of North America
Black Peoples of the Americas
Japan under the Shoguns

World Study after 1900
Western Front
Russian Revolution
Depression and New Deal in USA
Rise of National Socialism in Germany
Emergence of Japan as a major power
Winston Churchill
Adolf Hitler
Joseph Stalin
Benito Mussolini
Franklin Roosevelt
Mahatma Gandhi
Changing role and status of women
Extension of franchise in Britain
Welfare State
United Nations, including UN Charter and Universal Declaration of
Human Rights Break-up of overseas empires of European countries
Changes in science, technology and communications
Partition of Ireland
Marie Curie
Albert Einstein
Niels Bohr
Ernest Rutherford
James Watson
Francis Crick
Rosalind Franklin
Maurice Wilkins

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