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English (curriculum)

Subject Leader: David Jenks –
Key Stage 3 co-ordinator: Mark Barker –
Key Stage 4 co-ordinator: Elisabeth Whittle –

Social: Students are provided with opportunities to read texts that portray issues and events relating to contemporary life or past experience in ways that are interesting and challenging.

Moral: Novels and plays are selected that extend students’ ideas and challenge their moral and emotional understanding. Speaking and listening activities develop students’ ability to question and reason, and often focus on real-life issues and situations where what is right or wrong is not universally agreed. Students are encouraged to take different views into account and construct persuasive arguments. Issues of morality are covered in a wide range of prose and Shakespeare texts.

Spiritual: Students are provided with opportunities to reflect on their own life and lives of others using diaries, biographies, autobiographies, journals, letters and other non-fiction writing. Students experience a rich variety of quality language use, and learn how to use language in imaginative and original ways, considering how language and meaning changes over time.

Cultural: Students study a range of prose, drama, poetry and non-fiction travel writing to encourage empathy and understanding of different cultures. Students also examine their own cultural heritage and identity through introspective writing.

MORE ABLE PUPILS – More Able students are given the opportunity to develop their abilities inside and outside of the classroom. High quality teaching is provided involving thought-provoking and challenging academic material and higher-order questioning. Assessment and personalised feedback aims to help students make rapid and exceptional progress in their reading and writing skills. Enrichment opportunities with poetry and prose writing competitions, department newsletters and the More Able Fair enable students to showcase their ability and talent.


Year 7 Schemes of Work
Autumn Term: “All Change” – A unit that focuses on transition from K2 to KS3. In this scheme, creative, informative and argumentative writing is developed, as well as the study of a series of prose texts including ‘Boy’ by Roald Dahl.

Spring Term: “Heroes and Villains” – A unit that explores characters from the real and fictional world. Myths and legends are studied, as well as a series of non-fiction texts on real-life issues. Persuasive writing skills are also developed.

Summer Term: “Romeo and Juliet” – Students study the Shakespeare text with focus on Shakespeare’s language and theatre.

Year 8 Schemes of Work
Autumn Term: “Tales of Terror” – A unit that revolves around prose and poetry with a horror theme. All students study the novel “Tales of Terror from the Black Ship”, and creative writing skills are developed.

Spring Term: “Around the World” – A unit where students study extracts from fiction across history and different cultures, as well as non-fiction accounts of travels and journeys.

Summer Term: “The Merchant of Venice” – Students study the Shakespeare text with focus on the moral questions posed by the play, and the way characters from different cultures are presented.

In Key Stage 4 all pupils study and sit a GCSE in two qualifications – English Language and English Literature (AQA exam board). Both courses are co-taught across the three years of GCSE.

GCSE English Language and English Literature:

Year 9
Autumn Term: “Poetry and Non-fiction texts” – Students study a cluster of Conflict-themed poems and a range of non-fiction texts.
Spring Term: “Charles Dickens” – Students study either ‘Great Expectations’ or ‘A Christmas Carol’, focusing on how Dickens presents the main character.
Summer Term: “Macbeth” – Students study the Shakespeare text with focus on how Shakespeare presents the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

Year 10
Autumn Term: “Non-fiction texts” – Students study a range of non-fiction texts, reading for meaning and developing their inference and analysis skills. Descriptive, argumentative and persuasive writing skills are also developed.
Spring Term: “Charles Dickens” – Students return to the Dickens text for a more in-depth study of character, plot, narrative and the writer’s craft.
Summer Term: “Macbeth” – Students return to the Shakespeare play for a more in-depth study of character, plot, dramatic techniques and the playwright’s craft.

Year 11
Autumn Term: “Modern text” – Students will either study “An Inspector Calls” or “Animal Farm”, studying character, plot, narrative, social and historical contexts and the writer’s craft
Spring Term: “Poetry” – Students study a cluster of poetry, analysing meaning, form, structure and language, while also learning how to analyse unseen poetry.
Summer Term: “Exam skills” – In the lead up to their GCSE exams, students will revise all of the modules to date, completing exam-style questions and revision activities.

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