Curriculum

ENGLISH

The study of English is essential, not only in terms of helping individuals make sense of who they are, but also in learning how to communicate successfully with the world. English Literature teaches a great deal about life, history and society and fosters tolerance and understanding, which is a vital part of a balanced education. Reading, spoken language and writing are the cornerstones of success and we aim to equip our pupils with the skills to read critically, confidently and for pleasure; to be articulate in their spoken language; and to write effectively with style and accuracy for a wide range of purposes and audiences.
English at KS3
Year 7 Year 8
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Poetry
Speaking and ListeningReading Focus:

  • Context
  • Viewpoints
  • Language: form and structure

Writing Focus:

  • Formality and register
  • Purpose and audience
  • Organisation and structure
Noughts and Crosses
Non-fiction and Media

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Visualisation
  • Prediction
  • Speculation
  • Retrieval of information
  • Summarising

Writing Focus:

  • Story writing
  • First person narrative
  • Writing for audience and purpose
A Christmas Carol

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Visualisation
  • Prediction
  • Speculation
  • Retrieval of information
  • Summarising

Writing Focus:

  • Story writing
  • First person narrative
  • Writing for audience and purpose
War Poetry

Reading Focus:

  • Context
  • Viewpoints
  • Language/form and structure

Writing Focus:

  • Formality and register
  • Purpose and audience
  • Organisation and structure
  • Story writing
  • Descriptive/emotive language
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Private Peaceful

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Visualisation
  • Prediction
  • Speculation
  • Retrieval of information
  • Summarising

Writing Focus:

  • Story writing
  • First person narrative
  • Writing for audience and purpose
Dracula and other drama texts

Reading Focus:

  • Language and structure
  • Genre and style
  • Relationship between texts

Writing Focus:

  • Dialogue
  • Sentence types
  • Descriptive techniques
Language Paper 2 writing skills – transactional writing

Reading Focus:

  • Writers’ viewpoints
  • Evaluating impact of techniques
  • Identifying purpose/target audience

Writing Focus:

  • Presenting a point of view
  • Writing to argue / persuade
Twelfth Night and other Shakespearean texts

Reading Focus:

  • Context
  • Viewpoints
  • Language/form and structure

Writing Focus:

  • Formality and register
  • Purpose and audience
  • Organisation and structure
Unseen Poetry/Creative Writing

Reading Focus:

  • Context
  • Viewpoints
  • Language: form and structure

Writing Focus:

  • Formality and register
  • Purpose and audience
  • Organisation and structure
  • Story writing
  • Descriptive/emotive language
Language Paper 2: Reading Skills

  • Inference and deduction
  • Writers’ viewpoints
  • Evaluation of techniques

Writing focus:

  • Compare and contrast
  • Summarising
  • Retrieval of information
Drama texts and skills

Reading Focus:

  • Writers’ intentions
  • Inferring information
  • Stage directions
  • Target audience

Writing Focus:

  • Structuring
  • Character voice
  • Evaluating
  • Descriptive techniques
  • Formality of language
  • Target audience
Holes

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Visualisation
  • Prediction
  • Speculation
  • Retrieval of information
  • Summarising

Writing Focus:

  • Story writing
  • First person narrative
  • Writing for audience and purpose
Assessment

Formal Assessment takes place at the end of each Half-Term.

English at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • GCSE preparation
  • Language Paper 2 reading skills
  • Blood Brothers
  • Creative writing Paper 1 skills
  • Macbeth
  • Chanda’s Secrets
  • Gothic literature
  • GCSE preparation
  • Paper 1 writing skills
  • Unseen poetry
  • Paper 1 Reading skills
  • The Sign of the Four
  • Paper 2 writing
  • An Inspector Calls
  • GCSE preparation
  • Anthology – love and relationships
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Paper 1 and 2 reading
  • Revision-Macbeth, The Sign of the Four, Inspector Calls
Assessment – English Language

Examination Board: AQA

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Section A Reading: pupils will answer four questions on an unseen fiction extract.
  • Section B Writing: one extended writing question where pupils will demonstrate their narrative or descriptive writing skills in response to a written prompt, scenario or visual image.
Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Section A Reading: pupils will consider two linked sources from different time periods and genres in order to analyse how each presents a perspective or viewpoint to influence the reader
  • Section B Writing: pupils will produce a written text to a specified audience, purpose and form in which they give their own perspective on the theme that has been introduced to them in Section A.
Non-Examination Assessment: Spoken Language
  • Compulsory Speaking and Listening assessment, set and marked by the class teacher
  • This result is included in the GCSE Certificate for English, but does not contribute to the overall grade
Assessment – English Literature

Examination Board: AQA

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 64 marks
  • 40% of GCSE
  • Section A Shakespeare: pupils must answer one question on their play of choice (Macbeth, William Shakespeare). They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
  • Section B The 19th-Century Novel: pupils must answer one question on their novel of choice (The Sign of the Four –  Arthur Conan Doyle). They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (2 hour 15 minutes)
  • 96 marks
  • 60% of GCSE
  • Section A Modern Texts: pupils must answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text (An Inspector Calls, J.B. Priestley).
  • Section B Poetry: pupils will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster (Love and Relationships Anthology Cluster).
  • Section C Unseen Poetry: Pupils must answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.
Enrichment Offer

The English Department enjoys celebrating the written word and runs activities across both key stages for events such as National Poetry Day and World Book Day. We also invite visiting authors and theatre companies to engage pupils and spark their interest, enjoy visits to the theatre and run regular competitions such as our ‘500 words’ short story competition. The Department runs intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress is at the heart of our delivery model.