At Key Stage 3, Year 7 students have 3.5 one hour lessons per week; in Year 8 this is 4 hours per week and 3 in year 9. One of the lessons in years 7 and 8 is a library lesson, where students use the ‘Accelerated Reader’ scheme to help raise literacy levels. Students at Key Stage 4 have 4, one hour, lessons a week. Our chosen examination board for GCSE is AQA for both English Language and English Literature.

The English faculty is based in 7 rooms which are located in 2 areas of the school.  In addition, there is a small room with 7 computers attached to one of the rooms that can be used for intervention or small group work.

Year 7

Our Year 7 English curriculum covers a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as the application of English skills in everyday life.  Throughout the year regular assessment will be undertaken which introduces and develops a range of skills necessary to underpin success at GCSE and the world of work.


Topics covered include:

Narrative writing

Fiction – ‘The Freak Show’ (Circus du Freak),

Shakespeare – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Poetry – Form and Content ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’

Non-Fiction writing – Travel Journals

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils study a second Shakespeare play and cover Pre-19th Century Literature (The Speckled Band, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).  Throughout the year the range of skills are assessed through written and oral tasks designed to develop and deepen the skills introduced in Year 7.

 Topics covered include:

Non-Fiction – Crime and Punishment

Poetry – Madness, Madness, We Call It Madness.

Shakespeare – ‘The Tempest’

Murder Mystery ‘Who Done It?’

Exam preparation – ‘Analysing Writing’

Year 9

In Year 9, students are given a wide introductory overview to the skills necessary to support analysis of unseen poetry in their GCSE examinations through the study of War Poetry. Throughout the year the range of skills are assessed through written and oral tasks designed to develop and deepen the skills introduced in Year 8.

Topics covered include:

Fiction, ‘The Hunger Games’

Non-Fiction – ‘Freedom’

War Poetry

Gothic Fiction – ‘Who’s Afraid Of The Dark?’

At The Wilnecote School, pupils in Years 10 and 11 pupils follow the AQA Literature and Language Specification. The following is a brief summary of the G.C.S.E. courses we follow:

English Language Exam

Paper One: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Students are assessed on their analysis of one extract of literary fiction and on their own piece of descriptive or narrative writing.

Paper Two :Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Students are assessed on their analysis of one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text and on their ability to compare the two and n their own piece of writing in which they must present a viewpoint.

Speaking & Listening

Students are assessed on one spoken presentation and on their ability to respond to questions from their audience.

English Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel.

Students will study Macbeth and A Christmas Carol. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the texts and relate this to the work as a whole.

Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

In this unit, students will study An Inspector Calls and a selection of poetry on the topic of conflict or love. In their exam students will answer one question from a choice of two on the drama text and one comparative answer on the selection of poetry. In addition, they will answer one question on an unseen poem and one question comparing this poem to a second unseen poem.