English

Key Stage 3

Year 7 and Year 8 students have 3.5 one hour lessons of English per week. A combination of English Language and English Literature are studied.

Key Stage 4

Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 students have 4 one hour lessons per week. Our chosen examination board for GCSE is AQA for both English Language and English Literature.

Years 7 & 8

Our curriculum is planned to ensure success at GCSE. Skills and topics are built upon each year and students take an internal examination at the end of the academic year which mirrors the format of the GCSE paper. Spellings with definitions are taught and tested weekly, and dedicated time is provided to focus on improving punctuation and grammar. One of the lessons in Year 7 and Year 8 is a library lesson, where students use the ‘Accelerated Reader’ scheme to help raise literacy levels.

 

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 introduce and develops a range of skills necessary to underpin success at GCSE and the world of work.

 

Topics covered include:

  • Creative writing – ‘What’s the Story?’
  • Reading analysis – ‘Cirque du Freak’ (Darren Shan)
  • Poetry analysis – ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’
  • Non-Fiction writing – ‘We’re All Going On A Holiday’
  • Shakespeare analysis – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (William Shakespeare)
  • Spoken language – ‘Haunted House’

 

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils study a second Shakespeare play and cover Pre-19th Century Literature (The Speckled Band by 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 comparison analysis – ‘Crime, Punishment and Freedom’
  • Poetry analysis – ‘Should We Call It Madness?’
  • Reading analysis – ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ (Mark Haddon)
  • Shakespeare analysis – ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (William Shakespeare)
  • Creative writing – ‘Who Done It?’ (The Speckled Band – Arthur Conan Doyle)

Spoken language – ‘Dragon’s Den’

Years 9,10 & 11

Examination Board: AQA

English Language

Students will be able to:

  • read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism.
  • read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts.
  • summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts.
  • use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing.
  • write effectively and coherently, using Standard English appropriately.
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately.
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

Topics covered include:

  • Reading fiction and analysis
  • Descriptive writing
  • Narrative writing
  • Reading non-fiction, comparison and analysis
  • Transactional writing

 

English Literature

Students will be able to:

  • read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, as well as making connections across their reading.
  • read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas.
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often.
  • appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage.
  • write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English.
  • acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

Topics covered include:

  • ‘An Inspector Calls’ (J. B. Priestley)
  • ‘Macbeth’ (William Shakespeare)
  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Charles Dickens)

Power and Conflict poetry anthology

English catch up café is open on a Wednesday and Friday until 3.45pm. If a student has any questions about their work or feel they need a little extra help with any aspect of their work, drop in for a cup of tea, a biscuit and we’ll answer your questions.

Key Stage 3

Years 7 & 8

Our curriculum is planned to ensure success at GCSE. Skills and topics are built upon each year and students take an internal examination at the end of the academic year which mirrors the format of the GCSE paper. Spellings with definitions are taught and tested weekly, and dedicated time is provided to focus on improving punctuation and grammar. One of the lessons in Year 7 and Year 8 is a library lesson, where students use the ‘Accelerated Reader’ scheme to help raise literacy levels.

 

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 introduce and develops a range of skills necessary to underpin success at GCSE and the world of work.

 

Topics covered include:

  • Creative writing – ‘What’s the Story?’
  • Reading analysis – ‘Cirque du Freak’ (Darren Shan)
  • Poetry analysis – ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’
  • Non-Fiction writing – ‘We’re All Going On A Holiday’
  • Shakespeare analysis – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (William Shakespeare)
  • Spoken language – ‘Haunted House’

 

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils study a second Shakespeare play and cover Pre-19th Century Literature (The Speckled Band by 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 comparison analysis – ‘Crime, Punishment and Freedom’
  • Poetry analysis – ‘Should We Call It Madness?’
  • Reading analysis – ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ (Mark Haddon)
  • Shakespeare analysis – ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (William Shakespeare)
  • Creative writing – ‘Who Done It?’ (The Speckled Band – Arthur Conan Doyle)

Spoken language – ‘Dragon’s Den’

Key Stage 4

Years 9,10 & 11

Examination Board: AQA

English Language

Students will be able to:

  • read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism.
  • read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts.
  • summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts.
  • use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing.
  • write effectively and coherently, using Standard English appropriately.
  • use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately.
  • acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
  • listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.

Topics covered include:

  • Reading fiction and analysis
  • Descriptive writing
  • Narrative writing
  • Reading non-fiction, comparison and analysis
  • Transactional writing

 

English Literature

Students will be able to:

  • read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, as well as making connections across their reading.
  • read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas.
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often.
  • appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage.
  • write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English.
  • acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

Topics covered include:

  • ‘An Inspector Calls’ (J. B. Priestley)
  • ‘Macbeth’ (William Shakespeare)
  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Charles Dickens)

Power and Conflict poetry anthology

Extra Curricular

English catch up café is open on a Wednesday and Friday until 3.45pm. If a student has any questions about their work or feel they need a little extra help with any aspect of their work, drop in for a cup of tea, a biscuit and we’ll answer your questions.