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.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8

Reading Focus:

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

Writing Focus:

  • Descriptive language
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
  • Vocabulary
  • Students study themes of education, the natural world and adventure through a range of modern and nineteenth century texts

Reading Focus:

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

Writing Focus:

  • Story writing
  • First person narrative
  • Descriptive language
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
  • Students study Shakespeare and themes of societal issues and disasters featuring a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from various time periods
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Power and Conflict Poetry: making connections within poetry to develop analytical writing and describing a tense scene
  • 20th Century Drama: Exploring characterisation in drama and writing an essay.
  • Revision
  • Spoken Language – formal, individual presentation
  • Fiction Study: transferring analytical skills to unseen texts and narrative writing
  • 19th Century Novel: thematic and characterisation study through language
  • Power and Conflict Poetry: thematic study of power and writing literary essays
  • Shakespeare: understanding the plot
  • Shakespeare: thematic and characterisation study through language.
  • Non-Fiction Study: making connections and comparisons across unseen texts and writing about a viewpoint.
  • Literature Revision
  • Language Revision

Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specifications: AQA GCSE English Language (8700) and AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.