Mrs N Ealden Head of English firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs E O’Grady Second in English email@example.com
Mrs H Burniston Head of Key Stage 3 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs A Meredith Head of Key Stage 5 email@example.com
In English we aim to develop a lifelong love of literature. Alongside developing an analytical and inquisitive approach to the English language and to enable students as confident readers, writers, speakers and listeners. We cover a range of topics that allow for the study of a vast range of fiction and non-fiction texts, prose, drama, poetry, and moving image. The topics and texts encourage independence, research, close reading and enquiry whilst giving opportunities to craft and draft writing to build grit and tenacity.
“A book is a device to ignite the imagination” – Alan Bennett
Key Stage 3
Each scheme of learning lasts 9 weeks, and is designed to give students a deep understanding of the essential skills of: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Curriculum journey English 2020-21 Years 7-9
Key Stage 3 Reading List
KS3 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Booklet
Modern Author: The study of a modern author plus focus on different text types such as reviews and articles about that author/the ideas they explore
Language and Media: Rhetorical techniques/persuasion, modern media including tabloid/broadsheet styles, editorials, advertising and media bias including image manipulation..
Poetry: Read and analyse a wide range of different poetic forms, including song/rap. Writing an anthology of poetry.
Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Creative Writing. Elizabethan gender issues and life at court
Dystopias: A dystopian novel/short stories. Non-fiction writing based on the genre.
Exploring Spoken Language and Technology: Exploring spoken language and the evolution of language of technology. Study the language of texts, emojis, blogs, twitter, ‘fake news’.
Victorian Short Stories: Read a collection of short Victorian stories, including at least one Dickens short story – explore horror genre and Victorian context. Extended writing project to create a short story in the Victorian horror style.
Play text: In-depth study of a play text. Spoken language exploration of dramatic techniques.
Modern Novel and Poetry: A focus on one core text plus investigating the language and structure of said text. In addition, students will study poetry in order to secure an understanding of verse and the context behind it.
Shakespeare, Creative Writing and Evaluative Writing: study of a Shakespeare text in performance and relevant literary context. Creative writing skills, and evaluation of a short story.
The Art of Rhetoric: Reading and analysing key historical persuasive speeches, writing and performing persuasive speeches.
Key Stage 4
Each scheme of learning last a half or full term and is designed to give students an expert understanding of the necessary skills for both Language and Literature. At the end of each topic students are given the opportunity to complete an exam style question which embeds the skills needed for their GCSE exams at the end of Year 11.
Curriculum journey English 2020-21 Years 10-11
English Language and Literature GCSE
We offer A levels in:
English Language & Literature