In English we aim to develop a lifelong love of literature. We also develop an analytical and inquisitive approach to the English language, enabling students to be 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 and build grit and tenacity.
“A book is a device to ignite the imagination.” – Alan Bennett
Mrs Nicola Ealden: Head of English, Email: email@example.com
Mrs Emily Smira: Second in English, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Anna Meredith: Head of Key Stage 3, Email: email@example.com
Mr Alex Town: Head of Key Stage 5, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Key Stage 3 Reading List
KS3 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Booklet
Year 6 Summer Reading Challenge
Year 7 Curriculum Map
Transition Unit – Spy: The production of an extended piece of writing through the exploration of the spy genre.
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 in Media: Rhetorical techniques/persuasion, modern media including tabloid/broadsheet styles, editorials, advertising and media bias including image manipulation.
Exploring Language: An exploration into spoken language and develop creative and analytical skills.
Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and features of comedy. Elizabethan gender issues and life at court.
Year 8 Curriculum Map
Transition Unit – Superheroes: The production of an extended piece of writing through the exploration of the fantasy genre.
Interpretations of Dickens: Study of a Pre 1900 author and literary context. Focus on film adaptations of his work and comparison.
Dystopias: A dystopian novel/short stories. Time travel writing/images of the future.
Thematic Study: Education, Responsibilities or Witchcraft and Superstition. A topic that covers a play, novel and non-fiction on a particular theme. Staff should choose 1 of the 3 to explore with their group.
What is Poetry? Poetic forms including rhythm, rhyme and structure. The oral tradition/ballads/protest poetry/rap.
Key Stage 4
Year 9 Curriculum Map
Shakespeare: The Tempest – study of text in performance and relevant literary context.
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.
19th Century non-fiction reading and writing: An opportunity for students to familiarise themselves with 19th Century texts and begin to reproduce writing in a similar style.
Year 10 English Language and English Literature GCSE
Year 11 English Language and Literature GCSE
English Language A Level
English Literature A Level