Our English curriculum

KS3 English curriculum

Intent: To use the dual focus of examination feedback (KS2 Sats) and increasing maturity of pupils to create an interwoven curriculum eg the step up of R to W material from Year 7 to 8: GNMT to BISOP to Gothic Genre, and Shakespeare: Yr 7: direct a scene, to Yr 9 write to actors with full analysis of keys scenes the evidence the choice.
KS2 Feedback has regularly mentioned ‘discombobulated’ writing; hence our focus on paragraph cohesion, crafting topic sentences, planning.
Adaptive teaching: the delivery of this has been focussed on improving S+L skills, across all years.

English language and Literature are studied by all pupils at KS3 and KS4, with a healthy uptake of English Literature and Media Studies at A level in KS5.  

The possibilities of literary analysis are driven by discussion of ‘stories’ and the dissection of ‘how they are told’, through particular focus on metaphor and irony, across time and genre. 

The power of words is the foundation of language analysis and study, through a variety of Reading and Writing tasks. We believe in the Department that ‘good writers steal’ and we use the idea of a Reading to Writing Bridge to help pupils to do this. 

The Department also believes in the power of teacher ‘modelling’ to help pupils to gain an insight in to the mind-set of good readers and writers. As a result this teaching technique is widely used at all key stages. 

In addition, we believe that English should and does live beyond the classroom. As a result, opportunities are sought for pupils to enter writing and debating competitions, write for ‘real’ audiences eg RSC director, and to attend as many relevant theatre/cinema trips as is possible. 

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Half term 1Identity: Fiction texts: Boy and Good Night Mr TomFiction text: Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas and Holocaust Literature 
R to W Bridge+ Writing to Describe
Fiction texts prose and poetry – R to W bridge Fear unit
Half term 2Reading to writing bridge established: GNMT- Broadsheet newspapers; Boy – autobiographical writingVictorian literature – ‘A Christmas Carol + AO3. Media focus: compare Stave 1 and Muppets version.Gothic literature (a variety of extracts/short stories/’Woman in Black’)
Half term 3Non-fiction writing: leaflets; speech writing and deliveringNon-fiction writing: with a clear PoV
Drama Unit
Shakespeare ‘Much Ado..’ Writing to specific actors recommending them for parts; HoD to send selection to RSC.
Non-fiction writing
Half term 4Non-fiction writing: leaflets; speech writing and deliveringNon-fiction reading: linked to Reading Challenges/exam practiceNon-Fiction and Fiction reading: linked to Reading Challenges/exam practice
‘Curious Incident’/OMAM:  R to W bridge = how to write a monologue = Writing to Narrate, and used to explored role of empathy in improving writing skills
Half term 5Non-fiction writing: leaflets; speech writing and deliveringNon-fiction reading: linked to Reading Challenges/exam practiceGCSE – Poetry unit; 6 poems completed from AQA Anthology
Half term 6Exam practiceExam practiceExam practice

KS4 GCSE English Literature, GCSE English Language

Exam board: AQA
Course code: Language: 8700; Literature 8702
Examinations: P1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing; P2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives; NEA: Spoken Language. P1 Literature: Shakespeare and the Nineteenth Century Novel; P2: Modern Texts and Poetry
Progression routes: English skills can help you to careers such as journalism, directing or film production, theatre, TV, acting, brand design and marketing.

Year 10Year 11
Half term 1Complete AQA Poetry unit‘Macbeth’
Half term 2Victorian literature – ‘A Christmas Carol’‘Macbeth’
Half term 3Non-fiction readingRevision
Half term 4Fiction reading and writingRevision
Half term 5‘An Inspector Calls’Revision
Half term 6Non-Fiction WritingRevision

KS5 courses

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Updated | 23rd January, 2024 |

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