Key Stage 3

English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects.

In studying English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Students learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.

Literature in English is rich and influential. It reflects the experiences of people from many countries and times and contributes to our sense of cultural identity. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts, gaining access to the pleasure and world of knowledge that reading offers. Looking at the patterns, structures, origins and conventions of English helps pupils understand how language works. Using this understanding, pupils can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations, as well as appreciate and interpret the choices made by other writers and speakers.

Year 7

Term 1 – Transition Unit: theme of ‘Survival’
Term 2 – Novel
Term 3 – Drama: introduction to Shakespeare; focus on character
Term 4 – Shakespeare continued: themes and genre
Term 5 – Poetry: ‘Creatures, beasts and wildlife’
Term 6 – Speaking and Listening: to inform/explain/describe

Year 8

Term 1 – Poetry: War and Propaganda
Term 2 – Novel
Term 3 – Writing: ghost stories
Term 4 – Drama: ‘Frankenstein ‘ or ‘Tulip Touch’
Term 5 – Crime unit
Term 6 – Speaking and Listening: to argue/persuade

Year 9

Term 1 – The Gothic genre
Term 2 – Writing linked to media: The World Around Us
Term 3 – Reading: novel
Term 4 – Speaking and Listening linked to the novel
Term 5 – Poetry analysis | GCSE preparation | Mock examination
Term 6 – Study of Shakespeare- linked to GCSE skills

Key Stage 4 - English Language

What will my child learn studying GSCE English Language?

You will learn how to use your writing to suit many situations. You will learn how an author creates a piece of writing and how this affects different readers. You will learn to adapt your talk to different situations ranging from presentations to speeches to discussion to role play.

How is English Language taught?

You will be expected to undertake a range of tasks in lessons; on your own, in groups or in pairs. You will use discussion, drama, ICT, written work and speaking and listening tasks. You will; read a variety of literature, use a variety of media including television, DVD and voice recording, experiment with creative writing and complete a study of spoken language. You will have the chance to go on theatre trips and other extra-curricular activities.

How is English Language Assessed?

Two Pathways – AQA or iGCSE

Unit 1: Understanding and Producing non-fiction texts – reading and writing
Unit 2: Speaking and Listening – 3 controlled assessment tasks
Unit 3: Understanding spoken and written texts and writing creatively – 4 controlled assessment tasks

Reading and Writing Exam


3 pieces of coursework

1. Writing to describe/ imagine
2. Writing to persuade
3. Analysing texts

Reading and Writing exam

Key Stage 4 - English Literature

What will my child learn in English Literature?

Students will learn to respond in essay form to several texts – some modern and some literary heritage poetry, modern drama, texts from different cultures and Shakespeare.  They will learn to analyse literature, the social and historical contexts it was written in and the author’s ideas.

How is English Literature taught?

Students will be expected to undertake a range of tasks in lessons; individually, in groups or in pairs. They will use discussion, drama, ICT, written work and speaking and listening tasks.  Students will; read a variety of literature, use a variety of media including television, DVD and voice recording. Theatre trips and other extra-curricular activities are available.

How is English Literature assessed?

Unit 1: Exploring modern texts – exam on a play and novel
Unit 2: Poetry Across Time – exam on poems studied and unseen poetry
Unit 3:  The Significance of Shakespeare and the Literary Heritage – one controlled assessment/coursework

Key Stage 5 - English Language

What will my child learn in A-Level English Language?

The English language is more varied and widespread in its use than any other language in the world.  Its vocabulary, as well as its form, are constantly growing and changing.

This course is designed to engage you in asystematic study of the nature and functions of this rich language.

There is practical investigation and development of theoretical knowledge of language, balanced with the extension of your expertise in writing in many different forms.  There are no set texts, as we analyse spoken and written data from a variety of sources.  The focus is very broad, taking in extracts and texts, literary and non-literary, from both past and present.

An excellent versatile qualification that fits well with other Advanced Level subjects; it is an ideal subject for those wishing to read English at university.  It is also a good qualification for those who want to go into advertising, TV or media work, teaching, law, psychology, speech therapy and other professions which involve interpersonal skills.

Key Stage 5 - English Literature

What will my child learn in A-Level English Literature?

The course provides the opportunity to explore the rich heritage of English literature through a variety of set texts ranging from poetry, prose and drama, classic to contemporary.  A love of reading and exploring stories and ideas is a great starting point for this course which you will also develop throughout.  The study of English Literature will involve much group discussion and personal research and analysis of the texts.

You will develop your ability to present and justify your opinions, through written work and in discussion, with others who may have different views and interpretations of the texts.

Assessment is through a combination of traditional or creative coursework and examination.

English Literature is a versatile, enriching qualification, which lays the foundation for a greater understanding of culture, history and communication. It is useful in most areas in the working world and in higher education.