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Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum for English.

In Year 7, students begin their study of English with a whole class novel. Through reading either “Skellig” by David Almond, or “Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne, students work on skills of comprehension and inference whilst learning more about the world around them. For the first time, they will learn skills relating to essay writing and focus on using quotations in their answers.

In Spring, students begin to develop their transactional writing skills. They will read and write their own pieces of persuasive writing based around the natural world, culminating in researching and presenting a speech on an endangered animal. Students then move on to studying poetry through the ages looking at form, language and structure. Students will have the opportunity to read and analyse a range of poems from Shakespeare’s sonnets to the lyrics of contemporary pop music. In addition they will be getting creative – we hope to help develop a new generation of poets! A visiting poet will be coming to perform to the year group later in the term which should be inspirational for us all!

In the summer term, students will study A Midsummer Night’s Dream – reading focus. Analyse character and theme – looking at key extracts. Students to build towards writing an analytical response to a character question. Students to use A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a stimulus to develop and practise transactional writing skills. Students to learn how to write developed letters of advice etc and will work towards an unseen question to practise their skills.

In Year 8 students will start the year with another whole class text; the novel they will study will either be “Stone Cold” by Robert Swindells, “Freak the Mighty” by Rodman Philbrick or “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. Students will work on the maturity of their writing through studying these texts which focus on increasingly broader social issues. Students will continue their exploration of Shakespeare by studying Romeo and Juliet. The main focus of the unit is to analyse the language, context and themes within many of Shakespeare’s works. The central theme in this unit is conflict and the effects on both society and the individual.

In Spring, students will develop on their persuasive writing skills, learning more advanced aspects of the writing style as this features prominently in the Language Exam at GCSE. They will write two assessed pieces over the unit – one summative and one formative. Forms will be letters, leaflets and essays. Topic of focus is the environment and issues and debates around climate change. Pupils will develop their poetry analytical skills using a range of war poems from other cultures. Students will work on their skills of identifying and comment on the effect of poetic techniques and choices, as well as in applying this to the context. This unit will link with many SMSC issues which will be conscientiously explored with the unit including the debates around the role of the soldier in WWI and WWII.

In Summer, students will conclude Key Stage 3 English by studying extracts of the 19th Century text Great Expectations to begin building on skills. This is aimed at introducing the students to the langauge and context of Victorian writing.

Key Stage 4

English Language

An English Language GCSE equips students with essential communication skills, preparing them for continued education, training and future employment. This qualification allows students to develop skills in analysing language and writing skills for imaginative and practical tasks, as well as speaking and listening skills. As a new linear GCSE, the course is assessed through 100% final examinations in Year 11.

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%): Response to unseen extract from a twentieth or twenty-first century novel or short story. Write your own short story or description. Exam: 1 hour 45 mins

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%): Response to two unseen nineteenth / twentieth  century non-fiction texts e.g. leaflet & article. Write your own transactional text e.g. letter or article. Exam: 1 hour 45 mins

English Literature

An English Literature GCSE allows students to explore our vast literary heritage, studying a range of texts, including drama, poetry, prose and texts from other cultures. The main skills learnt are analytical reading skills. We aim to develop students with enquiring minds, who can apply their skills to literary texts and to the world around them.  As a new linear GCSE the course is assessed through 100% final examinations in Year 11. The exams are ‘closed book’ (i.e. no texts are allowed in the examination).

Paper 1: Shakespeare & the 19th-century novel (50%): Response to a question on an extract as well as the rest of the  Shakespeare set text. Response to a question on an extract as well as the rest of the 19th Century set text. Exam: 1 hour 45 mins

Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (50%) : Response to an essay question on the set twentieth century prose or drama text. Essay question comparing two poems from the anthology. Response to an unseen poem. Exam: 2 hours 15 mins

Key Stage 5

English Literature

The course includes the study of poetry and prose, including texts from 1800 to the modern-day. Students study one prescribed core literary heritage novel and one further novel or novella. They will also study a range of drama texts, from 1300 to 1800, including Shakespeare. Studying Literature at A-Level requires determination, organisation and a willingness to discover things for yourself, particularly at A2.

For more information, please see the A Level Literature Student Handbook.

English Team

Mrs AryaMr ConnellMrs ColeMrs ColeMiss Catchpole
Miss Maxwell-HuntMr ConnellMiss HannantMr ToddMiss Catchpole
Director of EnglishDeputy Director of EnglishDeputy Director of EnglishDeputy Director of English and HPA Leader Teacher of English
Mrs ColeMr ColeMiss EadieMr MillerMiss Reader
Mrs ColeMr ColeMiss EadieMr MillerMiss Parnell
Library Manager and HLTA for LiteracyDirector of Raising Achievement and Teacher of EnglishTeacher of EnglishHead of Year 7 and Teacher of EnglishOAT Literacy Coordinator and Teacher of English
Miss ReadMiss ReaderMr Souter
Miss ReadMiss ReaderMr Souter
Trainee Teacher of EnglishTeacher of EnglishTeacher of English


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