In English we run a 5 year Curriculum, comprising of both English Language and English Literature. Our exciting programmes of study ensure that students not only thoroughly enjoy English, but it also enriches them with key skills for life beyond school. Students follow the Eduqas GCSE specification.

Students study a mixture of texts, from classics such as ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ and Shakespeare, to modern novels and plays such as ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’. Students value and understand the importance of English in the ‘real world’ through embarking on local community projects and writing for real audiences and purposes.

Alongside their curriculum time in English, there are also many extra-curricular activities too. For example writing competitions, reading challenges, World Book Day, theatre trips and library activities to name a few. We believe that providing these opportunities is essential and ensures that students continue to enjoy English even outside of the classroom.

Staff in English

Mrs Stevens– Lead Subject Teacher
Mrs Bell – Teacher
Miss Bedwell – Teacher
Mrs Edmondson – Teacher
Mrs O’Loughlin – Teacher

The English Curriculum

Year 7 

Week of cycle Cycle focus within subjects Cycle 1

Sept-Nov

Cycle 2

Nov-Jan

Cycle 3

Feb-April

Cycle 4

May-July

0 Cross & extra curric events
1 MOT tasks and Myths and Legends – Heroes (both reading and writing)

 

Poetry – (love and relationships) with comparison and

Spoken Language introduction (paired presentation – linked to a theme from poetry)

Non-Fiction Writing – sports journalism and understanding the media (marketing and advertising) – both reading and writing of non-fiction Intro to Shakespeare and gothic fiction introduction
2
3
4
5
6
7 Assessment Week Writing assessment (composing and QWC) Reading assessment (understanding and critical interpretation) Writing assessment (composing and QWC) Reading assessment (understanding and critical interpretation)
8 Target week
9 Research/prep
Year 8
Week of cycle Cycle focus within subjects Cycle 1

Sept-Nov

Cycle 2

Nov-Jan

Cycle 3

Feb-April

Cycle 4

May-July

0 Cross & extra curric events
1 Creative Writing and poetry Post 1914 Novel/Play with drama (speaking and listening) Reading/ writing non-fiction – travel and tourism Shakespearean villains and crime stories

Research and presentation of literary figures

2
3
4
5
6
7 Assessment Week Writing assessment (composing and QWC) Reading assessment (understanding and critical interpretation) Writing assessment (composing and QWC) Spoken language assessment
8 Target week
9 Research/prep
Year 9
Week of cycle Cycle focus within subjects Cycle 1

Sept-Nov

Cycle 2

Nov-Jan

Cycle 3

Feb-April

Cycle 4

May-July

0 Cross & extra curric events
1 Post 1914 prose/drama-

Reading and creative writing

(Not a GCSE exam novel)

Poetry Anthology (War/ conflict/ death cluster) teaching the comparison  with non-fiction writing – Component 2 Language reading and writing (19th and 21st Century) with emphasis on the evaluation question.

19th century exploration  (Read, explore and analyse a selection of opening chapters from a range of classics)

20th Century reading (extracts  – similar to lang comp 2) and soap box non-fiction with speech to finish
2
3
4
5
6
7 Assessment Week Writing assessment  – a creative story (composing and QWC) Reading assessment (Lit component 1  section B poetry question – with comparison) Writing assessment  (Language Component 2 section B  ) Spoken Language assessment and reading assessment similar to lang comp 1 section A
8 Target week
9 Research/prep
Year 10
  Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
Year 10 Shakespeare text

Lit comp 1 (section A)

19th C reading + non fiction writing

Lang spec comp 2 (sec A + B)

 

Week 7 –
Lit based Shakespeare extract question

Poetry from Anthology

Lit spec comp 1 (section B)

Creative Prose writing

Lang Spec comp 1 (section B)

Week 7 –
Lang based comp 1 writing task

Post 1914 prose / drama – Recap / re-read?

Lit spec comp 2 (section A)

20th C reading

Lang spec comp 1 (section A)

Week 7 –
Lit based post 1914 prose/drama question

19th C prose

Lit spec comp 2 (section B)

21st C reading + non fiction writing

Lang spec comp 2 (sec A + B)

 

Week 7 –
Lang based comp 2 complete paper

Year 11 Lit – comp 1 Shakespeare and poetry

Lit – comp 2 19th C prose + post 1914 prose/drama

Lang – comp 1 and 2

 

Week 7 –
Lang based comp 1 paper

 

Lit – comp 1 Shakespeare and poetry

Lit – comp 2 19th C prose + post 1914 prose/drama + poetry

Lang – comp 1 and 2

 

Lit – comp 1 poetry anthology

Lit – comp 2 poetry unseen

 

Week 7 –
Lit based Shakespeare extract + essay question

 

Lit – comp 1 poetry

Lit – comp 2 19th C prose

 

Lang – comp 1

Lang – comp 2

 

Week 7 –
Lit based 19th C prose question

 

Recap/ Revision

 

Poetry assessment to be carried out during this cycle and before the exam

 

 

 

Year 11
  Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
Year 10 Post 1914 prose/drama
Lit spec comp 2 (section A)
20th C reading
Lang spec comp 1 (section A)Week 7 –
Lit based post 1914 prose/drama question
Poetry from Anthology
Lit spec comp 1 (section B)
Creative Prose writing
Lang Spec comp 1 (section B)Week 7 –
Lang based comp 1 writing task
Shakespeare text
Lit comp 1 (section A)19th C reading + non fiction writing
Lang spec comp 2 (sec A + B)Week 7 –
Lit based Shakespeare extract question
19th C prose
Lit spec comp 2 (section B)21st C reading + non fiction writing
Lang spec comp 2 (sec A + B)Week 7 –
Lang based comp 2 writing task
Year 11 Lit – comp 1 Shakespeare and poetry

Lit – comp 2 19th C prose + post 1914 prose/drama

Lang – comp 1 and 2

 

Week 7 –

Lang based comp 1 paper

Lit – comp 1 Shakespeare and poetry

Lit – comp 2 19th C prose + post 1914 prose/drama + poetry

Lang – comp 1 and 2

Lit – comp 1 poetry anthology

Lit – comp 2 poetry unseen

 

Week 7 –

Lit comp 1 mock paper
Lang comp 2 mock paper

Lit – comp 1 poetry

Lit – comp 2 19th C prose

Lang – comp 1

Lang – comp 2

 

Week 7 –
Lit comp 2 mock paper

Recap/ Revision
Useful English links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

Lower School “Can-do” skills document

www.bbc.co.uk/education

www.educationquizzes.com

www.channel4learning.com/support/websites/english.html

http://www.what2learn.com/home/examgames/literacy

http://www.english-online.org.uk/games/gamezone2.htm

www.wjec.co.uk