Studying English at secondary school is vital for future career progression and a minimum requirement for many further education courses. It’s also a subject that inspires a life-long love of reading and writing, and unlocks the world, allowing an understanding of culture, history, society and politics that might otherwise be closed off.  

It is about people and emotions, unlocking feelings we might never have seen played out or felt ourselves. It allows students to think deeply, and form an understanding about, issues that might never have been in their consciousness without it. 

Career links

  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Editing
  • Copy writing
  • Academic librarian
  • Public relations


The study of English at Rhyddings raises the aspirations of students to give them belief in their own abilities and the skills for future academic success. English can equip students with communication and literacy skills needed for the 21st Century.

At Rhyddings our students can foster a life-long love of learning through a broad and balanced curriculum which fosters creativity, ensures they find joy in the spoken and written word and empowers them to form and question views on the world around them, as well as being responsible citizens.


Subject progression & sequencing (topic length in weeks)

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • Modern Novel: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness/ non-fiction writing
  • Nature poetry/ creative writing
  • 19th Century Novel: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Poetry from other cultures/ creative writing
  • Macbeth by Shakespeare
  • Who am I?: Speaking and listening unit
Year 8
  • War poetry/non-fiction writing
  • Modern Novel: Tulip Touch by Anne Fine/ speaking and listening
  • Poetry comparisons/ extended creative writing
  • 19th Century Novel: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Speaking and listening/ modern poetry
  • Twelfth Night by Shakespeare
Year 9
  • Mental Health Unit: – Non-fiction reading and writing
  • War poetry/ extended writing
  • Modern Novel: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Speaking and listening/ Romantics Poetry
  • Modern Novel: Heroes by Robert Cormier
  • Speaking and listening/ comparison of texts studied
Year 10
  • GCSE modern novel/play and nature poems
  • Creative writing and Anthology poems
  • GCSE pre 19th Century novel
  • Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  • GCSE spoken language unit
  • Extended creative writing and unseen poetry
Year 11
  • English Language component 1 and 2 revision
  • English Literature Component 2 (A Christmas Carol) and non-fiction writing
  • Literature component 1 revision and unseen poetry
  • Creative writing and Romeo and Juliet
  • GCSE Language and Literature revision

Useful resources

The Rhyddings Literary Canon

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