The English Department is committed to equipping students with ‘Language for Life’. We believe that learners should be able to communicate effectively and it is our aim to ensure that all students leave with the skills they need for reading, writing and speaking and listening beyond the classroom, as well as a lasting curiosity, interest and enjoyment in English. We wish to ensure the highest level of achievement for each student and enable them to work independently and as part of a team in a wide variety of activities by creating an atmosphere where students give their very best. We encourage students to challenge and question texts and ideas, to consider alternative points of view and arrive at their own conclusion. Students are supported through personalised planning, marking and tracking to ensure every student succeeds.
The study of English covers texts, language and ideas from several hundred years ago right up to breaking news. Students enjoy opportunities to comment on a range of texts from different ages, cultures and genres, making links between them and exploring how English has evolved. Creativity is encouraged and students feel confident to experiment and expand their own writing experiences.
Sentences and Phrases
Varying Sentence Lengths
Varying your Sentences
Using a Dictionary
Word class basics
We are constantly reviewing our Key Stage 3 curriculum to ensure it meets national requirements and prepares students effectively for Key Stage 4. Regular assessments in reading, writing, speaking and listening are carried out across the academic year in order to chart progress.
Homework at Key Stage 3 is mix of mini projects and weekly tasks set by the class teacher designed to develop independent reading, reading and writing skills and creativity.
English is taught within the Opening Minds curriculum
Units covered in Year 7:
Units covered in Year 8:
Units covered in Year
Students develop their Reading, Writing and Communication skills throughout Years 10 and 11, culminating in two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature.
Students prepare for AQA English Language and English Literature which consists only of external examinations. These units cover a range of texts and allow students to demonstrate their understanding of key literacy skills, the study of literary works, as well as their own creativity.
AQA English Language
Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)
Paper 2: Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives (50%)
Non-examination Assessment: Speaking and Listening (separate endorsement)
Section A: Reading
Students answer 4 questions based on a short extract from a literary text.
Section B: Writing
Students answer 4 questions based on 2 non-fiction texts.
Section B Writing:
Students presentations, responses to questions and use of Standard English are assessed throughout the course.
AQA English Literature
The course comprises the following units:
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the Nineteenth Century Novel (40% of GCSE)
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry (60% of GCSE)
Students answer one question on each of the texts studied:
Section A: Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Section B: The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Students answer one question from each section:
Section A: An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley
Section B: Poetry Anthology
Section C: Unseen Poetry