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English

In the English department, we aim to ignite and encourage a lifelong love of English through teaching strong lessons every day, using engaging stimuli and covering literature form around the world.

We work closely with students to fix any misconceptions and build confidence in all forms of communication through passionate teaching and sharp attention to detail. We give students the keys to success and will always support them to achieve the best they can. We aim to offer excellent Language provision so that students can become masters of how they present their ideas and arguments. We will offer engaging Literature provision so that students gain perspective of the world around them and become experts at reading between the lines of the various messages they receive.

We understand that language empowers learners. We strive to help students to become articulate, confident speakers who are able to critically analyse what they read, formulating their own views and opinions on social and moral issues in particular. We aim to ensure students are able to express themselves clearly and succinctly through their extended writing and are confident in their ability to write for a variety of audiences and purpose, thus preparing them for the world beyond school.

We aim to provide all students with following key elements:

Key Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Understanding of a variety of text types, their conventions and their purposes.
  • How to use language for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Understanding of a variety of contexts, genres and perspectives.

Key Skills:

  • To develop fluency in extended written responses that are creative, coherent and compelling.
  • To develop the skills of inference, analysis, evaluation and comparison.
  • To develop the ability to speak clearly with a purpose to a range of audiences.
  • To develop the habits of resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness, reciprocity and respectfulness, which are the levers of success.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content

In Key Stage 3, students study a wide range of texts and practise skills necessary to become better communicators.

Year 7 English

Animal Farm - Students will revise key skills from KS2 and develop key skills needed for KS3 in both reading and writing. 
 
Ghost Boys and Identity Poetry - Students will study the modern novel by Jewel Rhodes and explore a range of poetry. 
 
Shakespeare's Heroes and Villains - Students will explore some of Shakespeare's iconic heroes and villains alongside learning to write an effective speech. 

Year 8 English

A Monster Calls - Students will study the novel by Patrick Ness alongside non-fiction extracts linked to key themes in the text. 
 
Macbeth and The Gothic - Students will study Shakespeare's Macbeth alongside seminal Gothic texts. 
 
The Dark Lady - Students will explore Akala's new novel set in Elizabethan London in order to develop analysis skills. 

Year 9 English

Dystopian Literature - Students will study a range of iconic dystopian texts while developing reading and writing skills. 
 
Blood Brothers - Students will study Willy Russell's play and develop their understanding of play conventions. 
 
Literary Greats - Students will explore a range of iconic literary texts from around the world. 
 
Conflict Journalism - Students will explore non-fiction writing through conflict journalism.
 
Don't Get Me Started - Students will develop speaking and listening skills in relation to current issues facing modern Britain. 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content - English Language

We follow the AQA GCSE specification.

Component 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

  • This component has a Reading section based on one fiction text and a Writing section in which students write their own fictional text.

Component 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

  • This component has a Reading section based on two non-fiction texts and a Writing section in which students write their own non-fiction text, based on their own viewpoint.

Component 3 – Spoken Language

  • This component is an oracy-based unit, in which students choose a topic to speak about and answer questions on.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content - English Literature

We follow the AQA GCSE specification.

Component 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

  • Section A Shakespeare (we study ‘Romeo and Juliet’) – students answer one question, using an extract printed on the exam and their own knowledge of the play.
  • Section B 19th century novel (we study ‘A Christmas Carol’) – students answer one question, using an extract printed on the exam and their own knowledge of the novel.

Component 2 – Modern texts and poetry

  • Section A Modern text (we study ‘An Inspector Calls’) – students answer one question from a choice of two, using their own knowledge of the play.
  • Section B Anthology poetry (we study ‘Power and Conflict’ group of poems) – students answer one question, using a poem printed on the exam and their own knowledge of another linked poem.
  • Section C 19th Unseen poetry – students answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing it to a second unseen poem.