Curriculum

ENGLISH

The study of English is essential, not only in terms of helping individuals make sense of who they are, but also in terms of learning how to communicate successfully with the world. English Literature teaches a great deal about life, history and society and fosters tolerance and understanding, which is a vital part of a balanced education.

Reading, spoken language and writing are the cornerstones of success and we aim to equip our pupils with the skills to read critically, confidently and for pleasure; to be articulate in their spoken language; and to write effectively with style and accuracy for a wide range of purposes and audiences.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • 19th Century Short Story
  • Filial Relationship Poetry
  • 20th Century Novel
  • Revision
  • Shakespeare
  • 19th Century Short Story
  • 20th Century Novel
  • War Poetry
  • Analysis of Fiction and Non-Fiction (Themed: Men and Women)
  • Revision
  • Shakespeare
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Power and Conflict Poetry
  • 20th Century Drama
  • Revision
  • Spoken Language
  • Study of a literary heritage novel
  • 19th Century Novel
  • Non-Fiction Study
  • Power and Conflict Poetry
  • 20th Century Drama
  • Shakespeare: thematic and characterisation study through language
  • Non-Fiction Study: making connections and comparisons across unseen texts and writing about a viewpoint
  • Literature Revision
  • Language Revision
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specifications: AQA GCSE English Language (8700) and AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.