Vision/Intent

The English curriculum underpins all other curriculum subjects and includes oral communication and written skills which are vital for the pupils’ future lives. In English, we aim to deliver a programme of study which will inspire and motivate our pupils enabling them to be creative thinkers and independent learners. 

We aim to develop:

  • an interest in language and literature 
  • an awareness of cultural and historical context
  • an ability to communicate effectively and can express their opinions, which will be valued
  • creativity and excellence 

Each year group will study a diverse range of text and skills and will understand the context both historically and culturally. We will offer a variety of text and subjects which will inspire and motivate the pupils.

KS3

KS3 builds on the foundations set at KS2. We offer a wide range of ambitious texts for the children to study. We encourage a love of reading and offer time for the pupils to explore the library and find genres which will inspire them. Pupils will begin to develop their opinions and how to explore, debate and write about these in a clear way using ambitious vocabulary. Teachers will assess the pupils and will give regular feedback which will focus on strengths and areas of development. Pupils will be reflect on their feedback and respond through redrafting.

The curriculum in KS3 will cover the following areas:

Poetry

History of language

Transactional writing

Shakespeare

Dystopia

The media

19th Century novels-childhood theme

Gothic novels

KS4

The KS4 English curriculum builds on KS3 and will develop pupils’ analysis of text including poetry, written essays through GCSE exam style questions, transactional writing using the correct style and features, key skills and exam techniques. Pupils will follow the AQA GCSE syllabus for both English literature and English language.

GCSE Language

Paper 1: Fiction and Imaginative Writing-40% of the GCSE

  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Pupils will receive one 19th century fiction extract with four reading questions.
  • Pupils will complete one imaginative writing task.
  • Skills will involve: retrieving information, identifying devices employed by a writer, explaining and analysing a text, evaluating a text, and writing for purpose.

Paper 2: Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing-60% of the GCSE

  • 2 hours 05 minutes
  • Pupils will receive two non-fiction extracts, with seven reading questions.
  • Pupils will complete one transactional writing task. This will be based upon advising, informing, or persuading.
  • Skills will involve: retrieving information, identifying devices employed by a writer, explaining and analysing a text, evaluating a text, comparing texts and writing for purpose.

GCSE Literature

Paper 1: Shakespeare and 19th-Century Novel-40% of GCSE

  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Section A: Macbeth: Pupils will write in detail about an extract from the play and then write about the play as a whole.
  • Section B: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: Pupils will write in detail about an extract from the play and then write about the play as a whole.

Paper 2: Modern text and Poetry-60% of GCSE

  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Section A: An Inspector Calls: Pupils will answer one essay question from a choice of two.
  • Section B: Power and Conflict Poetry and Unseen Poetry: Pupils will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from their chosen anthology cluster. 
  • Section C: unseen poetry: Pupils will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.