English

During key stage 3, you will complete five units of work per year. You will have four lessons of English per week. Each half-term, you will develop skills in reading, writing, and speaking and listening.

Key Stage 3

Year 7
Unit 1: Baseline Test and Creative Writing
During this unit, you will explore a range of strategies to develop skills in descriptive and narrative writing under the theme of ‘The Darker Side of Disney’.
You will:

  • Learn a range of sentence structures and their effects
  • Review skills in paragraphing
  • Learn how to organise texts effectively to engage a reader
  • Develop vocabulary that sustains varied effects
  • Create roles that are interesting to the reader
  • Improve spellings by exploring spelling patterns and rules

How will I be assessed?
A creative piece of writing that subverts the fairy tale genre.
Unit 2: The Class Novel
During this unit, you will read and study a novel of the fantasy genre. Novels include, Skellig, Coraline and Wings.
You will:

  • Develop inference and ‘reading between the lines’ skills
  • Explore a writer’s intentions
  • Learn how to respond to a text using Point, Evidence, Explain (PEE)
  • Comment on a writer’s use of language
  • Select quotations from a text to prove a point
  • Learn how to use formal language to respond to a text

How will I be assessed?
An essay in response to the writer’s exploration of theme, character or setting.
Unit 3: Non-fiction Texts explored through Popular Novels
During this unit, you will read the novel ‘Wonder’ and focus on responding to a range of non-fiction texts, with opportunities to develop and create your own.
You will:

  • Explore a writer’s purpose in writing non-fiction
  • Match a writer’s style to the a target audience
  • Learn to comment on the techniques writers inform, explain and describe
  • Review paragraphing and structural techniques to organise non-fiction texts
  • Evaluate speaking and listening skills in order to use formal language and persuasive techniques
  • Create imaginative and thoughtful non-fiction pieces that engage a reader

How will I be assessed?
A portfolio of text types including a letter, a news article and a leaflet. A speaking and listening assessment will also be integrated into the unit.
Unit 4: Drama Text
During this unit, you will study a play script adaptation of ‘Frankenstein’ by Phillip Pullman.
You will:

  • Be introduced to the ‘Gothic’ genre and the context of Victorian society
  • Explore the characters within the text and the relationship they have with each other
  • Evaluate the importance of setting
  • Explain the playwright’s use of stage directions
  • Track the changes in character’s behaviour and thoughts
  • Explore a range of drama strategies to understand how to engage with an audience

How will I be assessed?
A monologue from the perspective of Dr Frankenstein or the monster and an analysis of the writer’s craft.
Unit 5: Non – Fiction: Titanic
During this unit, you will read and respond to a range of non-fiction texts with a focus on The Titanic, with opportunities to create your own non-fiction texts.
You will:

  • Evaluate a writer’s purpose in writing non-fiction
  • Recognise textual conventions
  • Learn to discriminate between the relevance of parts of text well selecting information
  • Begin to use vocabulary to convey complex and original ideas
  • Improve the cohesion of paragraphs by rearranging sentences and using a range of connectives
  • Skilfully create imaginative and thoughtful non-fiction pieces that engage a reader

How will I be assessed?
A speaking and listening task will be integrated into the scheme alongside a creative piece where students write a first person account to describe the sinking of the Titanic.

Year 8 English
Unit 1: Baseline Test and Poetry
During this unit, you will read and study a range of gothic poems and also explore a range of strategies to develop skills in descriptive and narrative writing under the theme of ‘Murder Mystery’.
You will:

  • Evaluate and analyse the writer’s use of language
  • Explore the impact of a writer’s form and structure in a poem
  • Learn to apply a range of sentence structures for effect
  • Create paragraphs unified around a theme or a topic
  • Write in a form and style that achieves a specific effect on the reader
  • Apply an ambitious range of vocabulary to achieve various effects
  • Sustain roles, voice and point of view to engage the reader
  • Identify syllable blocks to help you spell complex words correctly

How will I be assessed?
An essay evaluating the poets’ use of stylistic devices and how this affects the reader.
Unit 2: Poetry
During this unit, you will read and explore a range of poems by Carol Ann Duffy and Simon Armitage
You will:

  • Make inferences based on different parts of poems and techniques used
  • Evaluate how successfully poets structure their texts
  • Compare the tone and exact meaning of word choices, and how they contribute to the overall mood of a poem
  • Explain how the poet has used language to achieve the response they were aiming for
  • Identify and comment on the effectives of figurative language in different poems
  • Develop your skills in applying PEE in order to formally respond to a text

How will I be assessed?
A piece of empathetic creative writing that is linked to the themes and characters presented within the poems studied.
Unit 3: Class Novel
During this unit, you will read and study a novel of the War genre. Novels include, Private Peaceful, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Bomber Boys.
You will:

  • Improve the depth of your response to a text based on your inferences.
  • Evaluate the author’s intentions
  • Confidently analyse a text using Point, Evidence, Explain (PEE)
  • Evaluate a writer’s use of language and its effect on the reader
  • Select apt quotations from across a text to prove a point
  • Consistently apply formal language to respond to a text

How will I be assessed?
An essay in response to the writer’s exploration of theme, character or setting
Unit 4: Shakespeare – Macbeth
During this unit, you will read and study Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Differentiated versions of the text are studied across the year group.
You will:

  • Develop an in-depth response to a text based on your inferences
  • Analyse the writer’s purpose
  • Develop your understanding and application of Point, Evidence, Explain (PEE) when analysing a text
  • Identify and evidence a texts effect on the reader and say how that effect has been created
  • Select apt and appropriate quotations from a text to prove a point
  • Apply formal language consistently when responding to a text

How will I be assessed?
An essay in response to the writer’s exploration of theme and character, showing an understanding of context.
Unit 5: Non – Fiction: Biographical Writing
During this unit, you will read and respond to a range of biographical writing with a focus on literary devices and narrative voice.
You will:

  • Evaluate a writer’s purpose in writing non-fiction
  • Recognise textual conventions of biographies
  • Learn to discriminate between the relevance of parts of text well selecting information
  • Begin to use vocabulary to convey complex and original ideas
  • Improve the cohesion of paragraphs by rearranging sentences and using a range of connectives
  • Skilfully create imaginative and thoughtful non-fiction pieces that engage a reader

How will I be assessed?
A piece of writing that represents the life of a person you admire.
Year 9 English
Unit 1: Of Mice and Men
During this unit, you will read ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck and explore how the characters of Lennie, George and Curley’s Wife are presented.
You will:

  • Look at the setting of ‘Of Mice and Men’ and begin to explore how this has influenced the writer
  • Examine the mood and atmosphere and how this is used by the writer to create effects
  • Look closely at how language is used by characters in the novel and gain an understanding of idiolect and dialect
  • Write in role to show your understanding of character, relationships and plot

How will I be assessed?
Writing a letter in role as Curley’s Wife.
Unit 2: American Prose
During this unit, you will read and explore a range of extracts from seminal American novels.
You will:

  • Select purposeful quotes that allow you to explore the text at word-level
  • Find alternative aspects of your explanation.
  • Track and trace how details in the text can contribute to overall meaning in light of the task or question set.
  • Analyse and find evidence to explore how a text can be influenced by earlier texts, a genre, or contemporary society across the unit.

How will I be assessed?
To analyse how Benjamin Button is presented in an extract from ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.’
Unit 3: Non-Fiction Skills
During this unit, you will read a novel and practise your non-fiction writing alongside it. Novels include: Room and Never Let Me Go.
You will:

  • Mix elements of style, including stylistic devices, narrative, dialogue and humour and irony in your writing
  • Adapt the formality of the text to its purpose and your audience in order to achieve specific effects
  • Practise using a range of sentences and punctuation
  • Ensure that you choose your vocabulary with your reader in mind – choose words that might have multiple layers of meaning

How will I be assessed?
An exam style paper that mimics the GCSE English Language exam you will take in Year 11.
Unit 4: Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
During this unit, you will read and study Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Differentiated versions of the text are studied across the year group.
You will:

  • Develop an in-depth response to a text based on your inferences
  • Analyse the writer’s purpose
  • Develop your understanding and application of Point, Evidence, Explain (PEE) when analysing a text
  • Identify and evidence a texts effect on the reader and say how that effect has been created
  • Select apt and appropriate quotations from a text to prove a point
  • Apply formal language consistently when responding to a text

How will I be assessed?
An essay in response to the writer’s exploration of theme and character, showing an understanding of context.
Unit 5: Victorian Literature
During this unit, you will read and respond to a range of extracts from Victorian novels to prepare you for your GCSE Literature exam.
You will:

  • Practise close reading of a text
  • Research the context
  • Learn how to present studied, reasoned opinions.
  • Develop an understanding of key literary devices and how to spot them in a text
  • An awareness of literature of this period and how writers are influenced by their changing environment.

How will I be assessed?
A close reading analysis of an extract from Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights.’
Unit 6: Preparing for GCSE Literature and Language
During this unit, you will read and annotate three poems in preparation for your English Literature GCSE: William Blake’s ‘London’, Browning’s ‘My Last Duchess’ and Shelley’s ‘Ozymandias.’ You will then spend the final three weeks looking at how to infer meaning from language using the film ‘The Fault in our Stars’ as a stimulus.

You will:

  • Start to prepare for your GCSE by making detailed annotations on three poems
  • Look for structural techniques such as repetition, juxtaposition, plot and sub-plots, poetic form, enjambment etc.
  • Explain the effect on the reader and overall meaning.
  • Develop an analytical explanation of how a writer establishes their viewpoint.
  • Say where in the text this is evident and why they feel this.

How will I be assessed?
An end of key stage exam will be focused on ‘London.’

Key Stage 4

You will take GCSEs in both English Language and English Literature and will study a broad range of fiction and non-fiction and further develop your writing skills by crafting descriptive and narrative writing, as well as non-fiction, transactional writing.

GCSE English Language

Exam Paper What’s assessed? % of GCSE qualification
GCSE English Language Paper 1 (1 hour 45 minutes) Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – reading questions based on an unseen passage from a literature text and a descriptive or narrative based writing task. 50%
GCSE English Language Paper 2 (1 hour 45 minutes) Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives – reading questions based upon one unseen non-fiction and one unseen literary non-fiction text and a piece of writing to express a viewpoint. 50%
Spoken Language NEA You will produce an individual presentation, where you effectively use Standard English; demonstrate presentation skills; listen and respond appropriately to questions and feedback. A separately reported grade (Pass, Merit, Distinction or Not Classified)

What will I study in the course?

  • A diverse and rich variety of literary fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Analytical approaches to the language and structure of unseen texts.
  • Critical evaluation of unseen texts.
  • How to adapt your style, tone and register to suit audience and purpose.
  • How to effectively structure and craft a piece of narrative, descriptive, transactional or discursive writing.
  • Literary techniques: how to identify, analyse and apply them for effect.
  • How to utilise an extensive range of punctuation, vocabulary and sentence types.
  • How to identify and examine parallels between unseen texts.

GCSE English Literature

Exam Paper What’s assessed? % of GCSE qualification
GCSE English Literature Paper 1 (1 hour 45 minutes) Shakespeare and the 19th- century novel – students will write two extended essays based upon an extract from Macbeth and A Christmas Carol. 40%
GCSE English Literature Paper 2 (2 hour 15 minutes) Modern Texts and Poetry – students will write one essay on a modern prose or drama text, followed by a comparative essay based upon anthology poetry and a response to an unseen poem 60%

What will I study in the course?

  • ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare.
  • Unseen poetry
  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens
  • ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley
  • The following 15 poems, as part of the AQA Power and Conflict anthology:
    • ‘Ozymandias’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley
    • ‘London’ by William Blake
    • ‘Extract from the Prelude’ by William Wordsworth
    • ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning
    • ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson
    • ‘Exposure’ by Wilfred Owen
    • ‘Storm on the Island’ by Seamus Heaney
    • ‘Bayonet Charge’ by Ted Hughes
    • ‘Remains’ by Simon Armitage
    • ‘Poppies’ by Jane Weir
    • ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Ann Duffy
    • ‘Tissue’ by Imtiaz Dharker
    • ‘The Émigrée’ by Carol Rumens
    • ‘Kamikaze’ Beatrice Garland
    • ‘Checking Out me History’ by John Agard