English Curriculum

The primary focus of the English curriculum is to develop students’ reading and writing skills. This goes beyond preparing them for examinations; reading
a rich variety of fiction and non-fiction texts builds a young person’s understanding of the world around them. The development of their vocabulary enables them to communicate the ideas that really matter to them. In Year 10, students commence two separately graded GCSE programmes – Language and Literature. It is our hope that across both programmes of study, students learn to read between the lines, understanding a writer’s intentions and the devices they use to communicate them. Students can then put these techniques into practice in their own writing. Developing a love of reading is a gift for life that will extend beyond their schooling and hopefully enrich their experiences for many years to come.

“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” Carl Sagan, “Cosmos” (1980)

Our KS3 curriculum

Autum 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

YEAR 9

Novel Study

Biographies and
Autobiographies

Poetry – Personal
Growt

Modern Play

Shakespeare -
Macbeth

Preparation for end of KS3 exams –comprehension,
inference, SPaG,
writing for specific
purposes.

Our KS4 curriculum

English Language

Autum 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

YEAR 10

Paper 1 Reading –
Responding to
fiction texts

Paper 2 Reading –
Responding to
literary non-fiction

GCSE Spoken
Language
Assessment

Paper 1 Writing –
Writing to describe
and narrative
writing

Paper 1 and 2 Skills
Refocus

Preparation for Y10
Practice Exams

YEAR 11

Feedback on Y10
Practice Exam
Results

Targeted
Preparation for Y11
December Practice
Exams

Feedback on
December Practice
Exam Results

Targeted
Preparation for
March Practice
Exams

Feedback on March
Practice Exams and
Final Revision

Exams

English Literature

Autum 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

YEAR 10

An Inspector Calls
(Paper 2 Section A)

AQA Love and
Relationships
Poetry (Family)
(Paper 2 Section B)

The Strange Case of
Dr Jekyll and Mr
Hyde (Paper 1
Section B)

Unseen Poetry
(Paper 2 Section C)

AQA Love and
Relationship Poetry
(Romantic) (Paper 2
Section B)

Preparation for Y10
Practice Exams

YEAR 11

The Merchant of
Venice (Paper 1
Section A)

AQA Love and
Relationship Poetry
(Romantic) (Paper 2
Section B) and
Preparation for Y11
December Practice
Exams

Feedback on
December Practice
Exam Results and
Revision

Preparation for
March Practice
Exams

Feedback on March
Practice Exams and
Final Revision

Exams

GCSE set texts (for 2020-2021 – they are subject to change beyond this date) are:

AQA Love and Relationships Anthology

J. B. Priestley, An Inspector Calls
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

We encourage students to read widely as part of enriching their understanding of the literary canon and improving their vocabulary. Some suggested texts are listed below. Your English teacher will be able to recommend a more personalised list of extension reading:

Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Sign of Four
Michael Frayn, Spies
William Golding, Lord of the Flies
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
George Orwell, 1984, Animal Farm
J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

Exam specification:

GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
A Level English Literature