Curriculum

ENGLISH

The study of English is essential, not only in terms of helping individuals make sense of who they are, but also in 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
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Visualisation
  • Prediction
  • Speculation
  • Retrieval of information

Writing Focus:

  • Descriptive language
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
  • Vocabulary
The Speckled Band

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Visualisation
  • Prediction
  • Speculation
  • Retrieval of information

Writing Focus:

  • Story writing
  • First person narrative
  • Descriptive language
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
Stone Cold

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Visualisation
  • Prediction
  • Speculation
  • Retrieval of information
  • Summarising

Writing Focus:

  • Writing for audience and purpose
  • Developing a point of view
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
  • Vocabulary
Days that Shook the World

Media Non-Fiction

Reading Focus:

  • Context
  • Viewpoints
  • Language/form and structure

Writing Focus:

  • Formality and register
  • Purpose and audience
  • Organisation and structure
  • Story writing
  • Emotive language
Roald Dahl Short Stories

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Visualisation
  • Prediction
  • Speculation
  • Retrieval of information
  • Summarising

Writing Focus:

  • Story writing
  • First person narrative
  • Writing for audience and purpose
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
  • Vocabulary
Much Ado About Nothing

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Visualisation
  • Prediction
  • Speculation
  • Retrieval of information
  • Summarising
  • Language analysis
  • Context

Writing Focus:

  • Writing for audience and purpose
  • Developing a point of view
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
  • Vocabulary
Romeo and Juliet

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Visualisation
  • Prediction
  • Speculation
  • Retrieval of information
  • Summarising
  • Language analysis
  • Context

Writing Focus:

  • Writing for audience and purpose
  • Developing a point of view
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
  • Vocabulary
Poems from Other Cultures Cluster 2

Reading Focus:

  • Context
  • Language analysis
  • Structure analysis
  • Inference and deduction

Writing Focus:

  • Writing for audience and purpose
  • Developing a point of view
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
  • Vocabulary
Key Influential Speeches from Around the World

Reading Focus:

  • Context
  • Viewpoints
  • Language: form and structure
  • Retrieval of information
  • Summarising
  • Language analysis

Writing Focus:

  • Formality and register
  • Purpose and audience
  • Organisation and structure
  • Developing a point of view
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
  • Vocabulary
Animal Farm

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Writer’s viewpoints
  • Evaluation of techniques

Writing focus:

  • Story writing
  • Use of descriptive language
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
  • Vocabulary
Poems from Other Cultures Cluster 1

Reading Focus:

  • Context
  • Language analysis
  • Structure analysis
  • Inference and deduction

Writing Focus:

  • Formality and register
  • Purpose and audience
  • Organisation and structure
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
Lord of the Flies

Reading Focus:

  • Inference and deduction
  • Writer’s viewpoints
  • Evaluation of techniques

Writing Focus:

  • Formality and register
  • Purpose and audience
  • Organisation and structure
  • Sentence variety and associated punctuation
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • GCSE preparation
  • Language Paper 2 reading skills
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Creative writing Paper 1 skills
  • Macbeth
  • GCSE preparation
  • Paper 1 writing skills
  • Unseen poetry
  • Paper 1 Reading skills
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • Paper 2 writing
  • An Inspector Calls
  • GCSE preparation
  • Anthology – love and relationships
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Paper 1 and 2 reading
  • Revision – Macbeth, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Inspector Calls
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.