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 KS3
Year 7 Year 8 Skill Focus

Autumn 1 – The Gothic, Fairy Tales 

Understanding the key aspects of a story/characterisation.  

Text List: Dracula, Frankenstein, Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Peter Pan

Skill Focus: AO1-AO9

 

Autumn 2 – Heroes and Villains (Myths and Legends)

Understanding the key components of a story and the impact of Greek Mythology and stories which deliver morals. 

Text List Greek Myths: Pandora’s Box, Narcissus, Jason and the Argonauts, Odysseus and the Cyclops

Skill Focus: AO1/AO2/AO3/AO5/AO6/AO8/AO9

 

Spring 1 – Heroes and Villains (Virtues and Vices, Heaven and Hell) 

Understanding the idea of hell and punishment, how it developed and its impact in society.

Text List: The Hunger Games, Dante’s Inferno, Voldermort, Cruella DeVille, Captain Hook

Skill Focus: Previous skills plus AO3/AO4/AO7/AO8/AO9

 

Spring 2 – Stories we tell (Growing Up) 

Developing knowledge on class division, social injustice/responsibility and the impact of poverty.

Text List: Our Day Out. Articles about 80’s Britain, poverty, class division, Liverpool, north/south divide

Skill Focus: Previous skills plus AO3/AO4/AO7/AO8/AO9

 

Summer 1 – Stories we tell (Our World) 

Understanding poetry from different cultures, with a focus on social inequality and differences in culture and religion.

Text List – Poetry 

Skill Focus: AO2/AO7 main focus on Language not structure in poetry

 

Summer 2 – Heroes and Villains (Tragedy and Comedy) 

Understanding the basic context surrounding Shakespeare, his impact on Literature and the basic components of a ‘tragedy’.

Text List – Romeo and Juliet 

Skill Focus: Previous skills and AO7 

Autumn 1 – Crimes and Detectives

Understanding context of crime/detective literature with a focus on Victorian context – society, morality and cultural influence.

Text List: The Speckled Band.  Extracts from Oliver Twist, Bleak House, Christmas Carol

Skill Focus: AO1 – AO9

 

Autumn 2 – Crimes and Detectives

 

Understanding famous criminals and crimes from the Victorian era up to modern day. 

Text List: News articles/non fictions extracts based on crime/detectives/prison/heroes and villains in both modern and Victorian society. 

Skill Focus: AO1 – AO9

 

Spring 1 – Power and Conflict 

Understanding literature, particularly poetry from different cultures with a focus on racial inequality, multiculturalism and social division. 

Text List: Poetry (poems from other cultures). 

Skill Focus: AO1-AO9

 

 

 

Spring 2 – Power and Conflict 

Focus on class/social division with a basic understanding of dictatorship and democracy, equality and understanding the dystopian genre. 

Text List: Animal Farm.  Reading around understanding the Russian Revolution, basic understanding of Communism and social unrest. 

Skill Focus: AO1-AO9

 

Summer 1 – Journeys: literal and metaphorical 

Develop understanding of the basic context surrounding Shakespeare, his impact on Literature and the basic components of a ‘comedy’ and a ‘tragedy’. 

Text List – Much Ado About Nothing

Skill Focus: AO1-AO9

 

Summer 2 – Journeys: literal and metaphorical 

Develop an understanding of the context of WW1, along with war poetry (modern and WW1).  Understanding the impact of social inequality on growing up looking at the journey of growing up through characters. 

Text List – Private Peaceful.  Extracts – War Poetry

Skill Focus: AO1-AO9

Literature

  • AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts.  Students should be able to maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response
  • AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate
  • AO3: Show understanding of the relationship between texts and the contexts in which they were written
  • AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

Language

  • AO1: Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas
  • AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views
  • AO3: Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts
  • AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references
  • AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register to different forms, purpose and audiences.  Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts.
  • AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation
  • AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting
  • AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback on presentations
  • AO9: use spoken standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Overview KS4
Year 9 Language
  Autumn Spring Summer
Culture Capital Focus
  • Rich and poor/wealth disparity
  • Use of short fiction texts to support understanding of texts over time, language and structure
  • Building understanding of wealth through time
  • Explore a range of non fiction texts under the heading ‘World of Work’ from the 19th to 21st Century
  • Focus on Industrial Revolution, Victorian and Edwardian England and modern day workplaces
  • Understanding of workers’ rights/poor working conditions
  • Describing villains – stereotypical and non stereotypical
  • Use of short fiction texts to support development of descriptive writing, focusing on how authors across time create atmosphere and imagery
Topic Focus Reading skills and narrative writing Narrative viewpoints and transactional writing Writing to describe
Skill Focus AO1-AO6 AO1-AO6 AO5 and AO6
Year 9 Literature
  Autumn Spring Summer
Culture Capital Focus
  • Develop understanding of how to analyse modern text
  • Focus on class and social division, inequality, impact of wealth and segregation in society
  • Explore a range of non fiction texts under the heading ‘World of Work’ from the 19th to 21st century
  • Focus on Industrial Revolution, Victorian and Edwardian England and modern day workplaces
  • Understanding of workers’ rights/poor working conditions
  • Introduction to the plot of Macbeth
  • Clear focus on contextual factors, characters and themes
  • Develop knowledge of how Macbeth fits the Shakespeare genre
Topic Focus Blood Brothers Poetry Macbeth
Skill Focus AO1-AO4 AO1-AO3 AO1-AO4
Year 10 Language
  Autumn Spring Summer
Culture Capital Focus
  • Power: use of short fiction texts to support understanding of texts over time, language and structure
  • Men and women through the ages
  • Sexism and expectations of genders from 19th century to modern day
  • Columnists’ views on modern day gender inequality
  • Range of topics covering areas of culture covered through the curriculum
  • World of work, men and women, rich and poor
Text Lists Language Paper 1:Reading and Creative Writing  Language Paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives  Language Paper 2: Transactional Writing  
Skill Focus AO1-AO6 AO1-AO6 AO1-AO9
Year 10 Literature
  Autumn Spring Summer
Culture Capital Focus
  • Victorian context: setting,crime, expectations, morality
  • Anthology Poetry: comparison focus
  • Introduction to romance poems
  • Unseen poetry
  • Edwardian and post war context: setting, expectations, morality
Text Lists 19th Century Novel: Jekyll and Hyde Anthology Poetry Modern Text: An Inspector Calls
Skill Focus AO1-AO3 AO1-AO3 AO1-AO3
Year 11 Language
  Autumn Spring Summer
Culture Capital Focus
  • Language Paper 1 (fiction reading and writing skills) 
  • Exploring a range of themes around 20th/21st century
  • Language Paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives 
  • Language paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives
  • Exploring a range of themes with a particular focus on middle class outdoor activities
  • Language Paper 1
  • Revision 
Text List Language Paper 1 and Language Paper 2 Language Paper 2: Viewpoints and Perspectives  All
Skill Focus AO1-AO6 AO1-AO6 AO1-AO6
Year 11 Literature
  Autumn Spring Summer
Culture Capital Focus
  • Half Term 1:Jekyll and Hyde and Macbeth
  • Victorian context: setting, crime, expectations, morality
  • Half Term 2: An Inspector Calls
  • Edwardian context and post war context
  • Half Term 2: Jekyll and Hyde and Macbeth
  • Victorian context: setting, crime, expectations, morality
  • Half Term 4: An Inspector Calls
  • Edwardian context and post war context 
  • Revision 
Text List Literature Paper 1 and 2 topics Literature Paper 1 and 2 topics  All
Skill Focus AO1-AO3 AO1-AO3 All
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.