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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 aims to capture students’ passion for English and reading, whilst developing their skills for their GCSE.

Throughout the two years students will study a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to develop their ability to read and interpret information, but to also feedback into their own creative writing.

Students, for example, learn all about Gothic fiction in year 7; reading extracts from the likes of Frankenstein and Dracula, before creating their own spooky stories. They then develop their analytical skills with Fairy tales (often told with a twist) and by dipping their toes into Shakespeare as they meet some of his greatest villains. Students then take an around the world trip, looking at a range of poems and stories from different cultures across the globe before ending the year with a reading of the Boy in Striped Pyjamas. In this unit, students’ will develop and reflect on all of their learning throughout the year by demonstrating all of the key skills needed at GCSE level.

Year 8 continues the trend of exciting topics focused around key skills, whilst also ensuring a smooth transition into the expectations of year 9. We start the year by analysing and writing pieces of travel writing- exploring unknown lands and, sometimes, made up worlds. Year 8’s then build upon their knowledge of Shakespeare form year 7 by studying a Shakespearian play in depth. We then explore a variety of texts from the Victorian era (both fiction and non-fiction) and a range of poetry before finishing the year by studying either the Hunger Games or Harry Potter. This end of year unit, much like at year 7, allows and encourages students to reflect on their learning throughout Key Stage 3.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, we study Edexcel GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature:

In GCSE English Language, students study and analyse a variety of 19th Century extracts and develop their ability to write imaginatively and creatively. They study a variety of non-fiction texts which they will analyse, evaluate and compare. Students will develop their ability to produce advanced pieces of transactional writing.  Students will read a wide range of texts fluently and with good understanding, read critically and use knowledge gained from wider reading to inform and improve their own writing. All students will be able to write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately. They will be able to use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately. Students will acquire and apply a wide vocabulary alongside knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

In GCSE English Literature, students study a 19th Century Novel, a Shakespeare play, a Post 1914 Play/Novel and a collection of poetry. Students will be able to read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading. They will read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas. Students will develop the habit of reading widely and appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage. They will be able to write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using Standard English and acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including grammatical terminology, and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, we study Edexcel A Level English Literature and A Level English Language. Both are with Edexcel (the same exam board as for GCSE) which provides students with an excellent baseline for the beginning of Advanced Level study:

In A Level English Literature, students study two novels: one 19th Century novel, Frankenstein and a modern novel, A Handmaid’s Tale and they compare the theme of Science and Society in both texts. They study a range of modern poetry alongside poems of Christina Rossetti, and two plays: A Shakespeare play, Othello and a modern play, A Streetcar Named Desire. Students compare two texts of their choice for coursework. This wide selection of texts gives students an excellent ability to analyse and compare 'classic' works and contemporary texts and is widely considered to be an excellent addition to any university application.

In A Level English Language, students have the opportunity to analyse and critique a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, considering the underlying power behind or within discourse and compare the way that learners read and write. They study a range of contemporary language theorists, in addition to the early stages of child language acquisition. For coursework, students have the opportunity to create two texts of their choice and write an analysis of their own work in relation to their research.

English Staff

Mr Deighton
Lead Learner of English

Mrs Coxon
Teacher of English and Key Stage 4 Coordinator

Mr Carnell
Teacher of English and Key Stage 3 Coordinator

Miss Cannon
Teacher of English

Mrs Khan
Teacher of English

Mr Miller
Teacher of English

Ms O'Connell
Teacher of English

Mr Robinson
Teacher of English

Mrs Wood
Literacy Intervention 

Curriculum Plan