English

Our Aims & Objectives

The aims and objectives of the English Department complement those of the school but are, by their nature, more particular and selective.

Our Aims

  • To ensure that all pupils have a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • To ensure that all pupils have a programme which progresses from Year 7 to Year 11.
  • To enable each pupil to achieve his/her potential in English.
  • To give pupils good experiences of learning so that they enjoy their work.

Our Objectives

  • To provide an English Curriculum which delivers the National Curriculum at both key stages.
  • To provide a diverse range of experiences in English and English Literature.
  • To select leaning experiences which build on pupils’ previous work and present knowledge and understanding.
  • To provide specific opportunities for pupils to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • To help pupils succeed.
  • To make learning interesting and rewarding.
The school has a responsibility to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils. There are three principles which are essential to developing a more inclusive curriculum:
  • Setting suitable learning challenges.
  • Responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs.
  • Overcoming whole school and subject specific barriers to learning and assessment for both individuals and groups.

Key Stage 3 Overviews

Year 7

Term Topic & Reading Focus Learning Objectives Key Writing Assessments (Best Work Books)
Autumn
Term
Inter-House Speaking Competition:
Reading Comprehension Exam + Vernon B and STAR Reading Tests
1. Explanation
Write up a final draft of the speech
(To be used as September writing exam)
Modern Myths Class Reader – to be read in conjunction with Myths and Legends at home or in library lessons by Christmas
Choice of texts such as: The Wind Singer, Artemis Fowl, The Wind Eye, The Kite Rider, Inkheart, Eldor – Alan Garner, The Spook’s Apprentice
Ancient Myths and Legends
Choice of texts such as: The Wind Singer, Artemis Fowl, The Wind Eye, The Kite Rider, Inkheart, Eldor – Alan Garner, The Spook’s Apprentice
  • Develop descriptive and narrative techniques, including using sentence construction and punctuation for effect
  • Create interesting, imaginative and thoughtful texts
  • Experiment with ambitious choices of language
2. Narrative
A short story or the opening to an original myth or legend
Spring
Term
Half Term 3: Home Learning Projects – Creative task based on Myths and Legends
Poetry Through The Ages
Including:
Poetry by Heart / Slam Poetry
A selection of poetry by: Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage, Dylan Thomas, Grace Nicholls, Robert Frost
  • Engage with reading, writing and performing poetry
  • Read for meaning, using inference and deductuion
  • Experiment with vocabulary, form and structure in original writing
3. Description
Original writing (atmosphere and setting) inspired by an image (or line) from a poem
e.g. Imagine a World without Imagination
The Great British Novel
Including:
Boy by Roald Dahl, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo,

Including Internal Exam Preparation
  • Read for meaning and summarise understanding
  • Begin to understand genre conventions and link to the impact on the reader
  • Comment on the effect of language and structure of a piece of writing
  • Develop comparison skills
4. Summary
A newspaper report or diary entry based on the text chosen

5. Comparison
Compare two characters or passages from the novel using PEE
Summer
Term
June: Reading Comprehension Exam (Language Paper 1) + Writing Exam (Descriptive Writing) + STAR Reading Tests
Off on Holiday including:
Including:
A comedy script
Extracts from My Family and Other Animals, Swallows and Amazons, The Famous Five
  • Understand the conventions of descriptive and non-fiction writing forms
  • Develop use of language techniques for a specific task, audience and purpose
  • Develop self-conscious crafting of structure and vocabulary for effect
6. Evaluation
A letter of complaint, using persuasive techniques

Year 8

Term Topic & Reading Focus Learning Objectives Key Writing Assessments (Best Work Books)
Autumn
Term
Language Investigations: Where does language come from?
A selection of poetry including:
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Search for My Tongue by Sujata Bhatt
Half-Caste by John Agard
Six O’clock News by Tom Leonard
  • Develop an understanding of how language works, including spelling, grammar and word class
  • Gain a sense of cultural understanding and the English literary heritage
  • Understand the conventions of non-fiction writing, adapting language to suit the form and purpose
1. Description
Original writing on The Canterbury Tales: description of The Student or the journey to Canterbury

2. Evaluation
How far do you agree…? Linked to language change and technology
Half Term 2: Home Learning Projects – Time Capsule
Spring
Term
Literary Shorts
At least two short stories from:
The Open Window by Saki (1914), The Gulf by Geraldine McCaughrean (1999), The Lawyer and the Ghost, The Flowers by Alice Walker

Other stories from EMC’s Anthology may also be studied

Includes Internal Exam Preparation
  • Develop understanding of genre and literary heritage
  • Read for meaning, using inference and deduction skills
  • Extend comparison skills
  • Consolidate self-conscious crafting of structure and vocabulary for effect
  • Experiment with narrative techniques, including using sentences and punctuation for effect
  • Comment on the language and structure of a story
2. Narrative
An original short story which demonstrates the conventions of a specific fiction genre

3. Explanation
An essay on the opening of a story using PEE
Detective Genre Class Reader – to be read at home and in library lessons by Easter
A choice of: The Ruby in the Smoke by Philp Pullman, The Murder in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (e.g. The Speckled Band) or The Sign of Four or The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Listerdale Mystery by Agatha Christie
Summer
Term
April: Reading Comprehension Exam (Language Paper 1) and Writing Exam (Descriptive Writing) + STAR Reading Tests (June)
Introduction to Shakespeare
A choice of:
Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Read for meaning and summarise understanding
  • Comment on the effect of language
  • Comment on a variety of dramatic effects
  • Offer a detailed response to a text, looking at the writer’s intentions and different interpretations
5. Summary
A newspaper report or diary entry based on the plot or character of the play

6. Comparison
An essay to compare two characters, ideas or speeches

Year 9

Term Topic & Reading Focus Learning Objectives Key Writing Assessments (Best Work Books)
Autumn
Term
The Gothic Genre
At least two short Gothic Short Stories:
The Red Room by HG Wells
The Landlady by Roald Dahl
Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker
The Black Cat by Edgar Allen Poe
The Trial for Murder by Charles Dickens
Cause Unknown by Benjamin Hulme-Cross
  • Consolidate understanding of the conventions of genre and writing for a specific genre
  • Read and comment on layers of meaning
  • Comment on the effect of language, structure and generic features
  • Use a range of creative features to shape and craft writing for effect
1. Explanation
A report on the conventions or ingredients of the Gothic genre

2. Narrative
An original Gothic short story or story opening
Gothic Class Reader – to be read using library lessons or time at home by Christmas
A choice of: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (abbreviated version available), The Mist on the Mirror by Susan Hill, The Price by Neil Gaiman, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Spring
Term
The War Unit
Range of non-fiction and literary non-fiction
Four set poems (one to be examined on):
Who’s for the Game? by Jesse Pope
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
Suicide in the Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon
The Soldier by Rupert Brooke
Additional poets may also be studied e.g. by Isaac Rosenberg, Patricia McCarthy, Ciaran Carson, Stevie Smith, Owen Sheer
  • Read for meaning and summarise understanding
  • Use terminology to explore the choices of language and structure made by writers
  • Comment on the effect of language and structure
  • Respond to and compare two texts, looking at the writer’s intentions and different interpretations
3.Summary
A newspaper article or letter home from the trenches

2. Comparison
An essay to compare two poems:
Who’s For the Game? and Dulce et Decorum Est

Speaking and Listening: Debate on Marine A
March: Internal Exams
STAR Reading Tests + Reading: Conflict Literature – one studied poem and one unseen poem + Non-Fiction Writing: A persuasive speech
Political Class Reader – to be read using library lessons or time at home by May half term
A choice of: My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, The Wave, Animal Farm, 1984
Summer
Term
Taking a Stand: Modern Political Literature
Selection of political speeches, literary non-fiction and poetry:
Out of the Blue by Simon Armitage
The Right Word by Imitaz Dhakar
District 6
Theresa May poem – Carol Ann Duffy
  • • Read for meaning
  • • Develop an understanding of political, social and cultural contexts
  • • Identify and comment on the writer’s viewpoint and methods
  • • Show a controlled crafting of sentence types, punctuation and vocabulary for imaginative effect
5. Description
An original piece of writing inspired by a line of poetry e.g. Out of the Blue
Home Learning Project (half term 6) – Creative piece based on the Political Class Reader
GCSE Ready: Seminal World Literature
A choice of:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • • Gain a sense of cultural and contextual understanding of a Modern American Novel
  • • Read for meaning, using inference and deduction skills
  • • Identify and comment on the writer’s viewpoint and methods
  • • Evaluate different interpretations of a text
  • • Craft a detailed and personal response to a text
6. Evaluation
An opinion essay on the text (How far do you agree…?)

Key Stage 4 Overviews

GCSE (9-1)

Term Year 10 Year 11 Year 11
Revision Focus
Summer
Break
The 19th Century Novel Project – Research & Creative Writing Task The Political Reading Project
Y1 & Z1: Literary Heritage Project
Autumn Half-term 1 Language Paper 1: Reading
Creative Fiction
Key focus:
Characters, setting, perspectives
Aspects of Narrative
Poetry Set 1: Nature and Power
Ozymandias
The Prelude
London

Curriculum Enrichment Week:
Victorian London
The Modern Play:
An Inspector Calls or Blood Brothers
Unseen Poetry

Poetry Sets 1 + 2
Half-term 2 Poetry Link: London
The 19th Century Novel:
Great Expectations or A Christmas Carol
Language Paper 2:
Reading Literacy Non-Fiction
Key Focus:
Comparison
Perspectives
Poetry Link to ‘perspectives’: Checking Out Me History and London
Mock Exams
Language Paper 2: Reading Only
Literature Paper 2
Class Re-reads: Dickens
(Great Expectations may start in September)


Poetry Sets 3 + 4
Spring Half-term 1 Poetry Set 2: The Reality of War
Charge of the Light Brigade
Exposure
Bayonet Charge

Text link: Experiences of ware (Saving Private Ryan)
Language Paper 1: Writing
Creative/writing to describe
Language Paper 2: Writing
Non-fiction writing to argue/persuade
Text link: Taking a Stand
Class Re-reads:
Modern Play


Dickens: characters
Half-term 2 Poetry Set 3: The (Psychological) Effects of Conflict
Kamikaze
Poppies
War Photographer
Remains

Shakespeare:
Much Ado About Nothing or Macbeth
Revision:
Shakespeare

Mock Exams
Language Paper 2: Writing Only
Literature Paper 1


Revision
Language Paper 1
Class Re-reads:
Modern Play


Dickens: context

An Inspector Calls
Summer Half-term 1 Text Link: Guilt
Shakespeare:
Much Ado About Nothing or Macbeth
Revision:
Poetry
Language Paper 2
An Inspector Calls
Half-term 2 Mock Exams
Language Paper 1
Literature Paper 1

Poetry Set 4: Power & Society
My Last Duchess
Tissue
The Émigré
Storm on the Island
Checking out me History

NEA – Don’t Get Me Started On
tbc by end of July (including filming)
External EXAMS

Key Stage 5 Overviews

A Level English Language

A-Level Language: AQA Language 7701/7702

Term Year 12 Year 13
Summer Reading – Terry Deary “Wicked Words” and Bill Bryson “Mother Tongue” Wider Reading and collation of data for NEA
Autumn Introduction to the study of language.

Analysing texts – understanding how meaning is created in a variety of texts.

Introduction to language varieties: regional and national variations and attitudes towards these.

Introduction to children’s language development.

Develop work on non-exam assessment: language investigation.

Non-exam assessment: original writing.

Internal Mock Exams

Spring Textual variations and representations.

Language, the Individual and Society – language varieties: social groups, gender and occupational varieties.

Language Diversity and Change

NEA Final Deadlines

Summer Preparation for mock exams – revision.
Internal Mock Exams

Introduction to full A level – key topics and non-exam assessment component: investigation.

Revision of Year 12 topics
Exam Preparation

External A2 Exams:
Paper 1 – Language and the Individual in Society
Paper 2 – Language Diversity and Change

A Level English Literature

A-Level Literature: AQA Literature B

Term Year 12 Year 13
Summer Reading of ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ Reading of independent poetry and prose texts for the NEA
Autumn Introduction to the genre of ‘Tragedy’

Prose: ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy

Pre-1900 Drama: Shakespeare’s Othello
Introduction to the genre of ‘Political and Social Protest Writing’

Unseen Texts (Section A) – Exam Preparation

Prose: ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini

NEA Planning & Drafting

Internal Mock Exams
Spring Poetry: John Keats – Isabella, Lamia, The Eve of St Agnes, La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Modern Drama: ‘Death of A Salesman’ by Arthur Miller
Drama: ‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen

Poetry: Tony Harrison selection – v., Working, National Trust, Them & [uz], Marked with D
NB – contains explicit language

NEA Final Deadlines
Summer Section C – Exam Preparation

Internal Mock Exams

Introduction to Critical Theory – AQA Critical Anthology (Feminism, Marxism, The Canon, Post-Colonialism)
Setting questions and texts for the NEA
Revision of Y12 Texts
Section C – Exam Preparation

External A2 Exams:
Paper 1A – Tragedy
Paper 2B – Political & Social Protest Writing

A Level English Language/Literature

A-Level Literature and Language AQA

Term Year 12 Year 13
Summer Reading of ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’ Reading of independent poetry, prose and non-fiction texts for the NEA.

Reading ‘The Great Gatsby’

Autumn Introduction to ‘Imagined Worlds’

Prose: ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margret Atwood

Introduction to ‘Remembered Places’
AQA Anthology: Paris (particular emphasis on non-fiction and non-literary material).

Introduction to re-creative writing

Prose: ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald

NEA Planning & Drafting

Internal Mock Exams

Spring Remembered Places continued.

Poetic Voices: Carol Ann Duffy selection from the ‘Mean Time’ anthology.

Introduction to ‘Dramatic Encounters’

Play: ‘Othello’ by Shakespeare

NEA Final Deadlines

Summer Exam Preparation paper 1

Internal Mock Exams

Introduction to ‘Writing about Society’
Setting questions and texts for the NEA

Revision of Y12 Texts
Exam Preparation

External A2 Exams:
Paper 1 – Telling Stories
Paper 2 – Exploring Conflict