In the English Department, we want to create an inclusive and inspiring environment where all students feel supported and empowered to succeed. We also want to fully embrace the vison, values, and aims of the Academy Trust. We Aim to:
- To ensure that everything we do has a focus on helping students to meet and exceed their potential; academically, socially and emotionally. The curriculum will always have sufficient depth and coverage to ensure all students progress over five years, in each of these areas, with an emphasis on developing the whole student.
- To instil a passion for life-long learning and continuous improvement; so students are both creative and critical of the information they encounter in an ever-changing modern world. For example, in Year 7, students study civil rights campaigns right through to modern social media campaigns, which teach students about the experiences of others different to their own social context. In Year 8, students learn about 'fame and celebrity’ and their portrayal in the media, at the heart of which is about uncovering bias and understanding nuances that either alleviate or exacerbate an unequal world. In Year 9, students experience ‘disturbed voices’ poetry, which is modern, reflective, and relevant. These are just a few examples of the topics that students are given the opportunity to study. They give students the relevant cultural capital they need in order to understand the world around them, and also the texts that they study. We ensure that students encounter big and challenging concepts such as, love, death, family, pride, betrayal and how to think, read, write and importantly, talk critically about them. The curriculum is sequenced in such a way that skills, knowledge and concepts build upon each other: how does the experience of the protagonist in ‘A Monster Calls’ (Y7) link to Macbeth’s perception of masculinity (Y9)? All students regardless of background, will be in a position that they can grapple with big questions, such as this.
- To develop creative and analytical communication skills so students can express themselves precisely, accurately, and in detail in order to prepare students for life and for potential later study. Also, to encourage a breadth of cultural knowledge and understanding.
- To focus on student development by providing exciting and challenging learning and extracurricular opportunities and experiences.
5-Year English Curriculum overview, please see attachment below.
For more information about our English curriculum, please contact the Head of Department at email@example.com
Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3, we want to encourage students to read as often and as widely as possible. Research indicates that children who are very good and confident readers by the age of 15 are most likely to go on achieve well at high school, college, and university. We also know students who read for just half an hour a day can be up to a year ahead of those who don’t by the time they turn 15.
What will I study?
Each year is based around a different set of topics that provide a broad and balanced curriculum in English.
In Year 7, students will study:
- Novel (including THUG and A Monster Calls)
- The Victorians Life and Language
- Campaigns (including BLM and Brexit)
- Conspiracy Theories
- An Introduction to Poetry
- A contemporary play (currently, ‘The Perfectly Timed Death of an Imaginary Friend’)
In Year 8, students will study:
- Dystopian novel (currently, ‘Maggot Moon’)
- Literary Text Analysis- Monsters and Horror
- Fame and Celebrity
- Journeys and Discovery
- Poetry - From other cultures
- Shakespeare's The Tempest
In Year 9, students will study:
- Gothic - Literary Fiction and Imaginative Writing
- Blood Brothers
- Poetry - Disturbed Voices
- Novel (Including Animal Farm and Of Mice and Men)
- Shakespeare's Macbeth
- Reading Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing
Key Stage 4
Each year is based around a different set of topics that provide a broad and balanced curriculum in English. At GCSE, students study the Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1), including:
- Fiction and Imaginative Writing
- Non-Fiction and Transactional Writing
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley or Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
- Poetry Since 1789 – Pearson Anthology