English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. In studying English, pupils develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Students learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.

Literature in English is rich and influential. It reflects the experiences of people from many countries and times and contributes to our sense of cultural identity. Students learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts, gaining access to the pleasure and world of knowledge that reading offers. Looking at the patterns, structures, origins and conventions of English helps students understand how language works. Using this understanding, students can choose and adapt what they say and write in different situations, as well as appreciate and interpret the choices made by other writers and speakers.

In KS3 students are given the opportunity to access a wide range of learning opportunities to develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills and covers such wide ranging topics which include topics such as 19th Century fiction; Shakespeare; contemporary fiction; contentious issues; modern drama; ballads and narrative poems and genre specific writing, to name but a few. Assessment is through core pieces produced through the course of the units, as well as formal examinations every half term in order to fully prepare our KS3 students for the demands of KS4.

In KS4, students study for the AQA English Language and English Literature GCSE qualifications. For the English Language qualification, students are required to sit two terminal examination papers which assess the range of skills they develop throughout the whole of the KS4 course. The content covered includes genre specific writing styles and techniques; responding to 19th Century and contemporary texts; comparison of non-fiction texts; application and identification of linguistic techniques and structure and close textual analysis of a range of texts. The two examination papers are equally weighted and make up 100% of the English Language grade.

For the English Literature qualification, students must sit two terminal examination papers following their study of Shakespeare; 19th Century fiction; 19th Century non-fiction; modern drama; unseen poetry and an anthology of poetry which includes both classic poems and a range of contemporary works. The two examination papers are equally weighted and make up 100% of the overall Literature grade.

Within the department, we offer a range of intervention strategies for students who may not be making expected progress, such as withdrawal groups, intensive 1:1 intervention sessions targeted student monitoring; these operate across the ability range to support every single student in taking pride in excellence and reaching their full potential in the subject.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Map