English


Departmental aims:

The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils: 

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
Programmes of Study

The section below outlines the programmes of study for each of the three key stages, on a half-termly basis.

Key Stage 3
Year 7

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Novel:

Writing: Descriptive and Narrative using texts as a a basis. 

Topic:

Gothic Horror Unit
 

Topic:

Short Stories Unit

Topic: Poetry: different cultures

Drama:

Intro to Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Non-fiction media: Knife Crime

 
Year 8

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Topic:

Victorian Short Stories  

Topic:

Non-fiction media: Media bias

Novel:

War Horse

OR

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 

Topic:

Writing to Inform and Persuade

Topic:

War poetry

Shakespeare: Macbeth

KS3 Reading List

Grade Descriptions

 

For Key Stage 4 options information, please click here.