"Reading isn’t important because it helps to get you a job. It’s important because it gives you room to exist beyond the reality you’re given."

Matt Haig

 

 

Subject Staff

Name Role Contact

Miss M Hayes

Head of Department Contact

Mr N Cheesbrough 

Classroom Teacher Contact

Miss C Hale 

Classroom Teacher Contact

Mr M Nesbitt 

Classroom Teacher Contact

Miss A Newsham 

Assistant Principal and Classroom Teacher  Contact

Mrs L Smith 

Classroom Teacher Contact

Miss M Timperley 

Classroom Teacher Contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Intent:

English is empowering.

Our curriculum strives to enable our pupils to understand and interrogate different types of writing, appreciating how writers have crafted their texts for specific purposes in a range of contexts. Armed with this knowledge, our pupils will be active readers for life, interpreting and questioning the information they are given.

Through the study of a diverse range of literature, our pupils will learn about worlds beyond the reality they have been given and hear from voices which may be different to those around them. They will learn how canonical classics and modern masterpieces both reflect and shape their historical and social contexts. 

Pupils will learn to use language in a way which will give them a voice. A voice to reflect on and evaluate their own and others’ viewpoints and perspectives.   A voice that is creative and communicates their ideas in a purposeful and effective way.   A voice to influence others and empower their future selves.

English will give them the power to go out into the world knowing more, understanding more and having more to say.  

 

KS3 overview of units:

  Term 1 Topics Term 2 Topics Term 3 Topics Detailed Overview
Year 7

Young voices: I Am Malala 

Villains and the influence of Literature: Richard III 

Exploration of the gothic 

Adventure from another world: Trash

Making a difference: charity writing and speeches 

Understanding identity: poetry from other cultures and traditions

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Year 8

Moral tales across time 

Bildungsroman: Great Expectations

Rebellious voices: protest poetry across time 

The Monster within: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Exploration: travel writing 

Understanding tragedy: Romeo and Juliet

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Year 9

Different experiences: short stories 

Science fiction reflecting our world: Frankenstein

War poetry across time 

Modern drama: A View from the Bridge

Dystopian fiction: Lord of the Flies 

Expressing ideas through spoken language

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Parents / carers can best support pupils by: Encouraging reading of fiction and nonfiction by reading at home and talking about what has been read. Looking through pupils' books and talking about work completed is also helpful.

 

Key Stage 4: 

Eduqas English Language and Literature:  

Web link to specification: 

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language-gcse/#tab_overview

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-literature-gcse/#tab_overview

 

  Term 1 Topics Term 2 Topics Term 3 Topics
Year 10

Language: nonfiction writing and reading 19th century nonfiction 

Literature: poetry and A Christmas Carol 

Language: reading 20th century fiction and prose writing 

Literature: A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls 

Language: nonfiction writing and comparing 19th and 21st century nonfiction 

Literature: An Inspector Calls and Macbeth

Year 11

Language: comparing 19th and 21st century nonfiction and nonfiction writing 

Literature: A Christmas Carol  and unseen poetry

Language: prose writing and reading 20th century fiction 

Literature: Macbeth and An Inspector Calls 

Language: preparation for exams 

Literature: preparation for exams 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment:

Paper 1 Language Component 1 (fiction reading and writing)  1 hour 45 minutes  40% of qualification  

Paper 2 

Language Component 2 (nonfiction reading and writing) 

2 hours 

60% of qualification 

Paper 3 

Literature Component 1 (Macbeth and anthology poetry) 

2 hours 

40 % of qualification 

Paper 4 

Literature Component 2 (An Inspector Calls, A Christmas Carol and unseen poetry) 

2 hours 30 minutes 

60 % of qualification 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents / carers can best support pupils by: Reading set texts with pupils and discussing them, which could include using audiobooks or film versions. Asking pupils about what they are studying and what they need to revise is also useful as it helps them to think about the subject and their needs. 

 

Additional materials to support study and revision:

Resource Link

Language Component 1 guide 

Link to pdf 

Language Component 2 guide 

Link to pdf 

Transactional writing guide 

Link to pdf 

Literature Component 1 guide 

Link to pdf 

Literature Component 2 guide 

Link to pdf 

Anthology poetry guide 

Link to pdf 

Aiming for 7-9 in English 

Link to pdf 

CGP Eduqas English Language  complete revision and practice 

Link

CGP text guides, workbooks and revision cards 

Link

Sparknotes 

Link

No Fear Shakespeare 

Link

GCSE Pod 

Link

 

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