‘Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.’ J.K Rowling. 

Curriculum Information for the ENGLISH department

Staff Role
Mrs Smith Head of Department & Literacy Lead
Mr Neil Cheesbrough English Teacher
Mrs Smith English Teacher
Miss Hale English Teacher
Miss Amy Newsham Assistant Principal and Teacher of English
Mr Nesbitt  English Teacher
Miss Michelle Timperley English Teacher

Curriculum Intent:

Through the study of a rich range of texts and genres that will excite, challenge, and inspire, our aim is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to enable them to develop their own 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.   

Throughout KS3, students will explore language in its many forms. They will learn to question the world around them, discover how the past has shaped our lives and uncover how other cultures and traditions address diversity.  By the end of KS4, pupils will become independent, analytical thinkers, confident and creative writers, as well as resilient and reflective communicators.   They will gain the skills to become confident, life-long readers, effective and technically accurate writers, and assured speakers. 

From canonical classics to modern masterpieces, we strive to foster an enthusiasm for reading.  Our passion and love for literature aim to encourage students to become inquisitive whilst having a thirst for knowledge that will stay with them throughout their academic careers and beyond. 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview:

  HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6
Year 7

Autobiographical Writing and Baseline

Shakespeare’s Villains

Exploration of the Gothic

Nature Poetry 

Fiction study

Charity Writing

Year 8

Bildungsroman Genre Study

Moral Tale

Poetry from other Cultures

Controversial issues – study of non-fiction.

Writing to present a viewpoint

Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Year 9

Prose Writing – Long and short forms of writing

19th Century fiction: Frankenstein.

Non-Fiction Reading and Writing

War Poetry – link to GCSE

Spoken Language Study – GCSE Assessment

Shakespeare: Macbeth


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview:

  HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6
Year 10: Language

Introduction to Component 2 Language Reading

Component 2: non-fiction writing

Prose Reading

Prose Writing

Component 2 comparing texts

Spoken Language Study

Year 10: Literature


Anthology Poetry: Nature and War

`An Inspector Calls`

`An Inspector Calls`

A Christmas Carol Revision

Unseen Poetry

Year 11: Language

Component 2 Revision: Reading and Writing

Component 2 Revision: Reading and Writing

Component 1 Revision: Reading and Writing

Component 1 Revision: Reading and Writing

Interleaved Revision


Year 11: Literature

Poetry Anthology Completion

Macbeth and A Christmas Carol Revision

Poetry Anthology Revision

An Inspector Calls revision and Unseen Poetry

Interleaved Revision



Please note that for years 7-9, the GCSE study order may change when they enter Year 10 and 11.  Year 11 changes may occur when OFQUAL and AQA release guidance due to the effects of Covd-19.  



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