Curriculum Statement
English

Intent

The English Faculty strives to engage and guide students through a rich and rewarding experience of a broad literary canon spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. In studying these texts, we aim to inspire our students to develop into analytical readers, creative writers and confident speakers. We ensure our students are introduced to a plethora of cultures, contexts and forms, inspiring enthusiasm and passion for the written word.

Implementation

The Key Stage 3 curriculum consistently builds and develops skills and understanding of reading, writing and oracy through a challenging range of texts and genres. We link contextual study with the Key Stage 3 History course, strengthening and consolidating understanding through a conceptualised approach.

Across Key Stage 3, we adopt a linear approach across years 7, 8 and 9 with the topic and text form studied, allowing effective development of learning. The academic year opens with a novel, allowing for social and historical contextual exploration, interleaving with History in their nineteenth century study and a unit focusing on black people of the Americas. We then analyse and explore poetry, providing all pupils with an engaging variety of poetic forms that are linked to wider social and emotional factors: nature poetry in Year 7, multicultural poetry in Year 8 and a sample of love poetry in Year 9.

The Spring Term focuses on language analysis of a variety of text types from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. By exploring the historical and social contexts, we are equipping our students with the ability to link the influences over writers to the features embedded in their texts, opening a world of perceptive and insightful deeper meanings.

Shakespeare is our focus in the Summer Term: Year 7 study and explore a range of extracts from several Shakespearean plays and poems; Year 8 focus on Romeo and Juliet and Year 9 study Macbeth. They will explore character development, writer’s language choices and practise writing analytical responses. Pupils will practise both reading and writing skills for each unit of study, and enjoy a variety of challenging, engaging and exciting activities in lessons.

Year 7

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

Descriptive writing

Introduction to nature poetry

Gothic literature and writing

Non-fiction extracts from 19th, 20th and 21st centuries

Introduction to Shakespeare

Authors project

Year 8:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Film trailers

Multicultural poetry

Non-fiction reading and writing skills

History of English

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

Media research topic

Year 9

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Stevenson

Love and relationships poetry

Creative writing and analytical reading Macbeth, William Shakespeare

An Inspector Calls, J.B. Priestley

Impact

All pupils are transported to a range of new worlds and experiences through the beauty of the written word. We aim to shape our students into resilient, confident and inquisitive learners who are equipped for the wider curriculum and the world beyond the classroom.

Ultimately, we endeavour to build a love for reading and a passion for sharing one’s own viewpoint and opinions with empathy and conviction of knowledge steeped in social and historical fact, allowing pupils to make relevant and conceptual links to the ever-evolving times we live in.

The best book is not the thought it contains but the thought it suggests.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Jesus looked at them and said,
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”

Matthew 19:26