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As an English department, we believe that a successful curriculum empowers all students to adapt and craft their own language as speakers and writers in order to express themselves and engage with current public discourse and debates. Through exposure to, and exploration of, the richest literary and non-literary texts, our students will become adept in critical thinking, knowing how to challenge and evaluate the use of language, structure and form for a range of contexts and purposes.

In English, our students are entitled to experience a myriad of the highest quality literary and non-literary texts from the past, right up to the present moment. Our curriculum will deepen their social, emotional and political awareness enabling them to respond with sensitivity to issues prevalent in literature and media texts such as representations of gender, race, social class, the powerful and the plight of powerless. Our students will be taught to approach a text conceptually, allowing them to recognise points of view and analyse deeper layers of meaning. A successful English curriculum provides the historical and cultural knowledge needed by students to Illuminate their reading.

Through their reading, we give them the opportunity to encounter the diversity of human emotion and experience and so be able to empathise with others and understand themselves. Within their writing, we seek to foster creativity and originality as well as developing the confidence to competently experiment with style and content.

Course Overview

Autumn 1: Novel American Classics (10 weeks) - Students will read one of two texts, Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird. They will be asked to consider context surrounding their text. They will further develop their analytical skills. Reading (A01, 2, 3 and 4)

Autumn 2: Narrative Writing (4 weeks) - Students will draw upon their previous experience of writing in a narrative form. They will develop these skills further and be introduced to more complex narrative devices. Writing (A05/6) 

Spring 1: Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing – Students will read their second Shakespeare text and further explore the writer’s use of language, structure and form. They will focus on how Shakespeare establishes relationships between the characters. Reading (A01, 2, 3 and 4)

Spring 2: Non-fiction Writing- Students will discuss a range of topics and ideas and learn to write critically about. They will develop their discursive writing skills by writing from a clear view point. They will develop their ability to debate and put forward their opinions in an engaging written form. Writing (A05/6)

Summer 1 and Summer 2: Poetry: Power and Conflict cluster from GCSE English Literature anthology – Students will study fifteen poems that focus on the theme of power and conflict . They will develop their knowledge of context surrounding the poems and compare two poems by looking analytically at the effect of language, structure and form. This is in preparation for their GCSE English Literature examination. Reading (A01, 2 and 3

Summer 3: (Year 10) – Introduction to GCSE English Language Paper 2 Section A -Students will learn about how writers from the 19th, 20th and 21st century present different viewpoints and perspectives in non-fiction texts. They will analyse language and structure; they will also develop the skills needed to be able to compare the presentation of viewpoints between two texts. Reading (AO1, 2 and 3)

All English Assessment Objectives and criteria (AOs) can be found on the AQA website: www.aqa.org.uk Assessments will take place at the end of each unit.

Useful Links

Non Fiction:


Read articles from:

Creative Writing:
New GCSE English Writing Skills Study Guide - For the Grade 9-1 Courses CGP Books

Recommended Reading

American Classics: Isolation and Discrimination

Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee: Go Set a Watchman

Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner

Markus Zusak: The Book Thief

George Orwell: Animal Farm

Malorie Blackman: Noughts and Crosses

Romeo and Juliet

CPG: GCSE English Shakespeare Text Guide Romeo and Juliet

CGP: KS3 English Shakespeare Text Guide - Romeo and Juliet


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