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Welcome to the English Department: Curriculum 2018 - 2019

Mrs K Shawyer

English Curriculum Leader

The Team:

Mrs A Sims               (Assistant English Curriculum Leader)
Mrs N Evans
Miss S Khan
Mrs R Lynch
Mrs R Chads
Mrs R Woolston
Mrs S Coombs


Introduction to the Department:

In the English Department we aim to help all students build their confidence in speaking and listening, reading and writing, whilst developing their independent and creative thinking skills.  We firstly endeavour to help make the transition from primary to secondary school as smooth as possible and to generate enthusiasm and self-confidence in all students.  Throughout both Key Stages, students study a wide variety of novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction texts.  Learning will be a continuous process, building on knowledge gained during Key Stage 2.

Key Stage 3 Information:

During key stage 3 students will work with a variety of texts and will develop skills in note taking, diary writing, letter writing, report writing, pamphlets, leaflets, review writing, advertisements, newspaper articles and critical responses to poems, stories and play scripts. Approximately each half term, students will complete one formal assessment with a focus on reading, writing or speaking and listening; during the course of each year there will also be regular spelling and grammar assessments.

KS3 Overview


Term 1 (Autumn)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)


Creative writing task

Early English Literature Chaucer – writing task 

Shakespeare’s Comedies writing assessment

Year 7 Reading Paper based on a creative writing extract

Gothic writing

Class novel and ‘Tomb of the Last Pharaoh’ writing assessment.


War poetry reading assessment

'A Christmas Carol' - developing annotation and note taking skills

Class novel

Year 8 Exam week
AQA paper assessing reading and writing - non fiction

Completion of class novel

Reading assessment 

1800 Literature module – ongoing class assessments

NOTE: The above is a general outline and is subject to change.

Key Stage 4 Information:

Key stage 4 begins at the start of year 9 and all students are entered for both English Language and English Literature at the end of Year 11.

The main study of materials is completed by the end of Year 10, leaving Year 11 for revision.

Year Term 1 (Autumn) Term 2 (Spring) Term 3 (Summer)

Year 9

Novel openings – Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading

Reading assessment 

GCSE Pre 1900 novel assessment based on extract and applied to the whole text.  

Reading assessment  


Reading assessment based  on 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mrs Hyde'

Begin Pre1900 novel ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jeykll & Mr Hyde’

Begin studying Shakespeare, ‘Macbeth’

Reading assessment based on 'Macbeth'

Year 10

Reading assessment 

Begin studying ‘An Inspector Calls’

Paper 2 ‘Modern texts and poetry’
Literature assessment 

  AQA Poetry Anthology - Power and Conflict

Paper 2: Writers' Viewpoints and Perspectives

Reading and writing assessment 

Continue studying ‘An Inspector Calls’

Year 11

Paper 2 Literature
Paper 1 writing task
Paper 1 mock
Speaking & Listening

Paper 2 Language mock
Pre1900 Lit
One part of paper 2 Lit

Final exams

Examination Board used:

We follow the AQA exam board 8700 English Language and 8702 English Literature

Qualification to be obtained:

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature