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English at Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to encourage reading and improve writing skills in line with the National Curriculum requirements. It has been structured to provide a wide variety of texts, writing skills and Speaking and Listening opportunities. Each unit includes a grammar and skills focus and also provides the opportunities to explore spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues: this may address subjects such as racism, sexism, disability, significance of historical context and topical issues.

Pupils will complete an assessment each term and at least two Author Studies throughout the year. The English Key Stage 3 curriculum promotes enjoyment, creates challenge and adequately prepares pupils for the demands of the new GCSE requirements.


Term1: Pupils complete a transition unit which involves studying and writing autobiographical texts. Reading and Writing assessments.

Term 2: Study a novel and complete an Author Study

Term 3: Poetry and Poetry Festival

Term 4: Writing for a range of audience

Term 5: Shakespeare and his theatre. Macbeth

Term 6: Gothic Literature/ exam preparation



Term 1: Study a novel and complete an Author study

Term 2: A Christmas Carol and historical background

Term 3: Grammar play scheme – Persuasive/argument writing skills

Term 4: Grammar play scheme – Poetry / Author Study (Blake) / unseen poetry analysis

Term 5: Grammar play scheme- Narrative /Twist in the Tale texts

Term 6: Non-Fiction and media texts/ wider reading/ exam preparation



Term 1: Of Mice and Men/ Author study

Term 2:   Poetry from Other Cultures

Term 3: Analysis of texts/ transactional writing

Term 4: Romeo and Juliet

Term 5: Short Stories by Roald Dahl / Author study

Term 6: Transactional tasks/ unseen literary analysis/ exam preparation


 English at Key Stage 4

From September 2015 year 10 pupils will study for two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature, following the AQA course. This course is designed to build on the skills pupils have developed throughout Key Stage 3 and to prepare them for progression to Key Stage 5.

The course is assessed entirely by terminal exams at the end of year 11. (Note: there is no longer any Controlled Assessment or Coursework element to the course)

Pupils will study the following:

  • A Shakespeare play
  • A modern play or novel
  • A 19th Century novel
  • A selection of poetry
  • A range of 19th, 20th and 21st Century fiction and non-fiction extracts
  • Descriptive and Narrative writing
  • Writing to present a point of view

Please contact Mrs E Millard for further information




The English department promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is addressed throughout key stage 4 in the following ways:

  • Exploring texts from different cultural heritages
  • Discussion and debate on topical issues
  • Analysing current affairs using print based media and the internet
  • Discussion of moral and social ethics
  • Analysis of characters and their motives



Promoting Reading and Writing

The English Department are committed to encouraging imaginative writing, reading and the enjoyment of literary texts. To this end we:

  • Organise theatre trips for pleasure and to support study of set texts
  • Run a reading club and have set up a blog for students to share their reading experiences
  • Encourage wider reading through the ‘Rooted in Reading’ programme
  • Promote writing competitions
  • Hold a poetry festival each year in year 7

1. Words and their function in a sentence

2. Punctuation

3. Punctuation continued

4. Apostrophes

5. Spelling

6. Homophones

7. Technical Terms – figurative language

8. Some other useful words to know

9. Creative Writing

10. Essay writing