English

We have high expectations of all pupils in regards to their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Schemes of Learning are designed to target skills progression across both key stages, whilst also finding opportunities to keep lessons engaging and stimulating.

Key Stage 3
At Key Stage Three, Pupils study a range of engaging texts and topics to prepare them to be successful at Key Stage 4. Pupils study a wide variety of literature texts including Shakespeare plays such as Richard III, 19th Century literature such as Oliver Twist and literature from other cultures: Of Mice and Men. A range of poetry texts and different genres including Gothic Literature is also studied by pupils at Key Stage Three. Pupils, also, learn and develop writing skills through fiction and non-fiction writing topics such as Dystopian and Autobiography.  

Pupils are also supported and encouraged to develop a love of reading through library lessons. Each Key Stage Three class will be timetabled in the school library for one lesson per week, where they will have opportunity to work with the school librarian and we guided through engaging reading activities based around different texts. In these lessons, we also focus on improving pupils’ engagement with reading and developing vocabulary skills, enhancing their language acquisition and application – whatever they choose to read.  Pupils are also able to borrow books from the library and are supported to find books they will love and enjoy reading.  

Key Stage 4
Pupils study the AQA GCSEs in English Language and Literature at Key Stage Four. The course provides opportunities for studying a range of both modern and pre-1914 literature, including plays, novels and poetry. Pupils develop a clear understanding of plot, theme and character; exploring the writer’s use of language and structure, while also considering the impact of historical context. Pupils also build upon their reading and writing skills taught at Key Stage Three and become successful writers in both fiction and non-fiction formats. 

GCSE English Literature Reading List:

  • Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
  • Orwell’s Animal Farm or Priestley’s An Inspector Calls
  • Dickens’s A Christmas Carol
  • AQA Power & Conflict Poetry

Extra-Curricular
The English Department believe that providing opportunities to learn in out-of-classroom contexts enhances pupils’ understanding and engagement in English, as well as developing the aspirations of pupils. Pupils will be able to take part in a variety of different English extra-curricular activities such as BBC Young Reporters, writing competitions, UEA Festival of Literature for Young People and The Globe Theatre visits. Pupils will also take part in inspiring author workshops in schools and visits to local theatres to see productions of texts they are studying, when these are available.