EnglishCurriculum coverage at key stage 3
Students study a range of modern and literary heritage texts ranging from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, alongside modern novels and poetry. Writing units focus on technical skills, with a the aim of improving accuracy as well as consolidating knowledge of grammar from key stage 2. By year 9, students begin exploring the texts required for their GCSE English language and literature exams.

Year 7 units

  • Modern novel
  • Descriptive and narrative writing
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Discursive writing
  • Non-fiction reading - literary villains
  • Improving writing

Year 8 units

  • Monsters! (pre-1914 literature)
  • Descriptive and narrative writing - war poetry
  • Great Expectations
  • Discursive writing
  • Exam preparation unit
  • Modern drama
  • Improving writing

Year 9 units

  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • Modern Drama – Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers
  • Poetry anthology - A Christmas Carol
  • Unseen poetry
  • Literature fiction
  • Writing to present a viewpoint - non-fiction reading
  • Writing to describe/narrate

Curriculum coverage at key stage 4
Students in Key Stage 4 follow the AQA GCSE English Language, and AQA GCSE English Literature specifications. This is assessed by exams taken at the end of year 11. Students read a wide range of texts covering key literary heritage and modern authors, as well as developing their written accuracy.

For further information about the exam specification please click on the links below:

Curriculum coverage at key stage 5
At key stage 5, we offer AQA A level English Literature specification B.

Students develop their understanding of tragedy, building on the knowledge gained from their AS studies. Students also study social and political protest texts including The Kite Runner, The Handmaid’s Tale, and a selection of poetry by William Blake. Students are also required to complete an independent study leading to coursework where students have flexibility in their choice of texts.

For further information about the exam specification please click on the link below: