English

English

Students should learn to become adept and skilful communicators, both in speech and writing. They should learn to write and speak with grammatical precision and to adopt styles which engage the reader or listener. They should learn to adapt their style of writing or speech to suit a variety of purposes and audiences.

Students should learn to read with comprehension, understanding how writers use language, form and structure to aid purposeful communication. They should become equally competent in responding to fiction and non-fiction texts. Students should read prose, plays and poetry from a range of periods and traditions, developing an understanding of how social and historical contexts frame the meaning of texts. Students should learn how to construct logical and substantiated responses to the texts they have read. Students should be guided to read for pleasure and to become discriminating and thoughtful readers.

Overview

Year

Term

Topic(s)

Year 7

Autumn

A Monster Calls

Poetry forms and movements

Spring

Poetry forms and movements

Blood Brothers

Summer

The 19th Century Novel

Year 8

Autumn

Animal Farm

Romeo and Juliet

Spring

Romeo and Juliet

A Christmas Carol

Summer

The Crucible

Year 9

Autumn

Detective Fiction: The Speckled Band and The Dancing Men

Romeo and Juliet and Poetry

Spring

Reading and writing fiction

An Inspector Calls

Summer

Reading and writing non-fiction

Speaking and listening

Year 10

Autumn

The Sign of the Four

Creative writing

Spring

Macbeth

Point of view writing

Reading non-fiction

Summer

An Inspector Calls revision

Reading fiction

Mock exam preparation

Unseen poetry

Year 11

Autumn

Reading fiction

Narrative and descriptive writing

Macbeth and Sign of the Four revision

Prep for mock exams

Poetry anthology: War poems and Conflict poems

Spring

Point of view writing

Inspector Calls revision

Unseen poetry

Narrative and descriptive writing

Non-fiction reading and writing

Summer

Revision and exams

GCSE courses:

English language AQA (8700)

English literature AQA (8702)