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Subjects Overall Aim


As a department, our goal is to nurture a love of both language and literature.  As English plays such an important role in our daily lives, we are dedicated to promoting a love of English both within curriculum boundaries and outside of them. We aim cultivate and support the skills of each individual student by encouraging participation and recognising achievement and provide opportunities for teamwork, discussion and independent study. In addition to this we work hard to develop students’ ability to communicate successfully, encouraging them to extend the range of their own language in terms of style, vocabulary, structure and form, and providing them with the tools to become engaging, imaginative and analytical writers.


KS3 Curriculum (Year 7+8)


Pupils in Years 7 and 8 develop their skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading, and Writing, through Literacy lessons, discussion, debate, creativity and analysis. Through enjoyment of the written and spoken word, they develop and deepen their skills and understanding in preparation for the skills taught at GCSE.



KS4 Curriculum (Year 9-11)


We follow the AQA specifications at GCSE level. Currently our GCSE students all complete the English Language and Literature course, which results in two separate GCSE awards. They will also be gain an additional award in Speaking and Listening. 


The two English Language examination papers explore creative reading and writing as well as writer’s viewpoints and perspectives.


Students will be tested on the following Language assessment objectives:

Lang 1AO1: identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas , select and synthesise evidence from different texts

Lang AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views

Lang AO3:Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

Lang AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references

Lang AO5: Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts

Lang AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation


In preparation for the two English Literature examination papers, students study: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Animal Farm, by George Orwell and Blood Brother by Willy Russell. In addition to this students will also study a collection of fifteen poems from the AQA collection, Power and Conflict.


Students will be tested on the following Literature assessment objectives:

Lit AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts.

Lit AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate

Lit AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.

Lit A04: Spell, punctuate and use a considerable range of vocabulary and sentence structures

Extra Curricular Activities / Parental Support:


The English Department values opportunities to develop students' education through extracurricular activities. Students have a range of opportunities to bring their studies to life through theatre visits, workshops and visiting authors.


Parents can support the school by ensuring students have their own personal copies of the texts they will be studying for revision purposes. (There are provisions to support pupils who have difficulty in purchasing their own copies of the text, please speak to the class teacher to discuss this further).


Parents could also help reinforce their child’s learning by encouraging them to read a reputable newspaper on a daily basis and discuss topical issue which will help them formulate and develop how they express of their ideas and lines of argument.


We would also encourage parents to ensure that their child reads for at least twenty minutes a day to encourage their imaginations and understanding of the written word, as well as develop effective vocabulary and grammar skills.


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