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Curriculum Intent - English:

In KS3, our intention is to promote students’ voices and give them tools to express their views appropriately.  We have chosen texts that represent a broad canon of literature across time and genre: they initially focus on personal growth and identity and move towards texts that explore and challenge the world around us.  Students will develop a sense of voice, an interest in the wider world and an awareness of the cultural capital available. 

They are encouraged to understand the methods writers use for different purposes and encouraged to be creative and write in different forms so that they can improve their command of spelling and grammar, preparing them for employability skills such as effective communication, writing accurately and expressing themselves creatively through nonfiction and fiction texts.

Through these texts, students will discuss and analyse social, moral, cultural and spiritual ideas, use their imagination creatively and study the viewpoints of others on topical issues.

During the study of their texts, students will develop their reading skills, stretch and challenge their ability to analyse different texts and genres. At the highest level, students also develop the more complex evaluation skills as well as using evidence and theory to support sustained arguments.  They are encouraged to think critically and evaluate others’ opinions as well as undertaking independent research.

Curriculum Overview English:

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7 Prose text: Coraline or Treasure Island Non-fiction and poetry Prose text: Coraline or Treasure Island
Year 8 Shakespeare 
Diverse Voices: extracts
Of Mice and Men ESB - employability
Reading non-fiction
Year 9 A Christmas Carol Macbeth Spoken language endorsement
Reading non-fiction
Year 10 A Christmas Carol Poetry Modern text
Year 11 Language/literature paper 1 Language/literature paper 2 Revision
Year 12 Social and Political Protest:
The Kite Runner,
The Handmaid’s Tale
Songs of Innocence and Experience (Blake)

Basics of word classes and grammar
Representation of different groups in society
Paper 2: Unseen Practice
Aspects of Tragedy:
Death of a Salesman
King Lear

Accent and dialect
Language across time
Political correctness
Aspects of Tragedy
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
King Lear

NEA: Language investigation and interventions
Introduction to child language acquisition
Year 13 Independent Study:
Prose and Poetry coursework

Completion of NEAs
Child language acquisition
Technology and occupation
Mock Revision

Revision and exam preparation