Key Stage 3
In Year 7, students acquire a strong command of the spoken and written word through a diverse selection of texts from different periods,
cultures and traditions. They will be encouraged to adapt their language and style to suit a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
Opportunities for discussion and evaluation will be at the heart of each unit in order to promote independence and high expectations.
The year starts with a poetry unit which exposes students to a rich literary heritage whilst equipping them with the essential skills to
analyse and explore unseen texts. Other units will include a 19th century prose study, a Shakespeare comparison and creative writing whilst
all units will incorporate a range of non-fiction texts. Trips will be run to support and enhance student understanding such as a trip to The
The teaching of language through literature develops in Year 8. Students will be exposed to more challenging texts such as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’,
with opportunities to analyse a range of genres over time. A complete Shakespeare play will be studied, with an opportunity to visit The
Globe Theatre in the summer term. The children are expected to be aware of what they have achieved and what they need to do to keep
up their progress and are expected to be active learners with an attitude of ambition and enquiry.
In Year 9, students will complete their KS3 course in Term 5 and begin their pre GCSE course. They are expected to take control of their
work, and show a mature and organised approach. There is a greater emphasis on analysis and formal writing so that they are fully
prepared for KS4. Students are increasingly encouraged to demonstrate the ability to cope with both independent learning, and
team/group organisation. Teaching encourages independence, co-operation and initiative; it promotes the ability to use their own
technology and expertise to make them stand out and reach excellence.
Key Stage 4
Throughout years 10 and 11 students will be studying English Language through Literature, resulting in two GCSE qualifications. This
approach aims to develop understanding of the English language, broaden students’ reading skills and mature as users of spoken and
The qualification will enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of
different texts spanning the 19th century to the present day. Students will also further their skills of being able to write clearly, coherently
and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures to suit a specific text type.
Speaking and listening – although not formally weighted - remains integral to the course. Opportunities for students to articulate their ideas
and responses, to participate in discussion and presentations will engage students and promote their confidence with the literary, nonliterary and creative aspects of both GCSEs.
Students will study Macbeth, An Inspector Calls, a variety of poetry across time on the subject of Conflict, and one of the following 19th
century novels: The Strange case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde, Great Expectations or The Sherlock Holmes mystery The Sign of Four.
These three titles have been specially selected by the department to inspire, challenge and motivate the students in Bands A-C
English and Media Studies
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Term 4||Term 5||Term 6|
|Year 10||Introduction to Media||Moving Image Media: TV Crime Drama||Moving Image Media: Music videos||Promoting Media: Advertising and Marketing; Film Industry||Print Media: Music Magazines||Creating Media: Magazine production|
|Year 11||Creating Media: Magazine production||News: Print||News: Online and Radio||Revision||Revision|