Vision: 

Key stage 3 English should excite, enthuse and build upon the numerous skills taught at key

stage 2. A love of reading is fostered and continually promoted through various schemes of

works and reading projects over the two year course, which segues into key stage 4 at year

9.

Writing, both fiction and non-fiction, allows students to explore the world of literature, current

affairs and historical periods in time. Pupils will be taught how to write in a range of contexts,

utilising a variety of structural and linguistic devices to enhance their technical ability.

Standard English and a sound understanding of correct grammar and punctuation will be at

the forefront of all writing tasks. All students are reminded of the importance of drafting/

redrafting work and amending work when mistakes have been made. Spelling, punctuation

and grammar is taught in all units of work, both explicitly and implicitly.

Guest speakers, poets and writers are invited in at all key stages  to showcase different reading

and writing skills to students, allowing students to experiment with language and form.

Students are also actively involved in various writing competitions throughout the year and

the famous BBC 500 words competition.

The use of Standard English is encouraged and developed during writing tasks, speaking

and listening activities and within the classroom setting during general discussions.

Staff:

Amy Hayes: Head of Department

Katherine Griffin

Sara Richardson

Phillip Green

Patricia Shinks: Key Stage 4 Coordinator

Kris Mansfield: Key Stage 3 Coordinator

Rae Clark: Literacy Coordinator

Eithne McCrory

Courses:

AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature

 AQA A’ Level English Literature B

Key Stage 3 

Year 7

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Boy by Roald Dahl.

Author study of Roald Dahl.

Autobiographical reading and writing scheme of work. 

SPAG  lessons once per week.

Accelerated Reading lesson every two weeks in the library.

AR homework once per week. AR quizzes on a regular basis.

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Boy by Roald Dahl.

Author study unit: Lamb to the Slaughter and The Landlady workbooks.

Accelerated Reading lesson every two weeks in the library.

AR homework once per week.

AR quizzes on a regular basis.

Dystopian Fiction scheme of work.

Poetry scheme of work.

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Writing from a point of view.

Introduction to Shakespeare, The Tempest.

Year 8

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Travel writing unit.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.

Author study: John Steinbeck.

SPAG lessons once a week.

Accelerated Reading programme, every two weeks in the library.

Regular AR quizzes in the library.

Term 2 Topics & Content:

SFX War poetry scheme of work.

SPAG lessons once per week.

Accelerated Reading every two weeks in the library.

Gothic Fiction scheme of work.

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Writing from a point of view.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Year 9

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Study of An Inspector Calls 

Writing Creatively

REGULAR SPELLING / GRAMMAR & LITERARY TERMINOLOGY FOCUS 

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Study of A Christmas Carol

Writing to Argue

REGULAR SPELLING / GRAMMAR & LITERARY TERMINOLOGY FOCUS 

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Response to fiction: study of short stories. 

Poetry analysis skills : Response to Unseen poetry

REGULAR SPELLING / GRAMMAR & LITERARY TERMINOLOGY FOCUS 

Key Stage 4 

AQA English Language and English Literature.

Year 10

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Study of MACBETH

RESPONDING TO FICTION AND WRITING CREATIVELY 

REGULAR SPELLING / GRAMMAR & LITERARY TERMINOLOGY FOCUS 

Term 2 Topics & Content:

POETRY FOCUS  “POWER AND CONFLICT “

RESPONDING TO NON-FICTION AND WRITING TO PRESENT A VIEWPOINT 

REGULAR SPELLING / GRAMMAR & LITERARY TERMINOLOGY FOCUS 

Term 3 Topics & Content:

REVISION OF “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” AND “AN INSPECTOR CALLS” & PRACTICE PAPERS. 

REGULAR SPELLING / GRAMMAR & LITERARY TERMINOLOGY FOCUS 

SPOKEN LANGUAGE PREPARATION AND ASSESSMENT 

Year 11

Term 1 Topics & Content:

POETRY REVISION AND UNSEEN PREPARATION

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PAPER 1 AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE PAPER 2 PRACTICE PAPERS

Term 2 Topics & Content:

LITERATURE PRACTICE PAPERS PAPER 1 AND 2 

Term 3 Topics & Content:

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE PRACTICE PAPERS 

Key Stage 5:  AQA English Literature B.

Year 12

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Trip to Central Library, Liverpool.

Introduction to Crime fiction.

Introduction to the genre of Tragedy.

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene.

Term 2 Topics & Content:

King Lear by William Shakespeare.

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene.

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Begin Theory and Independence coursework.

King Lear by William Shakespeare.

Year 13

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge.

Theory and Independence coursework.

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Atonement by McEwan

Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge.

Revision and completion of practice papers.

Theory and Independence coursework.

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Revision and completion of practice papers.

Submission of Theory and Independence coursework (20% of final A’ Level grade).

Out of Hours Activities:English Study Club: every night Monday to Thursday in E5/E7

Film Club: Friday lunch time in E7

Reading and Writing Club: Monday lunch time in E5.

Accelerated Reading Club: every lunch time in the library.

Debating and Public Speaking Society: (days TBC)

Drama and Performing Arts Club: Thursday lunch time in E3

Department Website Links:

www.aqa.org.uk

English Google classroom: nf70upg (this has lots of fantastic resources, practice papers etc)

www.englishandmedia.co.uk – see Miss Hayes for username/password

www.bl.uk (British Library)