English

Key Stage Three

Students receive four hours of teaching per week, with a small nurture group receiving an additional hour to support their developing literacy skills. In year 7, one hour of lesson time each week is devoted to Oracy, while in year 8 one hour each week is a Drama lesson.

Topics Covered:

Year 7:

An introduction to English

Skills for Writing

Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet

Monsters

Novel – ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman

Oracy: Learning about the voice and developing and performing a speech

Year 8:

World Voices Nonfiction Reading

Novel – ‘The Hobbit’ by JRR Tolkien

Spy Fiction writing

Shakespeare – The Tempest

Nonfiction Writing

Powerful Voices Poetry

Drama: Pantomime and the Kindertransport

Year 9:

Novel – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Skills for Writing

19th Century Texts

Modern Play – An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley

Key Stage Four:

All pupils receive four hours of teaching each week and follow the Eduqas specification for GCSE English Language and the AQA specification for GCSE English Literature. We also offer GCSE Media Studies as an option, and students who opt for this receive three hours of lessons each week.