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Course summary English is a core subject, this means that all students study English.  Students will study both English Language and English Literature, gaining two GCSEs at the end of Year 11. Therefore, in Years 7 and 8 the curriculum has been developed and structured to prepare them for the requirements of the new GCSE.  In Year 9 students begin to study texts that are on the GCSE syllabus. 
What will students learn?

Year 7

We have developed the curriculum for year 7 students so that they can all make outstanding progress. Our main aim is to inspire our students with a love of language and literature that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. In addition, it is crucial that our students gain the skills required to communicate effectively in reading, writing and spoken language. These core skills underpin everything we teach.

Unit 1: Introduction to Shakespeare
Unit 2: Poetry focusing on the theme of People and Places
Unit 3: Victorian literature and modern short stories
Unit 4: Reading and writing for different audiences and purposes


  • Grammar to include: determiners, prepositions, synonyms and word classes.
  • Analysis of writers’ language and terminology.
  • Comparison of texts.
  • Responding to both seen and unseen texts.

Use of appropriate quotations.

Year 8

Year 8 students study texts that are thematically linked through conflict. Texts have been chosen that will challenge all students and engender a love of reading. Writing skills will be enhanced through a range of tasks that enable students to produce both creative texts and those associated with non-fiction that will stretch students to adapt their levels of formality and techniques.

Unit 1: Shakespeare study ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Unit 2: Poetry focusing on other cultures
Unit 3: Victorian and gothic literature
Unit 4: Reading and writing for different audiences and purposes

Year 9

Unit 1: Shakespeare Study ‘Henry V’
Unit 2: Poetry ‘Power and Conflict’
Unit 3: Modern Fiction (choice of texts)
Unit 4: 19th Century Fiction (choice of texts)


  • Grammar focus to include: noun and verb phrases; active and passive voice and superlative adjectives. 
  • Spoken language assessments to include: whole class debates and individual presentations. 
  • Comparison skills where students learn how to offer an extended discussion of how writers’ use structure and language for meaning. 

Writing skills that show appropriate levels of formality according to the task.

How will students be assessed? A bespoke programme of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) have been planned to assess students across the academic year. The KPIs are age appropriate and allow students to fully master the key skills required for success at both GCSE and Advanced level qualifications. Skills being assessed are varied as they track grammatical and spelling accuracy alongside reading and writing skills. Throughout Key Stage 3 students will be assessed regularly across a range of skills designed to build upon prior knowledge and in preparation for the end of year assessments that reflect the new style GCSE papers.
Homework Homework is linked to the curriculum to develop skills in English and communication. It is differentiated for ability and parents and students can access it through the online system ‘Show my Homework’ which has a link on the Academy website. These tasks will include a spelling focus and a task designed to enhance the curriculum.