In English, we aim to ensure that all students leave with the reading and writing skills needed to access the next stage in their lives. This involves decoding, comprehension and analysis, together with the production of both functional and creative texts.
The KS3 curriculum is predominantly thematically driven in order to give students the ability to study a wide range of texts and to lay the basis for success at GCSE. It is designed to be academically rigorous and to allow students to access texts which improve their cultural capital, including the study of two Shakespeare plays. It is produced in consultation with the KS2 feeder schools to ensure continuity of skills and preventing the repetition of core texts.
Students study a wide variety of texts which explore ideas around British Values and also allow them to reflect on world issues, both contemporary and historical. They are also introduced to key concepts and ideas that they will study in KS4.
Year 9 is our foundation year for GCSE. It is, again, thematically based but has a very precise on GCSE skills and several of specific GCSE texts are introduced and explored.
All students have the opportunity to study for both English Language and English Literature at GCSE.
At KS5, students study English Literature and, where possible, the curriculum at KS4 is designed to support the transition into A-Level with skills being developed to ensure that they are ‘A-Level ready’, especially with the more able students.
Novel Study – The Fire Eaters and In the Nick of Time
Drama Study - Dracula
Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Tempest
Heroes and Villains
Novel Study – Storm Catchers or The Outsiders
Identity and Culture
Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet
Power and Conflict
GCSE set text – An Inspector Calls
Power and Conflict – AQA Poetry Anthology
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde OR A Christmas Carol
English Language Papers 1 and 2
Consolidation work – continuing to build skills whilst revising key content.
Y12 & Y13
English Literature – A Level
Othello – William Shakespeare
Unseen love poetry
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
AQA Poetry Anthology – Love through the Ages (pre-1900)
Feminine Gospels – Carol Ann Duffy
Unseen prose fiction (post-1945)
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
All My Sons – Arthur Miller
Non-exam assessment (coursework): Independent critical study – texts across time (20%). A comparative critical study of two texts – at least one must be pre-1900 – in an essay of 2500 words.
Head of Department: Mr M Vince
KS3 Progress Lead: Ms M Willmore
Teaching Staff: Mrs Nikki Allen, Mrs E Bott (Drama and English), Miss J Brookes, Miss L Broadhead, Mrs D Blower, Miss B Clews, Mrs H Harris (SEND Co-ordinator), Mrs C Doust, Mrs S Readyhough, Ms E Willmore.
BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
We hope to offer opportunities for groups of students to visit libraries, theatres, etc. throughout the year, depending on both practicality and availability. We aim to attend Shakespeare at Stafford Castle every year and we have established the tradition of a theatre company performing Macbeth in school for Y11.