English KS3 and KS4 Curriculum
The English department strives to promote a passion for English, a love of literature and an appreciation of the English language. We aim for students to become independent learners, and to make outstanding progress in their study of the subject. Our ultimate goal is to help students to speak, read and write fluently, all vital life skills.
Highly motivated students will enjoy and achieve within a positive, purposeful and secure learning environment, developing a genuine enthusiasm for language and literature. Through a range of inclusive, exciting and innovative learning opportunities, students will become effective communicators, critical thinkers and successful global citizens, developing the necessary transferable skills to be fully prepared for the world of work.
Spiritual, moral, cultural and social education in English is carried out through the exploration of poetry, plays and prose and the range of non-fiction texts, from the 20th and 21st centuries. Students are encouraged to empathise with characters and their difficult situations, for example, in the ‘Letters Home’ task from the D Day landings and the analysis of conflict and consequence and action in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. Our Dickens unit explores moral and social issues of the Victorian era. The Dystopia genre allows pupils to explore an imaginary future and the decisions, dilemmas and consequences that could involve. Our Key Technical Skills unit explores our cultural development in terms of language acquisition and development.
For a full breakdown of the entire programme of study, please download the English Curriculum document
Click here to download KS3 Long Term Plan
Click here to download Year 10 Long Term Plan
Click here to download Year11 Long Term Plan