English

What is our curriculum intent?

Our intent is to enable all students to become subject experts by developing across our ‘Big Ideas’:

Analysing Texts:

  • Understanding and comprehension of texts
  • Analysis of language and structure
  • Inference
  • Relating texts to their social and historical contexts

Writing:

  • Composition/Writer’s Craft
  • Organising a text
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence construction

Speaking and Listening:

  • Register
  • Interacting and responding
  • Creating and performing

This year, our English teachers are focusing particularly on ‘Artful and Accurate Writing.’ This is the idea
that every word that a student writes counts. Over the course of Key Stage 3, our students will get the
opportunity to learn and practise 50 ‘Artful and Accurate’ sentence constructions that will help them to write
more powerfully across a range of different subjects and writing styles.

How do we implement our curriculum?

1. Through what we teach, when, as laid out below:

Year 7

Autumn Term: The Art of Rhetoric (Invictus plus a range of texts)

Spring Term: Family (Private Peaceful plus a range of texts)

Summer Term 1: Power (Macbeth plus a range of texts)

Summer Term 2: Self (Oracy skills including the option to sit the English Speaking Board assessment)

Poetry Knowledge Organiser (Summer Term)

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Knowledge Organiser

 

Year 8

Autumn Term: The Gothic Genre (Raven’s Gate plus a range of 19th century literature)

Spring Term: Strong Women (Much Ado About Nothing and The Hunger Games)

Summer Term 1: Characters (Range of texts including Dickens and other 19th century writers)

Summer Term 2: War Writing (Range of texts including poetry by Jessie Pope and Wilfred Owen)

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Knowledge Organiser

Year 9

Autumn Term: Strong Feelings (Of Mice and Men plus a range of texts)

Spring Term: Conflict (Othello)

Summer Term 1: Ekphrastic Writing (Writing inspired by a visual work of art)

Summer Term 2: Mystery (The curious incident of the dog in the night-time plus a range of texts including
Sherlock Holmes)

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Knowledge Organiser

2. Through how we group students

In English, we teach our students in mixed ability groups. All students will follow the same syllabus and
will study the same texts. We also offer smaller HITS literacy groups for those students who need additional
assistance with English. We assess our students regularly to ensure that they are in the most appropriate
group for their learning.

3. Through the homework we set

  • We expect our students to use the BAC (Building Academic Challenge) packs that we provide.
    These are independent homework packs that will prepare your son or daughter for forthcoming units
    of work or that will re-visit previous units. Every pack will include extension activities to challenge
    students and encourage them to read around the subject.
  • In English we set a weekly homework using the online teaching and learning resource, Doddle
    (www.doddlelearn.co.uk), that has a focus on literacy or SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar).
  • Students will be asked to learn more sophisticated, ‘Tier 2’ vocabulary and will be quizzed on these words regularly throughout the year.
  • Other homework may be set at the teacher’s discretion to support the learning taking place in class.