The ethos of the English Department is very simple. It aims to be a subject leader in innovation, student support and challenge while ensuring that it leads by example in modelling effective Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening opportunities for cross-curricular use.


The English Department aspires to undertake purely reflective practice with the sole intention of evolving into a world class ‘value for money’ educational unit, a body of professionalism which ‘goes the extra mile’ for its students.

Key Stage 3 Breakdown

Year 7

Term 1 - 2

Holes (Louis Sachar, Sept – Nov 16)

Term 2

Instructions and Explanation  (Dec 16)

Term 3

Nineteenth Century Poetry (Jan 17)

Term 4

Travel Writing (Feb 17)

Term 4 - 5

Macbeth (March, April, May 17)

Term 6

The Plague Module (June 17)

‘Paddle to the Sea’ – film – cross-curricular (July 17)

Year 8

Term 1 - 2

Fire Eaters novel – HAPs -/’Danny’(Berlie Doherty) & ‘Tony Kytes’ (Nineteenth century short story – Thomas Hardy) – MAPs/LAPs (Sept – Oct 16), ‘Red Sky in the Morning’ (Elizabeth Laird) – LAPs (Nov-

Dec 16)

Term 2

Travel Writing (Nov 16)

Term 2 - 3

Romeo & Juliet – HAPs - Twelfth Night – MAPs/LAPs – (Dec 16 – Feb 17)

Term 4

Porphyria’s Lover (March 17)

Term 5

Dulce et Decorum Est and other First World War Poetry (April - May 17)

Term 5 - 6

Private Peaceful (Michael Morpurgo)– HAPs -/A Monster Calls – (Patrick Ness) MAPs/LAPs – (May, June, July 17)

Year 9

Term 1

Of Mice and Men – (John Steinbeck - Sept, Oct 16)

Term 2

The Unexpected (Kate Chopin)and other short stories (Nineteenth century short story) – Nov – Dec 2016

Term 3

January 17 – GCSE studies begin for year nine; see year ten 2016 new scheme (below) for English Language and Literature.

Key stage four breakdown

Curriculum map here, plus exam details (title, exam board, explanation of AO’s for the topic)

Year 10 Board AQA

English Language and Literature GCSE

Term 1

Lang. - Narrative – First and Third Person

Lang. - Description – Third Person

Language – Extract from ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ studied re: PEE

Lang. & Lit. - Macbeth reading (writing a review)

Term 2

Lit. - Macbeth reading continues – description of the witches utilised

Lang. – ‘How’ and ‘What’ questions based on an extract taken from Gordon Ramsay’s autobiography, ‘Humble Pie’.

Lang. & Lit. - Persuasion explored in Macbeth where Lady Macbeth persuades her husband to commit the murder of Duncan

Lang. - Letter writing (for an audience) is taught and practised

Term 3

Lit. - Macbeth reading finalised and reflected upon

Lit. - Novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ is begun – students attempt PEE passage exercise to differentiated questions on the theme of ‘monster’ and how the writer establishes this

Lang. - Extract taken from the non-fiction book, ‘Crap Towns’ – students explore this on the theme of ‘monstrosity’.

Term 4

Lit. - ‘A Christmas Carol’ reading completed; students’ knowledge is tested via written assessment question

Lit. - Unseen poetry is taught

Lang. - Narrative and description skills are recapped upon

Term 5

Lit. - Unseen poetry skills continued

Lit. - AQA poetry anthology begun re: teaching and learning

Lit. - Teaching of the play ‘Blood Brothers’ begins

Term 6

Lit. - Teaching of the play ‘Blood Brothers’ continues and is finalised

Lit. - Macbeth recapped upon

Lit. – ‘A Christmas Carol’ recapped upon

Language – Reading & Writing skills reviewed, together with ‘audience’

Embarking upon creating evidence for Spoken Language

Year 11 Board: AQA English Language and Literature

Term 1:



Paper 1 Reading Skills/Format of paper

Macbeth revision

AQA poetry ‘London’, ‘Storm on the Island’, ‘Remains’

Term 2:

Speech Writing/audience

Formal Letter Writing/audience

Report Writing/audience

Paper 2 Reading Skills/Format of paper

Macbeth revision finalised

‘Blood Brothers’ revision begins

AQA poetry ‘War Photographer’, ‘Bayonet Charge’, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’

Term 3:

Article Writing/audience

Description & Narrative writing returned to

Paper 1 Reading Skills/format of paper returned to

‘Blood Brothers’ revision finalised

AQA poetry ‘Exposure’, ‘Ozymandias’, ‘Checking Out Me History’, ‘The Emigree’

Spoken Language preparation begins

Term 4:

Review Writing/audience

Paper 2 Reading Skills/format of paper returned to

‘A Christmas Carol’ revision begins

AQA poetry ‘Tissue’, ‘Kamikaze’, ‘Poppies’

Spoken Language Tasks sent off to the board

Term 5:

Argue, Persuade, Advise conventions further revised and consolidated

Comment, Analyse, Review conventions further revised and consolidated

Unseen Poetry is continued

Spoken Language finalised

‘A Christmas Carol’ revision finalised

AQA poetry ‘Extract from, The Prelude’, ‘My Last Duchess’

Revision of Paper 1 & Paper 2 skills – Return to Narrative, Description, Speech, Letter and Report writing

Macbeth, Blood Brothers and A Christmas Carol recapped upon

Year 11 sit GCSE exams



Ian Corns – Head of English

Elizabeth Smith – Teacher of English and Head Teacher

Maria King – Teacher of English

Alison Sumner – Teacher of English

Andrew Taylor – Teacher of English

James Meehan – Teacher of English

Taylor Sarchet – Teacher of English

Becca Jones – HLTA for English


English works in conjunction with other departments, in this instance Vocational Education students designed, created and presented on hair styles influenced by the cross-curricular topic, ‘The Sea’.

English Curriculum Picture 1


The English Department is innovative; it ran a recipe competition on the theme of characterisation within the Shakespeare play, ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The winning recipe (for the Tybalt Burger) is pictured below. True to the persona of Tybalt, the burger is hot, spicy and feisty (an acquired taste) but with a soft centre.

English Curriculum Picture 3