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Key Stage 3 

Students read a variety of literature including prose, poetry, drama, short stories and non-fiction texts. They develop their ability to form an interpretation, analyse and infer meaning. Students also have a weekly or fortnightly library lesson to develop independent reading habits.



 Gothic extracts: The Castle of Otranto and Frankenstein

 Descriptive and narrative writing


 Poetry across time



 Shakespeare play: Twelfth Night

 Novel: Boy or Animal Farm




 Poetry [Relationships]

 Writing about your own views


 World Literature extracts: for example, Anita and Me and The Kite Runner



 Shakespeare play:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Much Ado About Nothing

 Novel: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or To Kill a Mockingbird




 Novel: Of Mice and Men

 Language Paper 1


 Shakespeare play: The Merchant of Venice

 Language Paper 2


 Poetry [Power and conflict]

 Language skills based on 19th Century extracts: for example, The Hound of the   Baskervilles

GCSE English Language and Literature 

All students study English Language and English Literature at GCSE.

In English Language, students develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, evaluating writers’ purpose in a range of fiction and non-fiction material and constructing their own written pieces.

In English Literature, students read a range of literature including a 19th century novel, a Shakespeare play, poetry and contemporary material. Students explore themes and ideas, writer’s craft and intentions and contextual implications within each text.

 YEAR 10


 Language Paper 1 Section B and Language Paper 2, Section B – Writing skills

 Literature Paper 2 Section B - Prepared poetry


 Language Paper 1 Section A - Analysis of stories and extracts 18th – 21st century

 Literature Paper 2 Section A - An Inspector Calls


 Language Paper 2 Section A - Analysis of non-fiction texts and literary non-fiction texts

 Literature Paper 2 Section A - Romeo and Juliet or Macbeth


 YEAR 11


 Literature Paper 1 Section B – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or Frankenstein

 Literature Paper 2  Section B and C - Unseen and prepared poetry


 Literature revision – Papers 1 and 2


 Final examination preparation

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Key Stage 4 Literacy Support 

Where appropriate, targeted students will receive three additional Literacy lessons per week, enabling them to master essential reading and writing skills and develop their fluency and confidence with English. Lessons are designed to advance students’ written and verbal communication and to expose students to texts with a variety of purposes, audiences and genres.

 The following topics are indicative of the content covered:

 YEAR 10


 Sentence structure



 Genre, audience, purpose

 Examination skills

 YEAR 11

 GCSE English Literature revision

 GCSE English Language revision

 Identifying and analysis language techniques

 Spoken Language skills