Literacy skills are taught through discrete reading, handwriting and spelling lessons, as well as Basic Skills lessons which help students to apply the skills they have learned on a more practical level.  Lunchtime literacy clubs offer students further opportunity to develop specific areas of literacy; by using baseline assessments the Faculty is able to target the individuals who need extra support in this small group setting.

Enrichment opportunities such as drama and media lessons, cross-curricular activities, theatre trips and visits to local museums and places of interest all help to foster a love of learning and an enthusiasm for the subject.

The faculty offers both GCSE and Entry Level qualifications in English and students in all year groups are entered at the appropriate time and level for external examinations. In Key Stage 3, the focus is on developing students’ independent learning skills and general literacy through a range of stimulating topics and texts.  In Key Stage 4 students work towards the WJEC qualifications through a range of reading, writing and speaking and listening units.

The curriculum for English:

Year 7

The year begins with an autobiographical topic of ‘All About Me’. Following on from this, they study the Roald Dahl novel ‘Danny the Champion of the World’, a much-loved text.
In the spring term students work on their non-fiction writing skills through a medieval themed topic entitled ‘The Quest’. They then move on to a poetry module, which includes pre 1914 and multicultural poetry.
During the summer term, students focus on their narrative writing skills through story writing, followed by a further novel.
As the Class Base provision is a mixed class of Year 7 and 8 pupils, they follow topics from both the Year 7 and 8 curriculum.


Year 8

The year begins by studying the novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar, followed by non- fiction and creative writing through the topic of Titanic.
In the spring term, students have a further opportunity to study non-fiction texts and extended writing.  They then move on to an Introduction to Shakespeare, which includes drama activities.
During the summer term, students focus on World War 1 literature - Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, war poetry and tales of World War 1. This is followed by an introduction to media studies.
As the Class Base provision is a mixed class of Year 7 and 8 pupils, they follow topics from both the Year 7 and 8 curriculum.


Year 9

The year begins with a play, which includes the features of play scripts and drama activities, followed by the 19th century text ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.
In the spring term, students learn more about the works of Shakespeare through a variety of his plays and drama.  A module of multicultural poetry follows this.
During the summer term, students focus on non-fiction writing and drama based around the topic of The Zoo.  


Year 10

At this point, students will be preparing for one or both of the Entry Level and GCSE qualifications.  Coursework for Entry Level will be completed throughout the year.
The year begins with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, followed by narrative writing and speaking and listening tasks.
In the spring term, students study a 19th century novel and this is followed by a module on poetry.
In the summer term, the focus is on speaking and listening tasks and is an opportunity for students to catch up on any missing coursework. This is followed by non-fiction reading and extended writing.


Year 11

The year begins with autobiographical writing, followed by a 20th century novel. During the spring term, students will revise and prepare for their entry level controlled assessment. This is followed by Functional English for all students, with additional GCSE preparation for those students entered for the examination.


Literacy in the Pupil Engagement Zone.

In the Pupil Engagement Zone, Literacy and Numeracy lessons are delivered daily.  We are teaching to a programme of Functional Skills in both subject areas. These range from Entry Level one right through to Level Two.

The English course covers reading, writing, speaking and listening; there is an exam in all three areas which, when achieved, enables the students to claim the whole award. 

The writing topic is broken down into persuasive writing, writing to inform, writing to instruct, letters of complaint and descriptive writing. The reading is focused on comprehension, selecting information from text and being able to respond to emails and texts appropriately.


Reading Book Information

We aim to change reading books and visit the school library each week and ask that you encourage reading at home each day, if possible.

Please be aware that lost or damaged reading books will need to be paid for as follows:

Classroom books - £5.00 each

Library books – the replacement cost of the book

If you have any queries, please contact the English Department teachers (Ms Rose, Mrs Harvey and Mrs Campbell).


Free Electronic Reading Books

250 free eBooks are available to read from Oxford Reading Tree.

The web link explains how to set up a free account and how to access the free books.

Reading books include fiction and non-fiction, and cover reading ages 3-11. 

This is a fantastic resource to support daily reading at home. We look forward to hearing about the wonderful books you have been reading.