English

Curriculum Intent

English is a vehicle through which we can recover hope, dignify suffering, develop empathy, laugh, wonder and regain a sense of justice. We want pupils to have philosophical discussions about humanity and how to be a social being. By reading a range of diverse texts, from different genres, cultures and eras, pupils will have the opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes. Through this, they will set their imaginations free and become critical thinkers. Lessons will be thought provoking, challenging and memorable. As a department we believe that language is powerful and we want our pupils to take ownership of it. They will develop a rich vocabulary and learn how to craft their writing to engage and influence others. Our overarching aim is to send pupils on a journey where they become more socially empathic, express themselves accurately and are proud to have a unique voice.

Strengths of the Department

All pupils will be challenged to build upon the progress that they have made at KS2 whilst understanding the importance of reading for pleasure. They will read increasingly challenging material from a range of fiction and non-fiction (both pre-1914 and contemporary) and they will learn to analyse texts independently.

When writing, they will learn how to write accurately and fluently by writing for a range of audiences and purposes. They will also plan, draft and edit their work and consolidate and build upon their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. To develop their spoken English skills they will be given the opportunity to give short presentations and participate in debates.

Achievements

The English Department consistently achieves results above the National average.

We are also very proud of the partnerships that we have formed with the wider community.

  • We have recently been involved in a project entitled ‘Mother Tongue, Other Tongue’ where pupils worked with the poet Carol Ann Duffy to produce and perform their own poem, which celebrated cultural diversity and bilingual speakers in Manchester.
  • We have worked with Manchester University and The Manchester Museum on various projects.
  • We work closely with other schools in Manchester to share good practice.
  • Due to our fantastic central location we are able to make full use of all the opportunities that the city offers us such as theatre trips, cinema screenings, author visits and links to the various universities.
Exam Board: AQA

English Curriculum

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Contemporary Novel
‘Boy Everywhere’ by A. M. Dassu
Mythology and Short Stories
Narrative writing
Play
‘The Tempest’ W. Shakespeare
Play
‘The Tempest’ W. Shakespeare
Play
‘Frankenstein’ adaptation by P. Pullman

Creative Writing Project
A book that’s not a book

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
19th Century Novel
‘Oliver Twist’ C. Dickens
Speaking and Listening and Non-Fiction
Theme of Protest
Play
‘The merchant of Venice’ W. Shakespeare
Play
‘The merchant of Venice’ W. Shakespeare
Descriptive Writing
Exploring a range of genres
Poetry
Other Cultures
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2

20th Century Novel
‘Of Mice and Men’ J. Steinbeck

Writing to Persuade and Argue
Theme of Social issues
Modern Play
‘Blood Brothers’ W. Russell
Modern Play
‘Blood Brothers’ W. Russell
Short Stories
Exploring a range of texts as a spring board for creative writing

Spoken Word Poetry
Focusing on contemporary social issues

 

Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
19th Century Novel
‘Jekyll and Hyde’ R. Stevenson
Language Paper 1 (Fiction) Poetry Anthology
‘Power and Conflict’
Language paper 2 (Non- Fiction) Modern Play
‘An Inspector Calls’ J.B Priestley
Poetry Anthology
‘Power and Conflict’ continued
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Play
‘Macbeth’ W. ShakespeareRevision of ‘A Christmas Carol’
Revising Language Paper 1 (Fiction) Revising Literature Paper 2 (‘An Inspector Calls’ and Unseen Poetry) Poetry Anthology
‘Power and Conflict’
Literature Paper 1 Revision
‘A Christmas Carol’ C. Dickens
Preparation for GCSE Exams Preparation for GCSE Exams

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