The study of English is essential, not only in terms of helping individuals make sense of who they are, but also in terms of learning how to communicate successfully with the world. English Literature teaches a great deal about life, history and society and fosters tolerance and understanding, which is a vital part of a balanced education.

Reading, spoken language and writing are the cornerstones of success and we aim to equip our pupils with the skills to read critically, confidently and for pleasure; to be articulate in their spoken language; and to write effectively with style and accuracy for a wide range of purposes and audiences.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8

In Year 7 students follow the central theme of ‘Growing Up’

  • Unit 1: Tales of Childhood – An Introduction to Eden Manchester English
  • Unit 2: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne – Class Reader
  • Unit 3 – Oliver Twist – The Play by Charles Dickens adapted by Nigel Bryant.
  • Unit 4 – An Introduction to Non-Fiction and the Nineteenth Century
  • Unit 5 – An Introduction to Poetry
  • Unit 6 – An Introduction to Shakespeare

In Year 8 students follow the central theme of ‘A Brave New World’

  • Unit 1: Our Day Out by Willy Russell – Class Reader
  • Unit 2: Dystopian Fiction – An exploration of reading and writing skills using the dystopian genre.
  • Unit 3 – Gothic Short Stories – An exploration of reading and writing skills using the gothic genre.
  • Unit 4 – Radical Romantic Poets – What they are, where to find them and how to analyse them.
  • Unit 5 – What the Dickens? A close analysis of the work of Charles Dickens and Victorian England.
  • Unit 6 – William Shakespeare’s Leaders and Leadership – Exploration of the Henriad plays
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

In Year 9 students follow the central theme of ‘The Consequences Of Power’

  • Unit 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing.

HT1 – Writing
HT2 – Reading

  • Unit 2: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

HT3 – Exploration of the play
HT4 – Exploration of characters and themes

  • Unit 3 – Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

HT5 – Exploration of the play
HT6 – Exploration of characters and themes

  • Fiction Study: transferring analytical skills to unseen texts and narrative writing
  • 19th Century Novel: thematic and characterisation study through language
  • Power and Conflict Poetry: thematic study of power and writing literary essays
  • Shakespeare: understanding the plot
  • Shakespeare: thematic and characterisation study through language
  • Non-Fiction Study: making connections and comparisons across unseen texts and writing about a viewpoint
  • Literature Revision
  • Language Revision

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specifications: AQA GCSE English Language (8700) and AQA GCSE English Literature (8702)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.