English

Year 7

The central pillars of our department’s philosophy are the delivery of progression, continuity, challenge and support to all pupils across the ability range.

We believe in the teaching of English skills through a variety of units that engage, stretch and embed progress. Each year, pupils explore non-fiction, prose, poetry and drama as well as working on discrete units that develop their technical facility with language.

In Year 7, pupils engage in a creative writing unit, the play version of A Christmas Carol, the novel Wonder, a themed poetry collection, non-fiction based themed work and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition, themed units developing spelling, punctuation and grammar are delivered alongside each of these learning contexts.

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils engage in a persuasion unit, culminating in a formal debate, poetry from other cultures, media analysis, Romeo and Juliet, the novel Holes and the play version of Frankenstein. In addition, themed units developing spelling, punctuation and grammar are delivered alongside each of these learning contexts.

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils study the novel Of Mice and Men, Sherlock Holmes short stories, creative writing, themed poetry and non-fiction. In addition, units developing spelling, punctuation and grammar are delivered alongside each of these learning contexts.