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 Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours - John Locke

 Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum intent for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through experiencing a range of texts and widespread reading for enjoyment.   

The English curriculum is challenging and inclusive, enabling all learners to be successful in the wider world. Over time, students will build significant cultural capital, become critical thinkers and develop judgement. The curriculum is designed to foster a love of reading and writing through the study of a rich and engaging variety of whole texts from different genres, in particular those from the English literary heritage and texts of universal significance.   

The curriculum builds on Key Stage 2. Pupils develop skills and knowledge learnt in primary school with ever greater sophistication, depth and independence. Teachers unpick complex activities for pupils and teach these as explicit knowledge until they have been assimilated by them and become skill. 

 Cross Curriculum and Skills

  •  Write and speak with clarity and precision
  • Justifying and debating
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Examining and decoding sources
  • Conscious crafting

Curriculum Details

Curriculum and Assessment Map Years 7-11 

English Learning Journey 

English Curriculum Summary

Revision Resources and Curriculum Journey

Key Stage 3

BBC Bitesize

Independent reading of fiction and non-fiction texts.

Key Stage 4

CGP AQA Poetry Guide: Power & Conflict Anthology ISBN 978-1782943617

CGP AQA An Inspector Calls: The text guide ISBN: 978-1841461151

CGP AQA A Christmas Carol ISBN: The text guide 978-1782943099

CGP AQA Macbeth ISBN: The text guide 978-1841461168

Key Stage 5

Mr Bruff’s guide to studying A-level English Literature ISBN: 978-1520865317

Useful websites:

Mr Bruff analytical videosBBC Bitesize

British Library articlesMassolit

Homework and Home Learning:

Homework develops independent study and enables students to become life-long learners.  We use an online tool to help you keep track of your child's homework.  Show My Homework will allow parents to see the details of the tasks your child has been set, all their deadlines and their submission status.

In English, we set homework weekly and below have given some examples of topics set:

Year 7: Oliver grew up in a workhouse. Create a poster with a focus on the conditions of workhouses.

Year 9: In light of recent global events, what makes someone valuable today? How do you think people should be valued in society? (½-1 page response)

KS4:  Extended writing practice in exam style conditions

e.g. Starting with this extract how does Dickens present ideas surrounding transformation through Scrooge character?

KS5: Annotate 3 significant scenes within the text where the notion of a fragmented identity is explored by the writer. 

Knights Shield

 The Knights Shield is a scheme which values and recognises all of the extracurricular and enrichment opportunities that Knights Academy pupils participate in. 

In English, we are pleased to offer pupils opportunities to fulfil the Knights Shield throughout our curriculum. Some examples are listed below:

Curriculum: Enrichment opportunities such as Speak Out and Debate Mate, which encourage our pupils to become well rounded individuals through providing them with opportunities to develop their spoken skills as well as an understanding of the wider political and social world.

Creativity:  Creative writing competitions, both external and those organised within the federation.

Community:  During World Book Day we provide pupils with the opportunities to trade in their old books for new ones and also sell unused books in the department to fund new reading books for the library.

Competencies:  Enrichment and competitions, which provides pupils with opportunities to develop their grasp of the English language – as well as exploring a variety of means of expressing oneself.

Cultural: Pupils are given opportunities to see texts in performance, via theatre trips and touring companies. When this is not possible, we aim to provide pupils with opportunities to view live screening of plays being performed in theatres across the country.

Why Study English at GCSE and A' Level?

English is a core subject which all pupils are expected to study to GCSE level. This supports their development as competent and confident readers, writers and speakers, thus equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to be successful in further studies and training as well as the world of work.

At A-level, students will develop as critical and informed readers as they explore a wider range of texts across time in greater depth.  As the course progresses, students will broaden and deepen their understanding of the shared and differing contexts of texts as well as engage and challenge alternative interpretations and readings of them. In addition, the nature of the course enables students to develop their essay writing skills as they learn how to construct sophisticated and informed arguments that adopt an appropriate academic tone and style. The course also enables students to acquire and develop some more generic skills. These include improved oral and written skills, more advanced research and planning techniques, the capacity for independent thought and more resourceful IT skills. 

 Careers and Opportunities

Below are some examples of careers that English can help you enter:

  • Journalist
  • Publisher
  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Talent agent
  • Marketing executive
  • Academic librarian
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Lawyer