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In years 7 to 9 students follow a tailor made KS3 curriculum which provides a solid foundation for GCSE preparation. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and complete termly assessments to help them prepare for the demands of future examinations. 

English Curriculum Vision 

  • Every student has the opportunity to be inspired and interested in the rich variety of literature in the world. Literature is a fundamental part of our culture. 

  • Every student is a critical reader. They can understand a variety of texts and be able to make inferences. 

  • Every student has the chance to develop a lifelong interest in reading for pleasure. 

  • Every student can express their thoughts and ideas with creativity and accuracy. They can write and speak fluently and with good understanding so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others, and others can communicate with them.  

  • Every student can reach their full potential. Their English study provides them with choices and access to the next step in their personal development. 

English Curriculum Intent 

  • To expose students to high quality texts of significant literary weight. 

  • To introduce students to ideas and concepts that are new, and to texts that they may not ordinarily choose to read outside the classroom. 

  • To ensure that all pupils have a solid foundation for GCSE study and beyond. 


Year 7 

Year 8 

Year 9 


Writing Unit - Narrative and Descriptive 

Novel - Cirque du Freak

Writing Unit - Non-fiction: writing to persuade and argue

Poetry - War and Conflict

Novel - Of Mice and Men 


Novel - Cirque du Freak

Writing Unit - Non-fiction


Novel – Cirque du Freak 

Writing: Non-fiction

Literary Canon - Gothic Literature 

Poetry - Thematic

Play – Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream



Play - Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing

Literary Canon - Crime and Detectives


Modern Play – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Poetry: Thematic comparison

Knowledge Organisers

Year 7

Writing Unit: Narrative and Descriptive

Year 7 - Cirque du Freak Knowledge Organiser

Year 7 - A Midsummer Night's Dream Knowledge Organiser

Origins of Literature Knowledge Organiser

Year 8

Year 8 - War and Conflict Knowledge Organiser

Year 8 - Cirque du Freak Knowledge Organiser

Year 8 - Much Ado About Nothing Knowledge Organiser

Year 8 - Crime and Detectives 


Year 9

Year 9 Of Mice and Men Knowledge Organiser

Year 9 Knowledge Organisers Persuasive Writing

Year 9 - Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time



Key Resources and Websites

Year 8 Crime and Detectives booklet

Year 8 Term 1 assessment support document

Year 7 Origins of Literature booklet

World Book Day website

National Literacy Trust

British Library

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

CGP Revision Guides

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English 15th Oct 2019 Download