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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 

Literary Canon - Origins of Literature 

Thematic Unit - Childhood and Growing Up 

Literary Canon - Crime and Detectives

Poetry - War and Conflict

Literary Canon - Gothic Literature 

Thematic Unit – Activism and Change 

Novel - Animal Farm 

Novel – Coram Boy 

Novel - Of Mice and Men 

Play – Shakespeare 

Poetry - Nature and the Environment 

Play - Shakespeare 

Thematic Unit - Gender and Relationships

Play – modern drama 

Poetry - Identity 

Knowledge Organisers

Year 7 - Origins of Literature Knowledge Organiser

Year 8 - Crime and Detectives 

Year 9 Knowledge Organisers (to follow)

KS3-GCSE Grade Descriptors

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