Curriculum overview

Year 7 – 2018 onwards

  1. Introduction to English – The Cabinet of Curiosities and the First Few to activate skills from KS2
  2. Poetry from other cultures
  3. Class novel and comprehension
  4. Grimm tales and the modern fairy tale
  5. The world of Shakespeare and Satire

Let’s Think in English: Year 7 – Lessons 1 to 10 (at least one lesson a month)

Shakespeare Plays

– A Mid-summer Night’s Dream
– Julius Caesar

Year 8 – 2018 onwards

  1. Gothic Horror and the style of the genre.
  2. Detective and Raymond Chandler
  3. Play study: Shakespeare  – The Tempest
  4. War…what is it good for? Exploration into expression of thoughts and feelings during wartime.
  5. Non-Fiction and fake news media unit.

Let’s Think in English: Lessons – 11 to 23


– Dracula
– Frankenstein
– Gothic extracts

Year 9 – 2018 onwards

  1. A view from the Bridge
  2. Of Mice and Men
  3. Unseen fiction strategy- comprehension and analysis
  4. Unseen non-fiction strategy – comprehension and analysis
  5. Text world theory – how do we link new knowledge to ourselves and the world around us?
  6. Introduction to GCSE Poetry Anthology (Edexcel)

Edexcel GCSE Examinations 2017-onwards

English Language and English Literature Assessment Structure

Edexcel GCSE (9-1)

100% exams

Paper 1 – Fiction and Imaginative writing

40% of the total GCSE     (64 marks)

1 hour 45 minutes

  • Section A: Reading exam
    Questions on an unseen 19th century fiction extract
  • Section B: Writing exam
    A choice of two writing tasks.  The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extract.

Paper 2 – Non – fiction and Transactional writing

60% of the total GCSE    (96 marks)

2 hours

  • Section A – Reading exam
    Questions on two thematically linked, unseen 20th and 21st century non-fiction extracts.
  • Section B –Writing exam

A choice of two writing tasks. The tasks are linked by a theme to the reading extracts.

Edexcel Assessment of Spoken Language

(Compulsory requirement of the course study)

AO7 – Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting

AO8 – Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and feedback to presentations

AO9– Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations

Edexcel GCSE (9-1)

100% exams

Paper 1 – Shakespeare and Post–1914 Literature (British play or novel)

1 hour 45 minutes

50% of the total GCSE (80 marks)

(Closed book exam – texts are not allowed in the examination)

  • Section A – Shakespeare
    A two part question, with the first task focused on an extract of approximately 30 lines.  The second task is focused on how a theme reflected in the extract is explored elsewhere in the play.
    E.g. Part 1: Extract response, Part 2: Theme essay (linked to the extract)
  • Section B – Post 1914 British play or novel ( one essay question)

Paper 2 – 19th Century Novel and Poetry since 1789

2 hours 15 minutes

50% of the total GCSE (80 marks)

(Closed book exam – texts are not allowed in the examination)

  • Section A – 19th century novel
    A two part question, with the first part focused on an extract of approximately 400 words. The second part is an essay question exploring the whole text.
    E.g. Part 1: Extract response, Part 2:  Essay question exploring the whole text
  • Section B – Poetry Anthology and unseen poetry
    Part 1Anthology collection: one question comparing a named poem from the anthology to another poem from that collection.
    Part 2Unseen poetry: one question comparing two unseen contemporary poems.

Mr D. Ndlovu
Head of English

Miss V. Phin
Second In English

Mrs L. Saunders
Lead teacher of English

Mr J. Richens
English and Head of Media

Mrs C. Robinson
English teacher

Mrs H. Hockley
English teacher

Ms G. Cullen
HLTA English