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English

Curriculum Intent

We study English to create, embed and develop a love of English Language and Literature through an appreciation of the importance of English in everyday life. We embed a culture of interdependent and independent oracy to help learners to express themselves, communicate and articulate themselves formally and to create a culture that helps young people thrive and aspire beyond their school years, regardless of their route through life.

We explore a wide range of sensitive topics and events from both past and present, to encourage learners to empathise with others and grow from the mistakes that have been made in the past. These talking points range from racism, sexism, nepotism, segregation, discrimination and many more. We appraise social class across a range of eras and their impacts; evaluate how societies have changed across time and discuss the way that literature has acted to ease troubles, both personally and on a greater scale. Through this, the Grace values are used to build learners who have a moral compass which cements the foundations to become a considerate citizen.

Literacy is at the heart of the curriculum as we focus on the root of the English Language. Reading features heavily within lessons and as students progress through their time at Grace they read a wide range of literature ranging from novels, poems, articles and plays. The Library allows students the opportunity to also read literature for pleasure and this is something we encourage strongly at Grace. English at Grace allows students to experience Literature through time as we study authors from the 19th Century through to modern day. Authors come from a variety of different backgrounds and eras which allow students to creatively respond to the human experience depicted each time.

We scaffold and evolve skills each year so that every learner can build their skillset to be in a position to contribute to society and grow as a person. Knowledge is embedded to allow students to formulate their own ideas; mastery and retrieval are built into the curriculum to allow learners to apply their skills and foster a resilience that matures beyond adolescence.

We critically scrutinise some of the greatest literary minds (past and present) and their plays, stories, poems and novels to write about the impacts that literature has had on the world. This base is the soil from which learners build deep roots in English before flourishing and achieving their potential, both academically and as people in society.

Our curriculum enables cross curricular links between English (poetry and play texts), PSHE (themes of refugees and sexual harassment) and History (2nd World War, Thatcherism). Anti-racism is embedded in our curriculum as we explore themes, poems and texts that link to our core themes of identity and social inequality.

This term, we are studying… 

Year

Topic(s)

Why this? Why now?

 

7

 

War of the Worlds

Students have been studying War of the Worlds in the previous half-term and are building on their understanding, with particular focus upon the impact of the writer's methods. This will prepare them for their exploration of novels at the start of Year 8.  

 

8

 

Doorways

Students are studying extract analysis with particular focus on language analysis. Students have analysed whole novels previously this year so are now looking to apply their skills to a range of extracts to allow for a deeper coverage of texts. 

 

9

 

Blood Brothers

Students are studying a play with a focus on character and theme analysis. Students are building on their work from half-term 2, with the challenge of understanding contextual information which will prepare them for GCSE. 

 

10

 

Power and Conflict

Students are studying poetry with a particular focus on thematic comparison. Students have already explored the idea of comparison in half-term 4 and are building upon their knowledge and application of this skill. 

11

Exam Preparation

Students are revising key topics for their upcoming examinations. 

 

12

 

Pre-1900 Poetry

Students are looking at poetry comparison as they are thematically comparing to texts taught in HT3.

13

Exam Preparation

Students are revising key topics for their upcoming examinations. 

Qualification information:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english

 

Curriculum content:

Attached are the curriculum maps which outline the sequence we use in order to structure our learning. If you would like to support your child's learning, we have attached links to Oak National Academy who provide lessons, activities and resources for commonly taught topics. Please use the curriculum map for this subject before visiting:

https://teachers.thenational.academy/subjects/english/key-stages/key-stage-3

https://teachers.thenational.academy/subjects/english/key-stages/key-stage-4

Our Values

LIMITLESS POTENTIAL 
We can achieve so much more than we think we can

INTENTIONAL EXCELLENCE

Success doesn’t happen by mistake

MUTUAL RESPECT

Everyone deserves to feel valued and important

GENUINE INTEGRITY

Honesty and doing the right thing are what really counts

AMAZING GRACE

Life is better with fresh starts and second chances