Chaucer Subject Intent - English

In the English department, we aim to ignite and encourage a lifelong love of English through teaching strong lessons every day, using engaging stimuli and covering literature form around the world. We work closely with students to fix any misconceptions and build confidence in all forms of communication through passionate teaching and sharp attention to detail. We give students the keys to success and will always support them to achieve the best they can. We aim to offer excellent Language provision so that students can become masters of how they present their ideas and arguments. We will offer engaging Literature provision so that students gain perspective of the world around them and become experts at reading between the lines of the various messages they receive.

We understand that language empowers learners. We strive to help students to become articulate, confident speakers who are able to critically analyse what they read, formulating their own views and opinions on social and moral issues in particular. We aim to ensure students are able to express themselves clearly and succinctly through their extended writing and are confident in their ability to write for a variety of audiences and purpose, thus preparing them for the world beyond school.

We aim to provide all students with following key elements:

Key Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Understanding of a variety of text types, their conventions and their purposes.
  • How to use language for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Understanding of a variety of contexts, genres and perspectives.

Key Skills:

  • To develop fluency in extended written responses that are creative, coherent and compelling.
  • To develop the skills of inference, analysis, evaluation and comparison.
  • To develop the ability to speak clearly with a purpose to a range of audiences.
  • To develop the habits of resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness, reciprocity and respectfulness, which are the levers of success.

These skills are revisited and secured across both key stages and are a key foci of all schemes of work and assessments

Curriculum description

In KS3, students study a wide range of texts and practise skills necessary to become better communicators.

Year 7 English

HT1 – KS3 Transition

Students revise skills from KS2 and practise new key skills ready for KS3.

HT2 – ‘Our Day Out’

Students study the play by Willy Russell.

HT3 – Supernatural Writing

Students study a range of texts, linked by the supernatural theme, with them writing their own by the end of HT3.

HT4 – Poetry

Students study a group of poems with the theme of identity.

HT5 – Private Peaceful

Students study the novel by Michael Morpurgo.

HT6 – Education around the World

Students study non-fiction texts about how education works in different countries around the world.

Year 8 English

HT1 – Pangolins, Palm Oil and Plastics

Students study non-fiction texts about the environment.

HT2 – ‘Of Mice and Men’

Students study the novella by John Steinbeck, focusing on themes such as loneliness and isolation.

HT3 – War Poetry

Students study a group of poems with the theme of war and conflict.

HT4 – Travel

Students study non-fiction texts about travelling to different places around the world.

HT5 – The Gothic

Students study a range of texts, united by the Gothic theme.

HT6 – Gothic Writing

Having analysed a range of Gothic texts in HT5, students will produce their own creative Gothic pieces in HT6.

Year 9 English

HT1 – Descriptive Writing based on ‘Heroes’

Students study the novel by Robert Cormier, with a focus on descriptive writing.

HT2 – ‘Heroes’

Students continue their study of the novel by Robert Cormier, with a focus on analysing extracts.

HT3 – Julius Caesar

Students study the play by William Shakespeare.

HT4 – Introduction to GCSE Poetry

Students study a group of poems with a range of themes, including relationships, love and power.

HT5 – Reading around the World

Students study non-fiction texts about viewpoints on reading.

HT6 – Blood Brothers

Students study the play by Willy Russell.

GCSE English Language

We follow the AQA GCSE specification, which aims to enable students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts and write clearly. All texts in the examinations are unseen. Teaching begins in Y10, with lessons being split between Language and Literature, with reading and writing of both fiction and non-fiction being assessed across two final exams.

Component 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

  • This component has a Reading section based on one fiction text and a Writing section in which students write their own fictional text.

Component 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

  • This component has a Reading section based on two non-fiction texts and a Writing section in which students write their own non-fiction text, based on their own viewpoint.

Component 3 – Spoken Language

  • This component is an oracy-based unit, in which students choose a topic to speak about and answer questions on.

GCSE English Literature

We follow the AQA GCSE specification, which aims to inspire and challenge students with a range of texts. The specific texts that we follow have been chosen precisely for our students. Teaching begins in Y10, with lessons being split between Literature and Language, with reading of a novel, plays and both seen and unseen poetry being assessed across two final exams

Component 1 – Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel

  • Section A Shakespeare (we study ‘Romeo and Juliet’) – students answer one question, using an extract printed on the exam and their own knowledge of the play.
  • Section B 19th century novel (we study ‘A Christmas Carol’) – students answer one question, using an extract printed on the exam and their own knowledge of the novel.

Component 2 – Modern texts and poetry

  • Section A Modern text (we study ‘An Inspector Calls’) – students answer one question from a choice of two, using their own knowledge of the play.
  • Section B Anthology poetry (we study ‘Power and Conflict’ group of poems) – students answer one question, using a poem printed on the exam and their own knowledge of another linked poem.
  • Section C 19th Unseen poetry – students answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing it to a second unseen poem.