Our English Team

An Introduction to English

Our department is a forward thinking and highly regarded team both in school and across Lancashire. We are highly motivated and at the forefront of all new government initiatives. We pride ourselves on being an innovative and successful department who are committed to delivering the syllabus through active learning, encouraging all pupils to have a thirst for learning and making progress.

Year 7

Term 1a and b – Gothic literature – ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker and ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley.

Pupils will study the Gothic genre, discussing features of this traditional form of writing. In class, extracts will be analysed and explored and pupils will be expected to comment on the conventions of the literature form. Pupils will respond, in role, as a character from ‘Dracula’, which will form their first written assessment. Pupils will also be expected to respond to an extract taken from ‘Frankenstein,’ where the pupils analyse language and comment on the influence these have on readers. By the end of this unit of study, pupils will have an appreciation of Gothic literature and will have completed a writing and reading assessment.


Term 2a – Poetry from other cultures

During this unit, pupils will be studying poetry from other cultures, making comparisons between content, language, form and structure. Poetry is an excellent way to engage pupils in literature. Some pupils will also be given the opportunity to write some of their own poetry!


Term 2b – Transactional writing

Pupils will be studying non-fiction writing during this unit. They will, by this point in the year, be developing an understanding of the requirements of effective written work e.g. varied sentence lengths for effect, well-considered structure, ambitious and appropriate vocabulary. Pupils will be given the opportunity to work independently during this unit, with the teacher as facilitator to their learning. Pupils will then write an informative and persuasive review for their assessed piece.


Term 3a and b – 20th Century short story – ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ reading and writing

New curriculum requirements suggest that pupils should be given the opportunities to study English Literature from different centuries. This unit provides pupils with an entertaining narrative which encourages their detective skills in exploring the text for hidden meanings. The pupils always engage particularly well with this unit; it encourages a real thirst for reading. They will also complete a written assessment, taking on the persona of one of the characters from the short story.

Year 8

Term 1a – Narrative writing

Pupils will be expected to use their developed appreciation of short story studies from the previous year, to write their own entertaining narrative that engages the reader throughout. They will study writers’ techniques, language and written accuracy.

Term 1b – Shakespeare

Pupils will study villains in William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, and have the opportunity to compare their appreciation of this text with other, more modern extracts. The skill of comparing texts is a more challenging one than being able to successfully analyse and evaluate the impact of texts. This results in pupils developing their appreciation of studying literature, in preparation for more complex GCSE texts.

Term 2 – Transactional Writing

This unit focuses on non-fiction writing. Pupils will be building on their understanding of such texts studied in year 7, with more emphasis on the appropriateness of structure, vocabulary and impact on the intended audience. Pupils will be expected to consider purpose, audience and format, demonstrating their understanding of this in their written work.

Term 3a and b – ‘Of Mice and Men’

Pupils will be developing their appreciation of novels through the study of the famous novel ‘Of Mice and Men’. They will be given the opportunity to explore characters, themes and historical context of the text. Their analytical and explorative skills will further develop through this unit, with more reference to the requirements of GCSE studies.

Year 9

Term 1 – Alternative Fairy Tales

Pupils will build on their appreciation of creative narrative writing from previous years. They will be expected to consider structure, narrative voice and the manipulation of their readers more explicitly.

Term 2a – WJEC Poetry Anthology

Pupils will begin to analyse some of the more accessible poems in their GCSE English Literature anthology. As we work through these poems, we hope to inspire a passion for poetry within each pupil. Throughout this unit, pupils will consider writers’ intentions, language and structural choices while using the correct subject terminology.

Term 2b – Transactional Writing

Pupils are given the opportunity to explore their journalism talents as they create their own article around a topic of their choice. They will be building on their ability to write appropriately for a given audience and purpose, as well as exploring how their language and structural choices can impact on how a text is received.

Term 3a – Eduqas Reading

This unit is intended to be an introduction to the skills of the new GCSE English Language specifications. The aim of the unit is to enable pupils to become familiar with the assessment objectives taught during KS4. Pupils will then enter their GCSE years with a foundational understanding of the GCSE English Language content.

Term3b – Post 1914 Drama – ‘An Inspector Calls’

Again, this unit is intended to build on pupils’ prior appreciation of literature as well as introducing one of their GCSE English Literature texts to them. Pupils will study the plot, characters, main themes and social context of the play. They will be given opportunities to engage with the text through reading and writing tasks, linked to the expectations of their upcoming GCSE English Literature assessment objectives. Pupils will gain an insight into the requirements of their KS4 studies.

Key Stage 4 – Eduqas English Language and Eduqas English Literature

English Language

The GCSE English Language qualification will:

  • be assessed by examination
  • have speaking skills assessed but this will not contribute to the overall grade. The assessment will be marked by teachers and reported separately, alongside the qualification grade on the certificate
  • include 20% of the marks for the written exams which will be allocated to accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • be un-tiered
  • be fully linear with assessments available in the summer series

The GCSE in English Language encourages pupils to read fluently and write effectively.


Subject Content

The qualification is made up of two externally assessed examination components and one internally assessed non-examination component. The internally assessed non-examination component tests spoken language skills.

There is a slightly heavier weighting on the non-fiction Reading and Writing in Component 2 than on the literature and creative writing in Component 1, in order to ensure that skills for work, life and further education are prioritised.


English Literature

The GCSE in English Literature enables pupils to:

  • read a wide range of classic literature fluently and with good understanding, and make connections across their reading
  • read in depth, critically and evaluatively, so that they are able to discuss and explain their understanding and ideas
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often
  • appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage
  • write accurately, effectively and analytically about their reading, using standard English

acquire and use a wide vocabulary, including the grammatical terminology and other literary and linguistic terms they need to criticise and analyse what they read.

Subject Content

The qualification is made up of two externally assessed components. Both components allow pupils to show their depth and breadth of knowledge through varied assessments.

English Language Component 1 - 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Written examination: I hour 45 minutes

 40% of the qualification

English Language Component 2 - 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Written examination: 2 hours

 60% of the qualification

English Literature Component 1 - Shakespeare and Poetry

Written examination: 2 hours

 40% of the qualification

English Literature Component 2 - Post 1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry

Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes

 60% of the qualification