English

Why is the subject important?

The English curriculum at Trinity Academy Grammar is designed to create a love of literature, language and reading in all students by ensuring that the curriculum is relevant to our modern world and encouraging discussion and debate on a wide range of themes. Students are encouraged to consider the message and characters in a wide range of diverse stories to foster a love of reading as well as their knowledge of English as a subject.

We embed the Academy’s core values of respect, empathy, honesty and responsibility by encouraging students to understand the varying viewpoints, characterisation and purposes that sit behind texts. We actively encourage empathy linked to characterisation within the array of texts we study and promote students’ exploration of their own personal identity and aspirations.

The exposure to a variety of fictional and non-fictional pieces enables pupils to engage with world events and current affairs, whilst developing them as citizens who have reasoned opinions and are able to articulate these. We have a focus on ensuring that students have the required literacy and grammar skills to communicate effectively in the wider world.

Year 7

What will I be studying?

Term 1: Modern Gothic – ‘Cirque du Freak’ by Darren Shan: Reading/Analysis

Term 2: Modern Gothic – ‘Cirque du Freak’ by Darren Shan: Creative Writing

Term 3: Modern Mystery – ‘High Rise Mystery’ by Sharna Jackson: Reading/Analysis

Term 4: 19th Century Mystery – ‘The Speckled Band’, by Arthur Conan Doyle: Creative Writing

Term 5: Tragedy – ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare, linked to Non-Fiction Reading/Analysis

Term 6: Tragedy – ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare linked to Non-Fiction Persuasive Writing

Career Links 

Career Pathways include law, the police, fiction writing as a novelist, auditing and nursing. All require strong communication skills and the ability to read and comprehend information well.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Window 1: Reading/Analysis of Gothic extract, Narrative Creative Writing

Assessment Window 2: Reading/Analysis of Gothic extract, Descriptive Creative Writing

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

www.senecalearning.com – This website is free and provides hundreds of revision courses and quizzes. Search for these courses:

  • English KS3 Decoding Words
  • English KS3 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

What will I be studying? 

Term 1: Political Fiction – ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell: Reading/Analysis

Term 2: Political Fiction – ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell: Persuasive Writing

Term 3: Poetry and Identity – Analysis of a range of poems focused on individual identity

Term 4: Short Stories and Identity – Analysis of a range of short stories focused on individual identity

Term 5: Modern Tragedy – ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell: Reading/Analysis

Term 6: Modern Tragedy – ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell: Creative Writing

Career Links

Career Pathways include campaigning, song-writing, event planning, and social work. All require strong communication skills and the ability to read and comprehend information well.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Window 1: Reading/Analysis of non-fiction persuasive speech, Non-Fiction persuasive writing

Assessment Window 2: Reading/Analysis of poem, Narrative Creative Writing

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

www.senecalearning.com – This website is free and provides hundreds of revision courses and quizzes. Search for these courses:

  • English KS3 Decoding Words
  • English KS3 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

What will I be studying?

Term 1: 20th Century Novel – ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck: Reading/Analysis

Term 2: 20th Century Novel – ‘Of Mice and Men’ Creative Writing

Term 3: Tragedy – ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare: Reading/Analysis

Term 4: Tragedy – ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare: Creative Writing

Term 5: Impact of the Modern World – Non-Fiction Analysis and Writing

Term 6: Power and Conflict Poetry

Career Links

Careers links include social media and communications management, politics, editing, spoken word poetry, sports journalism and psychology. All require strong communication skills and the ability to read and comprehend information well.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment Window 1: Reading/Analysis of non-fiction persuasive extracts, Non-Fiction persuasive writing

Assessment Window 2: Reading/Analysis of Shakespearean Tragedy, Narrative Creative Writing

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

www.senecalearning.com – This website is free and provides hundreds of revision courses and quizzes. Search for these courses:

  • English KS3 Decoding Words
  • English KS3 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • English KS3 Of Mice and Men

What will I be studying? 

Year 10

Term 1: ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley

Term 2: ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens

Term 3: English Language AQA Paper 1

Term 4: ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare

Term 5: Power and Conflict Poetry

Term 6: English Language AQA Paper 2 and Speaking & Listening

Year 11 – Revision

Term 1: Revision of ‘A Christmas Carol’, Language Paper 1, and Poetry

Term 2: Revision of ‘Macbeth’, Language Paper 2, and Poetry

Term 3: Revision of ‘An Inspector Calls’, Language Paper 2, and Poetry

Term 4 and 5: Overall Revision

Career Links

Careers links include teaching, charity work, management, human resources, policing, and law. All require strong communication skills and the ability to read and comprehend information well.

How will I be assessed? 

KS4 students will be assessed termly on their current focus of learning using past paper examination questions.

Year 11 students will have two ‘trial’ examination windows throughout the year in order to prepare them for their GCSE examinations.

Which websites should I use to support my learning? 

www.senecalearning.com – Students are set quizzes and courses on this site to complete weekly for homework.

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