English

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students are given the opportunity to engage with a range of different novels, plays, poems and non-fiction texts from different decades and centuries; all of which aims to broaden and challenge their skills and viewpoints. Students have the opportunity to write stories and poems, in addition to non-fiction texts, such as letters, articles and speeches.

Year 7 students will have three lessons of English a week. During the first term, students who require additional literacy lessons are identified and will have a fourth hour of English each week from November. Year 8 students all have four hours of English a week, whilst Year 9 have three.

Students are also encouraged to read regularly; they are provided with a reading record in Year 7, which they keep up throughout Key Stage 3.

Homework will be set weekly, with some of the work taking the form of a project, such as the contemporary text Pick’n’Mix, Poetry ‘Chinese Takeaway’ and Gothic Fiction Genre ‘Set Menu’. These tasks encourage the students to develop a more independent approach to their homework and also allows them to learn how to manage their time effectively. In addition to homework, each Scheme of Learning is accompanied by an optional ‘Challenge’ or ‘Support’ booklet that helps the students to develop their understanding of the topic studied in lessons.

All resources for each topic are available on Edmodo and the school’s Moodle site. This allows students to re-read texts, poems and extracts as well as re-visit the work after the lesson to either develop or clarify their understanding.

At the end of each year, students sit exams. Year 7 and 8 have one exam, whilst Year 9 two. These are reflective of the types of skills required at GCSE.

There are numerous opportunities at KS3 for students to be involved in extra-curricular activities. Media Club takes place weekly and gives students the opportunity to write film and edit video news reports as well as creating a half termly radio show and the termly school magazine, Live Wyre Mag. There is also the opportunity to support younger students with their reading at Buddy Reading and a weekly reading club at lunchtimes.

Key Stage 4

All Year 10 and 11 students follow AQA GCSE English Language and Literature Specifications. These can be downloaded, using the links below:-

GCSE/English-language-8700

GCSE/English-literature-8702


Students have four hours of English each week. The courses are 100% examination and assess the students’ abilities to read, understand and interpret a range of fiction and non-fiction texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Novels and plays they will study include ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. In addition students will study a Shakespeare play and a selection of seen and unseen poetry.

As well as this the courses in Language and Literature assess the students’ abilities to write for a range of purposes – writing to describe, narrative writing and expressing a viewpoint 

All exams will be completed at the end of Year 11. Details are below:-

  • English Language Paper 1 1 hour 45 minutes
  • English Language Paper 2 1 hour 45 minutes
  • English Literature paper 1 1 hour 45 minutes
  • English Literature Paper 2 2 hours 15 minutes

Whilst the courses are 100% examination, during Year 10 and 11, formative assessments will be completed to inform both teachers and students of current expected outcomes and levels of progress.

Students will be expected to complete homework on a weekly basis, often using resources they can access on Edmodo. Tablets will be used in some lessons, though are not compulsory. It would also be helpful if students could purchase their own copies of the novels and plays they will study.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Lighthouse literacy unitTornado literacy unitCreative Writing
Autobiographical writingContemporary novelWar Poetry
Animal PoetryPeople and Place PoetryGothic Fiction Genre Study
Openings of Shakespeare playsA Midsummer Nights DreamMacbeth
MI6 writers Viewpoints and perspectivesEnvrionment writers viewpoints and perspectivesPassport writers viewpoints and perspectives
Zoo projectDetective Fiction Genre StudyModern Prose or Drama Study


Faculty Staff

Miss C FewsonDirector of English and ITT Professional
Mrs S KalinskiEnglish Teacher, Media Coordinator, Key Stage 3 Coordinator for English
Mrs K BrayEnglish Teacher, Assistant Headteacher
Mrs H CrossEnglish Teacher, Head of Year
Mrs K-M KilshawEnglish Teacher
Mrs S MarlandEnglish Teacher