English is a subject concerned with the ability to communicate clearly and purposefully. It explores how to structure and sustain speaking and writing effectively, adapting to different situations and audiences. It also explores reading and how to evaluate the different ways writers express meaning across a range of challenging Literature.

DEEP Curriculum Overview

In our five-year DEEP English curriculum, pupils will review and extend their own strategies for locating, appraising and extracting relevant information. They will develop their ability to analyse the social, historical and cultural context, explaining their significance and relevance over time and learn to evaluate their own critical writing about texts. Pupils will develop their ability to write for a range of purposes and audiences, producing both formal analytical responses as well as creative pieces.

In Edexcel GCSE English Language, reading a range of interesting and thought-provoking non-fiction is placed at the core of the curriculum. Texts vary from newspaper articles, editorials, biographies and even job adverts. In fact, any real-world text that encourages pupils to engage in comprehension and evaluation will be utilised in aiding the understanding of the world around us. Fiction elements will be explored too: these, like the non-fiction texts, will be unseen and encourage pupils to be active, thoughtful readers adept at considering anything they encounter, even extracts from 19th century novels they are unfamiliar with. These elements of reading will then be used as a platform for writing, with pupils developing skills in imaginative or formal written styles.
Edexcel GCSE English Literature will further develop the ability of pupils to analyse how writers have achieved their intended effects across a range of poetry, prose and drama. Pupils will explore key elements of the English Literary Heritage and how it is possible to create a link between a work of Literature and the context in which it was produced.

Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

• Exploring the novel ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’.
• Exploring Poetry and Imaginative Writing.
• An introduction to the works of Shakespeare.

Year 8

• Exploring ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
• Analysis and comparing contemporary novel extracts.
• Studying the poetry of Margaret Atwood.

Year 9

• Exploring the genre of gothic Literature and other 19th Century writing.
• Imaginative Writing and an introduction to Conflict Poetry.
• Using George Orwell’s ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ as a catalyst to exploring a range of high quality non-fiction.

Years 10 & 11

• William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ and JB Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’
• How to approach unseen poetry and other Conflict poems.
• GCSE Revision and exam preparation.
• Imaginative Writing, Transactional Writing and Reading skills.
• Paper 1 and Paper 2 Revision: unseen fiction and non-fiction texts.
• Revision and Exam Preparation