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Curriculum Intent

Our English curriculum is built on the understanding that student investment in their learning is fundamental to their future success and development - as people - and that skills are domain-specific. 

Students’ study of English is grounded in English Literature because we believe that it is through the development of literary knowledge and experience that students develop the skills and contexts in which to become successful, instinctive and invested readers, writers and orators.

Across all key stages, students experience high-quality texts, including: full novels, short stories, non-fiction writing, poetry, modern drama and Shakespeare.  Our curriculum is curated to give students experience of a range of cultures, including opportunities to recognise the shared values of civilisation, including histories, mind-sets and contexts. By sharing with students a multitude of writers and genres, we are not only exposing them to the cultural capital they are entitled to, but are giving them the opportunity to respond to, understand and critique what they read as human beings.

By grounding skills in enriching knowledge, students will develop excellence and confidence, in reading, writing and talk. As such, students will not only become critical thinkers, but will develop a voice to articulate, and justify, these thoughts. Our curriculum intends to secure students’ investment in our subject area; it is driven by a desire to ensure students invest in themselves, and the role they play in the wider world. 

The links below take you to the 39 Week Plans for KS3,4 AND 5. 


Resources are accessible from the resources page.

The teaching staff in the English department, led by Miss Shaw are available to answer any questions you or your child may have.