English is vital in the development of every young person. It is important that we prepare our students to communicate effectively, and to comprehend the vast range of information that they are presented with on a daily basis.

Here at Sandon, the English department strive to deliver exciting lessons tailored to our students’ strengths and needs; we aim to challenge their preconception and doubts.

At Key Stage 3, students cover the requirements of the National Curriculum whilst preparing for the rigorus of the GCSE course.  The skills for GCSE study and beyond are fostered in Years 7 and 8, developed in Year 9 and in Years 10 and 11 students realise their full potential.

Curriculum Topics

Year 7

Unit One: Autobiography

Unit Two: Non-Fiction Writing on the topic of Bugs!

Unit Three: Introduction to Poetry

Unit Four: Introduction to Writing Styles

Unit Five: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Year 8

Unit One: Of Mice and Men

Unit Two: Poetry: Exploring other cultures

Unit Three: War Poetry and 20th Century Non-Fiction

Unit Four: War Prose: Private Peaceful and The Boys in the Striped Pyjamas

Year 9

In Year 9, students start to prepare for their English Language and English Literature GCSEs.

Unit One: An Inspector Calls: Plot summary and context

Unit Two: A Christmas Carol: Plot summary and context

Unit Three: Poetry Anthology: An introduction to the poems

Unit Four: Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Plot summary and context

Unit Four: Writing Styles

Unit Five: Fiction and Non-Fiction. English Language exam preparation

Year 10

Unit One: An Inspector Calls: Analysis of extracts

Unit Two: A Christmas Carol: Analysis of extracts

Unit Three: Poetry Anthology: Analysis

Unit Four: Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Analysis of extracts

Unit Four: Non-Fiction. English Language exam preparation

Unit Five: Fiction. English Language exam preparation

Year 11

Unit One: An Inspector Calls: Analysis of extracts

Unit Two: A Christmas Carol: Analysis of extracts

Unit Three: Poetry Anthology: Analysis

Unit Four: Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Analysis of extracts

Unit Four: Revision of English Language tailored to student needs

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