Curriculum Intent Statement for English
The English curriculum at GM school is designed to build confident writers and readers, who in turn can use their own liberated voice to make an exciting contribution to the world.
Incorporating knowledge and skills from A-level, our English curriculum is designed to take pupils on a thematic journey from Year 7 to Year 11 – giving them a fascinating insight into human nature through a breadth of different literature.
The texts we study look at questions such as how the individual interacts with society, and how writers from different cultures, time periods, genders and economic backgrounds have shown great courage and determination by critiquing the injustice of society, exposing the truth, and effecting change.
GCSE English Language
The course draws upon a range of texts as reading stimulus and engages with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. There are opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.
GCSE English Literature
This course develops knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Through literature, students develop culturally and acquire knowledge of the best that has been thought and written. Studying GCSE English Literature encourages reading widely for pleasure, and is essential preparation for studying literature at a higher level.
KS3 (Year 7 – Year 9)
What we learn in KS3 English
In years 7-9 we focus on the core English skills of reading, writing, language and speaking & listening. We build on achievements in Key Stage 2 to develop breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and understanding.
Each year explores English in a wide range of contexts including stories, poems, scripts, adverts, talks and many more. This thorough preparation is the foundation for success in the Year 9 end of Key Stage tasks, tests and assignments.
The English curriculum at KS3 is designed to support taking GCSE and Vocational courses at KS4.