English (Key Stage 3)

In addition to equipping our students with the skills to be excellent communicators, English strives to encourage students to move from concrete thinking towards a more abstract interpretation of the texts they study. The study of English embeds pieces of literature within their unique contexts and, therefore, exposes students to a range of cultures and eras, mind sets and motivations. We aim to create inquisitive learners who ask questions, challenge intention and who welcome the written form as a means of creative expression.


Key Stage 3 – 4 x 1hr per week

Key Stage 4 – 4 x 1hr per week

Key Stage 3 Key Topics

Year 7

Within our new curriculum, Year 7 have the opportunity to access captivating, thought-provoking learning via exciting texts and topics; thus encouraging and instilling a love of language and the pleasure of intrigue from the first after joining us at Tibshelf.

Our Units of Work:


Indiana Jones

Private Peaceful

Mr. Men and Little Miss

Romeo and Juliet



Father and Daughter

Heroes and Villains

Gothic Horror


Year 8

Autumn Term 1:

Writing to persuade: an exploration of charity campaigns.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Autumn Term 2:

Shakespeare’s Macbeth continued

Adventure/ Fantasy: an introduction to the genre (reading)

Spring Term 1:

Adventure/ Fantasy Writing

Dickensian: an introduction to the Victorian era and the writer’s influences

Spring Term 2:

Dickensian: creative writing rooted in the themes of the extracts studied.

Summer Term 1:

Novel study: Students will study either ‘Private Peaceful’, ‘Of Mice and Men’ or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’.

Creative writing based on the novel themes.

Summer Term 2:

Unseen poetry study

Descriptive writing based on picture stimulus

AQA Key Stage 3 assessments Paper 1, Section A (reading)


English (Key Stage 4)

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we offer AQA English Language and English Literature.

This course allows students to follow GCSE Literature giving them the opportunity to explore fictional texts from a range of genres covering prose, plays and poetry. This incorporates a Shakespeare play for exam assessment.

This allows students to access some of our classic heritage texts as well as more contemporary and modern literature teaching them the skills of reading critically, sensitively and in detail.

The structure of these two courses is designed to provide challenge and interest for all students bringing English into the modern age. It offers stretch and challenge to the most able of students and offers differentiation for those who need more support.

English Language

Students apply and develop skills across units including:

  • Learning to read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts actively and critically.
  • Creating their own fiction and non-fiction texts writing for a variety of purposes, audiences and forms.
  • Learning to develop and adapt spoken language skills for the future such as presentations, group discussions and question and answer sessions.
  • Demonstrating a good level of clarity and accuracy in their written English.

These skills will be assessed through two exams at the end of Year 11.


English Literature

Students study prose, poetry and plays penned by a range of writers. This includes:

  • Contemporary and modern texts as well as texts belonging to our ‘Literary Heritage’ such as Shakespeare, poetry and a 19th century novel.
  • An exploration of how writers use their language, structure and form to craft texts and how this leads a text to be open to interpretation.
  • Be able to show relationships between texts (comparisons) and see the influence contextual factors can have on the creation and interpretation of texts.
  • Demonstrating a good level of clarity and accuracy in their written English.

 Our chosen texts are:

  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken
  • An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley
  • Power and Conflict Poetry

These skills will be assessed through two exams at the end of Year 11.



Mr John Wathall - Director of English

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