Overview of the Department:

Welcome to ‘The English and Drama Department’. We wish to provide students, staff and parents the experience of being part of an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding department. For this to occur, we encourage a positive, working relationship between staff, students and parents. Students are challenged daily by being provided with an engaging, relevant and enriching curriculum; encouraging them to take pride in their work and accomplishments in the subject.


To help prepare ALL our students, we have embedded elements of Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening, into the curriculum throughout the year. We believe that these elements are of equal importance for their success, not only as English students, but also as members of the wider community. Students will have the opportunity to study a range of texts (novels, poetry and drama) across a range of eras (with a particular focus on 19th to 21st century texts). They will develop an understanding of writing for a range of audiences and purposes; encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to do so. At the end of KS3, ALL students will have the opportunity to learn the basic principles of drama through the study of a dramatic text; something which will help them develop a deeper understanding of the texts they are studying.


To help provide your child with the support they deserve, close monitoring of their work and progress will occur across all key stages. This will take place in two ways. Firstly, there will be continual, formative marking occurring within class books. Students will be given the opportunity to reflect upon their teacher’s marking at regular intervals through Directed Individual Reflection Time (DIRT); enabling their ongoing progression. Secondly, there will be summative assessments half-termly on the topic of study. The marks from these levels will go towards their CPL data available for you to view and monitor.


If you wish to discuss your child’s progress, or indeed anything surrounding the English Department, please do not hesitate to contact myself or another member of the department.


Mrs D. Ellis (MA)

Head of English and Drama




Curriculum Contents:

Key Stage 3


Year Group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Poetry Across the Ages:

Students will spend the first half term studying a variety of different poetic forms (Limericks, Ballads, Sonnets etc)

Homework– A range of punctuation and grammar based tasks to complete.


An Introduction to the Gothic:

Students will spend the first half term being introduced to the Gothic genre by looking at a range of extracts.

Homework- series of comprehension tasks based on the Gothic genre.



Shakespeare’s Theatre:

Students will be introduced to the world of Shakespeare; looking at his background and textual styles.

Homework- To Be Chosen





The Modern Novel:

Students will spend the second half term studying a modern novel.

Homework- To produce a mini-project on a famous author of your choice.



Media Unit:

Students shall look at the form of a newspaper article and explore the production of a newspaper article.

Homework- To Be Chosen

Our Day Out:

Students will be introduced to the core Dramatic Principles by studying the text ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell.

Homework- To maintain a Drama Journal.


War Poetry:

Students shall be exploring a range of war poems based around the first world war.

Homework- Research and writing tasks based around War.



In class, students will be exploring and analysing a play written by Shakespeare.

Homework- To investigate Shakespeare’s language.



Missing Dan Nolan:

Students will be introduced to the Core Dramatic Principles through the study of ‘Missing Dan Nolan’.

Homework- To produce and maintain a Drama Journal.


The Modern Novel:

Students will spend the second half term studying a modern novel.

Homework- To Be Chosen

Writing to Persuade:

Students will be looking in detail at persuasive techniques and looking at how these can be implemented in their own writing.

Homework- ‘Homework has no value. Some students get it done for them; some don’t do it at all. Students should be relaxing in their free time.’ Write an article for a broadsheet newspaper in which you explain your point of view on this statement.


19th Century Literature:

Students will be introduced to 19th century literature in their final term. They will be looking at techniques used to evoke reader’s emotions.

Homework- To Be Chosen.



19th Century Anthology:

Students will be looking at a variety of different 19th century extracts and looking at the way they have been written.

Homework- Contextual Investigation on the 19th Century.

Year 9 Poetry Anthology:

Students will be looking at a range of poems, exploring the forms, structures and language used.

Homework- Modes of Reading booklet.



Modern Novel:

Students will study ‘Of Mice and Men’ looking at the language and structural choices made by the writer.

Homework- To Be Chosen




Students will study a Shakespeare play in their second half term.

Homework- To research the Core Drama Principles in preparation for a short assessment next half term.

Creative Writing:

Students will be developing their creative writing skills using a range of different literary stimulus.

Homework- To Be Chosen

GCSE Preparation:

Students will be introduced to the GCSE course in their final half term. They will start to look at the key skills needed to be successful in the subject in preparation for next year.

Homework- To read a book and produce a detailed book review.

Key Stage 4:


Year Group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term


Exploring writer’s viewpoints and creating your own voice:

Students will look at the conventions surrounding different types of text with a focus on writer’s voice. They will also look at key literacy skills such as punctuation and grammar to build up cohesive writing.


Exploring writer’s Viewpoint:

Students will then develop the ability to write analytically about other writer’s voices.


19th Century Texts:

Students will explore a novel written in the 19th Century in preparation for Paper 1 of the exam.

Texts can be chosen from the following:


  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Christmas Carol
  • The Sign of Four


Students will explore 15 poems from the conflict and power cluster of the Poetry Anthology. They will focus on the language, form and structure used to create the poems. Students will develop skills to be able to analyse unseen and seen poetry in preparation for Paper 2 of the exam.




Literature Controlled Assessment:


Students are learning the skills and completing a comparative controlled assessment. This will be between Shakespeare and another text from the English Literary Heritage.



Students will spend time recapping the skills needed for the Language exam at the end of the year. Students will then sit a Mock paper in the early part of the half term to test their knowledge.


Sunlight on the Grass Anthology:

Students will develop the analytical skills needed to succeed in the second unit of their Literature exams. They will explore 7 short stories focussing on the structure and language within each one.


Moonlight on the Tide Anthology:

Students will develop the analytical skills needed to succeed in the second unit of their Literature exams. They will look at 15 poems- focussing on the form, structure and language.

Revision Period:

In this period students will recap the skills needed to be successful within their final GCSE papers. Equal time will be spent on Literature and Language revision.