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English

The Team 

Staff Member 

Role 

Email Address 

Mrs J Dewey 

Curriculum Leader for English and Media 

deweyj@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Ms D Steel 

English Teacher and Head of Media Studies 

steeld@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Miss M Rye 

English Teacher and Literacy  

Co-ordinator 

ryem@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Ms D Lancefield 

Vice Principal and English Teacher 

lancefieldd@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs J Cartland 

English Teacher 

cartlandj@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs C Dodson 

English Teacher 

dodsonc@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs L Davis 

English Teacher 

davisl@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Miss F Giles 

English and Media Teacher 

gilesf@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mrs L Lloyd-Roberts 

English and Geography Teacher 

lloydrobertsl@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

 

The English team strive to share our passion for the subject with all our students. We are dedicated to encouraging the development of individuality, creativity and the love of language and literature. The curriculum is designed to provide experiences for developing thinking and creative skills and to promote a culture of writing and reading for knowledge and pleasure. 

 

Key Stage 3 

The key stage 3 curriculum aims to expose students to a wide range of interesting and engaging literary reading over years 7, 8 and 9. Students will be given opportunities to use these resources as inspiration to produce a variety of texts of their own, exploring writing in a variety of styles and to suit different audiences and purposes.  

 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 7 

Novel- ‘Prince of Mist’ and imaginative writing. 

 

Poetry from other Cultures and Traditions.  

Non-Fiction – types and conventions. 

Genre: Childhood (pre and post 1900) with a focus on the work of Charles Dickens. 

Imaginative writing 

An introduction to Shakespeare with a focus on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. 

Speaking and Listening – dramatic presentation 

Year 8 

Novel – ‘Martyn Pig’ and imaginative writing. 

 

Poetry – outsiders and isolation. 

Non-Fiction – Social issues. 

Genre – Gothic Literature (pre and post 1900) with a focus on the work of Edgar Alan Poe. 

Imaginative writing. 

Shakespeare – ‘Macbeth’.  

Speaking and Listening - debate 

Year 9 

Novel – ‘Of Mice and Men’ and imaginative writing. 

 

Poetry - Protest. 

Non-Fiction linked by ideas and theme. 

Genre – Science Fiction (pre and post 1900) with a focus on the work of HG Wells. 

Shakespeare – ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Speaking and Listening – speeches.  

 

Key Stage 4 

At Key Stage 4 the students further develop the skills and knowledge they acquired at Key Stage 3.  They study an extensive range of fiction and non-fiction texts.  Students are provided with opportunities to develop their analytical and evaluative skills. They are encouraged to express their thoughts and develop a personal response to the work.  Students explore and develop their writing skills in interesting and engaging imaginative and transactional writing activities. At the end of year 11, students take two GCSEs: one in English Language and the other in English Literature.   

Exam Board: English Language – Edexcel/Pearson     English Literature: AQA 

Link to Specification: English Language: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/english-language-2015.html 

English Literature: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702  

Future Careers:  Success in English is a requirement for many careers and for progression into further and higher education.  The ability to communicate clearly and confidently through writing and speaking is vital in most occupations, as is the need to read with understanding and write to suit audience and purpose.  These skills are developed through the English curriculum and will provide a basis for students to pursue a wide range of careers and educational opportunities.  

 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 10 

Shakespeare: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. 

Transactional writing. 

 

Poetry: Power and Conflict *1 including unseen 

Reading and responding to Non-Fiction Texts. 

19th Century text: ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ *1 

Imaginative writing 

 

19th Century text: ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ *2 

Reading and understanding 19th Century fiction. 

Year 11 

2020-2021 only COVID adjustment: 

Finish ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ 

Re-cap Macbeth 

Unseen Poetry*1 

Paper 2 skills: Reading Non-fiction and transactional writing. 

 

2021-2022 

20th Century Text - ‘An Inspector Calls’. 

Paper 2 skills: Reading Non-fiction and transactional writing. 

 

 

 

 

2020-2021 only COVID adjustment 

20th Century text: ‘An Inspector Calls’ 

Unseen Poetry *2 

Paper 1 skills – 19th Century fiction and imaginative writing 

 

 

 

2021-2022 

Poetry: Power and Conflict*2 including unseen 

Paper 1 skills – 19th century fiction and imaginative writing 

 

 

Revision: Literature  

 

Revision: Language 

Final revision prior to exam 

 

Key Stage 5 

At Key Stage 5, students will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of English Literature. The course provides a wide variety of texts to study and students are encouraged to further develop their love and analytical understanding of Literature through personal study and independently produced pieces of coursework.  

Exam Board: AQA English Literature B A Level 

Link to Specification: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-b-7716-7717 

Future Careers:  As a subject of great versatility, students interested in a career in all aspects of media (television, radio and print), teaching, librarianship, law, advertising, public relations among many other careers, should consider choosing English Literature for A Level study. 

 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 12 

Introduction to Tragedy. 

Study of ‘Othello’ and ‘Death of a Salesman’ 

 

‘Othello’ and ‘Death of a Salesman’ 

Critical anthology.  

Poetry of Keats 

Critical anthology. 

NEA (coursework) prose. 

Introduction to elements of crime. 

Year 13 

2020-2021 COVID adjustment: complete prose coursework (critical anthology); Consolidation of understanding of ‘Brighton Rock’ studied during lockdown. 

Browning’s poetry 

Read and study ‘Atonement’ 

 

Elements of Crime:  study ‘Atonement’ and ‘Brighton Rock’ 

Coursework - poetry 

 

 

 

2020-2021 – COVID adjustment 

Complete poetry coursework (critical anthology) 

Study poetry of  Crabbe and Wilde 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete study of ‘Atonement and Brighton Rock’ 

Poetry : Browning 

Revision of aspects of tragedy course 

 

Revision of elements of crime course 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry of Crabbe and Wilde. 

Revision of both Aspects of Tragedy and Elements of Crime courses 

Final revision 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final revision 

 

Year 7

Content Overview

In Year 7 we continue to develop a range of Literacy skills throughout the year. The year starts with a transition unit to help students settle into Secondary School and make links to their learning in Year 6.  Termly units are ultimately linked to building skills towards GCSE and consist of a the study of 19th century short stories; an introduction to Shakespeare; a modern play; poetry from other cultures; the study of a novel.

Assessment

There are 2 or 3 assessments each term, based around the key reading and writing skills. At the end of the year students will sit an examination. Assessment is designed to track students’ progress in the key skills required for GCSE.

Year 8

Content Overview

Year 8 continues to develop literacy skills, with focus on both non-fiction and fiction reading and writing. Termly units study a novel; pre-20th century poetry; a Shakespeare play; non-fiction writing; 19th century story extracts; a modern play.

Assessment

There are 2 or 3 assessments each term, based around the key reading and writing skills. At the end of the year students will sit an examination based on a reading and writing topic they have studied.