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“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

Audre Lorde - an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist


Studying English at Park School

Years 7, 8 & 9


Pupils will read and analyse a wide range of fiction and non-fiction extracts in order to practice answering comprehension style questions, and to show their understanding of the main ideas, the implied meanings and the writer's choices of language and presentation. They will also analyse the writer’s point of view and develop their understanding of how the intended effect on the reader has been created, through the writer’s use of particular words, phrases and language devices. Pupils will develop their writing skills by practising to write for a range of purposes and in different forms, including short stories, poems, scripts/screen plays, autobiographies, persuasive leaflets, newspaper/magazine articles, essays and reviews. They will gain confidence in planning their ideas in a detailed, logical and clear way. Pupils will continue to develop spelling, punctuation and grammar skills as well as developing their use of varied and sophisticated vocabulary, imaginative ideas, detailed and extensive descriptions, and well-thought-out paragraphs. They will also learn how to craft their writing in order to make it more powerful and impressive, through the use of long and short sentences for effect, and language techniques such as similes, metaphors and personification. 

Pupils will also be encouraged to develop their enthusiasm for reading by reading their own choice of fiction books independently, in reading lessons as well as at home. 


Pupils will study a range of fiction including novels, plays and a range of poetry. Pupils will gain an understanding of the social and historical context, as well as developing their understanding of the plot/main ideas and characters. They will develop their reading and interpretation skills by using techniques such as scanning and skimming in order to find key information in the texts and summarise key ideas into their own words. Pupils will gain confidence in using quotations and clear examples from the texts as evidence for their ideas. They will also develop their analytical skills by looking for implied meanings, thinking about how the writer uses imagery in the texts and understanding the important symbols, messages and issues presented by the authors. 

Units of work 

 The academic year is divided into half-termly units with pupils following six different units as follows: 

  1. The novel 
  2. Non-fiction reading 
  3. Poetry 
  4. Non-fiction writing 
  5. Shakespeare 
  6. Creative writing 

 Speaking and Listening 

Pupils will develop their oral skills through a range of speaking and listening activities including: paired work, group work, whole class discussions, debates, speeches, presentations, role-play and performances. They will develop their ability to listen to a talk or discussion and pick out the main ideas, as well as developing their own speaking skills; considering the effect on the listener and thinking about ways of making their speech more interesting and engaging. They will also develop their group discussion skills: contributing, disagreeing and asking questions, and gain confidence in putting on performances using improvised and scripted ideas. All pupils participate in the annual Patricia Lambert public speaking competition held in the first half of the autumn term  


Regular extended writing produced in class books will be used to assess progress and identify how pupils might improve. Homework will be set each week and will be integral in assessing pupils’ ability to work and apply the skills they have learnt independently. This assessment will be used to inform planning, support individuals and adapt lessons accordingly for each class. 

Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will also have end of unit assessments at the end of each half-term.  

Assessments are completed during English lessons and returned with a percentage grade and formative comments in a feedback lesson before the end of half-term.

Years 10 and 11 


The English Department follows and delivers the Edexcel iGCSE specification for English Language. 

The syllabus is designed to encourage pupils to: 

            Develop independent and critical thinking 

Engage with the richness of our language and literary heritage 

Experiment in writing across a range of contexts and styles. 

These skills are taught and honed by accessing an exploration of communication, culture and creativity through texts written across a range of periods and genres. 

The Edexcel iGCSE (9-1) in English Language (4EN1) in a qualification with 60% external assessment and 40% internally assessed coursework. 

-Paper 1 Non- fiction Texts and Transactional Writing 

60% of the total marks 

2 hours 15 minutes 

-Paper 2 Poetry and Prose Texts and Imaginative Writing 

40% of the total marks 

Internally assessed coursework 

English Literature

The English Department follows and delivers the Edexcel iGCSE specification for English Literature. 

The syllabus has been designed to encourage pupils to engage critically with and explore a variety of texts across the major genres including modern texts as well as classic literature.   

Underpinned by a skills-based approach, the emphasis is on building pupils’ confidence in developing and articulating a fresh, individual response to texts that is supported and justified. 

The Edexcel iGCSE (9-1) in English Literature (4ET1) is a qualification with 60% external assessment and 40% internally assessed coursework 

-Paper 1 Poetry and Modern Prose 

60% of total marks  

2 hours 

-Paper 3 Modern Drama and Literary Heritage Texts 

40% of total marks  

Written in class and at home 

Units of work 

 Both academic years are divided into half- termly units with pupils following ten different units as follows: 

1 The novel 

2 Non-fiction reading 

3 Poetry 

4 Non-fiction writing 

5 Creative writing (coursework) 

6 Poetry (coursework) 

7 ‘An Inspector Calls’ (coursework) 

8 ‘Macbeth’(coursework) 

9 Language (and Literature) revision 

10 Literature (and Language) revision