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Welcome to the English Department!

The Notre Dame English department is one of the most successful in the school. Our English teachers are passionate about the subject and deliver it in an interactive and exciting way. 

Key Stage 3

All pupils study a varied curriculum at Key Stage Three. In each year pupils study a minimum of one novel, one play, a selection of poetry, a Shakespeare text, non-fiction and media texts as well as engaging in group and drama focused activities throughout the course. Each unit will build on the foundations of skills needed for key stage 4.

Year 10 and 11: GCSE

We follow the AQA Syllabus, Specification A. The curriculum enables pupils to study texts from the English Literary Heritage as well as modern texts and both twentieth century poetry and pre-nineteenth century poetry. All pupils are entered for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

We attach equal importance to developing students' skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Teachers here seek to establish a dialogue with individual students to help them to assess their own progress, set goals and achieve them. As a department we make the most of our resources and facilities through creative collaboration and consistency of approach and, in doing so, we aim to establish enthusiastic pupils of English and confident and independent readers and writers.

All these courses are complemented by a wide programme of extra-curricular activities. These include theatre trips, visiting speakers and workshops.

Mrs. J. Okosun
Head  English

Subject Content by Year

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

The Odyssey – Homer


Creative writing

Oliver Twist – Dickens



Non-fiction writing

War Poetry – various poets


Creative writing

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Shakespeare


Creative writing

Anthology of classic children’s literature

Non-fiction writing - speech

Anthology of classic children’s literature

Non-fiction writing - speech

Year 8

Animal Farm – Orwell or Dystopia Anthology

Creative writing

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley



Non-fiction writing

The Romantic Poets – Blake and Wordsworth

Creative writing

Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare


Creative writing

Race and Society – non-fiction anthology


Non-fiction writing -speech

Race and Society – non-fiction anthology


Non-fiction writing - speech

Year 9

Of Mice and Men – Steinbeck


Creative writing

Jane Eyre  - Bronte



Non-fiction writing

Carol Ann Duffy Poetry anthology

Creative writing

Romeo and Juliet -  Shakespeare


Creative writing

So Here I Am – Feminist anthology


Non-fiction writing - speech

So Here I Am – Feminist anthology


Non-fiction writing – speech

Year 10

Lord of the Flies/An Inspector Calls


Paper 1 English Language

A Christmas Carol – Dickens



Paper 1 English Language

Power and Conflict Anthology – Conflict Poems

Paper 1 English Language

Macbeth – Shakespeare




Paper 1 English Language

Macbeth – Shakespeare




Paper 1 English Language

EXAMS AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Year 11

Power and Conflict Anthology – Power Poems


Paper 2 English Language

Preparation for Speaking and Listening Exam


Paper 1 and Paper 2 English Language

Revision and review of all key texts





Paper 1 and Paper 2 English Language

Revision and review of all key texts





Paper 1 and Paper 2 English Language

Revision and review of all key texts





Paper 1 and Paper 2 English Language

 

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