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English Department

In this section, the English department provides an overview of the KS3 and KS4 curriculum and resources to aid revision and support progress.

Department Contacts

Staff Role
E. Greenacre (EEG) Department Leader
G. Clarke (EGC) KS4 Literature Lead
R. Ibriham (ERI) KS3 English Lead
E. Kyasiima (EEK) Literacy Leader


All students complete three assessments every half term; this enables us to monitor their progress and effectively organise intervention when necessary. During the half term the students complete two initial assessments which are marked in detail with teacher’s explicitly explaining to students their strengths and areas of improvement, which is followed by the chance to improve their work.  Also, the students complete a common assessment. This means that all students complete the same task within the same week of school in quiet working conditions so that we can monitor what they are able to do independently and we use this data to inform our progress reports.

Assessment Objectives:

Reading Skills:

  • A01 – Select and retrieve information from a text
  • A02 – Explain and analyse the writer’s use of methods, including structural devices
  • A03 – Compare and contrast texts / make links to historical context
  • A04 – Evaluate and critique the writer’s use of methods

Writing Skills

  • A05 – Use language and structure to create interesting, engaging texts
  • A06 – Use vocabulary, sentence structure and punctuation accurately and for effect

We want our students to leave TCA as excellent communicators in their written work, ability to read and oral skills so they can lead successful adult lives. Therefore, we ensure students develop a love of reading through the Accelerated Reader Programme with regular visits to the library, as well as integrating literacy into our KS3 lessons. Furthermore, the KS3 curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure students acquire the skills needed to be successful in the new GCSEs. KS3 students study a range of texts, including modern prose, drama, Shakespeare and Poetry to equip them with the ability to understand, explain and analyse a range of writer’s methods, as well as providing opportunities for them to develop their own creative writing skills. 

Year 7

Term Text Skills
1 Harry Potter A01: Select and retrieve information; A06: Use a range of sentences
2 Harry Potter A02: Explain writer’s methods; A06: Use interesting vocabulary
3 The Tempest A03: Link to context of Shakespeare’s time; A05: Use paragraphs
4 Poetry A02: Explain poet’s techniques; A05: Use language effectively
5 Up A04: Evaluate and review texts; A05: Write for purpose and audience
6 Frankenstein A03: Compare and contrast texts; A06: Use a range of punctuation

 Year 8

Term Text Skills
1 Private Peaceful A01: Select and retrieve information; A05: Use linguistic devices
2 War Poetry A02: Explain writer’s methods; A06: Use a range of sentences
3 Twelfth Night A04: Evaluate and critique a text; A05: Use paragraphs
4 Gothic Literature A02: Explain writer’s methods; A06: Use interesting vocabulary
5 Travel Writing A03: Compare and contrast texts; A05: Write for purpose & audience
6 Our Day Out A03: Make contextual links; A06: Use a range of punctuation

Year 9

Term Text Skills
1 Of Mice and Men GCSE Literature Paper 1 (A01-A04)
2 Much Ado GCSE Literature Paper 1 (A01-A04)
3 Science Fiction GCSE English Language Paper 1 (A01-A06)
4 Journey’s End GCSE Literature Paper 2 (A01-A04)
5 Non-Fiction GCSE English Language Paper 2 (A01-A06)
6 Poetry GCSE Literature Paper 2 (A01-A04)

In year 10 our students complete their GCSE Literature qualification and then in year 11 they complete their English Language qualification. This enables students to focus on developing key skills and also supports them in remembering key quotations for the new GCSE Literature exams. In both year 10 and year 11 we follow the AQA exam board, which also includes and assessment of the students’ speaking and listening skills.

GCSE English Language and English Literature

Year 10 Year 11
Term Text Term Text
1 19th Century Fiction: A Christmas Carol or Jekyll and Hyde 1 Fiction Texts: AQA English Language Paper 1
2 Shakespeare: Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet 2 Non-Fiction Texts: AQA English Language Paper 2
3 20th Century Drama: An Inspector Calls or Blood Brothers 3 Revision of Fiction Texts: AQA English Language Paper 1
4 Poetry: AQA Conflict Cluster and Unseen Poetry 4 Revision of Non-Fiction Texts: AQA English Language Paper 2
5 Revision and Exam Skills 5 Revision and Exam Intervention
6 Speaking and Listening Exam 6  

Revision Resources:

Homework for all year groups is set on ‘Show My Homework’ and is designed to support and develop the learning that is taking place in our classrooms in relation to our Schemes of Learning. Homework is set on a weekly basis and should take 60 minutes to complete.

Additional KS4 Revision Resources:

  • BBC Bitesize provides valuable information on KS4 texts used in the AQA exams.
  • AQA website for past papers/Class teacher for revision booklets and exam practice.
  • The English Department provides revision text books at GCSE Evening.