Curriculum Overview

Aims and course content (for each year group)

Year 7

Autumn 1: Horror writing- writing assessment
Autumn 2: ‘Frankenstein’ reading assessment
Spring 1: ‘Romeo and Juliet’-reading assessment
Spring 2: Introduction to poetry- writing assessment
Summer 1: Creative reading-writing assessment
Summer 2: Novel study- reading assessment

Year 8

Autumn 1: Descriptive writing- writing assessment based on an image
Autumn 2: ‘Alice in Wonderland’- reading assessment
Spring 1: ‘The Tempest’- reading assessment
Spring 2: Studying non fiction texts- speeches- writing assessment
Summer 1: Analysing texts- reading assessment
Summer 2: Novel study- reading assessment

Year 9

Autumn 1: Writing with a viewpoint- writing assessment- writing an argument
Autumn 2: Studying ‘Blood Brothers’ or ‘An Inspector Calls.’- reading assessment
Spring 1: Study ‘Macbeth’ in detail- reading assessment
Spring 2: Reading and comparing two unseen texts- preparation for EOY exam
Summer 1: Studying poetry with the theme of War and Conflict
Summer 2: Revise for two exams- Literature (2 texts studied) Language (exploring two texts)

Year 10

Please note pupils can be entered early for their GCSE Language if they achieve their Target Grade this year

Autumn 1: Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives (GCSE Lang Paper 2) Pupils construct a speech that has to be delivered to cover the spoken Language element of the course
Autumn 2: Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives (GCSE Lang Paper 2) Pupils focus on comparing two unseen texts in preparation for the November PPE
Spring 1: Creative Reading (GCSE Lang Paper 1) Pupils focus on creative writing elements, suing a picture as stimulus
Spring 2: Creative Reading (GCSE Lang Paper 1) Pupils focus on analysing Language ready for their March PPE where they will sit both papers
Summer 1: AQA Paper 1 and 2 preparation- pupils revise all the skills they have covered this year and possibly sit their actual GCSE in Language
Summer 2: Revisit Macbeth- cover key themes and topics to prepare them for the Literature course in Year 11

Year 11

Autumn 1: Study ‘The Sign of Four.’ (GCSE Lit Paper 1)- complete an exam style extract question
Autumn 2: Revisit Macbeth before November PPE. Study poems from the Power and Conflict cluster
Spring 1: Study modern prose text (GCSE Lit Paper 2) complete practise exam questions
Spring 2: Study conflict and Unseen poetry
Summer 1: Revise for GCSEs

How students are assessed: (Examination information at KS4) include PPEs


A reading or writing assessment is completed every half term.

An end of year exam is completed that mirrors the KS4 style


Year 9 complete two GCSE exams at the end of the year. They also complete reading and writing assessments throughout the year.

Year 10 complete November and March PPEs and consider early GCSE entry

Year 11 complete November and March PPEs

Guidance for pupils: (homework, independent learning, revision and resources)


Pupils have spellings to learn each week for a test. These should be practised at home.

Pupils will be issued homework weekly that links to the topic they are completing at the time. It may be research, reading or writing based.

Pupils can access teaching resources through doddle and teachers may set test on here as well.

Pupils are encourage to read at home to improve vocabulary and consolidate key skills.

How parents can help:


Support homework, research and reading at home.


Pupils can access GCSE Bitesize with help on all the texts we cover across the Curriculum. A list of useful websites:




Revision guides will be available to buy or loan from school

Pupils will have homework to consolidate knowledge