English KS3 Outline

General Information:

At Weald of Kent we aim to nurture a love of reading and students will be exposed to a rich variety of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, as well as texts from the past. They learn to read for pleasure and to appreciate the writer’s craft. Classrooms and the Learning Resources Centre are well-stocked with resources and materials of all types and students are encouraged and supported to read as widely as possible.

In Key Stage 3, English is taught thematically. Each year, students study a range of materials on a particular theme, specifically Fantasy in Year 7, Power and Powerlessness in Year 8 and Conflict in Year 9. We encourage our students to become able and enthusiastic writers. They learn how writing styles vary depending on audience and purpose and develop their own writing skills in different genres.

Speaking and Listening skills are taught in English lessons in all year groups. We recognise that effective communication skills are needed for students to be able to express themselves in all areas of their lives, leading to successful relationships, empowered careers and self-fulfilment. Consequently, each lesson will have a focus on Speaking and Listening and students learn to present, debate and discuss from Year 7 onwards.


Year 7: Relationships and Fantasy

Year 8: Power and Detectives

Year 9: Conflict and Adventure


Autobiographical unit: Biographical and autobiographical reading and writing.

Detective Unit: Reading from the detective genre.

Adventure Unit: Reading from the adventure genre.


Fantasy Unit: Reading and Writing in the fantasy genre.

Script-Writing and Plays: ‘An Inspector Calls’.

Class novel: Novel on the theme of conflict.


Class Novel: Novel from the fantasy genre.

Poetry Anthology. Poems on the theme of Power and Powerlessness.

Drama: Contemporary drama.


Introduction to Non-Fiction Texts.
Speak Up 1!

Shakespeare: ‘Macbeth’, making links to films through theme and character.

Poetry Anthology. Poems on the theme of Conflict.


Shakespeare: Shakespearean comedy, making links to films through theme and character.

Non-Fiction Unit: On the theme of power and detectives.
Speak Up2!

Shakespeare text: Shakespearean play, leading to a critical essay and extract question.


Poetry Anthology. Poems on the theme of relationships.

Class Text: Novel on the theme of conflict, leading to a critical essay.

Speak Up3! Individual oral presentation.

English KS4 Outline

GCSE English Language & GCSE English Literature = 2 GCSEs

Examination board: AQA

Course Components

English Language Course components:
Paper one: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, Written Exam, 1 hour and 45 minutes, worth 80 marks and 50% of GCSE.

Paper two: Writers’ Viewpoint and Perspectives, Written Exam, 1 hour and 45 minutes, worth 80 marks and 50% of GCSE.

Spoken Language, assessed by teachers, with 0% weighting

English Literature Course components:

Paper one: Shakespeare and the nineteenth century novel, 1 hour and 45 minutes, worth 40% of the GCSE.

Paper two: Modern Texts and Poetry, 2 hours and 15 minutes, worth 60% of the GCSE.

General information:

GCSE Subject Criteria for English requires the skills of reading, writing, speaking and using language effectively, vital skills in all areas of life.  English is a core subject, and as such employers will look for a good qualification in it.  You will study a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, together with the acquisition and development of a variety of language skills. The aim of the English Department at the Weald of Kent Grammar School is to develop in our students a love of and passion for English as well as the ability to use language effectively and creatively. We seek to introduce our students to the study of a variety of literature (pre-1914, contemporary, classic and world literature); to develop their confidence in speaking, reading and writing; to tap into their imaginations and creativity; to develop their ability to analyse and talk about language choices and to encourage independent learning.

You will learn how to write effectively in different genres and for different purposes. You will also learn to analyse texts for linguistic and literary features, including a range of non-fiction texts, novels, drama and poetry. In addition, you will study how to speak effectively in different contexts.
Year 10
Year 11
Descriptive and Narrative Writing; Writing to present a viewpoint 19th Century Novel
Romeo and Juliet 19th Century Novel
Poetry anthology Cluster Reading Literary fiction and non-fiction
Unseen Poetry S+L Presentation Revision
Modern Prose Examinations
Modern Prose  

English Literature KS5 Outline
A-Level English Literature
Examination board: Edexcel A level English Literature

Course Components

Paper one: Drama. Examination lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes worth 30% of the A level. Students study one Shakespearean tragedy and one other drama from the genre of tragedy. In the exam, students write one critical essay about each of their texts. The study of the Shakespearean tragedy requires students to read critical responses compiled in: Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology Tragedy.

Paper two: Prose. 1 hour examination worth 20% of the A level. Students study two texts linked by theme, one of which must have been written pre- 1900. In the examination, students write one comparative essay exploring both texts.

Paper three: Poetry. Examination lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes worth 30% of the A level. Students study an Anthology of 21st Century Poetry, together with a selection of poems from a literary movement or a poet from a particular literary movement. In the examination, students answer one question from a choice of two, comparing an unseen poem with a named poem from their studied contemporary text and one question from a choice of two on their studied movement/poet.

Coursework: 20% of the A level. Students study two texts linked thematically. They write a critical essay of between 2500 and 3000 words comparing and contrasting the two texts.

General information:

We follow the Edexcel full A Level course, which lasts two years. You will read widely, engaging critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them.

You will develop and effectively apply your developing knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation, exploring the contexts of the texts you read as well as others’ interpretations of them.

You will undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen your appreciation and understanding of English Literature, including its changing traditions.
Term Year 12 Year 13
1 Topic 1: Shakespearean tragedy and the study of tragedy generally. Topic 7: Coursework Writing. Students write a critical coursework essay comparing and contrasting texts studied in year 12.
2 Topic 2: The study of another drama from the genre of tragedy. Topic 8: Contemporary Poetry.
3 Topic 3: Prose texts linked thematically. Topic 9: Poetry from a literary movement or named poet.
4 Topic 4. Prose texts linked thematically. Revision
5 Topic 5: Coursework: texts linked thematically. Examinations
6 Topic 6: Coursework: texts linked thematically.  


English Language KS5 Outline
A-Level English Language
Examination board: AQA English Language

Course Components

Paper one: Paper one (40% of A-level) language, the individual and society 2 hours 30 min

Paper two: Paper two (40% of A-level) Language diversity and change 2 hours 30 minutes.

Coursework: (20% of A-level): Language investigation (2,000 words); Original writing plus commentary (750 words each)

General information:

We follow the AQA full A Level course, which lasts two years. This course develops both stimulating academic study and an understanding of real-world texts and language that will sustain you throughout life. You will study a wide variety of spoken, written and electronic texts and hone your understanding of linguistic subtleties and the impact of context as well as building on your skills of analysis and evaluation. These skills will equip you well for any number of careers but are particularly well suited to journalism, education, law or industry. Parts of the course are about developing skills, such as how to analyse forms of writing, including newspapers, magazines, scripts, children’s stories and spontaneous and scripted transcripts. You will also learn how to create original texts and to challenge specific social representations. The other parts of the course are about building on your knowledge of various aspects of language. You will be taught how children learn to speak, read and write and how the English language has changed into the forms we have today. You will study the history of the English language and key events that have impacted on it, such as technological innovations. Furthermore, you will learn about different varieties of the English language and how social groups might use language differently, for example according to gender, ethnicity, age or region.

The following structure is flexible: you will cover all of these topics but the order might change.
Term Year 12 Year 13
1 Textual variations and representations, written texts, terminology

Continuing Investigation coursework and Original Writing coursework (+ commentary)
Language diversity
Language change

2 Children’s language development (spoken, written and multi-modal)

Language diversity
Language change
Language discourses

3 Spoken and electronic texts Language discourses

Studying original writing (coursework preparation)
Investigation skills (coursework preparation)

Exam practice
5 Language diversity (language and gender, ethnicity, accent and dialect, age, global English, occupation etc.) Exam practice

Language change
Writing coursework: Investigation and Original Writing

Exam practice


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