English

“English is integral to every subject, every student and every lived experience.”

Term Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Half Term 1

Transition Unit: Fiction ‘Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone’ – J.K Rowling

Abomination’ – Robert Swindell’s Fiction Unit

Fiction Unit – ‘Lord of The Flies’- William Golding

Literature Paper 2: Modern Drama. Section A: “ An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley

Literature Paper 1- Shakespeare Play- Section A: “ Macbeth”.

Half Term 2

Persuasion Unit/ Media: Non Fiction & Dolmio: Writing to argue, persuade and advise.

‘Abomination’ – Robert Swindells Fiction Unit

Language Unit- ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Writing descriptively and creatively.

Language Paper 1: Skills for Section A and Section B

Language Paper 2: Skills for Section A and Section B

Half Term 3

Shakespeare Unit: ‘Romeo and Juliet’- Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Unit: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Non-Fiction Unit: Writing to persuade, argue and advise.

Literature Paper 1 Section B – 19th Century Novel “ The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and
Mr Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Finishing Poetry Cluster. Literature Paper 2 Section B and C

Half Term 4

Play: ‘A Monster Calls’ Extended Fiction Unit.

Non-Fiction Unit: Writing to persuade, argue and advise.

Shakespeare Unit: ‘Macbeth’ – William Shakespeare

Literature Paper 2: 7 poems Section B  and C Poetry Cluster Unseen Poetry

REVISION of Literature and Language

Half Term 5

Poetry Unit: Poetry Anthology

GCSE Poetry Unit: Poetry Anthology / Comparative responses.

GCSE Poetry Unit: Poetry Anthology / Comparative responses.

Language Paper 2: Section B – Writing to Argue, Persuade, Explain.  45 mins. 40 marks A05/ AO6

Exam Preparation

Half Term 6

Research project into Fiction Unit for Year 8.

Research project into ‘An Inspector Calls’ – J.B. Priestley

Research project into ‘An Inspector Calls’ – J.B. Priestley.

AP3 – Assessments for all Literature/Lang – Speaking and Listening Recordings. Research project of the social and historical context of ‘Macbeth’.

Students to sit exam


Year 7

Half Term 1

Transition Unit: Fiction ‘Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone’ – J.K Rowling

Half Term 2

Persuasion Unit/ Media: Non Fiction & Dolmio: Writing to argue, persuade and advise.

Half Term 3

Shakespeare Unit: ‘Romeo and Juliet’- Shakespeare.

Half Term 4

Play: ‘A Monster Calls’ Extended Fiction Unit.

Half Term 5

Poetry Unit: Poetry Anthology

Half Term 6

Research project into Fiction Unit for Year 8.


Year 8

Half Term 1

Abomination’ – Robert Swindell’s Fiction Unit

Half Term 2

‘Abomination’ – Robert Swindells Fiction Unit

Half Term 3

Shakespeare Unit: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ or ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Half Term 4

Non-Fiction Unit: Writing to persuade, argue and advise.

Half Term 5

GCSE Poetry Unit: Poetry Anthology / Comparative responses.

Half Term 6

Research project into ‘An Inspector Calls’ – J.B. Priestley


Year 9

Half Term 1

Fiction Unit – ‘Lord of The Flies’- William Golding

Half Term 2

Language Unit- ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Writing descriptively and creatively.

Half Term 3

Non-Fiction Unit: Writing to persuade, argue and advise.

Half Term 4

Shakespeare Unit: ‘Macbeth’ – William Shakespeare

Half Term 5

GCSE Poetry Unit: Poetry Anthology / Comparative responses.

Half Term 6

Research project into ‘An Inspector Calls’ – J.B. Priestley.


Year 10

Half Term 1

Literature Paper 2: Modern Drama. Section A: “ An Inspector Calls” by J.B. Priestley

Half Term 2

Language Paper 1: Skills for Section A and Section B

Half Term 3

Literature Paper 1 Section B – 19th Century Novel “ The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and
Mr Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Half Term 4

Literature Paper 2: 7 poems Section B  and C Poetry Cluster Unseen Poetry

Half Term 5

Language Paper 2: Section B – Writing to Argue, Persuade, Explain.  45 mins. 40 marks A05/ AO6

Half Term 6

AP3 – Assessments for all Literature/Lang – Speaking and Listening Recordings. Research project of the social and historical context of ‘Macbeth’.


Year 11

Half Term 1

Literature Paper 1- Shakespeare Play- Section A: “ Macbeth”.

Half Term 2

Language Paper 2: Skills for Section A and Section B

Half Term 3

Finishing Poetry Cluster. Literature Paper 2 Section B and C

Half Term 4

REVISION of Literature and Language

Half Term 5

Exam Preparation

Half Term 6

Students to sit exam


Subject Intent:

English at Boldon School is a captivating experience for all, revealing the wonders of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” to the very modern “Harry Potter” and ” A Monster Calls”.

Students will be immersed in the magical world of Hogwarts as they survey the delights of ” The Philosopher’s Stone” in Year 7.  Exploring a varied diet of texts, as they journey through school,  students will be introduced to the gothic wonders of:  “Dracula “and “Frankenstein” , culminating with an immersive study of “The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde”.

In addition to this, our students will be taught how to write extensively and sophisticatedly, in a variation of styles. For example: students will learn how to structure an argument; analyse media adverts and copy the style of an article entitled: Do You Talk to your Dog?  Students will learn how to write in a professional manner, being able to use exemplar materials to propel them to the great heights of the Grade 9.

English is threaded through and, indeed, embedded within all subjects and our intervention and enrichment programmes ensure that students master the skills that not only assist them in English but across the whole curriculum.

Students enjoy English because it is innovative, enticing and…fun! Every student is instilled with the belief that success awaits them; it is this belief which underpins our desire to support, stretch and challenge students so that they reach their full potential during their time with us. It is this impetus that shows our determination for our students to succeed in the classroom and aspire to be the best they can be – beyond it!

The English team is also passionately committed to delivering a varied and exciting English curriculum for all students. Our English teachers beautifully balance the core components of effective teaching and learning with fun, forward-thinking activities: they fully immerse themselves in English-themed events throughout the year, including World Book Day and celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday.

“The English corridor is my favourite part of the school; it has really lovely displays and pictures. It makes me feel proud of my school”.

Year 8 student.