English Years 7 and 8, KS3

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.


The overarching aim for English is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The Accelerated Reader programme has been introduced to actively encourage reading and to motivate pupils to make progress with their reading skills. All pupils have five periods per week, in Years 7 & 8, with at least one dedicated to reading.

The curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding;
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information;
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas;
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Everyone over the course of the year should encounter a novel, a play and some poetry. These may range from Shakespeare to Dickens and Owen to Duffy. There are also many opportunities for creative writing in a variety of forms, many pieces of which are displayed within the department, or entered for school, regional and national competitions. The department also runs English related after school clubs, along with the annual SH Recitations competition in June. We also aim to organise a theatre trip for the pupils, as well as to entertain and engage them with visiting authors and poets.