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Curriculum Intent and Implementation

Our intention in English is to offer a well-sequenced, ambitious curriculum, to enable all our students, including those with special educational or additional needs, to develop the skills required for effective communication and understand the relevance and value of English in the wider world. We seek to ensure all learners can access their literary heritage; explore their own creativity; hone their analytical and interpretative skills; and secure a command of language that will enable them to express themselves powerfully and effectively as adults.

The curriculum in English is implemented in a supportive and inclusive environment. By skilled practitioners who are passionate about their subject. Well-organised lessons, and regular assessment, along with individualised support for those who need it, ensures all students develop the confidence and understanding they need to succeed.

Review our English Curriculum Map for a detailed overview of the core knowledge and skills covered in English.

Key Stage 3

In KS3 English is divided into four areas of study: Reading; Writing; Language; Speaking and Listening.

During Year 7 we aim to build upon the skills which students have acquired throughout KS2. The course begins with the study of a novel and a range of creative and literary tasks will be based upon the book. We place considerable emphasis on encouraging our students to read: an additional two novels will be studied during the year; regular reading homework will be set; library visits will be made and the completion of reading diaries is encouraged.

In Year 8, the course also begins with an in-depth study of a novel, with developing emphasis on literary analysis. As in Year 7, up to two other novels will be issued during the year and a unit on The Writer's Craft will examine the short story and narrative techniques. Links with the School Library are still closely maintained, reinforcing the importance and value of reading. Students complete a research project on Shakespeare, investigating his life, works and the practices of the Elizabethan theatre. They will also explore A Midsummer Night's Dream.

During Year 9, we aim to equip our students with the necessary skills to embark successfully on their GCSE courses in English Language and Literature.

Key Stage 4

English and English Literature are core subjects in Years 10 -11, leading to two GCSE subject awards. Formal specifications for the new courses have yet to be issued by the Board. The key changes are that the courses are now linear; and that coursework has been replaced by controlled assessment.

We have two principal aims:

  • to develop your confidence and skills to enable you to express yourself clearly and concisely in a variety of forms for any given audience.
  • to provide you with the means to discuss, explore and respond to a range of texts: novels, drama, poetry, media and other prose forms.
For more information about the KS4 English courses, please see the KGGS KS4 Options Booklet

Key Stage 5

English Literature

We follow the Edexcel Syllabus for English Literature at Advanced Level
English Literature is a popular subject at KGGS. During the course, you will have the opportunity to read widely; to gain a sound understanding of past and present writing and culture; to discuss differing interpretations and ideas; and to develop sharp analytic and writing skills.
The qualification you will gain is one that is highly regarded by universities and employers and one which indicates that you possess valued and transferable skills, namely, the ability to construct a well-reasoned argument, to work independently, and to think, read and analyse at an advanced level.


English Language

We follow the AQA Syllabus for English Language at Advanced Level
English Language is an A Level that appeals to a wide range of students, including those who are interested in the media, marketing, child psychology, politics, or those hoping to hone their reading and writing skills to support their progress in other subjects, such as Science. A good number of students take both English Language and English Literature at A Level as they complement one another well.
Students study topics such as Child Language and Language and Technology. They also complete an undergraduate style language investigation on a topic of their choice for the non-examined assessment.
If you enjoyed exploring texts closely at GCSE, enjoy creative or journalistic writing, or enjoy a good debate about Language and Gender, you are likely to enjoy English Language.

For more information on English and all A-Level courses beginning next academic year, please see the Sixth Form Admissions page.