English at The Ruth Gorse Academy is more than just reading and writing. We aim to give our students experiences which will not only increase their skills in these important areas but will also increase their understanding of the lives of others. We have a rich and diverse curriculum in which students can develop their emotional literacy, empathy, imagination, creativity, and enjoyment of the written word.

In KS3, students are assessed through their production of pieces of writing in a range of formats for a range of audiences and purposes. This not only exposes them the range of writing styles they will face in their GCSEs but also allows students to appreciate the choices and methods deployed by writers as they take on the role of writer themselves.

Throughout their time at The Ruth Gorse Academy, students will find high quality literary texts are front and centre of our lessons. Students are constantly exposed to first rate pieces of fiction and non-fiction in order to give them a vast variety of excellence to draw on for their own writing. We also use these texts as a vehicle to discuss the wider ideas of what it means to be a human being. We explore complex characters, good and evil, moral dilemmas, social responsibility and historical resonance through to the modern day.

Curriculum

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6
‘Wonder’ R J Palacio Poetry Victorian England A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A script based on the story. A narrative from the point of view of a character. A personal response to a poem. An informative letter on 19th Century London. A literary summary of a key scene. A speech on cultural aspects of the play.
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6
‘The Speckled Band’ Arthur Conan Doyle Poetry ‘Stone Cold’ Robert Swindells The Tempest
A narrative opening which introduces an original character. A narrative which creates tension. A comparison between poems. An article on homelessness. A literary summary of a key scene. A speech on cultural aspects of the play.
Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6
English Language Component 1: Section B English Language Component 1: Section B English Literature Paper 2: Section B English Language Component 2: Section B English Literature Paper 1: ‘Macbeth’ Shakespeare