English


Curriculum Intent

At KS3 (Years 7 and 8), all students follow the National Curriculum and study English language and English literature. At KS4 (Years 9, 10 and 11), all students study GCSE English language and GCSE English literature or equivalent. Our department KS3-4 narrative consists of a sequential and progressive curriculum that builds on KS2 learning. 

In Year 7, students follow bespoke reading and literacy schemes that embed knowledge and skills required for KS3, before embarking on context-based learning using a wide range of nineteenth-century fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as a Shakespeare play and poetry. In Year 8, students study Gothic literature, Shakespeare, poetry, creative prose writing and transactional skills that are extended in Year 9 with an introduction to the KS4 GCSE curriculum and the study of a third Shakespeare play and the poetry anthology. Our GCSE curriculum is supported with rigorous and targeted intervention. Assessment of knowledge is formative, thorough and regular. Feedback provides students with the basis for improvement.

The department narrative is accessible for all with accelerated learning opportunities for high achievers. SEND students can access all the curriculum through schemes of learning that are suited to their prior knowledge and skills development. The department narrative provides enrichment through subject material that develops cultural capital so that all Moat Community College students fully access their learning.