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City of Peterborough Academy

KS3 & KS4 English

English Curriculum

In the English department at the Academy, we teach a wide range of texts to provide our pupils with a challenging curriculum that will suit their needs for KS4 and beyond.

The City of Peterborough Academy strives to provide an outstanding learning experience for every single one of our pupils; an experience that will provide them with essential, functional English skills to empower them in employment, support their social communication skills, and enable them to engage with the world as global citizens. We also hope to foster a love of language and literature that will create lifelong learners.

English is accepted as a fundamentally important area of study. As a department, we encourage our pupils to recognise the crucial impact of communication, written or spoken, through focused, innovative and inspiring teaching.

The aims of our English curriculum are:

  • To inspire pupils to express themselves imaginatively and appropriately. To nurture critical reading and thinking.
  • To create confident writers who are able to write a wide range of texts for a variety of audiences and purposes
  • To instil in pupils a sense of ownership of the English language and to develop their own voice through the study of a wide range of writers from a broad range of social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • To ensure pupils have an understanding of different genres and which authors have significantly contributed to the English literary heritage.
  • To encourage pupils to develop a keen interest in English, and to fully understand the role the subject plays in the modern world across a broad range of mediums.

English at KS3

By studying English in Year 7, pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poems and plays as well as non-fiction and media texts. All pupils take English at Key Stage three and study a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts. These texts include fiction by Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Michael Morpurgo ; Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’; and David Calcutt’s ‘The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty’.

Year 8 pupils begin the academic year by studying narrative writing skills, looking at Gothic horror and Mystery/Suspense writing. This is followed by the study of a novel, which may be ‘Holes’ by Louie Sachar, or Darren Shan’s ‘Cirque du Freak’, depending on class targets and reading skills. After the Winter break, we teach ‘Othello’, Conflict poetry and we end the year with a non-fiction Media project. 

Programmes of study broadly follow the National Curriculum and ensure the development of the English skills necessary to achieve and progress in the further study of English.

At Key Stage 3, pupils follow a modular programme, with six modules in the academic year. Pupils will study a novel, a drama text and poetry from other cultures and different times. Pupils are also required to study a play by Shakespeare in order to prepare them for the demands of their GCSE examination. Finally, pupils will examine Non-Fiction and Media texts.

In addition to the standard lessons that students receive each week, there are further opportunities to develop their literacy through intervention programmes such as Toe-by-Toe, Lexia and a 10 week literacy programme.

Within each module, the writing, reading and speaking and listening skills of each pupil are assessed.

English at KS4

Pupils will study two GCSEs: English Language and English Literature. They will study these in English lessons together and not as separate subjects, as the skills required for the two GCSEs are often overlapped. The pupils are studying the AQA course which will test them upon a range of skills. Pupils start the year with a modern text, moving on to their 19th century text and finishing Year 10 with the poetry anthology and unseen poetry. Moving into Year 11, pupils look at a Shakespeare play and finally a revision module designed to prepare them for their end of Year 11 examinations. Whilst studying all these modules, pupils will be studying English Language skills focussing on developing their writing for a specific audience (both fiction and non-fiction) as well as analysing a writer’s viewpoint and perspective via non-fiction and literary non-fiction. 

English Staff

Head of English Mr A Lewis
Teacher of English Mrs S Boundford
Lead Practitioner of English Ms A Roxburgh
Teacher of English Miss J O'Sullivan
Teacher of English/Literacy Coordinator Mrs Stollery