Curriculum Intent 

We want students to be critical readers and be able to write in a variety of forms with technical accuracy and using a wide, appropriate vocabulary. English provides opportunities for students to understand the views and beliefs of others as well as being able to express their own opinions and feelings.  We want students to gain an understanding of how literature treats moral and political themes and how it contributes to the creation of a cultural identity. Studying English helps students to communicate with and understand the world around them giving them access to further learning opportunities and wider career choices 

Our curriculum is broad and balanced offering challenge whilst also being engaging and accessible. Knowledge and skills have been mapped to ensure Language and Literature skills are interleaved which helps to develop students’ ability to read as a writer and write as a reader.  Units of work have been planned and sequenced to allow for reinforcement and to make specific links within and between texts.   

Curriculum Map 

Term  Key Stage 3 – Year 1  Key stage 3 – Year 2 
HT 1  Contemporary Fiction – Monster Calls, Roald Dahl’s short stories  Shakespearean Tragedy – Romeo & Juliet 
HT 2  Non-Fiction – Extremes Reading and writing   Dystopian Literature – Maze Runner, Hunger Games, Divergent, The Time Machine 

Transactional Writing 

HT 3  Shakespearean Comedy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing  Spoken Language – Dragon’s Den 
HT 4  Classic Poetry – range of classic poems & poetry from other cultures  War Literature – War Horse, Private Peaceful 
HT 5  Creative Writing  Fiction/Non-Fiction – Journeys 
HT 6  Crime Literature – House of SilkSherlock Holmes Short Stories  Classic Fiction – Oliver Twist 

Year 9 Language Component 1 Reading  

Introductory Unit & Shared Text 

Term  Key stage 4 
  Year 10  Year 11  KS4 Fleetwood  & Breck
HT 1   Language Component 2 Reading Introductory Unit 


Literature Component 1 Macbeth 


Language Component 1  

Narrative Writing preparation 

Literature Component 1 Poetry Anthology 


Literature Component 1 Macbeth 

Language Component 2 Reading Introductory Unit

Language Component 1 Reading

HT 2  Literature Component 2 

A Christmas Carol 


Language Component 1  

Narrative Writing 

Language Component 1 & 2 

Practice papers 


Literature Component 2  

A Christmas Carol 

Language Component 1 Writing Narrative

Year 11 Language Component 1 & 2 Practice papers

Language Component 3 Spoken Language

HT 3  Literature Component 2 

An Inspector Calls 


Language Component 1  

Reading & Writing 



Literature Component 1 

Poetry Anthology 


Literature Component 2 

An Inspector Calls 


Language Component 3 Spoken Language  

Language Component 2 Reading

Language Component 2 Writing
Transactional Writing


HT 4  Literature Component 1 

War poems 


Language Component 2

Reading and Writing

Language Components & Literature Component 2 


Targeted revision tasks  

Language Component 2 Reading

Revise Language skills
Component 1 & 2


HT 5  Language Component 2 

Spoken Language 


Literature Component 1 

Love poems 


Literature texts & poetry  


GCSE English Literature   


Year 10 Language Component 1 & 2

Year 11 Targeted revision tasks


HT 6  Revision 

Language Components 


Literature Component 1 



Literature Component 2 

Unseen Poetry 

GCSE English Language  



Year 10 Revision
Language ComponentsC19th Short stories

Curriculum Justification 

All students attending McKee College study GCSE English Language and those students attending our College house site also study GCSE English Literature.  The study and achievement of GCSE English Language and/or English Literature ensures students have the necessary formal qualifications for life beyond school whether that is A Levels, college, apprenticeships or employment with training.  

GCSE English Language can support your application to a vocational qualification. A Grade 4 in English Language is required for entry to Higher and some Further Education courses.  

Students can progress to AS Level English Language or English Literature and there are many careers that could be considered such as Digital Copywriter, Editorial Assistant, Journalist, English Teacher, TEFL/TESL/TESOL Teacher, University Lecturer, Writer/Screenwriter/Playwright, Lexicographer, Librarian, Forensic Linguistics, Media Researcher, Speech and Language Therapist, Law, Human Resources, Social Media/Web Content Manager, Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations. 

Curriculum Development 

We will continue to amend and adapt planning documents for KS3 and KS4 courses and investigate new ways of embedding cultural capital into the curriculum.  There will be a focus on ensuring all students regardless of curriculum pathway have a consistent approach to studying English. 

Revision Materials

Please click HERE to access the English revision page where you will find useful links to help with your revision.