English

Subject lead:

Our core aim is to teach students to express themselves fluently via speech, reading and writing to develop them culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and spiritually ensuring equitable choices are available to all.  This allows pupils to view themselves and the world around them within the texts they read, but also a world beyond the realm of their current context and experience. By providing frequent and purposeful opportunities through guided practise students are continually refining their skills and deepening their knowledge. 

When we read, we are transported: we open gateways to different worlds, cultures, eras and views. When we write, we have the power to transport others. The study of English at Weavers Academy provides students with an aspirational cohesive curriculum that enables students to understand the richness of human thought and the complexity of the human condition. Students will grapple with big questions exploring powerful concepts central to our humanity: conflict, relationships, power and society.

Our aim is to unlock potential, inspire learning, and empower students to develop their own voice and vision.

Key Stage 3: In Key Stage Three students will study high quality texts from a range of time periods anchored by thematic links such as: difference, revolution, prejudice, exploitation, and war.  Students will engage with a selection of Shakespearian tragedy, 19th century prose including A Christmas Carol, Sherlock Holmes, and The Yellow Wallpaper; dramas including: Journey’s End and Noughts and Crosses; and a variety of poetry from Romantic poetry to the modern poetry from a variety of cultural perspectives.  Students will also study significant events throughout history via non-fiction, this will develop their skills in reading analytically and critically as well as engaging with the oracy and rhetoric to articulate their views and perspectives.

Key Stage 4:

In Key Stage Four students draw upon their prior knowledge of key concepts and themes in Literature as they cover the core texts ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and the AQA ‘Power and Conflict’ Anthology.

Students will also draw upon their Language knowledge by continuing to look at unseen fiction as well as nonfiction connected by theme and produced both in the 19th century and in more recent times. Students continue to be given the opportunity to engage and extend their skills in reading, writing, analysing, evaluating, and comparing.

AQA GCSE English Language AQA | English | GCSE | English Language

AQA GCSE English Literature AQA | English | GCSE | English Literature

Key Stage 5:

Students will continue to read widely and independently.  In class students will study a range of unseen and set texts comprising of poetry, prose and drama.  Paper One texts are anchored on the theme of Love Through the Ages and students will study Othello, Pre-1900 poetry and The Great Gatsby.  For Paper Two students will study texts that share the context of war, set texts include Regeneration, Wilfred Owen poetry and Wiper’s Times.  Students will explore texts, their contexts and their critics in order to become critics themselves. 

For the Students Non-Examined Assessment students will build on their prior knowledge of the gothic by comparing a pre-1900 gothic text with a text of critical worth of their choice.  This provides the students an opportunity to delve into a theme or period that they are interested in.  This also replicates a small dissertation and is fantastic preparation for further independent study. AQA English Literature A Level Specification A: AQA | English | AS and A-level | English Literature A