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Plumstead Manor

English & Media

English & Media


Department profile

To equip all of our students, regardless of ability and background, with the skills and attributes to communicate powerfully, think critically, and flourish in a changing, growing world. We want to foster and nourish the love of the transformative power of literature.

KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 is an important transition year, in which we develop learners’ existing skills and begin to introduce new concepts and proficiencies. We study a range of engaging and thought-provoking texts, which allow us contextualise the literature they will be exposed to in their English career through KS3, KS4 and beyond. Thus, we study a range of drama, poetry, Shakespeare, prose and non-fiction. Our literature and language-based curriculum includes close reading and analysis of myth and legend, contemporary fiction, poetry and Shakespeare. In addition, we introduce language analysis and writing skills in fiction and non-fiction.

Year 8 is a vital year, in which we support learners to develop existing skills and build on new concepts and proficiencies introduced in Year 7. Through wide-ranging, engaging and thought-provoking texts, we ensure that students are supported to engage with more challenging content and ideas. We study a range of poetry, Shakespeare, prose and non-fiction with a keen eye on the requirement for GCSEs. This includes: close reading and analysis of writers’ methods; understanding of structure, language and form; comparison, summary and inference; technical accuracy; speaking and listening skills.

In English, Year 9 is regarded as a pivotal year and students are exposed to a variety of skills within the curriculum in order to prepare them for the demands of the two GCSE components, Language and Literature, that they will be exposed to at Key Stage 4. Studying a diverse range of topics in English, such as fiction and non-fiction, Shakespeare and poetry, will enable our students to become imaginative and creative thinkers, analytical, and both reflective and evaluative learners during Key Stage 3 and beyond. This in turn will allow our students to become confident learners who engage, challenge and understand the world around them.

KS4 Curriculum

Curriculum: English Language and English Literature GCSEs

At Key Stage 4, students continue to build upon their English Language and Literature skills developed during Key Stage 3. All students study the AQA 9-1 syllabus and are examined in both English Language and English Literature at the end of Year 11. In Year 10, students will study a 19th century novel, 20th century drama, Poetry Anthology, Unseen Poetry, and the English Language course which comprises of two units (‘Exploration in Creative Reading and Writing’ and ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’) and covers a range of forms to build upon and enhance pupils’ linguistic and analytical skills. At the end of Year 10, pupils will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate their speaking and listening skills by delivering their presentation for the non-examination Assessment.


KS5 Curriculum

Objectives of course:

English Literature allows learners to undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen their appreciation and understanding of literature, including its changing traditions.

Exam board: OCR

Course content:

Students study a minimum of eight texts, including at least two examples of each of the genres of prose, poetry and drama, to develop their ability to analyse and evaluate literary texts across a variety of genres and periods.

Assessment scheme and structure:

20% coursework, 80% final exam. Scheduled mock exams throughout the two-year course.

Future Pathways

Education, the arts, media and film careers, law, journalism, administration.