We deliver a lively and engaging English curriculum that is designed to inspire, support and challenge all of our students.
Our team is committed to fostering an enjoyment of literature and language through different texts, topics and activities. Our aim is that every child leaves Sandringham confident in shaping informed opinions and sharing them, both verbally and in writing, and takes pleasure in exploring a wide range literature.
Key Stage 3
Students build on skills developed at Key Stage 2 through a thematic approach to a range of topics in Years 7 and 8. Grouped in mixed prior attainment classes, lessons offer a space for students to learn and develop at their own pace. Students complete a variety of writing, reading, and speaking and listening tasks, receiving regular feedback to help them progress. In their three English lessons a week, students will have two focusing on a core text and one looking at a variety of texts linked to the core text by theme. This enables us to take students through a broad range of both fiction and non-fiction, and for students to explore how ideas can be shaped, challenged and changed.
In Year 9 students are set by ability and focus on developing their skills in preparation for their GCSE English Literature and English Language courses.
Year 7 Topics and Texts
Core text: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Core text: an anthology of poetry on identity
Core text: The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Year 8 Topics and Texts
Core text: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Core text: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Core text: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Term 1 – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and war literature (an anthology of extracts)
Term 2 – creative writing and Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
Term 3 – exploring characters in literature (an anthology of extracts) and speaking and listening assessment
How parents and carers can support learning
Students will be set regular tasks to complete at home (HBL). Parents and carers should use Show My Homework to talk through this work whenever possible. Further to this, reading with your son/daughter or, as they grow, asking them about what they are reading – both fiction and non-fiction – has significant benefits to their ability to access not just the English curriculum, but the wider curriculum as a whole. It is also a fantastic way to develop concentration and to relax after a long day at school!
In KS3 we have lunch time reading and creative writing clubs, offered both within the faculty and in the LRC.
At KS4 and KS5 we offer theatre trips to watch some of the set texts which students always find useful, as well as enjoyable.
Beyond this, students are given reading lists around schemes of work so that they can explore themes, ideas, and genres further in their own time.
AQA English pages where you can access specifications, past papers and mark schemes for KS4 and KS5
BBC Bitesize where you can access revision pages for some of the texts and topics (including writing skills) studied at KS3 – this can support with some HBL tasks
University of Bristol – grammar exercises: a useful page to help all writes understand different punctuation and grammatical structures