Springwest academy 4


“To be culturally literate is to possess the basic information needed to thrive in the modern world” - E.D Hirsch


English is...

English is the study of the human condition through the words and thoughts of writers. Therefore, our English curriculum gives pupils exposure to a rich range of ambitious texts from our literary history, no matter what their starting point. Through studying a play, poetry anthology and novel each year, our students will not only acquire knowledge which will serve as a foundation to support them in constructing and expressing their own spoken and written opinions, but also, a lifelong appreciation of literature.  

English enables students to acquire a sophisticated range of vocabulary, understanding of critical viewpoints and the ability to adapt register, style and tone to suit a range of purposes, so that they can flourish in all aspects of society. We empower students to develop interest and empathy for people and places beyond the limits of their own realities so that they are able to fully engage with issues of social justice in local and global contexts. 


Sequence of Learning 



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2









Speakers of the Ancient World/ Rhetoric

How can I persuade others of my view?

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

How do leaders abuse their power?

Identity poetry

How do writers convey thoughts and feelings through poetry?

Current affairs How do journalists write?

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

How does the writer use setting, context and theme to create her novel?




Blood Brothers by Willy Russell

How does social class create injustice?

A Force for Change

How can I help to challenge injustices?

War Poetry

How do poets present their opinions about conflict?

Recreative Writing

How do I create imagery?

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

How does the writer highlight divisions in society?


Macbeth by William Shakespeare

How does Shakespeare present the corruption of power?

Power and Inequality in non fiction writing

How can I convey my opinion on a range of topics?

Crafting Writing 

How do writers craft their work to create meaning?

The Crucible

How can literature be understood in context?

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

How does the writer present human nature?



Power and Conflict Poetry

How are ideas about conflict and power presented?



A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

How does Dickens present the themes of the novel?

An Inspector Calls 

How has the writer presented the key ideas in the text?

English Language Paper 1

How do writers create fiction texts?

English Language Paper 1/Literature Revision

How does a writer use language and structure to create meaning?




Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare

How does Shakespeare present his ideas for the eventual tragedy?

English Language Paper 2

How do writers create non-fiction texts?

English Language Paper 1 Revision

How does a writer use language and structure to create meaning?

Revision of all units.

Revision of all units and exams.


GCSE Exams: AQA English Literature, AQA English Language


Life at Springwest Academy



Year 10 Parent

Year 10 Parent

English Teacher

Mr Daley

Year 8


Year 10


Assistant Principal

Ms Horoz