Within the curriculum area of English at Wadebridge School, it is our goal to achieve a balance between developing the literacy skills needed to achieve examination results that will enable students to unlock the next stage of their learning, whilst fostering an enthusiasm for high quality literature that opens up the world of the past, present and future.

English Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 4 English


Key Stage 4

(Years 9, 10 & 11)


At KS4, the curriculum builds on students’ success at KS3 and allows them to appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage. In Y9, students will engage with challenging GCSE set texts such as ‘An Inspector Calls’ bookended by the AQA Power and Conflict anthology. Students will begin to understand and critically evaluate texts through extended writing opportunities. The curriculum is designed to study and write a range of transactional text types that are thematically linked to areas of study. Students in Y9 will have a dedicated grammar lesson once a fortnight to build on the spelling rules from KS3 and improve accuracy and effectiveness in their writing. Y10 and 11 will continue their development covering the remainder of the AQA Literature set texts and fine-tuning their extended critical writing skills in preparation for their GCSEs.

A parent's guide to the new GCSE English and English Literature exam

GCSE English Literature Years 9 and 10 - information
English Language  Support Information
English Literature  Support Information
GCSE English Language - course outline
GCSE English Literature - course outline


Key Stage 3 English



Key Stage 3

(Years 7 & 8)


At KS3, curriculum content is wide, varied and challenging. Students will encounter literature from across time, genres and thematic links - from Gothic to Shakespeare through a range of prose, poetry and drama. Our curriculum design will develop an appreciation and love of reading whist at the same time understanding the craft of writing. The content at KS3 is designed to feed in to Literature at KS4 giving the foundations for deeper, more complex understanding of the subject. At KS3, students are allocated one library lesson a fortnight where they will work through the class reader and have access to the school’s excellent library to promote reading for pleasure. Grammar and Spelling lessons are embedded into our curriculum to help build on existing knowledge and improve the accuracy, structure and effectiveness of their writing – learning to write exploratory essays, narrative and transactional writing in preparation for the demands of KS4. Spoken Language activities are embedded in all schemes with specific teaching in the Drama units covered.


Year 7 English Topics 




Year 7





Text and assessment

The Gothic

Lang -Narrative/descriptive writing

Lit - Gothic short story (setting and atmosphere) Poe


Lit - Presentation of Caliban in Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

Lang - Speech on climate change/environment (F) Bullying (S)

Nature (Romanticism/Art)

Lit - Romantic poets (Anthology led)

Lang - Article about local area/attractions/ focus to be on the natural beauty of Cornwall

Charlotte Dymond

Drama - The Ballad/Dramatic performance

Year 8 English Topics



Year 8




Text and assessment

Power and Conflict

Literature and Poetry & Drama

Lang -  (Marius) Complaint Letter and Article


Lit - Oliver Twist character and theme based analysis

Lang - Report and Review

English through the Ages

Literature across time

Lang - Informal letters


Key Stage 3 Homework

At KS3 students are encouraged to read for pleasure. Each year students will read three varied and challenging texts suitable for age and ability. Students will read one book per term and complete linked work as their homework and use library lessons as a forum for discussions.


Recommended Reading List (KS3)

All texts are available in the Learning Resource Centre

Speedy Reads 

Quick Reads 

Gutsy Reads 

 ‘Dark Man’ * - Lancet

IHero * - Barlow & Skidmore

IHorror* - Barlow & Skidmore

Superhero*   - D.C Comics

Anything by Helen Orme

Graphic Revolve ... Series of Classic Novels in graphic form

 Skullduggery Pleasant * - Landy

Magyk* - Sage

Dead Man’s cove- St John

Broken Soup – Valentine

Life on the Refrigerator Door – Kuipers

Blade Series * - Bowler

Artemis Fowl – Colfer

Tales of Terror from the Black Ship – Priestley

A Dog for Life – Matthews

A Year without Autumn – Kessler

The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan Dowd

My Name is Mina – David Almond

Boom – Mark Haddon

 Any Book By Kevin Brooks

Knife – Anderson

Gone* – Grant

Ingo* – Dunmore

Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

I am Number 4 –Lore

Power of 6 - Lore

The Secret Garden – Burnett

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – Lewis

Black Beauty – Sewell

Swallows & Amazons * - Ransome

Mr Creecher – Chris Priestley


Gifted & Talented Policy
Year 7

Year 7 is a fresh start for all students; those who may not have excelled previously will have new opportunities to succeed. We feel that Year 7 should begin with a level playing field and that each individual student should be judged on their performance within the context of their new English class.

Year 7 Gifted and Talented students will be identified in the January of Year 7, so that there is a body of assessment to display their skills in the three aspects of English: Reading, Writing and Drama/Speaking and Listening. This judgement will not take into account their KS2 data, only their current performance. The students who achieve GCSE 5 and above in any of the assessed aspects will be identified as Gifted and Talented in that particular area of English.

Year 8

The criteria for Gifted and Talented students in Year 8 will be those who have achieved and are working at GCSE 6 and above in any of the assessed aspects of English, by January of Year 8. They will be identified as Gifted and Talented in that particular strand of English. This list will replace the list of those students who were previously identified in Year 7.

Year 9

The criteria for Gifted and Talented students in Year 9 will be those who have achieved and are working at GCSE 7 in any of the assessed aspects of English, by January of Year 9. They will be identified as Gifted and Talented in that particular strand of English. This list will replace the list of those students who were previously identified in Year 8.

Throughout the academic year there will be a series of enrichment opportunities available for our Gifted and Talented learners, as well as differentiated assessments to allow them to showcase their skills.

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