English at The Judd is a popular, vibrant subject where pupils are introduced to an extensive range of pre-modern and contemporary literature. In Year 7, new pupils are eased into the course through an exciting, varied poetry unit, which is followed by the firm favourite that is ‘A Christmas Carol’. Y7 will also read an entire Shakespeare play, as well as write imaginatively on a regular basis. In Y8, knowledge and skill levels are raised as pupils tackle Chaucerian English and the epic ballad ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. In Y9, pupils will study a range of pre-GCSE texts, developing their analytical skills that will ready them for the challenge of Y10 and 11, where they will have 8 lessons over the fortnight and will engage with a successful and popular syllabus, including ‘Lord of the Flies’.
Overall, our aim is to deliver a variety of texts and develop a range of skills. We are particularly keen on encouraging the imaginative and creative skills of our pupils, so there are lots of opportunities for short story writing.
Information on how English is taught across the Key Stages can be found below