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To study English Language and Literature is a window into life itself. To master the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing will ensure success across the curriculum and provides the foundation for success at college, university and beyond.

The English Language and Literature curriculum includes the analysis of both modern and classic texts, including media texts.  It opens minds, develops analytical and reflective skills and through this, students learn to develop their own uniqueness and literary style.


Our curriculum is engaging, exciting and aims to develop a keen sense of why language itself is critical to all round success.  Our team of committed, experienced staff will ensure through focused teaching, structured group work, discussion and reflection, students learn to master all forms of literary style and to identify those areas essential for their own individual development.

Beyond the curriculum, students have the opportunity to participate in a range of theatre visits, as long as literary festivals and competitions.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, the focus is very much on developing the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in a range of contexts and for a range of audiences. As students progress through Years 7-9, they will study a range of texts and media and become increasingly skilled in expressing themselves confidently and fluently.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum takes us through an exciting range of thematic programmes of study, which include:

Year 7 – The Village, the contemporary novel ‘Boy 87’, poetry from Other Voices and an Introduction to Shakespeare

Year 8 – Protest and Identity, Remarkable Women, The Unknown and Our World

Year 9 – ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, Approaches to Unseen Poetry, Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Each theme is explored in and imaginative and engaging way, exploring a range of texts which prepare students for the demands of the GCSE course in Key Stage 4.


A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 English is available here

If you have any further questions about Key Stage 3 English please contact:

Ms A Hughes – Head of English

Mrs A Ludlow – KS3 Co-ordinator

Miss S Niles – School Progress and Achievement Lead

Mr R Bebb – Whole School Literacy Lead

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students work towards two GCSE qualifications, English Language and English Literature. Our examination board is AQA for both qualifications and assessment is through terminal examinations.

Year 9 – In the final term of Year 9, students begin their preparation for the GCSE courses by studying a unit which reviews the skills they have developed over KS3 and links into their KS4 courses.

Year 10 – The GCSE courses begin with an introductory unit about how to be a critical reader. Students then cover three thematic units (Representation, Power and Status and Vision) which incorporate ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Power and Conflict Poetry, Unseen Poetry and the reading and writing skills required for the two English Language examinations, together with a recorded Speaking and Listening presentation.

Year 11 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian novella ‘The Sign of Four’ is the focus for the first term (a smaller number of students will study ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens). From Christmas onwards, the focus is on revision and consolidation of all texts and skills students need for their four terminal examinations.


Reading at Richard Lander School

Encouraging a child to read and fostering a love of reading is one of the greatest gifts that we can give them. Reading widely will undoubtedly assist in their academic success but also gives young people (and the rest of us!) somewhere to escape to – an imagination workout.

Little and often is the key. Find a genre, author, series, topic that interests your child. Students can get advice from their peers, their English teacher or browse your  local bookshop or online bookseller.

Get them into the habit of reading for just 15-20 minutes at the end of the day. This is much better than a two hour session once a week.
Encourage through example – talk about what you are reading too.
Value all kinds or reading – not just fiction novels: ‘The West Briton’, a national daily paper, a set of instructions for a product, a celebrity autobiography. Variety is important.

A KS3 reading list is available through Moodle.

A KS4 reading list is also available on Moodle. Please be mindful that some of the books listed are challenging, whilst others contain sensitive topics and mature content. We recommend that parents/ carers always check a book before reading.

Thank you for your continued support – The English Department

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