English Faculty

English and Communication Curriculum

The English and Communication curriculum in Phase 1 (Y7-8) and Phase 2 (Y9-11) is delivered according to the 3 Pathways:

  • Pathway 1 follow an informal curriculum where English and Communication is delivered around a termly theme and is embedded into daily activities.
  • Pathway 2 follow a semi-formal curriculum. Both Phase 1 and 2 have one ‘Communication and Interaction’ session per week and three English sessions which are also linked to various Humanities topics.
  • Pathway 3 follow a formal curriculum. Both Phase 1 and 2 have one ‘Current affairs’ session per week where students discuss weekly news. English sessions in Pathway 3 are delivered separately from Humanities. Students in Phase 1 have three English session per week and students in Phase 2 have four English sessions.

Both Pathway 2 and 3 students have daily 15 minutes ‘Reading’ sessions. Each class have a designated ‘Reading corner’ area where students can explore and engage with books thought the day.

Teachers follow the English ‘Progression of skills’ for each of the three areas:

    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Speaking and Listening.

Phase 1 Focus Rota

Year Group(s) Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7-8

Year 1

Roald Dahl


To create an autobiography/biography/ essay.

To give short presentations.

Myths and Legends


To create their own myth/story.

To discuss/debate main message/idea or moral of the myth/story.


Multi- cultural Literature

(Diversity and inclusion)

To create notes, script for talks/discussions.

To give short speeches and

participate in debates/discussions.

Year 7-8

Year 2

Pantomime / Fairy tales


To create a script/poem and/or drama focus.

To improvise, rehears and perform play scripts and poetry.



To create a comic strip/newspaper article.

To use visual language, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact during presentation and/or discussion.


Great outdoors

(Camping, Hiking)

To create own adventure story, write letters and/or instructions.

To communicate well in a team/group setting using

active listening, clear spoken language and non-verbal communication.

Phase 2 Focus Rota

Year 9,10,11

Year 1



To create a recipe/instruction for magic tricks/spells/potions.

To rehears and perform act/magic tricks/play.


(Space exploration)

To create a story and/or interview.

To listen and build on the contributions of others, ask questions to clarify and inform, and challenge when necessary.


Under the sea

(Plastic pollution)

To create reports/speeches/dialogs.

To work effectively in groups, leading and managing discussions, involving others productively, reviewing and summarising, and contributing to meeting goals.

Year 9,10,11

Year 2

Ghosts and Ghouls 


To create report/podcast/video/leaflet.

To listen, respond and evaluate content, viewpoints, evidence and aspects of presentation.



To create a fact file and/or encyclopaedia.

To speak confidently and effectively when presenting information.


(Travel – Going Global, Holidays, Immigration)

To create a journal/travel guide/itinerary/podcast.

To select and organise information and ideas effectively for informal spoken presentations.

Year 9,10,11

Year 3


To create Song, Lyrics and/or script.

To improvise, rehears and perform play scripts and poetry.

Prehistoric / Dinosaurs

To create essay/timeline/fact file.

To give a short presentation and ask questions to clarify information.

Mysteries and Crimes

To create a poster/map, notes and report.

To select and organise information and ideas effectively for formal spoken presentations/report.

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