Saltersgill Avenue, Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS4 3JS

01642 855010

Prince Bishop School

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Teaching Staff  

Mrs Julie Fenton (Head of Department)


Key stage 3.

In the English department we aim to promote a love of literature by reading a variety of prose, poetry and plays from different genres, cultures and periods of time. We want to inspire students to read for information and for pleasure. We also aim to encourage good standards of language and literacy. Students should develop the skills to write accurately in a range of forms and for different audiences and purposes. We aim for all students to develop an understanding of the importance of spoken language and to encourage confidence in using spoken language for a variety of purposes.

Author Study in all year groups in 2015 will be William Shakespeare.

Once each fortnight students will take part in ‘Writers’Cafe’- a less formal setting in which to produce a piece of individual extended writing from their personal menu. Work will be peer-assessed and read by other members of the department to select a ‘writer of the fortnight’

We are going to study a variety of texts across the Key stage, each unit of work will include:

  • Reading- developing comprehension skills, analysis of character, plot and setting, understanding of features of genre, learning key skills and terminology for analysis of poetry and figurative language, exploring personal response to texts.
  • Writing- developing accurate writing using texts as a starting point, planning and drafting skills, organising writing effectively, writing stories, scripts, poems, letters, blogs, diaries, using appropriate vocabulary, grammar and structure.
  • SPaG- taught throughout each unit, integrated into written work and work based on text.
  • Spoken Language: learning and developing appropriate techniques for a variety of tasks both formal and informal including: role-play, classroom discussion, giving speeches and making presentations, improvisation, performing playscripts and poetry.

Year 7

  • HEROES AND ADVENTURES ANTHOLOGY: students will study a selection of short stories and extracts including fiction and non-fiction, pre C20th and contemporary
  • DRACULA: Playscript
  • ROMEO AND JULIET: Shakespeare.

Year 8

  • GHOSTS AND MONSTERS ANTHOLOGY: students will study a selection of short stories and extracts including fiction and non-fiction, pre C20th and contemporary
  • KES: Playscript

Year 9

  • MYSTERY ANTHOLOGY: students will study a selection of short stories and extracts including fiction and non-fiction, pre C20th and contemporary
  • BLOOD BROTHERS: Playscript
  • OTHELLO: Shakespeare


Key Stage 4

Year 10

In Year 10 students begin the 2 year AQA GCSE English course, most students will also study AQA GCSE English Literature.   Students will be taught the skills required to analyse features of a variety of texts including: information retrieval, inferential reading, comprehension skills, language analysis, analysis of structure, comparison of content and form and making personal judgements about texts.

Students will also develop their writing skills by writing in response to written prompts and visual images. Spoken Language will be used to discuss and explore texts as well as assessment by a formal presentation.


  • AUTUMN TERM: Theme of Power- Macbeth, Shakespeare and Anthology of Extracts Students will read Macbeth analysing plot, structure, character, themes and dramatic techniques. Extended writing on topic of power will include letters, diaries and newspaper articles. Spoken language will include a debate and a news report.
  • SPRING TERM: Theme of Conflict. Students will read extracts from literature based on theme of conflict. Also, non-literary extracts on the theme. We will begin to explore unseen poetry. Students will develop creative writing techniques.
  • SUMMER TERM: Theme of Supernatural- An Inspector Calls and Extracts from literature based on theme of supernatural. Also, preparation for Year 10 exams

Year 11

In Year 11 students are following AQA English GCSE. We aim to continue developing analytical skills in reading for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students will be encouraged to develop resilience in reading. In writing we aim to teach the skills to write accurately for a variety of purposes and audiences. Students will write in a range of forms including: letters, articles, leaflets, websites, blogs, stories, descriptions and speeches. Students will be assessed for Spoken Language during presentations, discussions and role plays.

Students will complete controlled assessments during the first term. Controlled assessments are worth 40% of the final GCSE mark.


  • SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER: Poetry for controlled assessment/ Creative writing for controlled assessment
  • DECEMBER:  Examining non-fiction texts (examination preparation)
  • JANUARY TO FEBRUARY: Writing in a variety of forms for different audience and Purpose (examination preparation)
  • MARCH TO APRIL: Examining non-fiction texts (examination preparation)
  • MAY TO JUNE: Examination techniques and final examination preparation


Questions regarding the curriculum for English

If you have any questions about the curriculum for English, please contact Mrs. J Fenton, Head of English Department, on 01642 855010 or send an e-mail marked for the attention of Mrs. J. Fenton to: