English

“What ever happens in the future, the  rich and unrivalled history of the English language deserves to be lauded, it’s story to be told”.

Joseph Piercy

EXCELLENCE

Great literature is celebrated around the world and is at the heart of our curriculum at The Malling School. Excellent texts are the lens through which students begin to understand themselves and explore the world around them. Students want to be challenged and always rise to that challenge. Literature is the vehicle through which we give our students the tools to communicate with subtlety and precision in the written and spoken forms

Enjoyment

We will cultivate a love of English language and literature from the beginning. Students revel in the opportunities for deep thinking and discussions that arise from the study of excellent texts. Because we frame our curriculum through universal big ideas, such as gender, bigotry and hubris, we open up a deep connection and appreciation between the words on the page and the world in which they live. We will instil a love of language in our students so that they are empowered to express themselves passionately and precisely.

ENRICHMENT

The Malling School’s English curriculum offers a deep and detailed learning experience that makes our students interested and interesting. Our students will learn to be empathetic, to understand difference and to express themselves sensitively and intelligently. The schematic knowledge gives our students the confidence to share their own opinions and cast their own critical eye on texts they read in the future.

YEAR GROUPS 

Year 7 - KS3

TERM

Term One

TOPIC

Classics

WHY?
Our journey begins with The Odyssey. We use this incredible text to inspire our students to write creatively. Not only this, but we will explore big ideas such as: freedom and confinement, Religion and fate as well as hubris and vulnerability.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Two

TOPIC

Villains Through Time

WHY?
After exploring the heroic journey of Odysseus, we then explore the presentation of villainous characters. We explore how villains are often a reflection of societal fears and what really makes a memorable villain.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Three & Four

TOPIC

Frankenstein the Play

WHY?
After studying the presentation of villains through time, we focus in on one of Literature’s most famous villains, Frankenstein’s Monster! We use the play to explore Victorian society, its values and fears.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Five & Six

TOPIC

Noughts and Crosses

WHY?
After focussing on Frankenstein’s monster as a vilified character, we then challenge our students to explore villainous characteristics in society. Noughts and Crosses gives or students to explore ideas around discrimination and otherness and actually find their voice. 
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


 

Year 8 - KS3

TERM

Term One & Two

TOPIC

The Woman in White

WHY?
Year 8 begins with a sensational text focussing on the role of women in a patriarchal society. Students explore notions of lunacy and manipulation all while using this to inspire their own creative writing. 
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Three & Four

TOPIC

Of Mice and Men

WHY?
We use Of Mice and Men to build on the students’ knowledge of otherness and prejudice established in year 7. Students use the text to inspire their own non-fiction writing. 
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Five & Six

TOPIC

Hamlet

WHY?
Students have their first opportunity to study a Shakespearian play in its entirety. Students will explore the notions of freedom and confinement and be introduced to Shakespeare’s incredible craft.  
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


 

Year 9 - KS3

TERM

Term One & Two

TOPIC

Heroes and War Poetry

WHY?
Students begin the year with the story of broken war ‘hero’ Francis Cassavant.  We use this heart-breaking text to teach students about the fragility of the human psyche and the psychological and physiological impact of war.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Three & Four

TOPIC

Animal Farm

WHY?
This is a text that awakens our students’ political consciousness. We use this allegory to teach the students to understand the political landscape we live in and how to express themselves in a way that means they will be heard.  
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TERM

Term Five & Six

TOPIC

Romeo and Juliet and Poetry

WHY?
Students build on their knowledge of Shakespearian conventions from year 8 with a study of another full play. Students use the play as a vehicle to understand belief systems and fate as well and love in its many forms.
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


 

Year 10 - KS4 - Exam Board AQA

TOPIC

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

English Literature
RECOMMENDATION
Revision Guide
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TOPIC

Introduction to Reading

English Literature
RECOMMENDATION
Revision Guide
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TOPIC

Poetry Anthology

English Literature
RECOMMENDATION
Revision Guide
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TOPIC

Writing

English Literature
RECOMMENDATION
Revision Guide
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TOPIC

An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley

English Literature
RECOMMENDATION
Revision Guide
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TOPIC

Speaking and Listening

English Literature
RECOMMENDATION
Revision Guide
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


Year 11 - KS4 - Exam Board AQA

TOPIC

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

English Literature
RECOMMENDATION
Revision Guide
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TOPIC

Language Revision

English Literature
RECOMMENDATION
Revision Guide
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TOPIC

Unseen Poetry

English Literature
RECOMMENDATION
Revision Guide
RESOURCES

Curriculum Booklet

Homework Booklet


TOPIC

Revision

English Literature
English Language
RECOMMENDATION

N/A

RESOURCES

N/A