Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9):

Year 7: Crime Unit: poetry and extracts from nonfiction. 

  • Alter Egos Unit: Extracts from fiction leading to producing a descriptive narrative on the transformation of Dr Jekyll into Mr Hyde.
  • Modern Novel: The Breadwinner and poetry. 
  • Persuasive Writing: Campaigns and Speeches.
  • Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Reading and vocabulary lessons on Greek Mythology throughout the year.


Year 8: Growing Pains: short stories based on adolescence

  • Play: The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty
  • The News: the media influence and manipulation of audiences through language used.
  • Poetry: Relationship poetry
  • Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
  • Reading and vocabulary lessons on Norse Mythology and Language change and development in Medieval England and the renaissance throughout the year.


Year 9: Structure of short stories

  • Writing: Spy Genre
  • Shakespeare: The Tempest 
  • Novel: Of Mice and Men
  • Manchester Voices: poetry and non- fiction
  • Reading and vocabulary lessons on Victorian fiction throughout the year.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

AQA Language and Literature 

  • Literature: Poetry: power and conflict anthology / Macbeth / A Christmas Carol / An Inspector Calls / Unseen Poetry
  • Language: Explorations in Creative Writing and Reading / Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives / Spoken Language Endorsement