books-stackThe study of English is essentially the study of language and communication – the very heartbeat of our existence!

We use language to communicate and interact with the world around us daily, in a wide range of situations and formats, from reading a newspaper to talking to friends. In English, we study the effective use of language: as a reader, as a writer, as a speaker and as a listener.

At Lowton CE High, we strive to develop our students’ communication skills and to encourage an enjoyment of independent reading and independent thought through the study of a wide range of texts and other media, engaging with sensitive and thought-provoking issues, alongside an exploration of diverse writing styles.

At Key Stage 3 our curriculum gives our students the opportunity to engage with a range of different novels, plays, poems and non-fiction texts to broaden and challenge their skills and viewpoints. Students have the opportunity to write stories, poems and play scripts, in addition to non-fiction styles, such as letters, articles and speeches. This is developed further in Key Stage 4 where we follow the Eduqas English Language and Literature GCSE curriculum.

In an ever-changing, competitive world, language and communication skills – writing, reading, speaking and listening – are absolutely vital to success, in the workplace, in the community, in the world.

Subject Key Aims

  • To be able to use language effectively and appropriately in a wide range of contexts.
  • To be able to express oneself accurately, in written and spoken form.
  • To understand and appreciate a wide range of literature, from historical sources to contemporary writers.
  • To experience the pleasure of reading for enjoyment.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7

  •  ‘Myself’ – a unit exploring autobiography
  •  ‘Fear’ – studying a gothic novel and writing in the gothic genre
  •  ‘Other Cultures’ exploring a range of poems from round the world
  •  Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

Year 8

  • ‘Secrets, mysteries and spies’  – Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Stormbreaker’: looking at how tension is created and writing formal reports
  • Travel – reading and writing in a range of styles from persuasion to review
  • ‘Childhood’   – a study of poems based on childhood
  • Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’


English Language

  • 20th Century Reading  – studying extracts from fiction written in the 20th century
  • Creative Prose Writing  – writing short stories
  • 19th and 21st Century non-fiction reading  – studying a range of non-fiction written across the two centuries
  • Transactional writing – writing articles, speeches, letters etc.
  • Speaking and listening – students must give a speech on a topic of their choice and take questions from the audience

English Literature Eduqas

  • Shakespeare play e.g. “Romeo and Juliet” or “Macbeth”
  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens 19th Century Pose
  • ‘Blood Brothers’ by Willy Russell or “An Inspector Calls” by J.B Priestley Post 1914 drama
  • Poetry – Literary canon, modern and unseen poetry
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