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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Head of Department

A Morris

Teaching Staff

K Dosanjh – KS5 Co-ordinator

M Symonds –A Level English Language co-ordinator

V Millar, A Bennetts, S Kerridge, S Charles, M McLaughlin, D Hussain, V Yadav.


What does the course consist of?

Year 7 and 8 English

In Year 7 and 8, we study a wide range of topics to develop student’s understanding of different types of texts, different authors and different periods in Literature – both modern and classic. We also work hard to support students in their Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar skills by setting spelling tests, punctuation and grammar homework and through intervention. We encourage reading through Library lessons and by using the Accelerated Reader scheme to guide students to improve their reading habits and reflect on the books they have read.

Topics include:

  • Two Weeks with the Queen (Modern play) by Mary Morris
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  • Travel writing
  • Media Unit: The Incredibles
  • An introduction to Shakespeare and a range of his plays including Macbeth, King Lear and Romeo and Juliet
  • An introduction to poetry, focusing particularly on War poetry – both modern and poems from WW1
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Year 9

In year 9 English we aim to provide students with the skills they need to prepare them for GCSE. We study a wide range of topics in order develop their understanding and appreciation of both English Language and English Literature. Again, there is still a firm focus on Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar skills, woven through the lessons taught in school as well as through homework and intervention strategies in place. Reading is also encouraged in year 9 through Library lessons each fortnight.

Topics include:

  • Relationships poetry
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Creative writing
  • DNA (play) by Dennis Kelly
  • Writing styles (e.g. writing to argue, explain, describe)
  • Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew
  • Fiction and Non-fiction analysis

What might the subject lead on to?

The topics taught in year 7, 8 and year 9 English are carefully devised to allow students to appreciate and enjoy a wide range of different poems, plays and novels; to develop their creativity and analytical skills and to allow them to confidently enter in GCSE English Language and Literature.