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A mastery of English is the key to opening the doors of success

Creating opportunities for students to develop a love of the English language lies at the heart of the English department. With a team of subject specialists, we work tirelessly to provide students with a range of exciting and challenging classroom activities and precisely selected texts linked to the expansion and consolidation of their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills and ultimately, the creation of critical and creative thinkers who collaborate and communicate effectively. We encourage students to reflect on the texts we read, make their own judgements and draw their own conclusions.

We are passionate about storytelling in all its forms and want our students to develop and share a similar passion and enthusiasm.

Our aim is empower students to read critically, write fluently, analytically and creatively and speak effectively so they will have the necessary skills and abilities to succeed in an increasingly complex, ever-changing and competitive world.

  Autumn Spring Summer Overview
Year 7 Gothic Horror
(Writing - Language Q5)

Investigating Life Stories
(Reading - Language)

Language Paper 1 Mini-scheme
(Q1 & Q2)
Bildungsroman (Novel)
(Q3 & Q4)
Creative Writing
(500 words)
Poetopia
(Reading - Literature Unseen)
Fantastic Beasts
(Writing - Language Q5)

Spoken Language - Speaker of the Year
(Speaking & Listening)

Introduction to Shakespeare
(Reading - Literature)
PDF
Year 8

Playing the Detective
(Reading – Q1 & Q2)

Descriptive writing
(Writing – Lang)
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or Othello
(Reading - Lit)
Dystopia (novel)
(Q3 & Q4)

Creative Writing
(500 words)

Discovering Different Cultures
(Reading – Lit Unseen)
Globetrotters
(Writing – Lang 2 Q5)

Spoken Language – Speaker of the Year
(Speaking and Listening)

Film Adaptation
(Writing – Lang 2 Q5)
PDF
Year 9

Transactional Writing
(Writing – Lang2 Q5)

Spoken Language – The Great Debate
(Speaking & Listening)
The Short Story: pre-20th century vs. modern
(Lang P2)
(Reading – Q2 & Q4)
Exploring the Canon
(novel)
(Reading - Lit)

Cries of the Soul
(Lit 2)
(Reading - Lit)

Paper 2 mini-scheme

Mock Examination
(Language 2)
Modern Drama – Willy Russell’s Our Day Out
(Reading - Lit)

Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Acts 1 & 2
(Reading - Lit)
PDF
Year 10

Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Acts 3 - 5
(Lit 1)

Language Paper 1 Mini-scheme

Blood Brothers
(Lit 2)

Language Paper 2
Mini-scheme

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
(Lit 1)

Mock Examinations:
Language 1
Language 2

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
(Lit 1)

Language Paper 1 Mini-scheme

Language Paper 2 Mini-scheme

Unseen Poetry
(Lit 2)
Poetry
(Lit 2)
PDF
Year 11

Spoken Language- GCSE
(S&L)

Macbeth revision

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde revision

Blood Brothers revision

Poetry revision

English Language Paper 1
examination preparation

English Language Paper 2
examination preparation

Mock Examinations:
Language 1, Language 2, Literature 1, Literature 2
Formalised teaching timetable
(by day)
Formalised teaching timetable
(by day)
Formalised teaching timetable
(by day)
GCSE examinations PDF

External Links

Renaissance
Byrchall High School's Accelerated Reader link.
Reading Matters
Young Adult and Kids’ Books – book reviews for children
Teenager Books
Whatever your child's age and whatever books they like to read, we can help you to find something new.
Cool Reads
WJEC Business Studies GCSE Qualifications
Love Reading 4 Kids
WJEC Business Studies GCSE Qualifications
UK Children's Books
WJEC Business Studies GCSE Qualifications
The Poetry Hour
WJEC Business Studies GCSE Qualifications

Could you be the next Marcus Sedgewick? Do you want to become a journalist? A sports reporter? A newsreader? In a nutshell - English is THE most important subject you will ever study. English prepares you for life like no other subject: English enables you to access the school curriculum and the wider world around us. Think how much pleasure we would miss out on if we could not read or write?

Here at Byrchall, the English department prides itself in delivering lessons which are creative, fun, interactive and interesting. Skills learned in these lessons enable our students to access all curriculum areas. Our students are encouraged to practise and develop their Literacy skills using a range of strategies which include analysing and interpreting language, structuring and organising written texts and presenting your ideas clearly through speaking and listening.

Reading Beyond The Classroom

While in Years 7, 8 and 9 students should try and read a wide variety of books. The more students read then the better and more disciplined they become at writing as they witness a range of writing styles, techniques and deliberate use of structure and punctuation.

Newspapers and magazines are a good source of reading and these types of text will help prepare students for their English Language examinations in Years 10 and 11.

While in Years 10 and 11 students should try and read a wide variety of books and poetry. The more students read then the better and more disciplined they become at writing as they witness a range of writing styles, techniques and deliberate use of structure and punctuation.

Literacy

Spelling Advice

Year 7 Spellings

Year 8 Spellings

Year 9 Spellings

Reading Beyond The Classroom KS3 Reading Beyond The Classroom KS4