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.

Key Curriculum Aims

  • For all students to make good progress irrespective of ability.
  • To encourage students’ engagement with texts and to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • To challenge our students to write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • To develop students’ confidence in using the spoken and written word.
  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • Use discussion in order to learn; to be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.

At Byrchall, the English team is based in bright, modern classrooms which are well equipped to meet the needs of the 21st century student. We are an innovative, exuberant and supportive team with a sense of community which is tangible within our classrooms and in the way in which we support our students throughout their learning journey. We constantly endeavour to encourage our students to read by providing a vast range of texts which actively expand and develop the imaginations of our students. Our Learning Resource Centre offers time and resources for students to become engrossed in reading at their own pace. They have access to a wide choice of books which is stocked with modern, new authors as well as long-established favourites. Students are also encouraged to enter competitions – most recently, ‘The Young Writer’s Competition’ and we are very proud that our school has produced published authors.

The Department’s Management Team consists of: Head of Department, Second in Department and Lead Practitioner and Whole School Literacy Co-Ordinator. In addition: 5 full time and 4 part time teachers.

There are 8 classrooms plus access to the LRC, which is used in our weekly Reading lessons.

We teach 4 x 1 hour lessons per week.

Subject Content

  Autumn Spring Summer
Investigating Life Stories The Great Debate Gothic Horror Bildungsroman (novel) Creative writing (500 words) Dramatic Performance Devils and Angels Poetopia Fantastic Beasts Introduction to Shakespeare
Non-fiction Texts Discovering Different Cultures Dystopia (novel) Creative Writing (500 words) Playing the Detective Globetrotters

Film Adaptation

Spoken Language
The Short Story Exploring the Canon (novel) Cries of the Soul (poetry) Transactional Writing Shakespeare – GCSE Text

19th Century Fiction 19th Century Fiction

Unseen Poetry
Modern Drama/Prose Poetry

Spoken Language
19th Century

Unseen Poetry

Modern Drama/Prose

Exam Preparation

Year 7 Medium Term Plan

Year 8 Medium Term Plan

Year 9 Medium Term Plan

Year 10 Medium Term Plan

Year 11 Medium Term Plan


Year 7 Spellings Year 8 Spellings Year 9 Spellings

Reading Beyond The Classroom

Reading Beyond The Classroom KS3 Reading Beyond The Classroom KS4

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.

You may find the following websites useful in helping to choose suitable reading material for your child.