Today a reader tomorrow a leader


Learning has intrinsic value and the teaching of English will be an enjoyable experience for our students.

Students will be exposed to a variety of novels, short stories and poetry as well as a multitude of non-fiction text types that will both engage and inspire. The functional ‘building blocks’ of independent writing will be emphasised to all students to effectively express themselves and form a deep love of the creative process. Consistently improving reading, writing and speaking and listening skills can help students become effective leaders by enabling them to understand and hold different perspectives more readily. The study of great works of literature is primarily seen as a window through which our students can gaze at the history of humankind itself and incorporate its valuable lessons into their own daily lives.

End points:

  • Love and appreciation of the creative process (reading in their own free time)
  • Ability to identify and extract language from a given text to justify opinions and inferences.
  • Increased confidence and ability to verbally express and carefully listen to their own and others’ opinions.
  • An ability to understand and empathise with perspectives other than their own.

Domains of Knowledge


Writing to describe and narrate- imaginative and creative use of language


Writing for a range of audiences and purposes, adapting style to form and to real –life contexts

Poetry and drama and spoken language

 Use of imagery

Presenting information and ideas

 Responding to spoken language

English Language


· Narratives

· Myths and legends

· Horror writing

· Science fiction 

· Detective / mystery

· Dystopian futures

· Atonement

· Biographies / autobiographies

· Letters

· Diaries 

· Inform 

· Persuade 

· Argue 

· Review 


· Play writing

· Poetic techniques 

· War poetry 

· Poems from other cultures 

· Sonnets 

· Limericks

· Speaking and listening 

· Debates

· Short drama (Macbeth)

· Class reading and book debates 

· Speech 

· Themes and conventions

· Context

· Text types

· Genre and form

· Grammar and structure

· Effect on reader

· Spoken language

· Spelling

· Vocabulary and writers word choice

· Punctuation

· Shakespeare

· 20th Century Literature

·19th and 21st Century literature

Key Concepts

Propositional knowledge 

Procedural knowledge


Tier 1: Word, word classes, sentence, text, noun, adjective, verb, present tense, past tense, future tense, singular, plural, phrase, adverb, conjunction, preposition,


Tier 2: Pronoun, possessive, possessive pronoun, suffix, noun phrases, statement, question, exclamation, command, paragraph, direct speech, indirect speech, clause, main clause, subordinate clause, adverbial, fronted adverbials, article, synonym, antonym, determiner, relative clause, independent clause, model verbs,


Tier 3: Progressive, present perfect, compound, verb inflections, modal, relative pronoun, passive (voice), active (voice), subjunctive, syntax, fragments, appositive verbs, abstract verbs auxiliary verbs expanded noun phrases

Tier 1: Subordination, co-ordination, subject-verb agreement,




Tier 2: Text purpose and audience,









Tier 3: Analysis of writers breaking rules, cohesion/cohesive device, ambiguity


All tiers: Appropriate rules of grammar (and exceptions), Standard English, sentence types

Spelling & Vocabulary

Tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 Vocabulary specific to units taught, phoneme, grapheme, split digraph, syllable, trigraph, homophones, hyphenated words, vowel, consonant, subject, object, family of words, root words

Use functional skills spelling booklets

Common spellings, meta-language, Prefixes and suffixes, possessive apostrophe, regular plurals, irregular plurals, etymology,


Capital letter, full stop, question mark, exclamation mark, comma, apostrophe, inverted commas (or ‘speech marks’), brackets, dashes, hyphen, parenthesis, ellipsis, semi-colon, colon, bullet point, colons and semicolon,

Punctuation for effect, negative language,

Language Techniques & Elements of Rhetoric

Adjective, verb, adverb, noun phrase, simile, metaphor, personification, Synonym, antonym, dialogue, direct and indirect speech, alliteration, rhetorical questions, Direct address, Juxtaposition, pathetic fallacy zeugma, parataxis, hyperbole, anaphora, assonance. chronology, imagery

Descriptive language, language for effect, Standard English, cohesive devices, Imagery, Idioms, Colloquialisms, Dialect, Accent, Slang, Humour, Irony, Use of colour in descriptions, Symbolism, Contrast, Tone,

Rule of three, statistics and facts



Protagonist, antagonist, hero, victim, villain, rebel, creator, lover, explorer, magician, ruler, jester, fool, sage, foil, archetypal, dual nature

Audience Impact & Literary Criticism

Reader reception, awareness of impact, viewpoints, critique; reader response, cultural, new historicism, psychoanalytic/Freudian, feminist, Marxist, new criticism, post-colonial, structuralism, post-structuralism, using quotes accurately, facts and opinions

Progression map

Loxley English Progression Map