English is at the core of society and here at Outwood Academy Acklam it is a time for embracing all of the nuances which make up this fantastic subject. Our students are exposed to a wealth of texts and are taught to relish, devour but, more importantly, to develop their own opinion and be true to their thoughts about the texts they study. Reading broadens not just the mind but the whole person and we foster this ethos in every English lesson. Our students are taught using a thematic approach which ensures every student is prepared for the demands of KS4 and their GCSE exam in both Literature and Language.



Key Stage 3

The English course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the WJEC course in Key Stage 4. We have designed an intricate curriculum to embed the skills pupils need to succeed from their very first day. These include scaffolding questioning structures for a variety of text types, from 18th Century Poetry to the modern day novel. Pupils will undergo six assessments each year, focusing on the skills required for Key Stage 4. Year 7 pupils will learn how to appreciate writer’s techniques through language features, tone and structure and use this knowledge to create their own imaginative and detailed pieces of fictional and non-fictional writing. These skills will be harnessed and developed in year 8 as the topics of the schemes promote mature themes and pupils’ appreciation for the power of the written word.


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact:
Nicola Jones –Third in Department

Key Stage 4

WJEC GCSE English Language (9-1) (QN 60145055)
WJEC GCSE English Literature (9-1) (QN 60152461)

The study of GCSE English Language and English Literature begins in Year 9 and is completed at the end of Year 11.
In English Literature, students sit two examined units based on the texts they have studied: ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare,‘A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and J B Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. There is also an unseen poetry question.
Students in the current Year 11 have embarked on the new GCSE specifications for English Language and English Literature and these are 100% examined qualifications. In English Language, their learning focuses on developing the skills for two exam components. The reading elements require them to read and answer questions on twentieth-century fiction and nineteenth and twenty-first century non-fiction writing. The writing tasks include narrative and transactional writing. For the English Literature specification, students will read and analyse ‘Macbeth by William Shakespeare, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley. They will also be tested in their understanding of prepared and unseen poetry.


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Lara Southall, Head of English.

Enrichment Opportunities for English

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.