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English at Baines in Key Stage 3 both builds on English at Key Stage 2, and prepares pupils for the demands of Key Stage 4. We want our pupils to have the knowledge and the literacy skills required to help them with GCSE and with life beyond school. Pupils build and reinforce this knowledge and these skills through a carefully chosen topic-based curriculum. It is our aim that we foster in pupils and appreciation and love of literature and non-fiction writing, both classic and modern, and become skilled communicators, both written and verbally. We encourage our pupils to think critically and with independence, to appreciate the importance of values both British and universal, and we want all of our learners to be resilient and confident in an enjoyable subject that is absolutely vital, both across school and in the wider world beyond.


Key Stage 4 English at Baines builds on the skills and knowledge learnt at both Key Stages 2 and 3, and prepares pupils for the rigours and the demands of both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. They will learn skills that are vital for life after school, such as the ability to communicate clearly, whether in spoken or written language, and the ability to read for meaning in increasingly sophisticated texts. Through GCSE English Literature, we want our learners to not only enjoy the texts we study, but also appreciate the way in which they have been written, and develop an understanding of the values and idea that underpin those texts.

Learning Journey

* GCSE/KS4 – Teachers will revisit elements of the GCSEs at other times, if they see fit. Poetry may be interspersed at other times throughout the KS4 course. Language Spoken Language will also be covered at different points throughout the course.

Names of staff, roles & contact details

Mr S Davies
Subject Leader of English

Mrs C Davies
Assistant Subject leader of English, English Acting ECF Programme Induction Lead

Mrs Katy Streetly
Teacher of English, Leader of Literacy, Acting Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Suzanne Russell
Teacher of English, Year 7 Progress Leader

Miss B Dunstan
Teacher of English

Mrs H Gibson
Teacher of English

Miss R Addenbrook
Teacher of English

Mrs E Holmes
Teacher of English

Mrs S Kalinski
Teacher of English

Year 7School LifeGothic TalesAn Introduction to ShakespeareAn Introduction to Shakespeare - "A Midsummer Night's Dream"Heroes and VillainsShared Text and Examination
Year 8Who the Dickens Were the Victorians?Science Fiction, Fact and DystopiaWrite Around the World – prose, poetry and dramaWrite Around the World – prose, poetry and dramaCharity CampaignShared Text + Exam
Year 9War and Conflict –

Including an
anthology of poetry,
speeches and other
non-fiction texts
War and Conflict - "Macbeth"Exploration and Adventure – Travel writingCrime and Mystery – including a shared textCrime and Mystery – including a shared textPerspectives

Year 10*Language Component 1A – Narrative WritingLiterature Paper 1 – A Christmas CarolLanguage Component 2 A and B – Capital PunishmentLiterature Paper 1 – Romeo and JulietLanguage Component 1B
Literature Paper 1 Revision
Language Component 1 Revision
Language Component 1B
Literature Paper 1 Revision
Language Component 1 Revision
Year 11*Literature Paper 2 – An Inspector CallsLiterature Paper 2 – Poetry: Power and ConflictLiterature Paper 2 Poetry: Power and Conflict continued, Unseen PoetryExam Preparation
Language Component 1 and 2
Literature Paper 1 and 2
Exam Preparation
Language Component 1 and 2
Literature Paper 1 and 2

How and when is my child assessed?

The English Department assesses pupils in KS3 every half-term, following the Lancashire Assessment model. Over the course of an academic year, we assess reading and writing skills through a range of tasks, culminating in an end-of-year examination. Pupils use skills books and assessment books.

During KS4, pupils are assessed throughout the two-year course, through a mixture of classroom assessments at the end of units and using formal mock examinations.

Name of course(s) offeredExam boardLink to specNature of assessment
GCSE English LanguageEduqas (WJEC)https://www.eduqas.co.uk/media/10ea1en0/eduqas-gcse-english-language-from-2015-e.pdfTwo examinations (1 hour 45 and 2 hours).
Internally assessed Spoken Language presentation.
GCSE English LiteratureAQAhttps://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/specification-at-a-glanceTwo examinations (1 hour 45, 2 hours 15).

Teaching Strategies

As we teach a broad range of knowledge and skills in English at Baines, it is important that we use a range of teaching strategies. We differentiate work, both between ability groups and individually in class, when required. We ensure questioning is used to maximise students’ learning and understanding. We understand the need for retrieval practice to improve students’ memories. Our curriculum in English ensures that interleaving takes place: returning to previous skills and knowledge is vital. Work is carefully modelled by the classroom teacher and we help to ‘scaffold’ student responses when it is required.

Homework is usually set once a week through Class Charts. Sometimes extra may be set and on other occasions, homework can span several weeks. Year 8 homework is set through the online facility of Bedrock. We also expect pupils to continue with independent reading.

If we believe that it would be advantageous and helpful, we run after-school sessions which provide additional support. These are not timetabled for all students. Rather, pupils will be invited to the sessions we teach and, if we deem it necessary, we inform parents and carers of these sessions.

In English, we understand that it is vital that students continue to follow the topics and units of work that are being taught in the classroom. As such, we will ensure that if a pupil has to work remotely from  home, then they will be assigned work using Class Charts and Google Classroom which runs parallel to the in-school provision. We always try to avoid repetition of work done in school, but rather, the work set builds on and accompanies the work done in school. Print copies of work are available from school if student are unable to access it online.


Last updated July 2023