Curriculum Intent for English

English empowers individuals to explore humanity. To communicate powerfully: read critically, write passionately and speak purposefully.

Click below to download the Curriculum map that shows a student’s learning journey throughout this subject at Finham Park School.


English Curriculum Maps (Y7-9)
English Curriculum Maps (Y7-11)

Lawrence Clark Powell suggested we should “Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow” and our passionate English Department at Finham Park believe that students should indeed

be able to discover and engage effectively in the world around them: there is of course no better way to develop and discover than through books!

The department is instrumental in developing feedback strategies and innovative responsive teaching, including stretch and challenge activities in our predominantly mixed ability classes.

Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to broaden students’ diet of literature and engage them with wider world issues. We carefully map skills across our schemes to blend a mixture of reading and writing skills in addition to developing the knowledge rich approach they will need to be successful at GCSE and beyond.

Our Key Stage 3 Reading Page:

This contains our termly Readathon Challenge as well as digital bookmarks on how to help engage students with their reading and the questions you can ask to help them think more critically.

The department also runs a Creative Writing group, closely working with the Film Group to show that behind any good film is an even better book! They currently meet in M23 every Tuesday from 3-4pm.

We work closely with the library staff, who provide excellent support and resources. We run a guided reading programme in fortnightly reading lessons with Year 7 and Year 8 students in our extensively stocked library, including gold stickered dyslexia friendly books and stretch and challenge texts. Alongside the PLC, the department uses a range of strategies to help support SEND to flourish within the subject.

The department has, and continues, to work closely with Dreadlock Alien to promote both spoken language and literacy beyond the English classrooms as well as putting on a range of theatre trips, recently including A Christmas Carol and Othello.

Our Year 9 curriculum explores the skills required at GCSE and acts as a bridge from KS3 to KS4, incorporating a range of GCSE level texts but none the students will look at in their GCSEs. In Year 10 and Year 11 students study for English Language and English Literature GCSEs and we offer English Literature and English Language and Literature A Level options.

English Language and Literature GCSE Exam outline

Department Staff

Director of English Mr A Smith
Deputy Subject Leader Ms E Boyce
KS4 Coordinator Ms S Beckinsale
KS5 Coordinator Ms T Byrom
Ms S Saffrey
Ms H Cooke
Ms L Dempster
Ms A Ford
Ms R Hafeji
Ms A Sabir
Ms R Page
Ms C Reardon