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English is taught by

M H Gera Curriculum team leader
Ms R Hamid Lead Practitioner, English teacher
Mrs A Jahan KS4 Co-ordinator & Intervention Co-ordinator
Ms A Khanum Joint KS3 in charge
Ms A Kandola Transition Leader of Literacy & Joint KS3 in charge
Ms S Ali Part time, English teacher
Ms Ratna Begum English teacher
Ms Rumina Begum Transition co-ordinator, English teacher
Ms S Begum English teacher
Ms A Appiah English teacher, reading co-ordinator
Sana Habib English Teacher
Ms O Ojuku English & media teacher
Ms T Akhtar English teacher
Ms H Marriott SLT & English teacher
Ms A Lay SLT & English teacher

Curriculum Overview & Aims (KS3 & KS4)

Year 7 & 8

In Key Stage 3, we want to enable students to pursue a wide variety of academic interests to their potential. At Little Ilford School all our teachers believe in promoting high standards of language and literacy in all forms; writing, reading, speaking and listening. Our curriculum at Little Ilford School aims to inspire and motivate our students with a love for reading and literature, challenging them to be creative and articulate thinkers, to be open minded when approaching varying texts in class.

Year 9

In Year 9, we want to foster a love of learning independent of exams and encourage inquisitive, motivated and creative thinkers. In Year 9, the English department encourages a great range of reading, writing, and speaking, whilst introducing pupils to the richness of our literary heritage in English.

In Year 9, students will be following the new AQA English curriculum with a summative assessment at the end of each module. This will test skills in line with the new assessment objectives. One key change is that students must now analyse, evaluate and compare a range of sources such as letters, articles, biographies, speeches and accounts.

Developing writing skills also plays an integral role in KS3 English; students will learn a range of effective strategies to write descriptively and persuasively for a particular audience and purpose. As well as preparing them for their GCSE exams, this will provide them key life skills for the wider world. Literature preparation will continue to build on analytical and evaluative skills, drawing on social and historical contexts, language choices and structure.

KS3 Curriculum Overview

Details of studies per year

Year 7

The texts we study at KS3 encourage our students at Little Ilford School to explore the world around them, reflecting on past and present matters and the issues are facing our communities today. Year 7 are deliberately exposed to a range of texts; some of these texts include travel writing, narrative writing and writing for specific purposes.

Year 8

In Year 8 students will study 19th Century literature, where they will explore the rich language and British hereditary texts, enabling them to appreciate a wide scope of literacy conventions including Shakespeare and various war poets.  In addition to this, students also write for a range of genres, looking at autobiographical and descriptive writing.

Year 9

For the literary analysis this year, our reading focuses on A Christmas Carol, Macbeth as well as Love & Relationships poetry. To achieve their potential, students should develop their confidence in exploring Literary language. There are many excellent free resources in London which your child could take full advantage of. Spending the weekends visiting museums and workshops, will allow them to connect further to the English Literary Heritage. For language we study the comparison of non-fiction texts and writing to describe.

How are they assessed

Year 7 & 8

Formative assessment made by the teacher (micro marking), target application.

Summative assessments every 7 weeks which is an extended writing opportunity.

Year 9

We ensure that challenge is appropriate and support is focused and timely through constant monitoring of students’ progress through their performance in lessons and through their written work. More formal, summative assessment is carried out at the end of each term, where the development of students’ reading and writing skills is assessed through tests carried out under exam conditions.

Summative assessments are always relevant sections of GCSE papers for English Literature or English Language, marked using criteria issued by the examinations boards. This information is then used to ensure that we plan appropriately for each individual student. Please see the attached KS3

Overview for specific termly assessments.

Home learning (frequency and expectations)

Year 7 & 8 - home learning set every week.

Year 9 - homework is embedded into each SOL and plays a crucial role in the lesson. This will be a mixture of reading, writing or research tasks, and will be on a weekly basis. Students will start to undertake independent research tasks to promote their own learning. Checking ‘Show My Homework’ and school diary for homework should become part of their daily routine to allow for their own time management.

How parents/carers can support their child

Regular reading of both fiction and non-fiction texts is essential. Students should aim to read a variety of texts for 30 minutes a day. If your child is unable to access the internet, please do encourage the use of the school library which is open before and after school. The more exposure your child has of a variety of texts, the better!

Year 9

For the Literary analysis this year, our reading focusses on ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Othello’ as well as Relationships poetry. To achieve their potential, students should develop their confidence in exploring Literary language. There are many excellent free resources in London which your child could take full advantage of. Spending the weekends visiting museums and workshops, will allow them to connect further to the English Literary Heritage.

Useful websites





Name of person in the English department who parents can contact if they need more information about your syllabus.

Please contact your child’s English teacher, or Ms Amandip Kandola or Ms Aysha Khanum.

KS4 Curriculum Content & Aims

Exam Board: AQA

English GCSE Specification presentation

The new GCSE specification for English (AQA) will enable students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods as well as to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.

As a department we aim to create and deliver a robust, engaging and creative curriculum that will enrich our students’ language and literature skills while fostering a love of English.

The students will sit four papers, two for language and two for literature.

English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading & Writing

Section A: Reading: one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing: descriptive or narrative writing

How it is assessed:

written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
80 marks
50% of GCSE

English Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives

Section A: Reading
One non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text
Section B: Writing
One extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

How it is assessed:

written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
80 marks
50% of GCSE


English Literature Paper 1:

How it is assessed:

1 hour 45 minute written exam
64 marks
40% of GCSE

Exam Questions

Section A

Shakespeare: Macbeth.

Section B

19th Century Literature: A Christmas Carol


English Literature Paper 2:

Modern Texts and Poetry

Students will study one from a choice of 12 set texts, which include post-1914 prose fiction and drama. Students should study the whole text.

  • What’s assessed
  • Modern texts
  • Poetry
  • Unseen poetry

How it’s assessed

2 hour 15 minute written exam
96 marks
60% of GCSE

Exam Questions

Section A

Modern texts: An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley

Section B

Poetry: Love & Relationships Cluster

Section C

Unseen poetry


Home Learning

The students will be assigned weekly homework on Show My Homework which may be research based and/or written.

Please visit the Google Classrooms which have been set up for additional information on the specifications for Language and Literature. Also, the following websites are useful in supporting you and your child with understanding and accessing the New Specification further.







Useful books to purchase

  • CGP AQA Anthology on poetry- Love and Relationships cluster: The poetry guide
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • An Inspector Calls by J. B Priestley
  • CGP GCSE English Language & Literature- Grade 1-9 Workbook
  • Hodder Education: SUCCESS- AQA GCSE English Language: Get the Grade
  • Cambridge publications: Student workbook for ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Poetry’.
  • York Notes on: Macbeth, A Christmas Carol, An Inspector Calls & Poetry

Please contact your child’s English teacher or Ms Jahan if you have any queries regarding the curriculum.


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