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English is taught by

M H Gera Curriculum team leader
Mrs A Jahan KS4 & Intervention Co-ordinator
Ms A Kandola KS3 Co-ordinator & Transition Leader of Literacy
Ms A Khanum KS3 Co-ordinator
Ms T Akhtar Teacher of English
Ms S Ali Teacher of English
Ms A Appiah English teacher & Reading co-ordinator
Mr R Bansal SLT & Teacher of English
Ms Ratna Begum Teacher of English
Ms Rumina Begum Teacher of English & Transition Co-ordinator
Ms S Begum Teacher of English & Reaching Co-ordinator (Maternity cover)
Ms S Habib Teacher of English
Ms R Hamid SLT & Teacher of English
Mr J Laine Teacher of English (Maternity cover)
Ms A Lay SLT & Teacher of English
Ms H Marriott SLT & Teacher of English
Ms O Ojuko Teacher of English & Media

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 assessed in line with the AQA assessments. 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 students with 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 novels, poetry and writing including travel writing, gothic 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, our reading focuses on Frankenstein and A View from the Bridge, as well as Romantic poetry. To achieve their potential, students should develop their confidence in exploring literary language. This year forms a foundation to GCSE, where key pieces of context and wider texts are discovered.  this allows students to have a greater depth of knowledge when starting their GCSEs in Year 10.  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.

How are they assessed

Year 7 & 8

We use the Life Without Levels marking criterion to mark reading and writing assessments.

Year 9

We follow AQA Literature and Language and mimic exam style questions when assessing students.

Home learning (frequency and expectations)

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 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!


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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