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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

English Language and Literature


It is through a rich, diverse and inclusive curriculum that students become confident and resilient learners. With this in mind, the English team has formulated a thought-provoking knowledge-based curriculum. Our aim is to develop students as independent learners and to deliver excellent student outcomes by doing so.

At the heart of our curriculum are programmes of study that foster and embed a passion for reading. We think Dr.Seuss puts it best, “The more you read the more things you know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go”.

KS3 Programme of Study

Year 7

  • Non Fiction – the art of persuasion
  • Socratic circles and critical thinking
  • Poetry Anthology – appreciating the poetic craft
  • Epic Poetry and Classical Narratives
  • Pre 19th Century short story- The Ruby in the Smoke
  • Non Fiction- 19th century
  • Shakespeare – a study of a whole play

Year 8

  • Studying a Novel – a study of the narrative craft
  • Non Fiction – appreciating the writer’s craft
  • Romantic poetry
  • Article Writing – the art of journalese
  • Shakespeare – a study of a whole play
  • Narrative Writing – the mini saga

Year 9

  • Pre Nineteenth Century Novel
  • Travel Writing – journalese in more depth
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Eduqas Poetry Anthology – war poetry
  • Transactional Writing – review writing
  • Speaking and Listening – functional talk


In Year 7 our students are taught in mixed ability groups and are privileged to have lessons which are devoted to wider reading for pleasure, opportunities to collaborate on Shakespeare projects and the explicit teaching of oracy skills. Thereafter, students are taught in ability groupings tailored to the individual needs of our students, where they can continue to develop their reading, writing and oracy skills.

Our dedicated team of highly skilled practitioners work extremely hard to ensure that all students achieve excellent outcomes. We therefore encourage students to try their best in everything they do. We celebrate students’ efforts through our positive reward system and ensure that students take pride in all aspects of their work.

In turn, our students are highly motivated to learn and are resilient to failure. They are curious and interested learners who seek out and use new information to develop and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

We also support and encourage students’ learning through a wide range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities.  Some of these exciting opportunities include our successful Leaders in Literacy programme, Classics club, cultural visits to the Globe and Stratford-Upon-Avon theatres as well as our diverse range of reading and writing enrichment events. 


At the beginning of Key Stage 4, our students feel empowered, inspired and well equipped to learn. Their excellent attitudes to learning will have a strong, positive impact on their progress. Students are proud of their achievements and are resilient and resourceful learners as a result.

At Key Stage 4 students are prepared for their GCSE English Language and Literature examinations where we follow the Eduqas Exam Board.

Summary of assessment – English language

Component 1: 20th Century Literature Reading and Creative Prose Writing

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

40% of qualification

Section A (20%) – Reading Understanding of one prose extract (about 60-100 lines) of literature from the 20th century assessed through a range of structured questions

Section B (20%) – Prose Writing One creative writing task selected from a choice of four titles

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing

Written examination: 2 hours

60% of qualification

Section A (30%) – Reading Understanding of two extracts (about 900-1200 words in total) of high-quality non-fiction writing, one from the 19th century, the other from the 21st century, assessed through a range of structured questions

Section B (30%) – Writing Two compulsory transactional/persuasive writing tasks

Component 3: Spoken Language

Non-exam assessment


One presentation/speech, including responses to questions and feedback

Achievement in Spoken Language will be reported as part of the qualification, but it will not form part of the final mark and grade.

Summary of assesment - English Literature

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry

Written examination: 2 hours

40% of qualification

Section A (20%) Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet; OR Macbeth; OR Othello; OR Much Ado About Nothing; OR Henry V; OR The Merchant of Venice One extract question and one essay question based on the reading of a Shakespeare text from the above prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section B (20%) Poetry from 1789 to the present day Two questions based on poems from the WJEC Eduqas Poetry Anthology, one of which involves comparison.

Learners are not permitted to take a copy of the anthology into the examination.

Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry

Written examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes

60% of qualification

Section A (20%) Post-1914 Prose/Drama Lord of the Flies (Golding); OR Anita and Me (Syal); OR Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro); OR The Woman in Black (Hill); OR Oranges are not the Only Fruit (Winterson); OR The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (play script) (Stephens); OR A Taste of Honey (Delaney); OR An Inspector Calls (Priestley); OR The History Boys (Bennett); OR Blood Brothers (Russell)

One source-based question on a post 1914 prose/drama text from the above prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose

A Christmas Carol (Dickens); OR Silas Marner (Eliot); OR Pride and Prejudice (Austen); OR War of the Worlds (Wells); OR Jane Eyre (Brontë); OR The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Stevenson)

One source-based question on a 19th century prose text from the above prescribed list.

Learners are not permitted to take copies of the set texts into the examination.

Section C (20%) Unseen Poetry from the 20th/21st Century

Two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.

GCSE Programme of Study

Year 10

  • Shakespeare – whole play
  • Non Fiction – a focus on transactional writing
  • Fiction – a focus on reading and understanding the Writer’s Craft
  • Poetry Anthology – a focus on analysis and context
  • Unseen Poetry – a focus on analysis, comparison and contrast
  • Post-1914 Prose/Drama text
  • Non Fiction – a focus on reading and understanding the Writer’s Craft
  • Fiction – a focus on personal writing

 Year 11

  • Nineteenth Century Prose
  • English Language Components 1 and 2
  • Exam Practice and preparation

Useful Resources

edmodo is widely used to share learning resources and for students to submit their work. is a fantastic online tool that allows students to edit and work together collaboratively from the comfort of their homes in real time much like a live multi player that runs in your browser. is another excellent research site for both English and Literature.

Top Tips 

Encourage your daughter to read as widely and as regularly for pleasure – both fiction and non-fiction. Click on some of these fantastic article sites below and see for yourself:

Further encourage your daughter to read and reflect on what she has written – she will need to get into the habit of drafting, redrafting and checking her work carefully before submitting it to her teacher.

Your daughter will also need to learn a number of revision and memory techniques to help consolidate her learning throughout her time here at the College. We can recommend the following sites: