St Columba's Catholic Boys' School



Head of Department:
Mrs Mutti

2nd in Charge:
Mrs Gardner

Other teaching staff:

Mr Dennis (Literacy Co-ordinator), Miss Jandu, Ms Ransome, Miss Harney, Ms Olarinde.

Here at St Columba’s Catholic Boys’ School we are on a journey to success, travelling through the ages in English to get a better understanding of the world around us. 

As we board the train in year 7, we find a diverse curriculum, designed to engage each individual, enabling them to build on their prior knowledge at KS2 and support their learning and progress in reading and writing. As our journey progresses, we encourage boys to voice their opinions, debate ideas and ‘deep dive’ to a deeper thought process. At every station we pass, and at every stop our aim is to venture into new territory, so each individual can develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Throughout our learners’ time with us, we promote high standards of language and literacy, equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word. We want St Columba’s Boys to love English and to be confident that the skills that we teach them will allow them to participate in society, both inside and outside of school, and thrive in their future endeavours.  

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Key Stage 3

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Year 7
Autumn 1 Writing in the Gothic Genre
A transitional unit that develops skills of comprehension, inference, language analysis and creative writing.
Assessments Baseline assessment.
Creative writing task.
Autumn 2 A Christmas Carol- C19 Literature- A gothic novel
Engaging in a 19th Century text with a focus on plot, themes, characters and setting. Developing skills in comprehension, language and structure.
Assessments Analytical writing:
Language and structural analysis.
Spring 1 Shakespeare study – Introduction to Shakespearean language.
Reading and analysing play scripts by explaining key quotations, themes and characterisation.
Assessments Annotations of an extract with focus on language.
Spring 2 Continued Shakespeare Study
Poetry- Romanticism
Focus on close reading with evidence, poetic conventions and inference/evidence. Learn relevant terminology of poetry.
Assessments Analytical writing:
Review of a Shakespearean script with a focus on language and its effect.
Creating their own poems.
Summer 1 The Natural World (Introduction to persuasive writing)
Exploring the natural world through news articles, speeches, blogs, documentaries.
Assessments Transactional writing.
Summer 2 Contemporary Novel (AO1, AO2)
19th – 21st C Literature extracts (introduction to comparing two texts)
Assessments Comparing two texts and analytical writing.
Year 8
Autumn 1 Fantasy Fiction -develop skills of comprehension, inference, language analysis and descriptive/narrative writing
Understanding plot, themes, characters and setting. Identifying language techniques, structural features and sophisticated vocabulary. Reviewing complex characters and moral messages.
Assessments Detailed planning.
Creative writing.
Autumn 2 A Monster Calls novel (Fantasy Fiction)
Focus on plot, characterisation, themes and setting. Identify Language and structural features within a literature text. Introduction to opinionated analytical writing.
Trigger warning – theme of grief.
Spring 1 Shakespeare study
Focus on understanding increasingly challenging texts, context, language and staging.
Assessments Annotating an extract.
Analytical paragraphs based on a character.
Spring 2 Continue Shakespeare study
Poetry- Nature poetry.
Close reading on nature poetry. Identifying language, rhythm, structure and imagery.
Assessments Analytical writing:
Character/theme analysis on a Shakespearean text.
Summer 1 Getting Away from it all:
Looking at tourist attractions/amusements. Review how language is used to present a theme park and its rides. Writing a speech to pitch your theme park ideas.
Assessments Annotations of a descriptive paragraph.
Speaking and Listening exam (selling your idea- Dragon Den style exam)
Summer 2 Extracts 19th-21st century- Travel writing extracts
Work towards, retrieving, interpreting and summarising the similarities and/or differences of the texts. Look at Language analysis.
Assessments Analytical writing.
Summarising and comparing two texts.
Year 9
Autumn 1 Fictional Short stories
Focusing on reading skills for a range of fiction texts; exploring 19th-21st century extracts. Looking at comprehension, language analysis, context and critical evaluation.
Assessments Analytical writing with a focus on methods, structure and comprehension.
Autumn 2 Novel study- Heroes – extended academic writing
Focus on characters, setting, context, themes, structure and writer’s craft.
Trigger warning: abuse and disfigurement.
Assessments Writing in the style of Cormier.
Description/ story based on an image (unseen)
Detailed plan.
Spring 1 Poetry- Different voices
Reviewing images, articles and films/documentaries to get a greater understanding of cultural/gender differences.
Closely examining language, structure and rhythm.
Assessments Annotations of a poem.
Analytical writing of an unseen poem.
Spring 2 Modern Drama text – DNA
Reviewing the play, DNA. Explore the story, characters, structure, setting, style and language and themes.
Trigger Warning: Aggression (school setting)
Assessments Hot seating development of characterisation
Create a script in a similar style of an event in a school environment.
Reviewing character and thematic questions.
Summer 1 Focus on reading non-fiction extracts from the 19th and the 21st century.
Work towards summarising and comparing the differences between a 19th to 21st century texts. Look at language analysis.
Assessments Analytical writing
Summarising and comparing two texts. Critical evaluation.
Summer 2 Earth journalism
To explore journalistic reports based on natural disasters. Reviewing articles to get a better understanding of: ethos, pathos and logos. Implemented and securing DAFORESTIH skills.
Focus on the language that needs to be used to engage the audience and how to structure your article.
Students will need to purchase copies of their GCSE books, either through the school or on their own.
Assessments Annotations of a newspaper article based on a natural disaster.
Transactional writing.

Key Stage 4

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Year 10
Autumn 1 AQA Language Paper 1
Exploration in creative reading and writing.
Developing skills in:
Reading for meaning, comprehension, analysis of language/structure, evaluation, analysis of methods
Planning, writing in different forms (narrative/description), writing in different genres, focussing on SPaG and sentence forms.
Assessments Language paper 1.
Autumn 2 C19 text – The Sign of Four – Arthur Conan Doyle
Students will read the whole novel, reviewing contextual details: The British Empire, Victorian London, Doyle’s views, detective fiction and the Police.
Developing skills in: comprehension, analytical thinking and characterisation.
Developing student’s analytical and discursive writing based on themes/ characters.
Focusing on structuring writing.
Assessments Extract analysis
Sign of Four essay question unseen.
Spring 1 Language Paper 2
Writer’s Viewpoints and Perspectives.
Reading two linked sources from different time periods/genres.
Developing skills in comprehension, analysis of language/methods and comparison.
Developing skills in transactional conventions, focusing on: journalism, travel writing, accounts, reports, essays, diaries, and articles…
Assessments Language Paper 2
Spring 2 Modern Drama – An Inspector Calls – J.B Priestley
Students will read the whole text, study the Edwardian/ Victorian context, inter-war years, Priestley’s political views, the Labour Party, class systems, understand conventions of modern drama, tracking theme and character.
Developing student’s Analytical and discursive writing based on themes/characters.
Focusing on structuring writing.
Assessments Character Profiles.
Essay in timed conditions based on character/theme.
Summer 1 Poetry – Power and Conflict anthology
Unseen Poetry
Studying and annotating 15 poems from the Power and Conflict anthology. Exploring linked themes, context of time, poetic conventions and close readings to gain interpretation.
Unseen- read a wide range of poetry of different formats, genres and themes.
Securing discursive and comparison writing within the Power and Conflict cluster and unseen poetry.
Students need to be confident to answer any question comparing two poems from their cluster.
Structuring a response to analyse an unseen poem of any genre.
Compare and analyse two unseen poems focussing on key features such as their content, theme, structure and use of language.
Assessments PPE-
Language Paper 1.
An Inspector Calls and The Sign of Four.
Summer 2 Carousel and retention
Preparation for Speaking and Listening exam.
Students will revisit and recap on all topics covered thus far. What is studied here is dependent on what each class requires and student’s needs. This will give teachers an opportunity to secure understanding for Year 11.
Integrate Speaking and listening exam preparations. Begin assessment process. Students to write their own speech, utilising transactional writing conventions.
Assessments Speaking and Listening exam.



Year 11
Autumn 1 Macbeth – William Shakespeare
Students will explore the Jacobean and Medieval context, as well as developing skills in plot, characterisation, analysis of meaning and authorial intent.
Developing student’s analytical and discursive writing based on themes/characters.
Focusing on structuring writing.
Assessments Character profiles and quotations
Autumn 2 Macbeth – William Shakespeare
Continuing studying Macbeth. Focus on approaching questions, remembering quotations per character and theme.
Developing student’s Analytical and discursive writing based on themes/ characters.
Focusing on structuring writing.
Assessments PPE Language Paper 2.
Literature Paper 1.
Spring 1 Revisiting English Language
Paper 1 and 2.
Students will explore both English Paper one and two, revising and recapping skills and methods. Developing skills in transactional writing and creative writing. Practice planning their responses before writing.
Looking closely at SPaG and sentence forms.
Assessments Practice questions.
Spring 2 Revisiting English Literature Paper 2
An Inspector Calls
Students to explore key themes and quotations from Power and conflict poetry
Practice exam style questions for both cluster poetry and unseen.
They will also recap An Inspector Calls. Remembering quotations per character and theme; analysing language and methods; contextual information; and approaching exam style questions.
Discursive and analytical essays for each segment of the Literature Paper 2 exam.
Structuring responses to hit assessment objectives.
Assessments PPE-
English Language Paper 2.
English Literature Paper 2.
Summer 1 Recap and Carousel between English Literature and Language.
Students will revisit and recap on all topics in preparation for their GCSE. What is studied here is dependent on what each class requires and student’s needs. This will give teachers an opportunity to secure understanding on any weaknesses.
Assessments Retention, revision and recalling.
Summer 2 GCSEs
Assessments GCSEs
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