During Year 5 and Year 6 students develop language and vocabulary to support their reading and writing, gaining knowledge from stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction, and textbooks. They will learn how to read root words, prefixes, and suffixes to understand new words, they can read and comprehend new fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction, and reference books, and engage with a wide range of books including myths, legends, traditional stories, modern fiction, and books from other cultures and traditions. They will write using words with silent letters, good vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation, and use dictionaries and thesauruses. Pupils will plan and draft their writing, and then evaluate, edit, and proofread it for spelling and punctuation errors.


English has a preeminent place in education and in society. A high quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. The overall aim for KS3 English is to promote high standards of language and literacy, by equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Students will cover reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary, and spoken English.

iGCSE English Language A

Students will study a range of reading and writing skills. In writing, they will learn transactional writing, imaginative writing, and develop their development of ideas, use of rhetorical devices, variety of sentence structures, variety of punctuation, and use advanced vocabulary.  They will read a range of extracts and build confidence in approaching unfamiliar material, focus on the ‘writer’s perspective’, and read poetry and prose fiction extracts.

iGCSE English Literature

Literature studied will include modern drama, literary heritage texts, poetry anthologies, and modern prose. Students will consider the social, historical, and cultural contexts of modern drama and heritage texts, by considering plot development, characters and their relationships, key themes, and the effect of form and structure. They will develop poetry reading skills through exploring a variety of poems, and practising timed exercises to build exam confidence. Exam and writing techniques will be developed, including using quotations, key words, structuring answers, referencing the question, and using an analytical paragraph structure (SEED).