English Curriculum Plan 2019 – 2021

“There is music in words, and it can be heard you know, by thinking.” – E.L. Doctorow.

In English, we are committed to developing creative and critical minds. We see reading, writing and spoken language as essential life skills that will enhance our pupils’ opportunities both in the classroom and beyond.

Key Stage Three:

At Key Stage Three, we study modern authors alongside authors from the literary heritage and explore writing from different periods and genres. From Year 7, we gradually prepare our pupils for the skills they will require for the GCSE course and we view their time at Westwood as a five-year journey.


Key Stage Four:

At Key Stage Four, all pupils prepare for examination in both English Language and English Literature. Whilst there are some texts prescribed for study, we hone our skills through reading, analysing and creating texts that provoke questioning and reflection.

Key Stage Five:

At Key Stage Five, we offer an A Level in English Literature. Again, some texts are set by the Examination Board however, pupils are also encouraged to select their own texts to work on in the coursework units.


Pupils are selected to participate in two programmes in partnership with The University of Warwick, which broaden their thinking, develop their writing and promote aspiration. In addition, pupils in Year 7 take part in a weekly book club, allowing them to read, enjoy and discuss a variety of contemporary novels. Annually, the department hosts World Book Day, encouraging the pupils to spend the day as their favourite character. Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to take part in the BBC Young Reporter, which enriches their understanding of the media and encourages them to develop their voice. Pupils also get the opportunity to visit the theatre to watch live performances of set texts.

Analytical Phrasing

connectives list

English Curriculum Year 7 info

Key Stage 3 spelling list

reading list KS3