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Coombe Dean School

Coombe Dean School


Mantra: “Literature is about the endless challenges and thrills of being human. To understand literature is to understand about life.” 

Curriculum Intent Statement: English is about the universality of relationships:   

The relationships between families, friends and lovers;  

The relationships between nations, races and classes;  

The relationships between writers, ideas and readers;  

The relationships between all living things.  

Life is about establishing, building and repairing relationships.  

Every English text - be it a novel, a poem, a speech, a play – discusses, criticises or celebrates the relationships we all experience.  

English is a subject that has, and will always, explore how and why writers write about these relationships.   

This is what we mean by universality. 

Subject: English 

Reading and understanding texts 



Evaluating language for meaning 

Interpretation of author’s intent 

Understanding related context 

Drafting and creating responses 

Year 7 ‘Establishing Relationships’: 

  • Introduction to literature 

  • Myths and Legends 

  • Introduction to Shakespeare 

  • Midsummer Night’s Dream 

  • Private Peaceful 

  • Love and Relationships Poetry 

Year 8 ‘Human Identity’: 

  • Animal Farm 

  • Power and Conflict Poetry 

  • Gothic Writing 

  • The Monkey’s Paw 

  • Of Mice and Men 

  • Romeo and Juliet 

Year 9 ‘Relationships of Power’: 

  • Lord of the Flies 

  • Essay Writing Skills 

  • Rhetorical Writing 

  • An Inspector Calls 

  • Power and Conflict Poetry 

  • Dystopian Writing 

Year 10 GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature: 

  • Power and Conflict Poetry 

  • A Christmas Carol 

  • An Inspector Calls 

  • Macbeth 

  • English Language Paper 1 

  • Speaking and Listening 

Year 11 GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature Exam preparation: 

  • English Language Paper 2  

  • English Literature Paper 2 

  • English Language Paper 1 

  • English Literature Paper 1