This is an overview of the English curriculum at Workington Academy.

Subject English
Autumn Term Winter Term Summer Term
Key Stage 3
Year 7 1. Transition unit: Autobiography
2. Poetry: Conflict poems
3. Studying a novel: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
1. Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2. Creative writing: Adventure writing
1. Modern drama: Angels
2. Poetry: Ballad poems
Year 8 1. Studying a novel: Stone Cold
2. Genre study: Gothic literature
1. Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
2. Creative writing: Science-fiction
1. Modern drama: Flowers for Algernon
2. Writing to persuade: Rights and Issues
Year 9 1. Studying a novel: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
2. Creative writing: Travel writing
3. Spoken English: The Apprentice
1. Shakespeare: Macbeth
2. Development of the English Language
1. Modern drama: Blood Brothers
2. Poetry: Conflict and Power poems
Key Stage 4
Exam Board AQA
Course Title GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature
Year 10 Literature Paper 1 – 19th Century Novel and Shakespeare Language Paper 2 – Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives.

Spoken Language presentations

Language Paper 1 – Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
Year 11 Literature Paper 2 – Modern Play and ‘Power and Conflict’ poetry Revision of all Exam units, with additional trial exams. Literature examinations end of May; Language examinations June.


Key Stage 5

Exam Board AQA
Course Title English Literature B
Year 12 Aspects of Comedy Paper 1 (examination) Twelfth Night and The Importance of Being Earnest Aspects of Comedy Paper 2 (examination) Small Island and Poetry Anthology. Exam preparation
Year 13 Coursework – Theory and Independence.

Elements of Crime Writing (examination) Poetry Anthology and Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Elements of Crime Writing (examination)   Atonement and unseen element.

Revision of Aspects of Comedy.

Exam preparation


Exam Board AQA
Course Title English Language
Year 12 Paper 1- Language and the Individual (examination) Paper 2 (examination) – Language Varieties Exam preparation
Year 13 Coursework – Language in Action

Paper 2 – Language Diversity and Change (examination)

Paper 1 – Language, The Individual and Society Exam preparation


Updated Sep 2017