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Curriculum Intent Statement

The English department prides itself on having a cohesive curriculum which supports students in accessing a broad spectrum of learning across their seven years at Priory. Each academic year, we build and develop upon previously acquired skills: exploring and evaluating how texts are written, identifying how to emulate the work of  fantastic writers (both past and present) and continuously exploring cultural capital opportunities in order to encourage our students to become well-rounded global citizens who can confidently express themselves in the wider world.

With the importance of global citizenship in mind, our curriculum is designed to support our students in considering economic, social and environmental sustainability in the context of our study material.

Our learning journey begins in Year 5 and flows seamlessly toward Year 11 and it is our hope that this journey inspires our students to develop a life-long love of English.

The Purpose of Knowledge Organisers

A knowledge organiser sets out the important, useful and powerful knowledge on a topic. For students to succeed in English, they must have a foundation of factual knowledge, understand those facts and be able to apply them to a specific context. We at Priory Academy believe that the use of knowledge organisers can enhance and further students’ learning, therefore we are building them into our curriculum and are encouraging the use of them at home for home learning purposes and for revision. Please click on the correct year group and term for the current knowledge organiser being used.

Curriculum Related Expectation

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students are given the opportunity to explore a wide variety of different texts in order to inspire a love of literature. From Homer’s Odyssey to the Everglades of Hurston’s Harlem Renaissance novel ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’, we travel from the dark and dangerous world of Beowulf to the Yorkshire moors of Bronte with an overall aim to expose our students to a wide range of fiction, poetry and related non-fiction. Alongside these vital learning experiences our students are encouraged to read extensively and independently and we have invested in a wide-range of modern classic class readers which explore contemporary issues and open up opportunities for important discussions which support our students to further develop their oracy skills and, in turn, their self-confidence.Additionally, we aim to promote the development of students’writing skills, building upon the foundations that have beenset in Key Stage 2 English.Students are equipped with the skills to express their ideas with confidence, writing within a range of genres throughout the key stage. Through the rich and varied reading opportunities we offer, Priory students are encouragedto explore and critique existing compositions and use their understanding to inspire their own individual approach to creative writing. Our focus is to enable students to confidently utilise a range of linguistic techniques in their own writing,build a varied and ambitious vocabulary through our explicit teaching of language as well as delivering the fundamental writing skills that students will need as they move towards Key Stage 4, further education and into their adult lives. As a department, we aspire to promote a love of language. We discuss topical issues and current events with students to further broaden their understanding of the wider-world. It is essential to us that our students recognise how British values play a fundamental role in our society and we encourage them to establish their own individual points of view on the issues we explore. As well as the essential reading in the English curriculum, students in Key Stage 3 take part in our weekly ‘Priory Academy Book Club’ during form times, are encouraged to participate in our whole school reading competitions throughout the academic year and complete daily independent reading activities supported by our recommended reading list

Year 7 CurriculumYear 8 CurriculumYear 9 Curriculum

Please find below a suggested KS3 Reading List which is graded according to the difficulty of the text.  We would encourage all our students (and parents) to read on a regular basis.

Reading List Year 7 & 8

Reading List Year 9 - 11

Stretch & Challenge for More Able Readers at Year 9


Year 7 SpellingsYear 8 SpellingsYear 9 Spellings


Key Stage 4

English at GCSE Years 10 & 11

At Key Stage 4, students begin to prepare for their GCSE English Literature and Language awards. 

Exam board: AQA

For further information, please access the link below for the AQA GCSE 

Please note that the English department use the following study texts for Literature:

  • Macbeth
  • A Christmas Carol
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Power and Conflict Poetry

Year 10 CurriculumYear 11 CurriculumParent's Guide GCSE English

Please also find below a suggested reading list for KS4 students.  A selection of these books, including the GCSE textbooks are available from the school library.

Reading List Year 9-11Celebrating Diversity

Stretch & Challenge for More Able Readers

Year 7 Knowledge Organisers

Year 8 Knowledge Organisers

Year 9 Knowledge Organisers

Year 10 Knowledge Organisers

Year 11 Knowledge Organisers

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