General Introduction

English and Literacy are the bedrock of education and at Ealing Fields ensuring students can communicate with precision, passion and skill is at the heart of the English department’s curriculum. Students are encouraged to develop a lifelong reading habit and are introduced to a wide variety of texts from across the literary heritage. Pupils are taught how to engage critically with texts and are given the confidence to apply an open minded approach to the content studied. Pupils’ competence in English is developed throughout the curriculum: they are taught how to communicate clearly, coherently and accurately in a range of written formats and spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught explicitly. As Leadership lies at the heart of the school’s ethos, the department places a particularly strong emphasis on developing oracy skills. From Year 7 onwards, students are given regular opportunities to speak publically and will have one lesson a week of Drama to support their development of confidence and public speaking. As the development of literacy skills is of primary importance at Ealing Fields, some students may be invited to attend extra Literacy lessons during Core Elective sessions.

Year 7 Overview

In the Autumn term pupils study Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr; which gives them the opportunity to practise plenty of analytical writing whilst enjoying a mysterious and spooky story from the 1950s. Pupils will also focus on developing their own creative writing.

In the Spring term pupils are introduced to Elizabethan theatre and study Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Students then get to think about the city they live in as they study a unit centred around fiction and non-fiction texts called ‘London, My City’. This uni t gives students lots of confidence in approaching unseen texts, which is a key skill in the new English GCSE syllabus.

In the Summer term pupils read a range of texts from critically acclaimed children’s literature; texts which span the centuries. The unit, ‘Step Into The Unknown’ celebrates the great works from our literary heritage which have intrigued readers of all ages for many years.

KS4 Overview

From Year 9, students start to prepare for the AQA English Language and Literature GCSE courses. These are rigorous qualifications which prepare students for the next stage in their lives.


At the end of each half term students will have an assessment which will enable their teacher to see how they are progressing. These assessments will test reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. There are two exam weeks when students will complete exam papers that will help to determine overall English levels for the year.

Lesson Prep & Homework

Students will receive a 15-minute lesson prep task every lesson. This is for them to practise what they’ve learnt or prepare for their next lesson. It must be done on the same day it is set and this will be monitored very closely.

There will be times when students receive extended homework. They will have at least a week to complete them. Homework tasks will be assessed; teachers will decide whether homework is of the required standard and will offer detailed feedback and targets to ensure students can make improvements.

Stretching Students

The department offer a wealth of Wider Learning opportunities that provide students with the chance to engage in the subject in a fun and relaxed way, whilst also helping them to stretch and challenge themselves. Budding writers can contribute to the school newspaper or attend creative writing workshops, whilst avid readers can take advantage of book clubs. There is also an English Scholars programme aimed at challenging our most able students.

The department also runs a variety of theatre trips and it is hoped that pupils will take the initiative to set up their own clubs which reflect their individual interests in aspects of the English curriculum.