What is English for at Meridian High School?

As a core subject, English enables students to develop skills in analysis, critical thinking and creativity. The skills developed in the English classroom are widely applicable across the curriculum, whilst also providing students with the tools to succeed in further education, careers, and a rapidly changing world. 

Why does English as a subject matter?

The study of English introduces students to the literary canon, enabling students to access rich and engaging poetry, prose and drama from a range of literary periods. English is pertinent in supporting students in their social, moral, and spiritual development, consistently enabling students to reflect on their own beliefs and values.

What does English help young people to achieve?

The English Curriculum encourages curiosity and debate, whilst also being designed to support all students in becoming effective communicators, critical thinkers, and creative writers. Undoubtedly, English supports all young people in expressing their thoughts, feelings and ideas, whilst also developing essential life skills. 

Topics covered in Year 7:

  • Detective Fiction
  • The Hunger Games
  • Conflict Poetry
  • Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Topics covered in Year 8:

  • A Christmas Carol
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Natural World Poetry
  • Shakespeare: The Tempest

Topics covered in Year 9:

  • Animal Farm
  • GCSE Poetry Anthology: Power and Conflict
  • Macbeth
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Topics covered in Year 10:

  • Animal Farm
  • GCSE Poetry Anthology: Power and Conflict
  • Macbeth
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • 19th Century Fiction
  • Imaginative Writing
  • 20th and 21st Century Non-Fiction
  • Transactional Writing

Topics covered in Year 11:

  • Revision of all GCSE English Literature and Language modules

Qualification title:

GCSE English Language

GCSE English Literature

Additional learning resources:

  • CGP Revision Guidebooks for core GCSE texts
  • BBC Bitesize for English Literature and Language