Eaton Bank Academy

To read is to empower;
to write is to influence;
to listen is to learn;
to speak is to participate;
make a difference in your world.


At Key Stage 3 we will study:-

Year 7 

Unit of work  Texts include 
Expressions of Self  The Speeches of: 

Malala Yousafzai 

Oprah Winfrey 

Emma Watson 

Lupita Nyong 

Martin Luther King 

Michelle Obama 


Wildlife  Selection of non-fiction texts 


The Natural World  ‘Wind’ by Ted Hughes: 1957            

‘Death of a Naturalist’ by Seamus Heaney: 1966      

‘Cut Grass’ by Philip Larkin: 1971   

‘To Autumn’ by John Keats: 1820  

‘Nature is What We See’ by Emily Dickinson: 1863  

‘Sonnet 29’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning: 1850 


Gothic Writing  ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker(1897) 

Extract from ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ by Edgar Allan Poe: 1839 

Extract from ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier: 1938 

Extract from ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ by Edgar Allan Poe: 1843 

Extract from ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley: 1823 

Extract from ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ by Washington Irving: 1820 

Extract from ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: 1902 


Great Expectations  Extracts from ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens: 1860 


Year 8 

Unit of work  Texts include 
The Art of Storytelling   
The Media  Jaws (film, 1975) 

Room 8, short film (2015) 


Twelfth Night  Extracts from ‘Twelfth Night’ by William Shakespeare: 1602 
Voices and Perspectives  ‘Flag’ – John Agard            

‘A Mother in a Refugee Camp’ – Chinua Achebe      

‘Still I Rise’ – Maya Angelou            

‘Praise Song for my Mother’ – Grace Nichols             

‘Once Upon a Time’  Gabriel Okara 


Great Expectations  Extracts from ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens: 1860 


Travel Writing  ‘Animal Farm’ – George Orwell 

‘Down and Out in Paris and London’ – George Orwell 

‘Road to Wigan Pier’ – George Orwell 



Year 9 

Unit of work  Texts include 
American Worlds  The Cruicible 

Of Mice and Men  

To Kill a Mockingbird 

Poetry of Walt Whitman 

Poetry of Robert Frost 

Poetry of Langston Hughes 

Poetry of Allen Ginsberg 

Poetry of Emily Dickinson  

Poetry of Gwendoline Brookes 

Outsiders  Oliver Twist 


Blood Brothers  Blood Brothers by Willy Russsell 
Spoken Language   



Eaton Bank Book Club 

We would like to welcome all new parents to Eaton Bank English Department and introduce you to our school Book Club. 

Having talked with many, many parents over the years, we know that you share our desire to get children reading more and engaging with excellent writing.  Reading is the fundamental skill that increases success in every area of school life – we want to encourage both reading for pleasure and wider reading by introducing students to high quality texts that complement their studies across the wide school curriculum whilst opening their eyes to the wider world. 

In September 2018 we launched Eaton Bank Book Club and enrolled all our students as members.  Each lower school Year group reads a challenging text each term and explores its ideas, characters and vocabulary in their timetabled Book Club Meetings. 



  Text 1  About  Text 2  About 
Year 7  The Bone Sparrow 

Zana Fraillon 

A beautiful, vivid and deeply moving story about a refugee boy who has spent his entire life living in a detention centre. This novel reminds us all of the importance of freedom, hope, and the power of a story to speak for anyone who’s ever struggled to find a safe home.  Ghost Boys 

Jewell Parker Rhodes 

A poignant and gripping story about how children and families face the complexities of race in today’s world. 
Year 8  I Am Thunder 

Muhammad Khan 

I Am Thunder is the debut novel from stunning YA voice, Muhammad Khan, which questions how far you’ll go to stand up for what you believe.  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe 

Benjamin Alire Saenz 

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship-the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. 
Year 9  The Hate You Give 

Angie Thomas 



Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.  The Weight of a Thousand Feathers 

Brian Conhagan 

Angry, stirring and tender, this is a bold, questioning exploration of the lengths to which we’ll go for the people we love. 


The study of English will allow students to develop their:

  • skills vital to being successful lifelong learners
  • ability to communicate effectively using the written and spoken forms in a range of contexts
  • reading skills to enable them to make independent sense of the texts they encounter in their day-to-day lives
  • ability to see the links between writers’ methods, intentions and themes
  • understanding of the contexts in which texts were produced and understood by readers

Key Stage 3 Assessment

Each half term students will complete a levelled piece of work for reading and writing.  These tasks will be awarded a National Curriculum level and will be completed in their ‘gold’ assessment books.

If you have any queries, please contact Mrs V Lewis  –



How are you reading this?  How do you learn and pass on what you learn to others?

You are already an expert at English, and your GCSE courses in English Language will help you build upon and develop further the key skills of communication.  The courses will help you understand and use both written and spoken words.  English Literature helps us share the lives of other people and often puts into words experiences we all have, but in an exciting and interesting manner.

In your English studies you will be involved in reading novels, stories, plays and poems as well as studying newspaper and magazine articles, films and television. You will also learn how to tailor your writing to suit a range of different audiences and purposes.


All students will study GCSE Edexcel English Language and English Literature. Their results will be based on their performance in external examinations in reading and writing and a range of literature.  Speaking and listening assessments will still be graded and reported but they will no longer count towards their overall grades.

The GCSE courses are divided into the following content and skills:



  • Study a selection of prose fiction and 20th and 21st-century non-fiction texts.
  • Develop skills to analyse and evaluate 19th-century fiction extracts and compare non-fiction texts.
  • Develop imaginative and transactional writing skills to engage the reader.
  • Use spelling, punctuation and grammar accurately.

Assessment – Two exams:

  1. 1 hour and 45 minutes
    Fiction and imaginative writing.
  2. 2 hours
    Non-fiction and transactional writing.



  • Study a 19th-century novel, a collection of poetry, Shakespeare play and a British play or novel.
  • Develop skills to analyse how the language, form, structure and context of texts can create meanings.
  • Develop comparison skills.

Assessment – Two exams:

  1. 1 hour and 45 minutes
    Shakespeare and post 1914 play or novel.
  2. 2 hours and 15 minutes (closed book)
    19th-century novel and poetry anthology.


Homework assignments will be set regularly over the three years of the course and will be marked by subject staff.  Moderating procedures will be standardised externally.  It is important that students are responsible in planning their workload over time and meeting the stipulated deadlines.


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