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

A range of different literary texts that may include:

‘The Boy in Striped Pyjamas,’ a novel by John Boyne.

‘Macbeth,’ a Shakespeare play.

‘A Christmas Carol,’ a novel by Charles Dickens.

Poetry- students will study a variety of poems linked to the theme of nature.

‘Finding Violet Park,’ a novel by Jenny Valentine.

‘Coraline,’ a novel by Neil Gaiman.

* Students will also complete independent reading tasks throughout years 7 and 8 and they will have more choice over what texts they would like to read and study.

Year 8

A range of different literary texts that may include:
‘White Poppies,’ a play based on WWI by Sue Saunders.Poetry from other cultures.‘Bog Child,’ a novel by Siobhan Dowd.The play of ‘Oliver Twist’ by Nigel Bryant.‘Looking For JJ,’ a novel by Anne Cassidy.‘Touching the Void,’ a non-fictional account by Joe Simpson.‘Noughts and Crosses,’ a novel by Malorie Blackman.‘The Outsiders,’ a novel by S. E. Hinton.

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.


English Smart Shorts – from Monday 14th January

Mondays 3 – 4 pm


Date Subject Session Focus Staff
Monday 14th January English Literature




Belfast Confetti



Monday 21st January English Literature



The Destruction of Sennacherib

The Prelude



Monday 28th January English Literature



War photographer

What Were They Like?



Monday 4th February English Language


AO5- Imaginative





Monday 11th February English language AO2





Monday 25th February English Literature:

A Christmas Carol






Monday 4th March English Literature:





Monday 11th March English Literature:

Blood Brothers




Monday 18th March English Literature

Aiming for 9




Monday 25th March English Language AO5- Transactional





Monday 1st April English Language Using subject terminology





Monday 13th May


English Literature


Social Conflict Poems
Monday 16th May English Literature


Military Conflict Poems
Monday 20th May English Literature


Social Conflict Poems

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