English Curriculum 2020 – 2021

English Curriculum Intent

The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all students:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

In English at MHA, we want to go beyond this, using our curriculum offer to promote our Academy values. We want to develop students who, regardless of their starting points, are purposeful members of society and who have the cultural capital and knowledge to feel confident in their contributions to the world. Our choice of texts and topics across both key stages is intended to broaden our students’ experiences, widen their knowledge base, and (through our Curriculum Entitlement Booklets) give them access to the highest quality content that will allow them to compete with their peers from all backgrounds.

English is uniquely placed to combine functional life skills (such as transactional writing) with detailed study of different people, times and places. By introducing students to ideas and experiences beyond their own, our intent is to improve their understanding and confidence in themselves and their place in the world whilst, developing their aspiration. The English curriculum builds on the knowledge and skills taught at KS2, introducing increasing challenge and revisiting key knowledge and skills across the five years. In doing this, we ensure that students of all backgrounds have the grounding for further academic study, to be confident and purposeful global citizens, and who are keen to question, interpret and enjoy the world of Language and Literature.

For further information, please contact Helen Cates, Director of English at [email protected]

English Year 7 Overview HT1-6

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English Year 8 Overview HT1-6


English Year 9 Overview HT1-6

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English Year 10 Overview HT1-6


English Year 11 Overview HT1-6



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