English Curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academ

The department’s vision

  • English at Brownhills Ormiston Academy promotes a love of reading and enables students to improve their literacy by developing their reading, writing and oracy We help students overcome barriers to learning and develop their independence. This enables them to achieve and supports them with future goals.
  • Students gain cultural capital though enrichment opportunities and studying a wide range of texts from around the world and from different eras such as Elizabethan, Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary times. We promote British values and support students to appreciate different viewpoints and perspectives.
  • We study different forms of literature that will aid students in society so they are familiar with the formats, purposes and audiences of novels, poems, short stories, articles, letters, and speeches among others.
  • English lessons will address topical issues that affect students, the community, different cultures and the wider world, enabling students to tackle subjects that impact people on a daily basis.

Sequencing of lessons

In Year 7 students will address adventure, love, dreams and power through classic British texts. They will begin reading Treasure Island before studying A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Animal Farm. In each unit, students will also study thematically linked non-fiction extracts and poetry from a range of writers. Alongside this they also practise their creative writing during our ‘Writing Fridays’.

In Year 8 pupils will explore texts from around the world as well as reading a Shakespeare tragedy. They will begin with looking at refugees and tyranny in In the Sea There are Crocodiles, before reading about love and conflict in Romeo and Juliet and finally prejudice in Of Mice and Men. As with Year 7, they will study non-fiction, poetry and ‘Writing Fridays’ alongside these.

In Year 9 students revisit prejudice through Noughts and Crosses before studying gothic horror short stories and poetry and finally identity, power and gender using fiction and non-fiction extracts. Pupils will continue practising and learning descriptive, narrative and transactional writing skills through ‘Writing Fridays’.

In Key Stage 4 students study the GCSE texts of A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, An Inspector Calls and Love and Relationships poetry. These texts include themes already studied in Key Stage 3 such as poverty, prejudice, power, love, conflict, identity and horror. Alongside this students will study fiction and non-fiction extracts and practise their creative and transactional writing utilising a range of skills learnt at Key Stage 3.


Students demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter through regular formal and informal assessments, Teacher, peer and self-assessment are used to improve a number of skills encourage reflection and awareness of their learning.

Key Stage 3   Assessment in this key stage involves weekly knowledge recall quizzing from current and previous schemes and one summative assessment per half term.

Key Stage 4   Assessment in this key stage involves regular knowledge recall quizzing from current and previous schemes, one summative assessment per half term, and mock examinations in Year 10 and Year 11 to prepare students for external examinations at the end of the course

Curriculum in action

5 Year Road Map

English 5 Year Plan