Strategic Lead for English: Mrs N Hunter |
Subject Leader Key Stage 2: Mrs S Hull |



At Scissett Middle School, the English department aims to encourage children to be thoughtful and critical readers, writers and thinkers.

From Years 6 to 8, students follow carefully constructed programmes of study which allow access to the highest levels of academic achievement, whilst encouraging a love of both language and literature. The key elements of reading, writing, speaking & listening and literary analysis are at the heart of all English lessons.

The department works hard to create a positive learning environment for all students, through imaginative lesson planning and the use of a diverse range of learning activities. The students’ classroom experience is enhanced by extra-curricular groups such as our book, film and creative writing clubs.

Click here to see how British Moral Values are taught in English.

Key Stage 2

Our Key Stage 2 students enjoy a rich diet of high quality, exciting units of work that extend imaginations, instil a love of the subject and prepare our youngsters for SATs tests and beyond.

On arrival into Year 6, pupils are placed into sets based on their reading and writing abilities. This means that pupils’ needs are more specifically catered for in smaller class sizes ranging from around 12 to 24 children per group. Fortunately, we enjoy excellent liaison with our first schools; therefore, we are ideally placed to understand our children’s strengths and areas for development even before they arrive on the first of their transition visits at the end of Year 5.

Pupils in Year 6 have 13 English lessons over a fortnightly period, in addition to a fortnightly drama lesson.


Units of Work Studied by Pupils in Year 6:

  • Autobiography and Biography
  • Poetry
  • Journalism
  • Classic and Contemporary Fiction
  • Argument
  • Explanation and Instruction
  • Narrative
  • Formal Language and Recount


Key Stage 3

At Scissett Middle School we aim to ensure that all of our students are GCSE ready by the end of Year 8, by delivering a two-year, diverse, exciting and challenging KS3 curriculum.   

In Key Stage Three, all pupils have four lessons of English each week and these focus on encompassing the wide range of skills required for GCSE, whilst blending creativity and rigour. Alongside reading and writing, we frequently embrace the opportunity to develop speaking and listening skills, such as whole class debating and we ensure that our students are career-literate in English: a newly introduced journalism project teaches students about how news is reported and students then enjoy the buzz of becoming teams of editors themselves, reporting on current local/school news.


Units of Work Studied by Pupils in Year 7:

  • Creative writing
  • Non-fiction
  • Contemporary novel: ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar
  • Poetry (by poets such as Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney, Sophie Hannah and Lemn Sissay)
  • Gothic Horror
  • Careers-based journalism project
  • Second contemporary novel: 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness


Units of Work Studied by Pupils in Year 8:

  • Creative writing
  • Contemporary novel: ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck
  • Conflict poetry
  • Post 1914 play: ‘Journey’s End’ by R.C. Sherriff
  • 19th Century novel: ‘The Time Machine’ by H.G. Wells
  • Shakespeare study (exploring sonnets and extracts from various plays)


The Book and Biscuit Club is run by Mrs. Hull. Members meet every Wednesday in room 13, at 12.15pm, to explore new works of fiction and discuss character, plot and themes.

The Real Cinema Club is run by Mrs. Hull, in room 13, on Fridays at 12.15pm.

The Creative Writing Club is run by Ms. Cronin, in room 3, each Tuesday at 12.15pm.

The Learning Resource Centre is open for pupils every break and lunch time.


All years receive 3 weekly homework tasks, which consist of vocabulary and spelling. Year 6 also have a weekly reading homework task to complete.

Accelerated Reader

In all Year groups, pupils are expected to read for 25 minutes, 4 days each week after Lunch time. In this time, they may also change reading books and quiz on books to test their understanding of them. Pupils who need additional support with ‘decoding’ and comprehending may attend Reading Recovery sessions to help them develop greater fluency in their reading. Some pupils will also be invited to read with an older ‘Reading Buddy’. The Library books are refreshed regularly and there are lots of recommendations for books on display and also on our school website. These books are recommended by pupils. Young Librarians and Library staff are also available to help pupils choose a book and parents are encouraged to continue to listen to their children read or discuss things they have read together. 

You can access Accelerated Reader by following this link.

Careers in this subject

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Advertising
  • IT
  • Creative arts
  • Public relations
  • Politics

Useful Links


Accelerated Reader

MC Grammar

Word Type Rap (Video)

BBC Super Movers

Spelling Shed

English Documents

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