Curriculum | English

Faculty Vision

As the English faculty, we strive to empower every learner to believe in their own ability with confidence and independence, as well as harbouring a love of learning. We endeavour to stimulate a high level of curiosity within the subject which encourages pupils to feel enriched and driven to learn about the world around them – central to this is a love of reading. The ability to analyse as well as appreciate quality literature is at the heart of what we do. We also actively promote writing in its many forms, focusing on the fine details of its mechanics as well as the process as a creative outlet. Moreover, the faculty develops skills to be adaptable and persuasive communicators in our ever-changing world.

As English teachers, we model teamwork and mutual support of one another as well as encouraging creativity without a fear of risks. Furthermore, we celebrate the successes of our pupils in order to ensure they feel proud of their learning and motivated to explore a wide range of literature.

We want our pupils to learn to their potential and develop into strong, fearless young women with a tolerant and open-minded view of the world.

Curriculum Overview:

  • Year 7 – 4 periods per week following the National Curriculum
  • Year 8 – 4 periods per week following the National Curriculum
  • Year 9 – 4 periods per week exploring the skills required for GCSE
  • GCSE Courses: GCSE English Language (AQA)
  • GCSE Courses: GCSE English Literature (AQA)

Topics Covered:

Year 7

Throughout year 7 and 8, the pupils follow the National Curriculum as a journey through English. Exploring how the language and literature of English has changed throughout time. The skills pupils focus on reading, writing and communication. Topics covered include; Poetry Identity, Literary Canon, Novel/Play and Etymology.

Year 8

Pupils build on their knowledge, skills and understanding from year 7. Topics covered include; Literary Monsters, Review Reading, Modern Play, Protest Writing and Essay Writing Skills.

Year 9

In year 9, pupils will explore the skills needed for their GCSE exams which begin in year 10. We do AQA and all pupils will sit both the GCSE English Language as well as the GCSE English Literature courses. Topics in year 9 include; Shakespeare, 19th, 20th and 21st Century Literature, The Novel and a Spoken Language component.

Options offered at the end of Year 9

GCSE English Literature
Exam Board: AQA
No. of Exams: 2
Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel 40%
Paper 2: Modern Texts and Poetry 60%

Units studied in year 10

Pupils will cover preparation for both English Language and English Literature exams. This will involve exploring a variety of modern and 19th century texts as well as the set texts for Literature (Macbeth, Jekyll and Hyde/Jane Eyre). We will also cover writing to describe and narrate as well as learning analytical and evaluative skills for reading.

Units studied in year 11

Pupils will continue to prepare for both English Language and English Literature exams. This will involve reading a modern novel or play, exploring, analysing and comparing 15 poems from the AQA Anthology, and unseen poetry. We will also cover writing for a viewpoint as well as summary and comparison skills for reading. We will also revise all the topics covered over the two years.

School Address

Levenshulme High School
Crossley Road
M19 1FS

Academy / Executive Headteacher: Dr J. MacKinnon PhD 


0161 224 4625


0161 256 1170


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