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English Department

Purpose of study

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English at Madani Girls School will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. Students will have the opportunity to read a variety of increasingly challenging texts for information and for pleasure. Students will continue to develop their knowledge of and skills in, writing so that they can write academically and imaginatively equally well. Students will also be taught to control their speaking consciously and to use standard English.


We want our students to display a thirst for knowledge and understanding and a love of learning English; they will display this by:

:reading easily, fluently and with good understanding

:developing the habit of reading widely and often, for pleasure and information

:acquiring a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

:appreciating 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

:using 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


Mrs. S. Moore-Friis– English and Literacy Co-ordinator

Mrs F.Mayat – English teacher

Mrs S Yusuf – English teacher 

Mrs S Naroot – English teacher

Ms H Patel


Key stage 3



Students will be taught to develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasingly challenging material independently through:

: reading a wide range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction from English literature (including Conan Doyle and HG Wells), Shakespeare (Macbeth,Much Ado About NothingandThe Tempest) and seminal world literature (Of Mice and Men). Pre 1914 Romantic poetry such as William Wordsworth and William Blake and also Alfred Noyes.

:learning new vocabulary, making inferences and referring to evidence in the text, knowing the purpose, audience for, and context of, the writing

:Checking students’ understanding to make sure that what they have read makes sense.

:Read critically through knowing how language, including


Students will be taught to write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for information and pleasure through:

:writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences, organising and summarising material, applying their growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to their writing and drawing on knowledge of literary and rhetorical devices from their reading

:Planning, drafting, editing and proof-reading

Spoken English

Students will be taught to speak confidently and effectively using standard English in a range of formal and informal contexts.


Students whose linguistic development is more advanced will be challenged through being offered opportunities for increased breadth and depth in reading and writing; those who are less fluent will consolidate their knowledge, understanding and skills through additional practice.

Key stage 4


GCSE English Language

Students will read a range of fiction and non-fiction fluently and with good understanding and write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately. The components of this qualification are:

: Component 1: 20thCentury Literature Reading and Creative Prose writing- Written examination (40%)

:Component 2: 19thand 21stCentury Non-Fiction Reading and Transactional/Persuasive Writing (60%)

:Component 3: Spoken Language – Speaking and Listening


GCSE English Literature

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry (40% of qualification)

Section A (20%) Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet

One extract question and one essay question based on the reading of a Shakespeare


Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19thCentury Prose and Unseen Poetry Written examination (60%)

Section A (20%) Post-1914 Prose/Drama

An Inspector Calls(Priestley);

One source-based question on a post 1914 prose/drama text

Section B (20%) 19th Century Prose

Pride and Prejudice (Austen); OR Jane Eyre(Brontë); OR The Strange

Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde(Stevenson)

One source-based question on a 19th century prose text from the above prescribedlist.

Section C (20%) Unseen Poetry from the 20th/21st Century

Two questions on unseen poems, one of which involves comparison.

How can I help my son?


We strongly recommend that you purchase the set texts (for independent reading at home and annotating in class) and accompanying revision guides from an established and reputable publisher (to consolidate knowledge and understanding).

Useful websites

Key dates:


To be confirmed.


English Map of Learning


English Map of Learning



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