English at the Wren School

Aiming High


Aims and Ethos

The ability to communicate in the world is essential. Students will work on their writing, reading and speaking skills while participating in creative activities. A variety of genres will be studied including texts from literary heritage and modern time periods. Students will also write both fictional and non-fiction pieces.

Our aim is for English at The Wren School to be engaging, challenging and relevant so that students are encouraged to develop a love of reading and are confident in communicating with the world.

Curriculum Information

Year 7

This is Me

  • Autobiographies Writing about ourselves
This is Us

  • Short stories
  • Debate: animal rights
Genius of the Past

  • Who’s who in British Literature?
Inventions of the Future

  • Making the news
Power of Humans

  • Relationships and character in novels
Power of the Earth

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Year 8

My Values

  • Class novel (Salt to the Sea, Once or The Tulip Touch)
Family Values

  • Persuasive writing (articles, letters, adverts etc.)
Clashes of Culture

  • Multi-cultural poetry
Celebration of Culture

  • Looking at different stories and traditions. Writing ‘Praise Songs’.
The Power of Our Technology

  • Frankenstein. Considering technology vs humanity
The Power of my Voice

  • The Tempest or Macbeth

Extra Curricular Activities

The English department runs a weekly newspaper club on a Thursday after school (3.40pm- 4.30pm) for both year 7 and year 8. Students will learn how to write effective articles and report on what is happening at The Wren and what they are interested in.

Term Dates

Term 5
Tue 25 Apr – Fri 26 May 2017
Bank holiday – Mon 1st May 2017
Term 6
Mon 5 Jun – Tue 18 July 2017
Inset days – Wed 19 July + Thur 20 July 2017