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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 book club on a Tuesday after school (3.40pm- 4.30pm) for year 7, 8 and 9 students. Students will have the opportunity to access some of the best new novels as recommended on the Carnegie shortlist (November 2017) and the Red House Children’s Book Award shortlist (February 2018).  Students will also have the opportunity to share their favourite books and authors and inspire other keen readers to pick up their recommendations.

Term Dates

Term 1 Part 1
Thu 6 September 2018 – Thu 4 October 2018
Inset days – Fri 5 October
Term 1 Part 2
Mon 8 Oct – Fri 19 Oct 2018
Autumn break Mon 22 Oct – Fri 25 Oct 2018
Term 2
Mon 29 Oct – Fri 21 Dec 2018
Christmas/New Year holidays Mon 24 Dec – Fri 4 Jan 2019