The English Department at City Academy Birmingham consists of a dedicated team of English teachers who aim to inspire students through a dynamic, varied and interesting curriculum. English as a subject provides an array of opportunities for students to express themselves articulately, and nurture an appreciation for our rich literary heritage. Not only do we teach students to appreciate books and literature but there is a heavy focus on equipping them with skills which allow them to express themselves through reading, writing, speaking and listening. We endeavour to deliver lessons which both engage and inspire students’ love of language.
Ms. Nolan – Deputy Head teacher
Mrs. Peters-Clarke – Head of Department
Mr. Lyons – English Teacher
Ms. Stewart – English Teacher
Ms. Lakhay – English Teacher
Ms. Aziz – English Teacher
Students follow a diverse curriculum that allows them to develop their critical thinking and expression of thoughts and ideas. We explore Drama, Prose, Shakespeare, Poetry, Media and Non-Fiction texts.
Students are set according to ability, and progress is tracked through regular formal and summative assessments to ensure they achieve their set targets.
Autumn: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Spring: Introduction to Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Summer: Poetry in other Cultures
Autumn: Gothic horror, War Poetry
Spring: Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Summer: Language over time (19th-21st Century)
We offer both English Literature & Language with the AQA exam board.
Autumn: A Christmas Carol Conflict and Power Poetry Anthology
Spring: An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley, Summer: Non-fiction texts (19th Century)
Autumn: Macbeth (AQA GCSE Literature Paper 1)
Exploring and presenting viewpoints.( AQA GCSE Language Paper 2)
Spring: Animal Farm (AQA GCSE Literature Paper 2)
Summer: Power and Conflict poetry/ Short story Anthology
Autumn: AQA English Language Paper 2
Spring– Literature Revision and Practice