English

Rockwood Academy’s English Department aims to equip all of our students with the skills and confidence to communicate in both written and spoken English. We believe that our subject provides the foundation for a world of opportunities in both further study and working life. The English Department aims to develop independent learners, who are avid and passionate readers, through the study of a range and variety of literature, both fiction and non-fiction.

  • To develop our students’ skills and confidence in their use of written and spoken English
  • To provide a stimulating and engaging syllabus that includes a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts
  • To develop independent learners and analytical thinkers
  • To improve the literacy of all our students.
Head of Department

Head of Department Mrs Price

Termly Topics (SOW Overview)
  1. School Days
  2. Celebrations
  3. Poetry
  4. Cultures
  5. Gothic
  6. Conflict
Termly Topics (SOW Overview)
  1. Poetry
  2. Celebrations
  3. Holes (novel)
  4. Shakespeare
  5. Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (novel)
  6. Non-fiction
Termly Topics (SOW Overview)
  1. Imaginative Writing (English Language Paper 1)
  2. Poetry (English Literature Paper 2)
  3. Unseen Fiction- 19th Century (English Language Paper 1)
  4. Unseen Non-Fiction (English Language Paper 2)
  5. Shakespeare – Macbeth (English Literature Paper 1)
  6. An Inspector Calls (English Literature Paper 1)
Termly Topics (SOW Overview)
  1. Poetry Conflict (English Literature Paper 2)
  2. Unseen Poetry (English Literature Paper 2)
  3. An Inspector Calls (English Literature Paper 2)
  4. Imaginative Writing (English Language Paper 1)
  5. Transactional Reading (English Language Paper 2)
  6. Transactional Writing (English Language Paper 2)

Suggested reading list for Year 10: These are not in any particular order but there is a fabulous mix of genres, classics and contemporary writing!

Author Title
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
H.G. Wells War of the Worlds
Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness
John Green The Fault in Our Stars
R.L. Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
David Nicholls One Day
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Kathryn Stockett The Help
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart
Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind
Ian McEwan Enduring Love
Khalid Hosseini The Kite Runner
Shakespeare Macbeth
Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet
William Golding Lord of the Flies
Susan Hill The Woman in Black
Willy Russell Blood Brothers
R C Sheriff Journey’s End
George Orwell Animal Farm
Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre
Charles Dickens Great Expectations
Mary Shelley Frankenstein
George Eliot Silas Marner
Janes Austen Pride and Prejudice
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol
Termly Topics (SOW Overview)
  1. 19th Century Fiction (English Language Paper 1)
  2. Jekyll and Hyde (English Literature Paper 1)
  3. Imaginative Writing and Transactional Writing (English Language Paper 1 and 2)
  4. Poetry- Time and Place (English Literature Paper 2)

Suggested reading list for Year 11: These are not in any particular order but there is a fabulous mix of genres, classics and contemporary writing!

Author Title
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
H.G. Wells War of the Worlds
Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness
John Green The Fault in Our Stars
R.L. Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
David Nicholls One Day
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
Mark Haddon The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Kathryn Stockett The Help
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart
Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind
Ian McEwan Enduring Love
Khalid Hosseini The Kite Runner
Shakespeare Macbeth
Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet
William Golding Lord of the Flies
Susan Hill The Woman in Black
Willy Russell Blood Brothers
R C Sheriff Journey’s End
George Orwell Animal Farm
Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre
Charles Dickens Great Expectations
Mary Shelley Frankenstein
George Eliot Silas Marner
Janes Austen Pride and Prejudice
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol
Recommended resources and reading books

English PIXL App (Currently Year 11)
Would you like to use an App to help you with your English Literature?

Please download the App from the following link, using your mobile or desktop device, to support you with your studies.

Usernames and Passwords are available from your English teacher.

Apple Store
Google Android Play Store
Amazon App Store
Or desktop

Qualification, Examination and Assessment

Edexcel GCSE English Language (9-1) from 2015 (1END)

Edexcel GCSE English Literature (9-1) from 2015 (1END)