Literacy / English


Literacy Policy

Literacy Policy

At Childwall Abbey School our aim is to develop pupils’ confidence and ability as readers, writers, and speakers and listeners. These skills are taught in an integrated fashion, any one area providing links to, and opportunities for, the development of competence and confidence in the other two.

A range of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as audio-visual and ICT resources is used to stimulate both interest and progress in understanding and using language.

Assessment and Qualification

English is taught in Years 7-9, following the programmes of study of English in the National Curriculum. In year 9 pupils will begin preparing for the Entry Level certificate, Functional Skills 1 and 2 Certificate or GCSE. At years 10 and 11 we aim to enter all students for a qualification appropriate to their ability in the subject.

Key Stage 3

Pupils will study a range of authors, including those from other cultures and traditions as well as a variety of poets and non-fiction and media texts.

Key Stage 4

Authors studied cover a wide range, but include Shakespeare and John Steinbeck, as well as writers from other cultures and traditions and a variety of poets including Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy, and non-fiction and media texts.

Lord of the Flies

A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast.  In this, his first novel, William Golding gave the traditional adventure story an ironic, devastating twist. First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is now recognized as a classic, one of the most celebrated of all modern novels.

A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol

In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language.

Much Ado About NothingMuch Ado About Nothing

A dazzling display of William Shakespeare’s fondness for wit and wordplay, Much Ado About Nothing is a high-spirited comedy.

The History BoysThe History Boys

An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he’s a fool.

In Alan Bennett’s classic play, staff room rivalry and the anarchy of adolescence provoke insistent questions about history and how you teach it; about education and its purpose.



Miss K. Groves – Literacy/English Coordinator