Alvechurch C of E Middle School

“And the child grew strong; he was full of wisdom and God’s blessings were upon him” Luke 2 :40

Our English curriculum aims to enable all children to make the most possible progress in spoken language, reading and writing.

Literacy and language is central to the learning progress and all teachers contribute to the development of our pupils’ confident use of  literacy skills in every area of our curriculum.

With spoken language, we provide a range of opportunities to develop self expression and co-operation – including assemblies, dramatic performances, debates and presentations.

We promote reading as a pleasurable, highly valued activity.  We extend our childrens’ reading skills through daily guided and shared reading sessions.  We also encourage them to make full use of the county library, including being librarians and joining the ‘Young Authors’ Club’.  We also encourage a partnership with home and value parental support with a whole school initiative which involves book marks, stickers and badges.

When developing writing skills, we consider very carefully the purpose and audience of a task.  This includes close study of a variety of texts, including the experience of shared writing, modelled by and with the teacher.  This precedes class, group and individual activities designed to promote confidence and self-esteem.

Pupils have ‘Assessment for Learning’ (AfL) opportunities throughout all units of work.  The aim of this is to give the pupils more ownership of their literacy skills and develop skills as independent learners.  Assessment tasks are marked according to clear objectives; then individual targets are set and shared with children, allowing them to see what is required to make even more progress.

We aim to provide a stimulating and pleasurable environment for each individual to achieve his/her potential and give them the confidence needed to progress successfully onto high school.

Click the links to view the programme of study and expectations for each pupil by the end of the year.

Year 7 Reading Milestones

Year 7 Writing Milestones

Year 7 Spoken Language Milestones

Year 8 Reading Milestones

Year 8 Writing Milestones

Year 8 Spoken Language Milestones

In years 7 and 8 pupils will cover the following topics to enable assessment against those milestones:


Autumn Term Spring Term
Year 7 ‘Spot the Spy’ – short stories based on a range of texts including the Young James Bond series.

‘Strange hobbies and pastimes’ – explanation and information texts.

‘Make a Meal Of It’ – Food magazines as part of the Learning Journey.

‘What do we know about Shakespeare?’ – an overview of Shakespeare and his works including two comedies and two tragedies.

‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ – fiction unit and research on an author.

Year 8 ‘Alter Egos’ – fiction based on changing characters.

Romeo and Juliet – an overview of the play including performing a dramatic monologue.

A Christmas Carol – a study of the novel focusing on how Scrooge’s character changes.

‘Mythical Creatures’ – a poetry unit studying the devices used by poets and then writing their own poetry. This starts with a ‘Poetry Slam’.

Visual Literacy – a fiction unit based on short films.