English at Ysgol Bryn Elian

Studying English

Dedicated and talented teachers make up the English Department. They will gladly tell you how rewarding and exciting it is to work with students at Ysgol Bryn Elian. The English team work collaboratively to share ideas, contemporary material and dynamic teaching methods. We are passionate about our subject and enjoy making it interesting and relevant, combining challenging text, film and video.

So what is English?

The development of your literacy skills is a significant portion of the English curriculum; however, we aim to expand:

An appreciation and understanding of the English Language

A love of literature (poetry, plays, novels)

Communication skills (both speaking and listening)

Technical accuracy (spelling, grammar and punctuation)

Writing Skills (creative, formal)

Reading skills


The English Department is keen to provide a rich and engaging curriculum.

Year 7

The first year of English is exciting, enjoyable and varied. Students are taught English during four lessons a week. Pupils study a number of different units throughout the year such as: Cyberbullying, Twisted Tales and Beowulf. Novels are enjoyed and studied alongside these units.

Year 8

This year builds on the progress made in Year 7 and it is taught over five lessons per week. Students will develop and expand upon the skills they have already started to learn. Some of the units they will study are: Gaming, CSI and 007Bond. Novels are enjoyed and studied alongside these units.

Year 9

Students will now develop and expand upon their skills in preparation for GCSE. Students will study topics such as: Everest, Survival and a thorough examination of a novel.


English is one of the most important subjects. English can broaden your outlook and introduce you to many new areas, not just in literature, but in communication and presentation. English is about creative thinking and then being able to articulate success and translate those ideas into an understandable form.

Years 10 and 11 focus on completing the English Language GCSE and the English Literature GCSE. We follow the WJEC specification for each subject.

By the end of the two years, all students will have completed a GCSE in both subjects. This allows us to provide a balanced and broad coverage, rich in literature, but also, to teach the skills needed for a smooth transition into further study or the world of work. We aim to have our students ready to be able to communicate and thrive in the ever-changing world around us.