English

Key Stage 3

Autumn Spring Summer
Year 7 Writing for different purposes- this will include looking at fiction and non-fiction texts as well as writing texts for the six main purposes (describe, explain, advise, argue, inform and persuade)

Studying a novel- Each class will study a novel and look at characterisation and changes throughout the play to characters, themes and plot.

Shakespeare- students will study either Romeo and Juliet or Much Ado About Nothing and look at comparisons between characters.

Relationship poetry- students will study a range of poems and focus on how different relationships are portrayed.

Creating convincing characters- students will explore different writing styles for creating convincing characters and will practice using these skills as well as further developing their writing to describe skills.

Exam preparation- students will prepare for, and sit, an exam at the end of year 7 which will assess their learning throughout the year.

Year 8  Conflict poetry- students will look at a range of poems with the theme of conflict, this may include poems from world war 1 and 2 as well as modern war poems.

Sci-fi and dystopian writing- students will explore writing for a sci-fi and dystopian genre

Studying Of Mice and Men- all students will read and study the novella Of Mice and Men and focus on language, themes and structure.

Non-fiction writing- students will analyse and write a range of non-fiction texts focussing on a range of skills such as writing to argue and covey points of view.

Gothic/murder mystery- students will study a range of texts from the 18th century upwards within the gothic horror and murder mystery genre. They will also be given the opportunity to write in the style of these genres.

Exam preparation students will prepare for, and sit, an exam at the end of year 8 which will assess their learning throughout the year.

Key Stage 4

Autumn Spring Summer
Language Literature Language Literature
 Year 9 Travel and Literary Non Fiction

Students are exposed to a range of non fiction form the 19th– 21st century, which focusses around the theme of travel.

-Skills developed include, inference, analysis of language and structure and comparing texts effectively.

 

Great Expectations

Students will be taught to analyse key extracts from throughout the novel with a focus on how Dickens creates effective characters and setting.

Writing to describe

Students develop descriptive writing skills, with an emphasis on using a range of effective language techniques and sophisticated vocabulary.

Othello

Students will study a range of key extracts from throughout the play, focussing on the relationship between the protagonist and his wife, Desdemona. Student will develop their understanding of the contextual period and how to weave this into their analysis.

 

Year 9 end of year examinations- students will be tested on their analysis of texts (travel and Great Expectations) as well as their creative writing skills.

GCSE content and preparation starts:

The Power and Conflict Poetry anthology. Students will be examined on this in their final year 11 GCSE Literature examination.

Language Literature Language Literature
 Year 10 Paper 1 section A: Explorations in Creative Reading

Students will study a range of fiction extracts from 19th century literature. They will develop their exam responses to questions about the language and structure used and how the writer has tried to influence the reader through their choices.

Paper 1 section A: Macbeth

Students will develop their analysis of language, form and structure through the reading and critiquing of a range of extracts from the play.

As a closed book exam in Year 11, it is advisable that students bring their own copies to lessons to make detailed annotations.

 

Paper 1 section B:

Explorations in creative Writing

Student will develop their descriptive and narrative writing style as well ensuring that creative writing is accurate (SPaG).

Students will develop exam response in which they use an image as a stimulus for writing both descriptively and to inspire a short narrative.

Paper 1 section B: A Christmas Carol

Students will study a range of extracts from the novella, focussing on how Dickens crafts his writing and evaluating how Dickens uses language, form and structure to shape meanings.

As a closed book exam in Year 11, it is advisable that students bring their own copies to lessons to make detailed annotations.

Year 10 mock examinations- students will sit a whole GCSE English Language Paper 1 and a GCSE Literature Paper 1.

Then students will move onto Paper 2 of both courses:

Literature: An Inspector Calls

Language: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

Language Literature Language Literature
 Year 11 Paper 1 section A: Explorations in Creative Reading

Students will study a range of fiction extracts from 19th century literature. They will develop their exam responses to questions about the language and structure used and how the writer has tried to influence the reader through their choices.

Paper 2 section B: Writers viewpoints and perspectives

Students will also be developing their creative writing skills in order to write their own argumentative and persuasive pieces.

Paper 1 section A: Macbeth

Students will develop their analysis of language, form and structure through the reading and critiquing of a range of extracts from the play.

As a closed book exam in Year 11, it is advisable that students bring their own copies to lessons to make detailed annotations.

Revision of both Language Papers:

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (50%)

 

Paper 2: Writers viewpoints and perspectives (50%)

Revision of both Literature papers:

Paper 1: Macbeth and A Christmas Carol (40%)

 

Paper 2: An Inspector Calls, the Power and Conflict anthology and Unseen Poetry. (60%)