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English (Key Stage 3)

 

Year 7

What will pupils study this year?

To ensure a smooth transition from key stage 2 to key stage 3 pupils will be recalling and developing their Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening skills through the study of a variety of texts and topics.

 

 Autumn Term

 War - Pupils will study a scheme of work which includes an author study and a close, in depth reading of the novel ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. Pupils will be introduced to KS3 friendly GCSE style exam questions, using the novel as a focus for those questions which will begin to develop their language analysis skills. To finish of the term, pupils will develop their descriptive writing techniques using a war inspired image as their stimulus.

 Spring Term

 Gothic Horror - Pupils will read and analyse a variety of extracts from Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ in addition to completing a context and author study. As well as helping them to develop their language analysis skills further, these texts will also inform and inspire their own creative writing as they practise their descriptive writing skills with a specific genre in mind: horror!

 Summer Term

 Introduction to Shakespeare - Pupils will study the life of Shakespeare, 16th Century Britain and will explore extracts from ‘Othello’. Their study of the key events, characters, themes and contexts of the play will then inspire a writing to argue/persuade task, allowing them to practise their formal writing skills.

 Poems from Other Cultures -Pupils will begin the new academic year with this thought provoking study of ‘Poems from Other Cultures.’ Pupils will study a variety of different poems from all over the globe and will begin to develop their ability to analyse poetry in addition to novels.

 

Year 8

What will pupils study this year?

Pupils will continue to develop their Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening skills through the study of a variety of texts and topics.

 

 Autumn Term

 Identity - Pupils will explore the importance of identity, both personally and publically through the media. They will also begin to consider the issues raised through prejudice of disabilities and disfigurements. Within this scheme they will read the novel ‘Face’ by Benjamin Zephaniah and will read and analyse non-fiction articles inspired by Katie Piper’s story.

 Spring Term

 Characters - Pupils will read extracts from the nineteenth century novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. Pupils will focus on Dickens’ protagonist Ebenezer Scrooge and consider what he reveals about the Upper Class society in Victorian England. Pupils will then study ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare and will focus on the characters of King Duncan, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to develop their writing to persuade skills.

 Summer Term

 Challenges - Pupils will read extracts from ‘The Hunger Games’ and a variety of non-fiction texts based around the theme of ‘challenge’. They will also read the whole play ‘Our Day Out’ by Willy Russell and will practise their drama skills when performing some key scenes from the play in class.

Pupils will then study a variety of different non-fiction texts starting with ‘Touching the Void’ and continuing onto articles and relevant media clips. During their non-fiction focused study, they will develop both their language analysis skills based around writer’s viewpoints, in addition to their formal writing skills.