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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. Pupils will develop their descriptive writing techniques using a ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ film image as their stimulus.

 Spring Term

 Villains - Pupils will read and analyse a variety of Shakespearean and modern extracts exploring the characterisation of a variety of villains. As well as helping them to develop their understanding of the skills needed for KS3 friendly GCSE style exam questions, these texts will also lead to them debating and arguing in their own writing. More specifically they will be posed the question: ‘Is Lady Macbeth a villain?’

 Summer Term

 Examination Preparation Unit - Pupils will study an exam preparation unit specifically focused on the skills required for GCSE AQA Language paper 1. The unit methodically teaches strategies for each of the five questions they will need to answer in the examination. The skills covered are: retrieving implicit and explicit information, analysing language, analysing structure, evaluating texts and writing to describe and narrate. The unit will culminate with their end of year formal examination.

 Poems from Other Cultures -Pupils will finish the 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

 Survival - Pupils will explore the theme of survival through reading and analysing a variety of extracts. They will further develop their understanding of the skills needed for KS3 friendly GCSE style exam questions, focusing more specifically on the skills required for GCSE AQA Language Paper 2.

 Spring Term

 Characters - Pupils will read both fiction and non-fiction extracts written by the nineteenth century novelist, Charles Dickens. Pupils will focus on some of Dickens’ protagonists in his fiction, analysing their characterisation and writer’s methods as they do. They will then explore some of Dickens’ non-fiction writing and make comparisons between his viewpoints in these texts and the viewpoints of more modern writers.

 Summer Term

 Examination Preparation Unit - Pupils will study an exam preparation unit specifically focused on the skills required for GCSE AQA Language paper 2. The unit methodically teaches strategies for each of the five questions they will need to answer in the examination. The skills covered are: retrieving implicit and explicit information, synthesising similarities and differences, analysing language, comparing writers’ viewpoints and writing to argue a viewpoint. The unit will culminate with their end of year formal examination.

 Narrative Poetry - Pupils will finish the academic year with the study of a variety of narrative poems including the introduction of two poems they will later study more extensively at KS4 for GCSE Literature: ‘My Last Duchess’ and ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.