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English (Key Stage 3)

Please Note: We are currently in the process of reviewing our curriculum. Further details will be published on our website in due course.

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 use the novel as a focus when beginning to develop their language analysis and evaluation skills. Pupils will develop their use of 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 nineteenth century, 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 to analyse and synthesise texts, 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

 Real and Imagined - Pupils will study a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts to further build on their reading and writing skills which they have worked on throughout the year.  They will be exposed to a variety of different texts in order to increase their knowledge of literature and the world and provide them with the vocabulary to talk about them.

 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 the work they have done on 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 fiction and non-fiction extracts.  They will further develop their understanding of the skills needed at KS3 and will begin to develop their comparison skills.

 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 texts ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘Great Expectations’, 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

 Our Day Out - Pupils will study Willy Russell’s play about a class of students from Liverpool who are taken on a day-trip to Wales.  They will explore the play’s themes, analyse the playwright’s use of language and practise their speaking and listening skills with various presentations and performances.

 Poetry - Pupils will finish the academic year with the study of a variety of narrative poems such as: ‘The Horse Whisperer’, ‘Medusa’, ‘Morning Song’ and ‘You Being Born’.  They will also write some of their own poetry.

 

Year 9

What will pupils study this year?

This year the students will be introduced to some of the key Literature texts that they will be studying for the Literature examinations. The students will explore a range of Literature texts, focusing on how they have developed and changed through the ages. There will be a clear focus on students developing their in-depth analytical skills. Students will also gain the experience of studying and responding to a range of Literary and Non-Literary 19th century and modern extracts that they will have to respond to when they sit their Language examinations.

Alongside the literature they study their will also be developing their own writing skills with a creative writing unit focusing on writing to describe and writing to argue.  The year will end with further development of analysing unseen poetry.

 

 Autumn Term

 A Christmas Carol - Students will read the Charles Dickens text in its entirety and will begin to appreciate the layers of meaning in the text and how character is conveyed. They will gain a deeper understanding of how writers use a central character to convey a moral message to the readers.

 

 Spring Term

 An Inspector Calls - Students will study this Literature text by J.B. Priestley in its entirety and will begin to appreciate how the writer conveys his ideas, views and focus on key themes through the study of a number of central characters/key extracts within this play.

 Summer Term

 Creative Writing - Students will practice the key techniques of the two writing disciplines Writing to Argue and Writing to Describe alongside grammar and sentencing skills. They will learn to craft their writing and revise and develop these keys skills.

 Unseen Poetry - Students will practice their analysis of language, form and structure through the study of a collection of poetry that they have never seen before.  This will build students’ confidence in analysing both unseen poems and other unseen texts.