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English

English

Key Stage 3

In English we recognise the importance of studying the full breadth of the subject, as teachers draw on key concepts and processes in their delivery.  These concentrate on three key foci:

Speaking & Listening – students will: prepare formal presentations and debates; take part in informal group or pair discussions; perform individual and group improvisation and plays.

Reading – students will: study a range of literature that incorporates stories, poetry and drama drawn from different historical times, including contemporary writers; study a range of non-fiction and non-literary texts.

Writing – students will: develop ideas, themes, imagery, settings and/or characters when writing to imagine, explore and entertain; analyse and evaluate subject matter, supporting views and opinions with evidence; present ideas and views logically and persuasively; explain or describe information and ideas relevantly and clearly.

Below is an outline of current topics studied in each year:

Year 7

Term

Topic

Outline

Autumn 1

The Quest

Pupils will develop writing skills and write a range of descriptions and narratives based on the idea of a quest.

Autumn 2

Novel – Skellig or The Runner

Students will read and analyse a novel. They will develop essay writing skills.

Spring 1

Dark Futures

Students will continue to develop their writing skills and plan, write and redraft stories imagining a dystopian future.

Spring 2

Animal Poetry

Students will read and analyse a range of poems on the theme of animals. There will also be the chance to write and perform poetry.

Summer 1

Drama

Students will study scripts and develop speaking and listening skills. They will get the opportunity to write their own script and perform it.

Summer 2

Independent Reading Project

Students will produce a folder of work based on a novel of their choice. This helps to encourage independence and a love of reading.

Year 8

Term

Topic

Outline

Autumn 1

Magazine

Students will develop their non-fiction writing skills and write a range of features for a magazine.

Autumn 2

Novel – Private Peaceful or A Monster Calls or Stone Cold

Students will read and analyse a novel developing their ability to analyse language and structure.

Spring 1

Shakespeare –

The Tempest

Students will read and perform key scenes from The Tempest. They will analyse characters and relationships and have the opportunity to develop speaking and listening skills alongside reading skills.

Spring 2

Creative Writing

Students will learn about different genres of writing and then try and write in a variety of ways.

Summer 1

World Poetry

Students will read a range of poems and develop analytical skills. Some students will begin to compare poems.

Summer 2

Media

Students will have the chance to produce a media project which could be a comic book or a children’s book.

Year 9

Term

Topic

Outline

Autumn 1

Titanic Letters

Students will develop voice and structure by writing a variety of letters from different characters on the Titanic.

Autumn 2

Novel – Women in Black or Mice and Men or Stone Cold

Students will read and analyse a novel. They will answer GCSE exam style questions.

Spring 1

Shakespeare –

Romeo and Juliet

Students will study Romeo and Juliet and analyse key scenes. They will answer GCSE exam style questions.

Spring 2

War Poetry

Students will study a range of poems and compare and analyse the presentation of war.

Summer 1

Reading Non-fiction

Students will read a rage of non-fiction texts and answer a GCSE exam paper.

Summer 2

Writing Non-fiction

Students will develop non-fiction writing skills when designing their own theme park.