English

Year 7

In Year 7 students follow common schemes of work which reflect National Curriculum requirements and the National Literacy Framework. The modules provide an integrated programme of reading, writing and speaking and listening. All work is designed to extend the ability to communicate effectively, encourage imagination and creativity, and to foster a love of literature. Independent reading is regularly encouraged throughout the year and built into activities such as ‘Readathon’ and ‘World Book Day’. Opportunities for drama are also provided.

Core modules of work in Year 7:

  • English Literary Heritage – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare
  • Poems from Other Cultures
  • Understanding and creating the conventions of a genre – Gothic Horror
  • Introduction to reading and producing media and non-fiction texts
  • Understanding the author’s craft – ‘Changeling’ by Steve Feasey

Year 8

In Year 8 students follow common schemes of work which reflect National Curriculum requirements. The modules provide an integrated programme of reading, writing and speaking and listening. All work is designed to extend the ability to communicate effectively, encourage imagination and creativity and to foster a love of literature. Independent reading is encouraged throughout the year. Opportunities for drama are also integrated within Schemes of Work.

Core modules of work in Year 8:

English Literary Heritage – ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare

War Poetry

English Literary Heritage – The works of Arthur Conan Doyle

Media and Non-fiction – Travel Writing

Understanding the author’s craft – ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar or ‘The Woman in Black’ by Susan Hill

Year 9

In Year 9 students follow common schemes of work which reflect National Curriculum requirements. Modules of work are planned to deliver an integrated programme of reading (fiction and non fiction); writing for a range of specific purposes and audiences; and speaking and listening opportunities.

Students study a range of texts from the English Literary Heritage including ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare and ‘Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.  To complement their study of Dickens, they also study non-fiction texts from the 19th century . Students are given the opportunity to study poems based around the theme of ‘Character and Voice’ offering students the opportunity to explore a range of ideas and perspectives. They will also spend time accessing seminal World Literature texts through the study of John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’. Students will spend time analysing and producing media and non-fiction texts and these skills are also reinforced throughout the year across a range of modules. Drama is used across the year to develop speaking and listening and aid students’ understanding of a range of texts.

Throughout the year planned assessment opportunities in speaking/listening, reading and writing are used to inform an end of year teacher assessment for English.