English Curriculum

English Curriculum Provision

All year groups

  • Pupils study phonics and strategies for reading and spelling and in key skills sessions each day
  • Pupils study a range of literacy skills through topic work throughout the year

Year 7


Autumn Term

All About Me

Text:

  • Selection of autobiographies

Specific Skills:

  • Informative writing
  • Interview and investigate
  • Analyse and compare

Traditional Tales

Text:

  • Selection of traditional tales from British and other cultures

Specific Skills:

  • Compare
  • Diary writing

World of Shakespeare

Text:

  • Extracts from Midsummer Nights Dream, Othello and poetry by Shakespeare

Specific Skills:

  • Explore
  • Respond and Discuss
  • Play writing


Spring Term

Ghost Stories – Highwayman

Text:

  • The Hanging Tree by Anne Rooney
  • Highwayman by Alfred Noyes (poem)

Specific Skills:

  • Respond
  • Debate and discuss
  • Analyse language
  • Poetry writing

Going Home

Text:

  • Way Home by Libby Hathorn
  • Hansel and Gretel retold by Donald Lemke
  • Journey Home by John Walsh (poem)

Specific skills:

  • Analyse and compare structure
  • Instructional writing


Summer Term

Comic strip

Text:

  • Selection of graphic novels from different cultures

Specific Skills:

  • Compare and analyse language and structure
  • Fiction writing

Africa – Life and Myths in Africa

Text:

  • Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett
  • Fire Children retold by Eric Maddern

Specific Skills:

  • Explore
  • Postcard writing
  • Respond
  • Traditional story writing


Year 8


Autumn Term

In the News – News and the Media

Text:

  • Selection of news reports

Specific Skills:

  • Analyse presentation
  • News report writing
  • Interview and investigate
  • Present

Telling the Truth – Neil Gainman

Text:

  • Coraline by Neil Gainman
  • The Wolves in the Wall by Neil Gainman

Specific Skills:

  • Compare
  • Analyse and compare character
  • Diary writing


Spring Term

Journeys out at Sea

Text:

  • Treasure Island by RL Stevenson
  • Tasting the Sea by Brian Moses
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Specific Skills:

  • Investigate
  • Analyse language
  • Fictional writing

Monster!

Text:

  • Extracts from Frankenstein, Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde
  • Horribly Thin Poem by David Orme

Specific Skills:

  • Analyse
  • Compare language
  • Informative writing


Summer Term

Space

Text:

  • War of the Worlds by HG Wells
  • Extracts from Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Specific Skills:

  • Retrieve
  • Report writing
  • Analyse
  • Fictional writing
  • Discuss and debate

Spies

Text:

  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Specific Skills:

  • Investigate
  • Instructional writing
  • Presenting
  • Persuading


Year 9


Autumn Term

Titanic

Text:

  • Selection of reports and first hand accounts from the Titanic

Specific Skills:

  • Investigate
  • Compare
  • Report writing
  • Persuasive writing

Tales of Morality – Charles Dickens

Text:

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Specific Skills:

  • Explore cultural and social setting
  • Analyse character and language
  • Compare
  • Persuasive writing


Spring Term

Step Up Entry Level Preparation

  • Step Up Entry Level’s are nationally recognised qualifications that give students the opportunities to achieve a certified award.
  • Reflect on previous texts using extracts to establish strong skills needed for their Entry Levels.
  • Speaking and Listening opportunities developing communication skills.

Step Up Entry Level

  • Reflecting and ensuring students are prepared and strengthen necessary skills to attempt their Entry Level.
  • Applying those skills on the Entry Level Tests.
  • Reflecting and ensuring students are prepared and strengthen necessary skills to attempt their Entry Level.

Summer Term

Bullies

Text:

  • The Savage by David Almond
  • Quiet Kid on the Bus by Ian McMillan

Specific Skills:

  • Analyse and compare
  • Fictional and non-fictional writing

Love and Tragedy

Text:

  • Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  • Sonnet XVIII by Shakespeare

Specific Skills:

  • Compare
  • Analyse
  • Play writing


Key Stage 4

Pupils study a selection of Fiction and Non-Fiction texts towards an AQA GCSE exam or a suitable alternative qualification

Year 10


Autumn Term

Truth

  • Pupils will explore the clues there are to the life of the main character in A Monster Calls and why the monster may have visited him.
  • Pupils will explore the actions of various characters and their reasons for their actions.
  • Pupils will explore sentence construction and how this helps to communicate a feeling in a piece of writing.
  • Pupils will analyse the stories that the monster tells and the story that Conor tells and examine what the truth in those stories and how this helps the main character deal with his feelings.
  • Pupils will spend time empathising with characters from ‘The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains’. Writing from their viewpoint and looking at motivations.
  • Pupils will compare the truth that is revealed at the end of A Monster Calls to the truth of the main character in ‘The Truth is a cave in the Black Mountains’.

A Monster Calls

The truth is a cave in the black mountains


Spring Term

Step Up Exam preparation and taking of the exam.

During this term pupils will focus on enabling students to gain their Step Up qualification in English.

This will involve exploring a variety of texts both fiction and non- fiction. During this time, pupils will refine and apply skills that they have previously learnt.

 


Summer Term

Curious Incident

  • Pupils will start by examining what it is that makes them afraid. They will also connect these experiences to the sense of fear felt by Conor in ‘A Monster Calls’ from earlier in the year.
  • Pupils will predict what they think will happen  in the play.
  • Pupils will start to explore empathy in more depth thinking about the impact that key events will have on the main character.
  • Pupils will go into more depth with their empathising with the main character in the text and will write at greater length from the perspective of this character
  • Pupils will compare different characters and their reactions to the behaviour of the main character in the play.
  • Pupils will also examine the impact of other people on the actions of the main character.
  • As an end of unit outcome pupils will reflect on the play and write an extended piece on how the main character has changed through the play.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-time (Play script).

 Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Novel)

 Great Expectations.


Year 11


Autumn Term

What is it that makes a monster?

  • Pupils will read through Macbeth comparing the presentation of the witches to being monstrous.
  • Pupils will explore the theme of manipulation in Macbeth through the actions of the ghosts and Lady Macbeth.
  • Pupils will explore how the speeches in Macbeth can convince people. Compare this to different speeches

-Speech from Independence Day

-Churchill’s battle on the beaches speech

-Colonel Tim Collins’ pre Iraq invasion speech

The final piece of work will involve the pupils writing their own speech as MacDuff persuading people to rise up against Macbeth.

The final four weeks of this half term will be spent in preparation for mock exams.

Macbeth

Medusa by Carol Ann Duffy

 


Spring Term

The World around us

  • Non-Fiction texts- variety of travel writing texts ranging from those that are more humorous to those that are more serious.
  • Pupils will examine what others do in order to communicate an amazing experience.
  • Pupils will use the vivid description of setting to create their own original piece of writing with a strong setting description.
  • Pupils will then compare the manner in which Dickens and Bryson communicate their perspective on America.

 

The Birds

Bruce Parry Tribe Documentary and Newspaper Article

Bryson and Dickens writings from America


Summer Term

Exam preparation

This will be based on both texts that have been previously explored and new unseen texts.

Pupils will examine the kinds of questions that are likely to come up in the exams, giving them time to be more confident in how to clearly structure an answer.

Unseen poetry


 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Christmas Lunch 19th December
  • Christmas Assembly 18th December (Students Only)
  • INSET DAY 21st December
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