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English 7b

Year 7 English

During Year 7 in English, students will cover the following topics:

  • 19th Century Fiction
  • Poetry Anthology
  • Grammar for Writing
  • Novel
  • Shakespeare
  • Grammar For Writing - Non Fiction

Yr 7 english

19th Century Fiction

Oliver Twist, a Victorian novel by Charles Dickens, is used as in introduction to Literature.  During this module, students will consider the context, the effect on the reader and begin to learn how to analyse texts.  They will cover a range of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills

Suggested independent reading: All Victorian novels are available online (Kindle/e-readers) for free.  Oliver Twist; Treasure Island.

Poetry anthology:

Students will study a range of childhood/memory poems.  Again, covering a range of skills including researching context, considering a range of perspectives and building confidence around reading and writing skills.  

Suggested independent reading:  Carol-Ann Duffy & Simon Armitage

Autobiography

We study Alter egos in Grammar for Writing which is a module used to embed grammar into students’ creative writing.  Students will focus on using a high level vocabulary and a range of sentence types and punctuation. They will read a range of extracts from texts such as Kafka’s Metamorphosis and Queen by David Grant.

Novel choice

When they study a novel, students will develop their ability to analyse language, make inferences and consider a text’s social, historical and cultural context. 

Suggested independent reading:  Wonder by R J Palacio; Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Ma.

 

Shakespeare

Students will have an introduction into Shakespeare by studying a range of extracts from various plays or by studying Hamlet.  In this unit, they will begin their journey into Shakesperian language and dramatic techniques along with considering context and relating themes to the modern day.

Grammar for writing

We study ‘Writing The World’ in this section of Grammar for Writing.  Continuing our focus on grammar, students will learn how to use persuasive, informative and descriptive writing techniques. They will read and analyse a range of non-fiction articles to support their writing.

Suggested independent reading:  newspapers and magazine articles

Year 8 English

During Year 8 in English, students will cover the following topics:

  • Grammar for Writing
  • Poetry Anthology
  • Novel
  • Play
  • Shakespeare
  • Writing to Persuade, Argue and Describe

Yr 8 english

Grammar for Writing

We study Spy Stories in Grammar for Writing which is a module used to embed grammar into students’ creative writing.  Students will focus on the structure of story writing and how to adapt their writing in order to suit their audience and purpose.  They will read a range of extracts from texts such as Ian Flemming’s James Bond and Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz.

Poetry Anthology

Students will study a range of poems from different cultures such as Imtiaz Dharker’s Blessing and Nothing’s Changed by Tatamkhulu Afrika.  Again, covering a range of skills including comparing poems, researching context, considering a range of perspectives and building confidence around reading and writing skills.  

Suggested independent reading:  Benjamin Zephaniah; Grace Nichols

Novel

Through this novel, students will develop their ability to analyse characterisation and the structure of a novel and investigating the writer’s message.  We will also revise language analysis, making inferences and considering a text’s social, historical and cultural context. 

Play

In this unit, students will share the reading of a whole play.  There are opportunities for drama activities such as hot-seating and role-play.   Dramatic techniques will be studied alongside character development and language and structure.

Suggested independent reading:  Journey’s End

Shakespeare

Students will study Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet.  They will further their knowledge and confidence in understanding Shakesperian language and dramatic techniques along with considering context and relating themes to the modern day.

Writing to Persuade, Argue and Describe

We study a range of non-fiction texts in order to support students with their Transactional Writing.  Continuing our focus on grammar, students will learn how to use persuasive, argumentative and descriptive writing techniques. Some of the texts studied are from Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights and current affairs.

Suggested independent reading:  newspapers and magazine articles.

Year 9 English

During Year 9 in English, students will cover the following topics:

  • 19th Century Fiction
  • Play
  • Non-Fiction
  • Shakespeare
  • Grammar for Writing
  • Poetry

Yr 9 english

19th Century Fiction

Students will study a range of 19th Century extracts such as Dracula, Woman in Black, The Speckled Band and The Hound of the Baskervilles.  They will deepen their knowledge and understanding of language and structure analysis.

Suggested independent reading:  Charles Dickens; Jane Austen; Charlotte Bronte

Play

In this unit, students will share the reading of Blood Brothers.  In addition to this, some may study An Inspector Calls. Dramatic techniques will be studied alongside the interpretation of character development and language and structure.

Suggested independent reading:  Journey’s End

Non-Fiction

Students will study a range of non-fiction writing linked either to the Death Penalty debate or themes about racism.  They will learn how to compare and contrast these texts with a focus on language, structure, theme, character and writer’s ideas.  At the end of the unit they will complete an argumentative piece of writing.

Shakespeare

Students will deepen their understanding of Shakespeare through the study of Macbeth.  They will closely analyse the language, structure and form of the key scenes. They will work on the study of themes and context.

Grammar for Writing

We study Dystopian texts in Grammar for Writing which is a module used to embed grammar into students’ creative writing.  Students will focus on the setting and genre typical to dystopian writing. They will read a range of extracts from texts such as 1984, The Hunger Games and The Beach.  At the end of the unit they will utilise their skills to write a dystopian piece. 

Poetry

Students will study 5 poems linked to the theme of Conflict.  They will also revise their comparison skills and apply them to poetry.  This unit will enable them to approach unseen poems and build confidence in the analysis of language, form and structure of poetry.