During Year 7 in English, students will cover the following topics:
Fantasy and adventure Writing
During this scheme pupils will develop their creative writing skills by exposure to a number of different extracts from fantasy and adventure novels. Covering a range of writing skills including, characterisation, literary techniques, building a convincing setting and understanding the ingredients of this genre.
Suggested independent reading: Alice in Wonderland, the Harry Potter series & The Chronicles of Narnia.
We study alter-egos 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 Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Cirque du Freak by Darren O'Shaughnessy and Queen by David Grant.
Introduction to Poetry
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.
Students will begin to look at the use of literary techniques that are included in poetry as well as the use of rhyme and rhythm.
Suggested independent reading: Carol-Ann Duffy & Simon Armitage
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.
We study ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd as our modern play. Throughout this scheme pupils will focus on characterisation skills and drama conventions. They will focus on the use of symbolism, inference skills and the interpretation of key themes.
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
Introduction to Shakespeare - Hamlet
During this topic students will further their knowledge and confidence in understanding Shakespearean language and dramatic techniques as well as considering the context in which the play is set. When studying Hamlet pupils will develop their inference skills and ability to understand key themes and symbols.
Suggested independent reading: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare.
During Year 8 in English, students will cover the following topics:
The Gothic Genre
During this scheme pupils will develop their creative writing skills by exposure to a number of different extracts from gothic novels. Pupils will become more familiar with 19th century writing and will learn how to decode old texts. Covering a range of writing skills including, characterisation, literary techniques and understanding the key ingredients of this genre.
Suggested independent reading: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Romeo and Juliet
Students will study Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. They will further their knowledge and confidence in understanding Shakespeaian language and drama conventions. Pupils will consider the context of the play and the relating themes in order to make comparisons with the modern day.
Since students study Hamlet in year 7, this scheme is about developing analytical skills. They will consider how Shakespeare constructed his plays by focusing on the language and structural devices.
Non-fiction reading and writing
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 rhetoric in order to persuade an audience. Some of the texts studied are Martin Luthur King’s ‘I have a dream’ and JF Kennedy’s ‘Man on the moon’.
Suggested independent reading: newspaper and magazine articles.
Throughout this scheme students will read ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo in order to develop their ability to analyse characterisation and the structure of a novel. They will investigate the writer’s message and consider the social, historical and cultural context.
Suggested independent reading: War Horse by Michael Morpurgo and The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
In this unit students will read ‘Hobson’s Choice’ by Harold Brighouse. There will be opportunities for drama activities such as hot-seating and role play which will aid the understanding of characters and key events. The historical context will be studied in order to consider the key themes. This scheme includes analysis of language, structure and drama conventions.
Suggested independent reading: The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Journey’s End by RC Sherriff.
We study Spy stories in grammar for writing which is a module used to embed grammar into creative writing. Students will focus on the structure of story writing and how to adapt their writing in order to suit the audience and purpose. Students will have the opportunity to read a number of extracts such as Ian Flemming’s James Bond and Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz.
Suggest independent reading: The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum and The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.
Romantic + Modern Poetry
Students will study a range of romantic poems. Again, covering a range of skills including researching context, considering a range of perspectives and building confidence around reading and writing skills. Students will explore the conversions of poetry and broaden their knowledge of contextual features in poetry. Pupils will also strengthen their understanding of the 19th century and develop critical written responses.
Suggested independent reading: poetry by William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats.
During Year 9 in English, students will cover the following topics:
Pupils start this year by exploring the ingredients of detective and mystery writing. They will have the opportunity to read a number of extracts from this genre such as extracts from Sherlock Holmes in order to become more familiar with the conventions. Pupils will learn new sophisticated vocabulary, literary techniques and structural devices that will be encouraged to use in their own writing. This topic will allow pupils to evaluate their own writing in order to understand the impact that it has on the audience and the purpose for which it was intended
Suggested independent reading: The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and Paper Towns by John Green.
19th Century Literature
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, as well as understanding the context in which the novels were written.
Suggested independent reading: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.
The Art of Persuasion
Students will study a range of non-fiction writing linked to topics such as, the death penalty debate, racism, sexism, education for all, and climate change. They will learn how to compare and contrast these texts with a focus on language, structure, theme, character and writer’s ideas. Pupils will further develop the ability to write in different styles and forms and understand the influence of the media in various forms.
At the end of the unit they will complete an argumentative piece of writing.
Novel (Of Mice and Men)
Throughout this scheme students will read ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck in order to develop their ability to understand mature themes and sophisticated use of language and structure. Pupils will explore the context of the novel and consider the American Dream and the Wall Street Crash in order to gain a better understanding of the writer’s message.
Students will have the opportunity to analyse and evaluate the texts in preparation for similar novels at GCSE.
Suggested reading: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Play (Blood Brothers)
In this unit, students will share the reading of Blood Brothers. Dramatic techniques will be studied alongside the interpretation of character development and language and structure. Contextual features will also be explored and pupils will understand the play’s background and the writer’s message.
Suggested independent reading: Educating Rita by Willy Russell.
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.
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.
Suggested independent reading: poetry by John Agard, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Carol Ann Fuffy and Wilfred Owen.