English

English & Media

KS3

Curriculum Details

Year 7

Content

Homework

Parent / Carer Support

The Modern Nove

Core text: A Monster Calls. Developing interpretation and analysis skills of a fiction text and questioning writers' intentions. Creative writing techniques. Varying vocabulary and creating atmosphere and setting.

    Students will be set a range of reading and writing tasks with links to the lessons as well as literacy tasks.
    Revision for assessments.

    Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.
    Encourage wider reading at home.
    Discuss what they think of the books they are studying in class.

    Help your child to proof read any homework and correct any errors.

Discovering Dickens

Exploring the writing of Charles Dickens: analysing his creation of character, setting and his language choices with a focus on Great Expectations. Students will also study Dickens' non-fiction articles and social and political views and use the content to debate wider issues. Non-fiction writing. Students will plan and write their own opinion pieces.

    Students will be set a range of reading and writing tasks with links to the lessons as well as literacy tasks.
    Revision for assessments.
    Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.
    Encourage wider reading at home especially Dickens' texts and historical context.Help your child to proof read any homework and correct any errors.

Crime and Punishment

An introduction to Shakespeare and his writing. Students will study the historical context and the influence this had on Shakespeare's writing. Explore all elements of his writing including poetry and plays.Creative writing. Students will plan and write their own narrative pieces

    Students will be set a range of reading and writing tasks with links to the lessons as well as literacy tasks.
    Revision for assessmentsStudents are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently
    Encourage wider reading of Shakespeare and research into historical events. Ask students to recall plays, themes and characters they have learnt about in class.
    Help your child to proof read any homework and correct any errors.

Study Guides, Resources & Extra Support

    Handwriting booklets and grammar resources are available for free from Mrs O'Brien in the English department. A recommended reading list is available from Mrs O'Brien.
    Reading and Writing Club in the LRC Thursday 3.15-4pm.

Year 8

Content

Homework

Parent / Carer Support

Gothic Fiction

Students will learn about the history of the Gothic and explore extracts from novels, poetry and plays. They will analyse writers' use of language to atmosphere and match genre conventions.Students will develop their own writing skills to mimic the Gothic texts they have studied.

    Students will be set wider reading extracts to further explore the genre.
    Revision for assessments.

    Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.
    Encourage wider reading at home.Discuss what they think of what they're studying. Read and discuss homework texts with them.Help your child to proof read any homework and correct any errors

Journeys

Core text: Shakespeare' s The Tempest. During their study of the play, students will be focusing on the relationships between characters and important issues such as slavery and colonisation. Students will explore how Shakespeare presents such issues.Creative writing will focus on how to write a narrative.

    Students will be set a range of reading and writing tasks with links to the lessons as well as literacy tasks.
    Revision for assessments.

    Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.
    Encourage wider reading at home. Discuss what they think of Shakespeare's play and ask them to tell you about the story and the main characters within it.Use the website 'No Fear Shakespeare' to help students understand the language of the play.

Outsiders

Core text: The Boy in the Striped PyjamasStudents will explore some WWII historical context and how the writer presents different characters. Students will also focus on comparison skills and learn to compare different texts and writers' perspectives. Writing will focus on non-fiction writing and developing own opinions.

    Students will be set a range of reading and writing tasks with links to the lessons as well as literacy tasks.
    Revision for assessments.

    Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.
    Encourage wider reading at home, particularly of historical information and newspaper articles.Discuss with them what they are reading and their opinion on what they've read, in order to help them to develop their own opinions.

Study Guides, Resources & Extra Support

    Handwriting booklets and grammar resources are available for free from Mrs O'Brien in the English department. A recommended reading list is available from Mrs O'Brien.
    Parental/carer support: Encourage students to borrow books from the local or school library.Discuss news events at home, or events in a book they're reading, to help them to develop their own opinions.

Year 9

Content

Homework

Parent / Carer Support

American Literature

Core text: John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.During their study of the novella, students focus on the representation of America throughout history. Looking at social and political context and how it influenced Steinbeck and other American writers. Students will explore modern music, poetry and extracts from American fiction.Students will develop their own narrative writing skills.

    Wider reading linked to the topic.
    Revision for assessments.
    Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.
    'Spark Notes' is a useful website for finding out more information on Of Mice and Men. It includes chapter and character summaries as well as a list of themes within the novel.Encourage wider reading at home.Discuss with them their opinion on what they've read, in order to help them to develop their own opinions.Help your child to proof read any homework and correct any errors.

Conflict

Core text: Shakespeare's Othello.During their study of the play, students will be focusing on the actions of key characters and important issues within the play including the portrayal of women and race. They will also be analyzing the language choices used by the playwright.Students will develop their own descriptive writing skills

    Wider reading linked to the topic.
    Revision for assessments.

    Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently
    .
    No Fear Shakespeare is a useful website to find out more information on Othello and to help students to feel confident with the language.Help your child to proof read any homework and correct any errors.

GCSE Bridging Unit

Students will focus more specifically on the skills required for the Language GCSE course. Looking at a range of non-fiction texts and analyzing and comparing how writers use language to put across their perspectives. Students will debate and present their own opinion pieces and write to match a range of non-fiction forms.

    Wider reading linked to a topic. Written pieces and literacy skills.Revision for assessments. Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.
    Encourage wider reading at home, particularly of newspaper articles.Discuss with them how writers present their opinions. Compare how different newspapers present the same news item.

Study Guides, Resources & Extra Support

    Handwriting booklets and grammar resources are available for free from Miss Walter in the English department.
    Reading and Writing Club & Boys. Creative Writing Club Thursday after school 3:15pm - 4:00pm LRC.

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