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English

Time Allocation: Students study English for three 1 hour lessons per week in each of Year 7 and Year 8.

Grouping: For English, pupils begin Year 7 in form groups and put into sets after the first half term following rigorous assessment. KS2 result and the outcomes of the CATs texts are also taken into consideration.

Course Content: During KS3, students complete half-termly units covering reading, writing and speaking and listening:

 

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn

Autumn 1: Autobiography Unit

Writing task: An extract from my autobiography

 

 

Autumn 2: Novel

Students to study a novel and complete a close analysis through comprehension questions.

 

 

 

Autumn 1: Mystery and Gothic Writing

My Mystery Story (inspired by The Monkey’s Paw short story by W. W. Jacobs)

Autumn 2: Novel

Students to study a novel and complete a close analysis of language, structure, and form, though an essay question.

 

Spring

Spring 1: Texts Across Time

Students read a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts from Beowulf to 20th Century

 

Spring 2: Shakespeare ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Writing and speaking and listening assessments: A re-creative writing piece and role play based on the play.

Spring 1: Shakespeare ‘Macbeth’.

Students write a persuasive speech in role as a character from the play

 

 

Spring 2: Shakespeare ‘Macbeth’.

Essay analysing the development of Macbeth’s character over the play.

Summer

Summer 1: ‘Roots’ Poetry Unit

Essay comparing two poems – ‘Island Man’ and ‘Hurricane Hits England’, both by Grace Nichols.

 

Summer 2: Away to Work Unit / Media

  1. Presentation on their experiences of workplace visit to be assessed in the speaking and listening strand.
  2. Lessons on film that form an introduction to analysing media.

Summer 1: War Poetry

Essay comparing attitudes to war presented in two poems: ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen and

‘Who’s For the Game?’ by Jessie Pope.

 

 

Summer 2: Sporting Heroes

Students write an argument on sporting heroes and present speeches on a similar task to be assessed as speaking and listening

 

 

   

Assessment:

Formal Assessment:

Pupils have an interim assessment and final assessment for each unit. The targets set for the interim assessment should help them to achieve their best in the end of unit piece.

Homework:

Pupils will be set homework on a twice weekly basis. This will include reading and writing tasks as well as learning of spellings.