Autumn Term (term 1 and 2) Y7 –
Forensic Linguistics – Pupils will study a variety of texts written by the suspects in a murder case, using their observations about the stylistic choices and grammatical mistakes of the suspects they will attempt to unmask a killer! This module will test students’ ability to identify features and compare texts.
Dahlights – A study of Roald Dahl’s nonfiction writing as well as his short stories. Students will explore vocabulary and sentence structure in fiction writing by writing the opening to their own short stories.
Students will read a range of extracts from Shakespeare’s plays. In addition to a close study of Julius Caesar we will look at; Macbeth, Richard III and Hamlet and examine – through the characters – villainous motivation. Students will study the language and themes presented through the play and analyse key passages for meaning.
Spring Term (term 3 and 4) Y7 –
Wonder – Students will read R.J. Palacio’s novel as a class as well as explore nonfiction texts based on the themes and subject matter discussed in the book. Students will develop oratory skills in a Socratic Circle as well as reading skills in extract analysis.
Summer Term (term 5 and 6) Y7 –
Pupils will study a variety of non fiction texts that will focus on social issues. They will also study extracts from a wide range of classic novels. We will use these texts to prepare for an English Language style exam.
Pupils will study a variety of poems linked by common themes to determine how poets create meaning. We will work on the skills of analysis and comparison as well as using poems to inspire creative writing.
Autumn Term (term 1 and 2) Y8 –
History of English – Students will begin Year 8 with a look at language from cave painting to texting. Students will work forward in time until we start to focus on texts in the Victorian era..
A Monster Calls – Students will read the novel by Patrick Ness as a class as well as explore nonfiction texts based on the themes and subject matter discussed in the book. Students will develop oratory skills in a Socratic Circle as well as reading skills in extract analysis.
Spring Term (term 3 and 4) Y8 –
Students will study a variety of Shakespearean texts in thematic groups.
We will focus on language, structure and the context that Shakespeare was writing in.
Dystopian Fiction – Students will read a variety of extracts of dystopian fiction; they will be looking at style of writing, areas of commonality and the contexts of the times of writing. Pupils will also be looking to create their own writing based on the dystopian genre conventions.
Summer Term (term 5 and 6) Y8 –
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time –