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YEAR 7
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Students will begin the year with the Tales of The Unknown unit. Students will explore different stories based around the Gothic or Supernatural. They will develop an understanding of how these types of stories are created and will spend time developing their own. Within this unit, students will study and read through a Modern Play. They will explore key themes and ideas presented in the play whilst learning how to analyse dramatic techniques and devices. Students will look at a number of interesting and challenging issues over the course of the unit, developing their ability to engage with texts and discover their own opinions and conclusions on subjects. Within this unit, students will read through a novel, exploring key elements of this form. They will study how a writer develops character, themes, plot, how they use language effectively and how they structure their writing to match their purpose. Students will use the themes in the text to inspire their own creative writing, whilst developing their own thoughts and opinions on the issues raised within the text. During this half term, students will continue their study of a novel whilst developing a range of reading and writing skills. Within this unit, students will look at Non-Fiction texts and discover real life stories about important, inspirational people who have been forgotten or sidelined in history. They will learn how to read and analyse Non-Fiction texts whilst learning about a section of history that they may not have been aware of. Within this unit, students will develop their ability to read and comment on poetry. They will learn about different poetic devices and what makes them effective. They will have the opportunity to develop their own poetry as they read different examples of poetry from around the world and from a range of cultures.

 

YEAR 8
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Students will explore the themes of a 19th Century Novel. This will be either A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The students will consider what influenced the author and how he tried to present his message to the world. Throughout the term, students will be completing their own writing based on thematic links with the text and writer’s purpose. Students will continue reading Dickens’ novel during this half term, developing a range of reading and writing skills as they enjoy the text. Within this unit, students will explore different examples of mystery and suspense writing. They will study how different writers use different features and techniques to create certain tones and atmospheres in their writing. This will feed into the students creating their own mystery and suspense writing. Within this unit, students will explore Shakespeare’s life and works. They will look at a number of different plays and explore how the Bard developed dramatic conventions and brought us some of the most memorable characters and dramas of all time. They will engage with the different themes and issues that arise in the plays and will develop their own ability to analyse and evaluate these ideas and concepts. Building on their understanding of Shakespeare, students will go on to study the poetry that became synonymous with him. They will develop their understanding of this form of poetry, as well as how to analyse poetic features. This will then lead into students creating their own poetry. Within this unit, students will explore different examples of writing that links to the theme of conflict. This could be writing about war or wider conflict that taking place within society. Students will develop their understanding and opinions on these issues, as well as developing the ability to create pieces of writing that effectively demonstrate their opinions.

 

YEAR 9
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After the summer holidays, students begin studying Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, engaging with a fascinating sibling relationship and learning about the social state of Liverpool in the 1980s. The students are assessed on how a key theme is presented by the writer in the play. Before Christmas, students will work on texts based on the theme of journeys. During this project, students read a wide variety of texts which allow them to interpret different ideas which include some form of journey. They will use this to inspire their own choices, followed by being assessed on their ability to write a description or narrative. After Christmas, students will be exposed to non-fiction texts this time focusing on the topic of Crime and Justice. Students will look at famous examples from history or current affairs which will develop their abilities to interpret and express different viewpoints. The students will be assessed on their reading skills including inference, language analysis and comparison. Students will then begin studying Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, immersing themselves into the world of 1930s California and following the journey of George and Lennie. Alongside this, students will continue to practise argumentative and persuasive writing linked thematically to the novel, and this is how they will be assessed. Students will complete their study of Of Mice and Men. They will particularly focus on analysing the text and interpreting key characters. The assessment will consist of students using evidence and ideas to form their own analysis of a character from the text. Before moving on to their new teacher for Year 10, students will start working on a selection of the GCSE power and conflict cluster of poetry. Focused primarily on engagement, students will begin exploring the key themes and ideas in a selection of poems that will be essential in preparation for their GCSEs.

 

YEAR 10
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Students will begin studying for their English Language and English Literature GCSEs. In this half term, they will study fiction writing by looking at a range of examples from different genres, before using these as inspiration for their own descriptive and narrative pieces. Students will study the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ by JB Priestley, alongside non-fiction texts that are thematically linked to the play. Students will begin the study the Sherlock Holmes story, ‘The Sign of the Four’ by Arthur Conan. They will build on their study of non-fiction texts from Half Term 2, before writing their own examples of writing to persuade and argue. Students will continue and complete their study of ‘The Sign of the Four’ and practise writing exam responses. Students will begin the study of the Shakespeare play ‘Macbeth’, alongside the revision of writing to describe and narrate. Students will complete the study of ‘Macbeth’ and practise writing exam responses.

 

YEAR 11
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Students will study poems from the Power & Conflict Anthology, alongside revision of ‘An Inspector Calls’ from Y10. This will culminate in a mock for Literature Paper 2. During this half term, students will merge skills taught in Y10 with specific techniques and timings for English Language Paper 1. They will also be revising Literature texts in the form of homework and starters. During this half term, students will merge skills taught in Y10 with specific techniques and timings for English Language Paper 2. They will also be revising Literature texts in the form of homework and starters. Students will begin revision of all previous content, leading up to the final mock of the year: Literature Paper 1. In the build-up to exam season, students will revise all previous content for English Literature and English Language. Students will revise for their GCSE English Language exams.