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YEAR 7
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Fairy Tales and Stories of the Unknown

Students begin this year engaging with the features of creative writing, reading a range of different stories and finding the inspiration to create their own. They will learn how to engage a reader, develop ideas, craft descriptive sentences and transform a single idea or thought into a bigger, fully formed piece of writing. We will also be visited by Grimm and Co during this half term, with the students working in an immersive theatre installation set up by the company.

War Literature

Within this unit, students will engage will a massively important genre of literature: literature inspired by or created as a result of conflict and war. Within this, they will understand the context of key historical world conflicts and study the play ‘War Horse’. Alongside this, students will also learn about war poetry that was created during and after WWI.

Outsiders – The Novel Study

Within this half term, students will engage with the theme of the ‘Outsider’ through studying a novel. They will explore how a writer uses different literary techniques and features to explore different aspects of this theme. They will also explore this theme within their own context and experience, writing their own non-fiction texts exploring the theme from their perspective.

Outsiders – The Novel Study

Students will continue with the study of the novel during this half term, undertaking a reading assessment after completion.

Hidden Figures

During this half term, students will engage with nonfiction writing 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.

Hidden Figures

Students will continue with this module, creating a group presentation on different figures and writing a speech about a figure they have independently researched.

 

YEAR 8
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The Victorians

Students will start the year by exploring the Victorian Era and life within Victorian society. This will lead into students reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Students will explore how the writer presents their message throughout the text.

Throughout the term, students will be completing their own writing based on thematic links with the text and writer’s purpose.

The Victorians

Students will complete the reading of the novel considering the development of character and themes before completing a reading assessment.

Seven Deadly Sins

Students will explore the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins. They will learn about what they and how they influenced Western Literature and modern ideas of morality.

Students will then look at how the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins influenced Shakespeare in his plays. Students will read the Tempest and trace how this theme develops through the text.

Students will continue to read The Tempest and explore how the Seven Deadly Sins are presented. They will also complete a reading assessment which interprets how characters are presented in the play.

Myths and Legends

During this term, students will explore the history and tradition of myths and legends. Students will explore an anthology of poetry from across the ages inspired by different myths and legends. They will learn how poetry can be used to explore different ideas, themes and messages.

Myths and Legends

In this final half term, students will continue to explore this topic, with students creating a class Myths and Legends museum. With this, students will design their own artefact based on one of the stories they have learnt about and present it to other students from the year group.

 

YEAR 9
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After the Summer Holidays, students will work on texts based on the theme of Relationships. During this project, students read a wide variety of
texts which allow them to interpret different ideas which include some form of relationship. They will use this to inspire their own choices, followed
by being assessed on their ability to write a description or narrative.
Towards the end of this term, coinciding with the theme of Relationships,
they will then begin their study of the novel Of Mice and Men.
Before Christmas, students will continue their study Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, immersing themselves into the world of 1930s California and following the journey of George and Lennie. 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 or theme from the text. After Christmas, students will begin a new thematic study of Inequality.
During this term, students will begin to explore this concept through an exposure to a range of non-fiction which will allow them to build an
understanding of this area whilst developing inference skills. They will also work on their writing skills by starting to work on creating their own viewpoints and perspectives in the form of speeches, letters and articles.
This writing skill will be assessed by writing a persuasive or
argumentative piece of work.
For half term 4, students will continue with the theme of inequality as
they 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.
Next, 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.
Before the summer, students will start working on the Shakespeare play ‘ Othello’. As a continuation of the theme ‘Crime and Justice’, students will
explore how this theme is shown in the play whilst also engaging with the plot and starting to get to grips with Shakespeare’s language/methods and
other key themes.

 

YEAR 10
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Students will begin the year by engaging with ‘An Inspector Calls’, a play that will be examined during Y11 when they complete their GCSE in English Literature.

After this is completed, students will then move onto studies for GCSE English Language, specifically on writing to describe and narrate.

In the build-up to a full mock, students will learn how to complete
Language Paper 1.

They will also start to learn how to write in a convincing, opinion based way.

Students will study Language Paper 2 skills, with particular emphasis on writing to argue and persuade in the opening weeks.

After an assessment, they will begin preparing for the mock as a whole, which will be assessed during mock week at the end of February.

Students will complete mocks for both papers and review their targets.

Specifically, they will focus on Language Paper 1 in this half term,
learning how to master their technique for each question.

They will then complete their Spoken Language course, which is a short
presentation and assesses spoken language, questions and answers.

Students will revise Language Paper 1 and Language Paper 2 as required, with their teachers making plans to fully prepare them ahead of their GCSE Language exams.

In the first week of this half term, students will complete both of their English Language exams.

After they have completed these, they will move onto the study of ‘Macbeth’ as part of their GCSE Literature course in Y11.

 

YEAR 11
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Students will spend most of their lesson time preparing for GCSE English Language Paper 1, covering both reading skills (Section A) and writing skills (Section B).

They will also revisit poems from last year as revision, in order to prepare for their GCSE Literature Paper 2 mock before Christmas.

Students will prepare for their GCSE Literature Paper 2 mock during Mock Week.

This will involve revision of ‘An Inspector Calls’, ‘Power & Conflict Poetry’ and unseen poetry.

Students will spend their lessons preparing for GCSE English Language Paper 2, covering both reading skills (Section A) and writing skills (Section B).

Students will also be directed to revise for Literature Paper 1, which will be assessed in March.

Students will return to their studies for GCSE Literature Paper 1, going back over ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Sign of the Four’ from Y10 and their previous revision.

They will revise GCSE Language Paper 1 at home.

Teachers will design action plans in order to fully prepare their students for both Literature exams, and both Language exams.

At the end of the half term, students will complete their GCSE English Literature exams.

At the beginning of this half term, students will complete their GCSE English Language exams.