English

Year 7

Autumn 1 – The Novel Autumn 2 – Media through the ages Spring 1 – Play Spring 2 – Creative Writing Summer 1 – Poetry Summer 2
  • Students will read and examine the themes, ideas, concepts and thoughts explored throughout a certain novel, engaging with different characters, events and messages that may be present.
  • Students look at a range of adverts, articles and media texts and how the use of language and images have changed over time from 19th to 21st century.
  • Students will explore a drama text and how dramatic techniques are used to present different themes, ideas, concepts, thoughts or messages.
  • Students will develop their own individual writing style as they look at how to write to match different purposes and use different features effectively.
  • Students will explore the poetic form and how poetic features present different themes, emotions, thoughts, feelings or ideas. Students will also look at how
  • Students will look at Shakespeare before making their move to Y8.

Year 8

Autumn 1 – Shakespeare Autumn 2 – 19th Century Novel Spring 1 – Print Based Journalism Spring 2 – War Literature Summer 1 – Poetry Summer 2 – Creative Writing
  • Students will explore the life and times of Shakespeare, whilst examining the different plays and poetry he wrote
  • Students will explore the themes of a 19th Century Novel and what was happening in the world at this time to influence the writer.
  • Exploring and comparing different non-fiction texts and how they have been influenced by different contexts and time periods.
  • Exploring the literature of the Great War and the different themes and ideas explored.
  • Students will explore the poetic form and how poetic features present different themes, emotions, thoughts, feelings or ideas. Students will also look at how they can use these features to reflect their own feelings and emotions through creating their own poems.
  • Students will develop their own individual writing style as they look at how to write to match different purposes and use different features effectively.

Year 9

Autumn 1 – Non-fiction Autumn 2 – Of Mice and Men Spring 1 – The Tempest Spring 2 – Conflict across the ages Summer 1 – Relationships poetry Rollover – Fairytales
  • Students will study a range of non-fiction texts, including travel writing, articles and blogs around the theme of travel. They will also create their own non-fiction pieces of writing.
  • Students will study the full novel focusing on key reading skills, including learning about the context of the 1930s.
  • Students will study the full play, focusing on the key themes and characters in the play.
  • Students study a range of fiction extracts which focus on the theme of “Conflict across the ages”, analysing both language and structure. They will also create their own pieces of writing linked to the theme of conflict.
  • Students will be given a booklet of poetry based on the theme of relationships. Students will gain a knowledge of those particular poems, as well as how to approach poetry and how it should be analysed.
  • Students will cover a range of narrative and descriptive skills linked to fairytales. They will get the chance to write from a range of perspectives and use different forms to create engaging pieces of writing.

Year 10

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
  • Students cover skills for their Language GCSE. In particular, they are tasked with responding to a single narrative text, and answering questions that test inference, language and structure analysis and evaluation. For writing, they practise narrative and descriptive skills.
  • Students study a play – either An Inspector Calls (Sets 1-4) or DNA (Sets 5-7). Writing skills are maintained through skills starters in their lessons.
  • As this is a shorter half term, students focus on writing skills, particularly writing to argue and persuade.
  • Students study skills for their Language GCSE course, this time for a different exam, and covering inference, language analysis and comparison. The writing skills covered in the previous month combine to cover the whole paper.
  • Students study the Power and Conflict cluster of poems in their anthologies, as well as a range of unseen poems for one of their Literature GCSE exams. They also have a lesson per week on revising the play they studied
  • Students study Jekyll & Hyde for one of their Literature exams. They will also practise narrative and descriptive skills for Language.

Year 11

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
  • Students will study Macbeth for one of their Literature exams, alongside writing to narrate and describe
  • Students will revise and study Language skills, such as inference, language and structure analysis and evaluation. They will also practise writing to narrate and describe.
  • Students will revise and study either An Inspector Calls (Sets 1-4) or DNA (Sets 5-7), alongside writing to argue and persuade.
  • Students will revise and study Language GCSE skills, such as inference, language analysis and comparison. Revision skills and advice will also be covered in detail. This will be taught alongside Jekyll & Hyde, which is part of their Literature exam.
  • Students will cover all of the skills taught since the beginning of Y10 in the run up to the four exams.