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 will be introduced to skills required for their English Language GCSE exams. In particular, we will focus on writing to narrate and describe. For reading, students will be taught how to engage with a range of fiction texts, and evaluate their ideas about them.
  • Students will carry their targets into this half term, this time focusing on non-fiction, opinionated styles of writing, such as to persuade or to argue. Reading skills such as analysis and comparison will also be introduced.
  • Students will begin to bring together the skills they have developed throughout the year, and they will explore questions for their first exam, Language Paper 1, in more depth.
  • Similar to the previous half term, students will continue to work on their reading and writing skills and targets, this time with a focus on Language Paper 2.
  • In the build-up to exam season, students will revise all prior content and skills. 
  • Reading:
    ComprehensionInferencesLanguage analysis

    Structure analysis

    Evaluation

    Comparison

     

  • Writing:Content

    Organisation

    Technical accuracy

  • Following their exams, students will move onto engagement for their English Literature GCSE, to be studied in Y11.

Year 11

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
  • Students will engage with the plot, themes, characters and context of Macbeth, as well as Shakespeare’s craft. After five weeks of study and an assessment, they will move onto engagement for The Sign of the Four, by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • During this half term, students will continue their exploration of The Sign of the Four, including its plot, themes, characters, context and Arthur Conan Doyle’s craft. Throughout these seven weeks, students will also return to some of the poems studied from their anthologies, covered during rollover last year.
  • Students will read An Inspector Calls, by J.B. Priestley. They will explore this modern play’s plot, themes, characters and contexts, as well as Priestley’s craft.
  • This half term will focus on revising poems studied in the Power and Conflict anthology, with a particular emphasis on comparison skills and making connections between poems.
  • In the build-up to exam season, students will revise all prior content and skills. 
  • Literature Paper 1:

    Shakespeare: Macbeth

     

    19th Century Novel: The Sign of the Four

  • Literature Paper 2:

    Modern Play: An Inspector Calls

     

    Power & Conflict Poetry from their anthologies

     

    Unseen poetry