In Year 7, our primary focus surrounds consolidating the vital literacy skills students have gained at KS2. Pupils have a lesson of Accelerated Reader during tutor time every week and are expected to consistently maintain and improve upon their skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar. In their other lessons, they are introduced to key English skills that become imperative to their study of English at secondary school. Students explore a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts, with a particular focus on 19th century texts; including an engaging ‘Introduction to Shakespeare’ by the end of the year.
In Year 8, students build on the skills they have developed in Year 7. They explore topics thematically. Each extensive scheme incorporates a wide range of reading and writing skills – as well as exposure to a wide variety of engaging texts. In Term 1, pupils will study the Moving Image, Dystopian prose and Victorian Poetry. During term 2, the focus shifts to ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The year finishes with a critical skills project in which students take ownership of their own learning. This solid foundation prepares students for life in KS4 English where they will start working towards their GCSE qualifications.
In year 9, pupils begin their studies for GCSEs in English Language.
During the first term, pupils study a range of non-fiction texts, exploring ways of identifying both explicit and implicit meanings. They will also learn to write in a variety of forms, for different purposes and audiences.
Pupils then go on, in the second term of the academic year, to learn how to dynamically interpret and analyse the way writers choose language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers. They will also learn to use vocabulary and sentence structures for effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
In the final term of year 9, pupils will learn to compare writers’ ideas, and the ways they are conveyed to the reader. They will also learn how to write creatively and imaginatively through adventurous and compelling tasks.
In year 9, pupils begin their studies for GCSEs in English Literature
In the first term of year 9, pupils will study a range of engaging literary texts, such as ‘Of Mice and Men’. They will learn to develop an informed response to the text and explore the connection between the novel and its’ social and historical context.
In the second term, they will go on to study a War poetry and Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet text. They will learn to study an extract of the play and then to relate it to the whole text. They will also explore the ways themes and ideas are presented through language and structure. These are linked to rigorous Assessment Objectives designed to foster exam skills.
During the final term of year 9, pupils will study ‘A Sign of Four’ and Introduction to Media Literacy. They will learn to write constructively about the texts they have studied in a critical style, using textual references, including quotations and examples, to support and illustrate their own interpretations.
In the first term of year 10, pupils will learn to evaluate texts critically and support their opinions with quotations from the text. They will also learn to create a cohesive piece of writing using appropriate linguistic and structural techniques.
During the second term of year 10, pupils will focus on how to analyse language and structure, using relevant terminology to support their views. They will also learn how to use these techniques in their own writing.
In the final term of year 10, pupils will learn how to write comparative essays. They will also learn how to use accurate punctuation and sentence structure to achieve effects.
In the first term of year 10, pupils will revise the novel they studied in year 9 and will learn how to write a critical essay in response to the poems.
In the second term of year 10, pupils will revise the Shakespeare text that they studied in year 9 and will learn how to write a critical essay in response.
In the final term of year 10, pupils will revise the play and poetry that they studied in year 9 and learn how to write a critical essay in response.
In the first term of year 11, pupils will revise the skills of inference and evaluation. They will also be focussing on the accuracy of their spelling, punctuation and grammar, and using techniques to make their writing effective.
During the second term of year 11, pupils will be revising the skills of comparison and analysis. They will be studying past papers and examination mark schemes to ensure they understand how to answer exam questions.
In the final term of year 11, they will be revising all the skills that will be assessed in their GCSE examination. They will be taking part in mock exams and reflecting on their performance.
In the first term of year 11, pupils will be revising the texts they have previously studies, identifying key quotes and extracts. They will also continue to practice the skill of essay writing.
In the second term, pupils will be studying past papers and examination mark schemes. They will also continue to revise the texts they have studied.
In the final term of year 11, they will be revising all the skills that will be assessed in the examination. They will also take part in mock examinations and reflect on their performance.
Support Your Child – Useful links and advice
- Reading and Literacy including non-fiction and fiction texts such as novels, newspapers and magazines.
- Discussing with students what they have read and what they thought of it.
- Writing, including spelling, punctuation and correct grammar.
- BBC Bitesize website