Year 7

Transitional unit to support the transition from key stage 2 to key stage 3; the study of a novel and a creative writing unit based on Spooks and Spirits. Novels include: The Twits, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Room 13, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Private Peaceful and Bill’s New Frock.

Pupils will complete an analysis of non-fiction texts, to explore the conventions and language used. Pupils will then study a second novel followed by a unit on poetry.

Lessons take on a media based theme and pupils begin to study the use of English through the media. The final unit works towards pupils taking part in a public speaking competition with pupils from other year groups.

Year 8

Pupils study a novel, explore the language used in travel writing and complete a unit on poetry based on people. Novels include: Holes, The Graveyard Book, Stormbreaker, Gangsta Granny, The Hunger Games and The Great Switcheroonie.

Pupils turn detective and explore the language used in this particular genre. This is followed by a study of social media and the term ends with the study of a play by Shakespeare.

Pupils study the written form of ballads; Pre 20th Century literature; a selection of short stories and finish with a public speaking unit.

Year 9

Pupils begin the year by studying a novel then move on to the exploration of war poetry and culminate with a unit on Shakespeare in performance. Novels include: The Book Thief, The Cather in the Rye, Ruby Red, Brother in the Land and Life of Pi.

Pupils study English in the real world, film and media and pupils finish the term by studying a drama text.

Pupils begin the term by studying the works of a particular poet then move on to studying a selection of pre 20th century short stories and finish with the public speaking competition.

Year 10

Pupils begin their GCSE curriculum by studying the Arthur Miller play ‘A View from the Bridge’ for their iGCSE AQA literature exam.

Throughout year 10 pupils will begin preparing for their GCSE English Language exam by learning the various skills required for reading and writing in the exam. Pupils will be taught these skills through the use of varied materials, including fiction and non-fiction texts.

Pupils in year 10 will also complete two ‘Enrichment’ units: creative writing and extended reading.

Year 11

Pupils will continue to build on the skills learnt in year 10 and will complete a mock examination in November. Pupils will continue their study of literature and complete a piece of coursework based on two texts they have studied. In year 11 pupils also undertake an ‘Enrichment’ unit based on English in the real world.

Novels studied as part of the GCSE curriculum: Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry; Frankenstein; Of Mice and Men; A Doll’s House; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time; Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; The Kite Runner and The Picture of Dorian Grey.

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