English

Year 7

Students in Year 7 will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of Literature including books, plays, poetry and other forms of non-fiction text, whilst developing their reading and writing skills. We will start the year with a skills unit. This will focus on teaching students the principles behind analysing and evaluating texts as well are refining writing skills and developing their imaginative scope through studying elements of Harry Potter. This will be followed by a unit of study on narrative poetry, particularly focussing on poetic techniques. Later in the year, students will also study the novel Holes explore structures and character types as well as the influence of contextual factors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare and a non-fiction unit where students will practise writing persuasively and informatively.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of Literature including books, plays, poetry and other forms of non-fiction text, whilst developing their reading and writing skills from year 7. We will start the year with a thematic unit. This will focus the Second World War and teach students how to use contextual knowledge and other texts to help them find deeper layers of meaning and broaden their analysis. This will be followed by a unit of study on a short story, particularly focussing on inference and structuring an effective short story. Later in the year, students will also study the play Blood Brothers to help them understand the features of plays as well as the influence of contextual factors on the issues discussed in the play. We will conclude the year with a non-fiction unit where students will practise writing persuasively and informatively.

Please click on the link below for guidance on levels students should aim for.

Writing

Reading