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English Curriculum 2021/22

KS3 Year 7

Autumn

Pupils will undertake a transition unit focusing upon the modern novel “Stormglass” by Jeff Wheeler. They will also study life in the 19th century and early 20th century, exploring texts of their teacher’s choice that convey the theme of isolation during that time. By crafting their own stories, they will develop an understanding of the writer’s craft.  

Spring

Pupils will study sections of the epic poem “The Faerie Queene”. They will also explore the concept of myths and legends surrounding knights, kings and queens. They will craft letters to appeal to a king or queen, as well as be given the opportunity to write empathetically as characters in the story.

Summer

Pupils will explore the theme of power and control in the Shakespearean play “Julius Caesar”. They will look at how language is used to craft speeches that persuade and then create and deliver their own speeches in response, looking at the techniques they can use to generate logos, ethos and pathos for their readers.

KS3 Year 8

Autumn

Pupils will explore the novel “Northern Lights” by Philip Pullman. They will also study a novel by Charles Dickens. They will write both creatively and empathetically in order to engage their readers and to entertain.   

Spring

Pupils will read a range of poems and non-fiction texts that explore the theme of resilience and grit. They will discuss and debate the concepts and write their own poetry. Pupils will also read a selection of short stories. They will begin to respond to these texts critically and analytically and craft their own short stories.

Summer

Pupils will study a Shakespearean comedy/tragedy of their teacher’s choice. They will analyse how the play reflects attitudes and values of the time and why the play has stood the test of time. They will explore dramatic devices and employ these through their own dramatic and persuasive speeches.

KS4 Year 9

Autumn

Pupils will explore the theme of love in “Noughts and Crosses” by Malorie Blackman as an anchor text, folding in other shorter texts that explore the same themes. They will also explore how to write creatively using motif and semantic field and explore extracts from 19th Century texts to gain a secure understanding of life at this time of scientific and industrial advancement.

Spring

Pupils will study a range of poems linked to the theme of “place”, exploring how the concept of place can be interpreted literally and metaphorically. By crafting a range of figurative devices, pupils will learn to evoke a sense of place in their own writing.

They will also explore the theme of “fear” and how it both excites and engages audiences across different time periods.

Summer

Pupils will read the novella “Of Mice and Men”, noticing prejudice and power through both Steinbeck’s language and structure, but also in an understanding of the social and historical context. They will unpick how modern writers craft speeches and other transactional pieces to engage, enrage and force readers to empathise.  They will then develop those skills into their own persuasive speeches about a modern issue.

KS4 Year 10

Autumn

Pupils will explore the central theme of human nature for the modern novel section and begin to explore a range of figurative devices used to convey thoughts and feelings. They will also explore Paper 1 of the AQA English Language Exam.

Pupils will also explore a 19th Century novel and look at how writers craft pathos in transactional writing

Spring

Pupils will explore poetry from the “Power and Conflict” cluster at AQA and develop their writing of narrative and description.

Summer

Pupils will explore literary non-fiction and transactional writing, with a focus on travel writers and how they simultaneously use language to persuade, inform and describe. They will also begin to look at Paper 2 of the AQA English Language exam.  

Pupils will also experience a modern play, looking at how writers create drama and tension. 

KS4 Year 11

Autumn

Pupils will explore how Shakespeare has captured the attention of audiences across generations with Romeo and Juliet, looking closely at how Cicero’s theory: “Man’s desire for power and control leads him to conflict” can be applied to the text through different themes.

They will also develop their understanding of creative fiction: English Language Paper 1.

Spring

Pupils will explore English Language Paper 2 and will develop their understanding of poetry from the Power and Conflict cluster. They will look at how writers convey their thoughts and feelings through different methods.

Summer

Pupils will revise for their exams.