Autumn Term 1: Fiction and Non-Fiction
This unit helps pupils develop into critical readers who can search for meaning using a range of reading strategies. By learning to differentiate between the features of fiction and non-fiction texts, pupils should become more aware of adapting their writing for purpose and text type. They will learn how to establish tone through language choices in their writing and will use peer and self-assessment to review their own developing skills.
Autumn Term 2: Novel: “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”
In this thought provoking tale set against the backdrop of the Holocaust and World War Two, students will study areas of characterisation and language use, alongside exploring thematic areas such as friendship. Pupils will also analyse narrative technique and authorial intention.
Spring Term 3: “Frankenstein”
Through the study of this play, pupils learn about characterisation, spoken language as well as the text’s themes, such as of the role of science and religion in society, then and now. Students will also study pre20th century literature through extracts from the Mary Shelley’s original Gothic text, with consideration of how the text is presented in prose, in drama and in film. Other areas, such as genre and horror writing are also considered.
Spring Term 4: Poetry from Other Cultures and Traditions (POCAT) poetry
Building on the introduction to poetry in Year 7, pupils will access a selection of longer, more challenging poems taken from previous GCSE papers. In doing this, they will further develop their inference and deduction skills, in addition to learning more about other cultures and their contexts through poetry. Tasks will develop their analytical writing skills, their performance and speaking and listening, as well as the building of an anthology of their own poetic writings.
Summer Term 5: Short Stories and Public Speaking and Debating
Building on the introductory unit in Year 7, pupils will analyse and make inferences about a range of texts, including “The Hitchhiker” by Roald Dahl and “Sredni Vashtar” by H. H. Munro (Saki). Students will further develop their ability to write GCSE style responses to questions.
Also within this term is the opportunity to further engage and develop the skills of public speaking and debating introduced in Year 7.
Summer Term 6: Understanding and producing non-fiction texts
In preparation for GCSE English Language Controlled Assessment, the skills of discursive writing and that of writing in a more informal, humorous style are practised in this scheme of work. Writing ‘motormouth’ rants in the style of Jeremy Clarkson, students will be waxing lyrical about what they love, what they loathe and generally be whinging in the last few weeks of Year 8.
Students will also be tasked with more traditional creative writing tasks such as that of creating their own short stories, developing skills of description and the ability to vary sentence style and type to achieve dramatic effect