English KS3 Curriculum

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Welcome to Year 7 English!

This year you will study three themes: War and Refuge, Nature and Wildlife, and Love and Conflict.  Within each theme, you will have the chance to read lots of different types of texts and try your hand at writing in different styles. You will also discuss and debate your ideas around the themes as a class and in groups.

In Year 7, you will study…

Scheme of Learning Skills Texts Assessment Enrichment Examples
Autumn Term Baseline Assessment Writing to describe and narrate

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Introduction to Accelerated Reader. Writing to describe ‘Alone’.
Finding the Voice Writing to describe – adventure narratives. Two week project
War and Refuge Selecting and understanding information

Inference and deduction

Exploring language and structure

Exploring context

Modern text: Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird

Poetry: At the Border – Choman Hardi, Flag – John Agard, The Yellow Palm – John Minhinick

Non-fiction: A range of articles looking at themes of refugees and evacuees

Literary non-fiction: Autobiographical accounts, soldier’s letters

Writing to present a viewpoint / comprehension and inference of texts. Writing a Blurb
Spring Term Nature and Wildlife Selecting and understanding information

Inference and deduction

Exploring language and structure

Exploring context

Modern text: Touching the Void, The Werewolf

Pre 1914 text: The Secret Garden extracts

Poetry: William Blake The Lamb  and The Tyger, Tennyson The Eagle, selected poems by Coleridge, Byron, Wordsworth

Non-fiction: Telling the Story- environmental issues as debate

Non-fiction lit:  Christopher Columbus’ first voyage journal extract, Dorothy Wordsworth – diary entry

Reading assessment – comprehension, language analysis and critical review (Language Paper One style).

Poetry comparison

Chaucer Research
Summer Term Love and Conflict Writing to present a viewpoint

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Inference and deduction

Exploring language and structure

Considering a writer’s intentions

Exploring context

Modern text: Kid, Simon Armitage

Pre 1914 text: Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare

Poetry: Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

Non-fiction: Non-fiction texts surrounding relationships

Non-fiction lit: Love letter from Henry VIII to Ann Boleyn

Writing to present a viewpoint.

Reading assessment – exploring an extract from Romeo and Juliet, considering language, structure and context.

Conflict Poetry
End of Year Exams Selecting and understanding information

Exploring language and structure

Giving a critical opinion

Writing to describe and narrate

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Welcome to Year 8 English!

This year you will study three themes: America’s Dreams; Guilt, Memory and Reality; and Victims and Villains. Within each theme, you will have the chance to read lots of different types of texts and try your hand at writing in different styles. You will begin to compare texts from different times and different types of character experiences, for example different villains throughout literature.  You will also discuss and debate your ideas around the themes as a class and in groups, learning about different parts of British and world history and culture, and how these apply to the key themes.

In Year 8, you will study…

Scheme of Learning Skills Texts Assessment Enrichment Examples
Autumn Term  

Finding the Voice

 

 

 

Writing to describe and narrate

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

 

Extracts from: Dracula, The Hound of the Baskervilles, gothic art. ‘The Nightmare’ – writing to describe.

 

The Nightmare – Genre and Conventions
America’s Dreams Inference and deduction

Exploring language and structure

Considering a writer’s intentions

Exploring context

Comparison

Modern text: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Pre 1914 text: The Scarlett Letter

Poetry: Two Scavengers in a Truck, Two Beautiful People in a Mercedes

Non-fiction:  Migrant Workers articles (BBC)

Non-fiction lit: The declaration of Independence, other statements about freedom in America to support.

Reading assessment – analysing an extract from ‘Of Mice and Men’. Of Mice and Men Takeaway Homework Menu
Spring Term Guilt, Memory and Reality Inference and deduction

Exploring language and structure

Considering a writer’s intentions

Exploring context

Comparison

Modern text: Maus and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Pre 1914 text: George Eliot, Daniel Deronda

Poetry: Selection of post Holocaust poetry, including some written at the time

Non-fiction: Nazi propaganda articles, extracts from Night

Non-fiction lit: Antisemitism throughout history articles / Nazi propaganda articles

Reading assessment – exploring an extract, considering language, structure, context and comparing texts / Language Paper One style assessment.

Writing to explain.

Anne Frank’s Diary Extracts
Summer Term Victims and Villains Inference and deduction

Exploring language and structure

Considering a writer’s intentions

Exploring context

Writing to present a viewpoint

Spelling, punctuation and grammar

Modern text: Extracts from John Fowles, The Collector 

Pre 1914 text: Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice/Othello, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Poetry: Carol Ann Duffy, Stealing

Non-fiction: Last woman to be hanged in UK (Ruth Ellis resources)

Non-fiction lit: Dickens, Newgate Prison (extract)

Reading assessment – comparison and analysis of two soliloquies. Shylock’s Diary
End of year Exam Selecting and understanding information

Exploring language and structure

Giving a critical opinion

Writing to describe and narrate

Spelling, punctuation and grammar