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Year 7
(Modules, Topics)
AutumnSpringSummer
Unit 1: A Life’s Story
Pupils develop reading skills of skimming, scanning, research, evidence gathering and note-making, using a selection of biography writing extracts.
Starter focus: Punctuation

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.

Unit 2: Gothic Tales
Pupils study the conventions of Gothic writing by exploring a range of extracts from Gothic stories. The importance of plot, character, structure, setting and atmosphere are studied and pupils are given opportunities to incorporate these features in their own writing.
Starter focus: Spelling

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.
Unit 3: Our World
Pupils learn about writing from different cultures, using a range of prose and poetry extracts. Close analysis of language and writers’ craft enables pupils to understand the different ways in which texts reflect the society and culture in which they were written.
Starter focus: Sentence Structures

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.

Unit 4: Class Text
Pupils study a prose or drama text chosen by the class teacher. Through a series of reading, writing and speaking and listening activities the key areas of plot, character, themes and setting are be studied.
Starter focus: Paragraphing

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.
Unit 5: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Pupils study Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, focusing closely on plot, character, themes and setting through various reading, writing and speaking and listening activities.
Starter focus: Parts of Speech

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.

Unit 6: Poetry – Pen Rhythm
Pupils develop personal responses to poems through close analysis of poets’ language choices and investigation of their themes and ideas. Using annotation and P.E.E paragraphs, pupils learn how to effectively communicate their ideas.
Starter focus: Skills Consolidation

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.
Year 8
(Modules, Topics)
AutumnSpringSummer
Unit 1: The History of Language
Pupils investigate how the English language has changed over time by studying texts from the past 1000 years. They develop reading skills of information retrieval and close language analysis, as well as understanding the importance of using standard English when appropriate.
Starter focus: Punctuation

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.

Unit 2: Advertising
Pupils develop an understanding of the ways in which advertisers use language and presentational features to persuade their target audience to invest in their product or service. They closely analyse a range of different adverts and try to apply the same techniques in their own writing.
Starter focus: Spelling

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.
Unit 3: Detective Stories
Pupils study the conventions of detective writing by exploring a range of extracts from detective stories. They learn to read between the lines, infer meaning to solve detective mysteries, follow the development of themes/ideas and be use evidence to make precise points about texts. Pupils are also given opportunities to incorporate detective conventions in their own writing.
Starter focus: Sentence Structures

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.

Unit 4: Class Text
Pupils study a prose or drama text chosen by the class teacher. Through a series of reading, writing and speaking and listening activities the key areas of plot, character, themes, setting and symbols are studied.
Starter focus: Paragraphing

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.
Unit 5: ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Pupils study Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ focusing closely on plot, character, themes and setting through various reading, writing and speaking and listening activities.
Starter focus: Parts of Speech

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.

Unit 6: Poetry – Ballads and Sonnets
Throughout the unit pupils develop an appreciation of ballad and sonnet poetry. They learn to respond personally to poems through close analysis of poets’ language choices, structural choices and investigation of their themes and ideas. Using annotation and P.E.E paragraphs, pupils earn how to effectively communicate their ideas.
Starter focus: Skills Consolidation

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.
Year 9
(Modules, Topics)
AutumnSpringSummer
Unit 1: ‘Great Expectations’
Pupils study Chapter 1 of Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’, with close focus on literary style, technique and character. Pupils develop reading skills of information retrieval, close language analysis and an appreciation of writers’ craft. They are also given opportunities to include Dickens’ techniques in their own writing.
Starter focus: Punctuation

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.

Unit 2: Poetry
Pupils study an anthology of poems with the theme of ‘Childhood’. They learn to respond personally to poems through close analysis of poets’ language choices, structural choices and by investigating their themes and ideas. Using annotation and P.E.E paragraphs, pupils continue to develop their confidence at responding analytically to poetry.
Starter focus: Spelling

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.
Unit 3: Reading and Creating non-literary/non-fiction texts
Pupils read a range of non-literary and non-fiction texts, including articles, travel writing, letters, diaries, biographical writing, autobiographical writing and accounts. They develop an understanding of the conventions of each style of writing and are given opportunities to include the features in their own writing.
Starter focus: Sentence Structures

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.

Unit 4: Class Text
Pupils study a prose or drama text chosen by the class teacher. Through a series of reading, writing and speaking and listening activities the key areas of plot, character, themes, setting, symbols, narrative technique and structure are studied.
Starter focus: Paragraphing

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.
Unit 5: Reading and Creating literary fiction texts
Pupils will gain an understanding and appreciation of literary fiction texts by reading short stories and extracts from longer texts. Over the course of the unit teaching and learning focuses on narrative perspectives and viewpoints, character, structure, description and atmospheric elements, openings and endings.
Starter focus: Parts of Speech

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.

Unit 6: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ or ‘Julius Caesar’
Pupils study Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado’ or ‘Julius Caesar’ focusing closely on plot, character, themes, setting, symbols and structure through various reading, writing and speaking and listening activities.
Starter focus: Skills Consolidation

A homework booklet to consolidate classroom learning is attached to the unit.

 

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