English

Objectives:

To promote a love of reading through exposure to texts in class.

To begin to develop critical reading skills through reading strategies.

To expose students to different styles of writing and encourage experimentation in own writing.

To develop accuracy and confidence in written and spoken communication.

Links with other Units:

Exam Preparation throughout KS3 – fiction and non-fiction

Pre nineteenth century texts throughout KS3


Term

Autumn
Friendship and Relationships

Spring
Gothic

Summer
Reading for Meaning

Unit

Novel (Differentiated by set)

- Al Capone Does My Shirts

- Private Peaceful

- Holes

Pre 20th Century

- A Christmas Carol abridged text

Creative Writing

- Gothic short stories

Drama

- Frankenstein

- Dracula

- A Demon Headmaster

Myths and Legends
(Exam Preparation)

- Theseus and the Minotaur

- Pandora’s Box

- Persephone

Charity Appeal Non Fiction Unit

- Charity Appeal Adverts

- ‘The Workhouse’ by Charles Dickens

Time

6 weeks

7 weeks

5 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

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Reading Skills

- Learning to analyse authors’ use of language and techniques.

Writing Skills

- Reviewing how to craft accurate sentences for effect.

- Expanding and using more sophisticated vocabulary.

- Reviewing planning and paragraph organisation.

Speaking and Listening

- Class and group discussion

Unit Outcomes

- Letter to teacher

- A formal analytical essay

- Imaginative writing linked to text.

Reading Skills

- Reading a pre nineteenth century text.

- Learning to visualise action in a text onstage

Writing Skills

- Learning how to write a directorial.

- Expanding vocabulary through pre nineteenth century text

Speaking and Listening

- Hot seating activity to explore characters’ motives, thoughts and feelings

Unit Outcomes

- Directorial

- Hot seating activity

 

Reading Skills

- Developing reading for meaning – inference

- Developing analysis of authors’ use of language and techniques.

Writing Skills

- Crafting mood and tension in writing (varied and accurate sentences, vocabulary, descriptive techniques, experiment with structure).

Speaking and Listening

- Class and group discussion

Unit Outcomes

- Gothic short story

- Analytical tasks on short stories.

Reading Skills

- Developing reading for meaning.

- Developing analysis of authors’ use of language and stagecraft.

Writing Skills

- Developing expression of ideas linked to text.

Speaking and Listening

- Performing in a role

Unit Outcomes

- A formal analytical essay

- Performance

Reading Skills

- Developing reading for meaning.

- Developing analysis of authors’ use of language and techniques.

- Developing exam skills for end of year exam.

Writing Skills

- Crafting mood and tension in writing (varied and accurate sentences, vocabulary, descriptive techniques).

- Planning and developing ideas independently.

Speaking and Listening

- Class and group discussion

Unit Outcomes

- End of Year exam in reading and writing

- Focused descriptive piece

Reading Skills

- Developing reading strategies.

- Learning to make comparisons between texts

- Developing exam skills

Writing Skills

- Reviewing persuasive techniques.

- Developing a line of argument

Speaking and Listening

- Delivery of speech

Unit Outcomes

- End of Year exam in reading and writing

- Writing a persuasive speech.

- Delivering speech to an audience.