English

Objectives:

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

To continue to develop critical reading skills through reading strategies.

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

To continue to develop accuracy and confidence in written and spoken communication.

To introduce GCSE exam skills for both English Language and English Literature.

Links with other Units:

Year 7 – Myths and Legends, Charity Appeals,

Year 8 – Shakespeare Unit, Nature Poetry, Sugar Non-fiction, The Island Project


Term

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Unit

Creative Writing

Supernatural

Shakespeare

Macbeth

Richard III

Novel

Curious Incident

Of Mice and Men

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Poetry

WW1

Different Cultures

2nd Novel

Curious Incident

Of Mice and Men

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Blackfish Non Fiction

Blackfish documentary

Non-fiction texts

Time

7 weeks

7 weeks

5 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

7 weeks

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Reading Skills

- Developing independent use of reading strategies.

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

- Developing GCSE exam skills

Writing Skills

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

- Planning and developing ideas independently.

Speaking and Listening

- Class and group discussions

Unit Outcomes

- Short creative piece of writing

Formal analytical essay.

Reading Skills

- Developing understanding and ability to read and decode Shakespeare

- Learning to answer GCSE style Literature exam question

Writing Skills

- Planning, organising and writing a formal essay

- Expanding understanding of language in Shakespeare’s plays

Speaking and Listening

- Discussion on Lady Macbeth in preparation for essay.

Unit Outcomes

- GCSE style exam answer

Group discussion on the development of the character Lady Macbeth

Reading Skills

- Developing independent reading for meaning

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

- Learning to answer GCSE style exam question

Writing Skills

- Understanding and responding to ideas in text through imaginative writing.

- Planning and developing ideas independently.

Speaking and Listening

- Class and group discussions

Unit Outcomes

- GCSE style exam answer

- Imaginative writing

Reading Skills

- Developing independence in reading and decoding poetry

- Developing comparison skills

- Preparation for Year 9 unseen poetry exam

Writing Skills

- Developing poetic writing

- Expanding vocabulary and descriptive writing

Speaking and Listening

- Class and group discussions

Unit Outcomes

- Writing a Poem

- Comparison essay on two poems

Reading Skills

- Honing independent reading for meaning

- Honing independent analysis of authors’ use of language and techniques.

Writing Skills

- Planning, organising and writing a formal essay

- Developing line of argument in an essay,

Speaking and Listening Skills

- Presentation

Unit Outcomes

- Year 9 Exam

- Presentation on themes and ideas in novel.Outcomes

- Exam style practice questions

- Article on the dangers of sugar for school newsletter.

Reading Skills

- Developing comparison skills

- Developing GCSE non-fiction exam skills

Writing Skills

- Developing tone and content for a specific audience.

- Honing use of persuasive techniques

Speaking and Listening Skills

- Presentation

Unit Outcomes

- Exam style practice questions

- Persuasive letter on topic of Blackfish.