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Autumn Term (term 1 and 2) Y7 –

Forensic Linguistics – Pupils will study a variety of texts written by the suspects in a murder case, using their observations about the stylistic choices and grammatical mistakes of the suspects they will attempt to unmask a killer!  This module will test students’ ability to identify features and compare texts.

Dahlights – A study of Roald Dahl’s nonfiction writing as well as his short stories. Students will explore vocabulary and sentence structure in fiction writing by writing the opening to their own short stories.


Students will read a range of extracts from Shakespeare’s plays.  In addition to a close study of Julius Caesar we will look at; Macbeth, Richard III and Hamlet and examine – through the characters – villainous motivation. Students will study the language and themes presented through the play and analyse key passages for meaning.

Spring Term (term 3 and 4) Y7 –

WonderStudents will read R.J. Palacio’s novel as a class as well as explore nonfiction texts based on the themes and subject matter discussed in the book. Students will develop oratory skills in a Socratic Circle as well as reading skills in extract analysis.

Summer Term (term 5 and 6) Y7 –

Exam prep
Pupils will study a variety of non fiction texts that will focus on social issues.  They will also study extracts from a wide range of classic novels. We will use these texts to prepare for an English Language style exam.

Forensic Poetry
Pupils will study a  variety of poems linked by common themes to determine how poets create meaning.  We will work on the skills of analysis and comparison as well as using poems to inspire creative writing.

Autumn Term (term 1 and 2) Y8 –

History of English – Students will begin Year 8 with a look at language from cave painting to texting.  Students will work forward in time until we start to focus on texts in the Victorian era..

A Monster Calls – Students will read the novel by Patrick Ness as a class as well as explore nonfiction texts based on the themes and subject matter discussed in the book. Students will develop oratory skills in a Socratic Circle as well as reading skills in extract analysis.

Spring Term (term 3 and 4) Y8 –

Thematic Shakespeare-

Students will study a variety of Shakespearean texts in thematic groups.

We will focus on language, structure and the context that Shakespeare was writing in.

Dystopian Fiction – Students will read a variety of extracts of dystopian fiction; they will be looking at style of writing, areas of commonality and the contexts of the times of writing.  Pupils will also be looking to create their own writing based on the dystopian genre conventions.

Summer Term (term 5 and 6) Y8 –

Exam skills

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time –

How we assess students:

In English we assess students and develop skills in three specific aspects of English literature and language: reading, writing and speaking and listening. Assessments range from comparative essays to creative writing to delivering speeches. Students are formally assessed at least once a term using assessment focuses derived from GSCE criteria in order to ease the transition from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4. Feedback is detailed and specific to each student and students are given time to ‘Think Pink and Go Green’ on assessments.

Homework is set weekly and should last up to forty minutes.  Homework will be set on Google Classroom and will normally also be submitted on that application thus negating the need to print at home.  Pupils can use the library in order to complete homework if they do not have access to a computer at home.
How parents/carers can support their child:

The easiest and most effective way to support your child is simply to encourage reading – push your child to more challenging reads, read with your child and have discussions with your child about what you have read. Good habits for GCSE preparation start at Key Stage 3. Parents can help support and foster independence in learning by encouraging students to start their homework projects early and work on them continuously throughout the term.

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Reading list:

Summer reading list:

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A complete reading passport will be handed out to all Year 7 and 8 students each September.