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Head of Department: Mrs K Appleby

English Teacher: Mr D Stockdale (Assistant Headteacher)
English Teacher: Miss R Haydock
English Teacher: Mrs L Gibson-Tipping
English Teacher: Miss Z McFetridge
English Teacher: Mr E Colwell
English Teacher: Miss A Denny
English Teacher: Miss K Illingworth

Teacher Assistant: Mrs J Williams

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HALF TERM 1

Shakespeare’s Comedies 

Overview: Combination of stories with key extracts from: The Merchant of Venice; Taming of the Shrew; As You Like It. 

Skills: understanding context, analysing characterisation and plots and transactional writing tasks. 

 

Update post-Covid:  in light of 14 weeks of classroom learning and teaching lost for Year 7 we have updated our curriculum to ‘Back to Basics’. This SoW includes creative writing and grammar, punctuation, spelling & vocabulary. 

HALF TERM 2

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 

Overview: English Literature: 19th Century Novel Reading; English Language Speaking and Listening Presentation based on 19th Century Era 

Skills: Provide a personal response to show understanding of key events in a novel; analyse writer's use of languageusing relevant key terminology; show an understanding 19th century social context; present a well-planned presentation to a small audience using a clear structure and Standard English; respond to questions in details 

HALF TERM 3

Entertainment in the 19th & 21st Century 

Overview: English Language: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Texts (Selected Texts - World Literatures); Transactional/Persuasive Writing through reading non-fiction. 

Skills: Select and retrieve relevant information from aextract; analyse writer's use of language, to inform their own writing; comment on writer's methods in a textmake basic comparisons across two texts; use an appropriate format for letter writing and use a range of ambitious vocabulary and punctuation. 

HALF TERM 4

20th Century Modern Fiction: Stone Cold by Robert Swindells 

Overview: English Literature: 21st Century Reading. Language: Developing narrative writing skills.  

Skills: Provide a personal response to show understanding of key events in a novel; analyse writer's use of language and structure using relevant key terminology where appropriate; consider impact of the social context of the plot; use Aristotle’s Incline to deconstruct texts; use a range of ambitious vocabulary and punctuation in their writing 

HALF TERM 5

Unseen Poetry 

Overview: English Literature - Analysis of a range of poems on the themes of love, relationships, faith & worshipEnglish Language Speaking and Listening Presentation based on poems studied. 

Skills: Discuss and write about key messages in poems; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the context of the poem; present a well-planned presentation to a small audience using a clear structure and Standard English; respond to questions in details 

HALF TERM 6

Post-1914 Drama: Our Day Out by Willy Russell 

Overview: English Literature (Post-1914 Drama – Our Day Out); English Language Speaking and Listening Presentation based on themes of play; 

Skills: Provide a personal response to show understanding of key messages in play; analyse writer's use of language and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the context of 1960’s - 1980’s Liverpool; present a well-planned presentation to a small audience using a clear structure and Standard English; respond to questions in details 

HALF TERM 1

Shakespeare’s Comedies Overview: Combination of stories with key extracts from: The Merchant of Venice; Taming of the Shrew; As You Like It. 

Skills: Understanding context, analysing characterisation and plots and transactional writing tasks. 

 

Update post-Covid:  in light of 14 weeks of classroom learning and teaching lost for Year 8 we have updated our curriculum to ‘Back to Basics’. This SoW includes creative writing and grammar, punctuation, spelling & vocabulary.

HALF TERM 2

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 

Overview: English Literature: 19th Century Novel Reading; English Language Speaking and Listening Presentation based on 19th Century Era 

Skills: provide a personal response to show understanding of key events in a novel; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the 19th century social context; present a well-planned presentation to a larger audience (whole class?) using a clear structure and Standard English; respond to questions in details. 

HALF TERM 3

Entertainment in the 19th & 21st Century 

Overview: English Language: 19th and 21st Century Non-Fiction Texts (Selected Texts - World Literatures); Transactional/Persuasive Writing through reading non-fiction. 

Skills: Select and retrieve relevant information from a range of extracts; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form to inform their own writing; compare information and writer's methods across two texts; synthesize information from two texts; evaluate a writer's methodology and transfer this to their own writing; use an appropriate format for article writing and use a range of ambitious vocabulary and punctuation in an article 

HALF TERM 4

20th Century Modern Fiction: Stone Cold by Robert Swindells 

Overview: English Literature: 21st Century Reading. Language: Developing narrative writing skills.  

Skills: Provide a personal response to show understanding of key events in a novel; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the social context of the plot; use Aristotle’s Incline to deconstruct texts; use a range of ambitious vocabulary and punctuation in their writing 

HALF TERM 5

Unseen Poetry 

Overview: English Literature - Analysis of a range of poems on the themes of love, relationships, faith & worshipEnglish Language Speaking and Listening Presentation based on poems studied 

Skills: Provide a personal response to show understanding of key messages in poems; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the context of the poem; present a well-planned presentation to a small audience using a clear structure and Standard English; respond to questions in details 

HALF TERM 6

Post-1914 Drama: Our Day Out by Willy Russell 

Overview: English Literature (Post-1914 Drama – Our Day Out); English Language Speaking and Listening Presentation based on themes of play; 

Skills: Provide a personal response to show understanding of key messages in play; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the context of 1960’s - 1980’s Liverpool; present a well-planned presentation to a small audience using a clear structure and Standard English; respond to questions in details 

HALF TERM 1

Blue/Green Pathway: Shakespeare’s Tragedies (Literature) 

Overview: Students will study a range of Shakespeare’s Tragedies including Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Othello. They will learn about the conventions of tragedies and how these apply to the Shakespearean plays and modern-day adaptations. 

Skills: Students will be able to do the following: provide a personal response to show understanding of key events in the plays; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the context of the Elizabethan Era 

 

Yellow Pathway: Romeo and Juliet (Literature) 

Overview: Students will study Romeo and Juliet in relation to character, theme and relationships, along with creating an understanding of the plot and context. 

Skills: Students will be able to do the following: provide a personal response to show understanding of key events in the plays; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the context of the Elizabethan Era. 

HALF TERM 2

Blue/Green Pathway: The Yellow Wallpaper (Literature) 

Overview: Students will study The Yellow Wallpaper and question the motives of characters and the place of the text in Victorian England. Their study of the context of this text will support their knowledge of GCSE text, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.  

Skills: Students will be able to do the following: provide a personal response to show understanding of key events in a novel; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the 19th century social context. 

 

Yellow Pathway: Jekyll and Hyde (Literature)  

Overview: Students will study Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and question the motives of characters and explore the notion of Good vs Evil, along with Religion vs Science. They will also study the context of Victorian England which will support their understanding of the roles of characters and the writer’s motive.  

Skills: Students will be able to do the following: provide a personal response to show understanding of key events in a novel; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the 19th century social context. 

HALF TERM 3

Blue/Green Pathway: Communities  

Yellow Pathway: Worldwide Conflict

English Language: (Worldwide Conflict or Communities). Students will read and analyse a range of texts relating to Worldwide Conflict or Communities and analyse them in accordance to the layout of the exam. They will analyse writer’s use of language, form and structure, and consider the motivations behind the texts and the effect on the audience. They will also craft transactional writing pieces, taking care to develop writer’s craft and VSSSP 

HALF TERM 4

English Literature: Drama (Blood Brothers by Willy Russell)

Students will be able to do the following: provide a personal response to show understanding of key events in the play; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the context of Liverpool in 1960s-1980s  

HALF TERM 5

English Literature: Drama (Blood Brothers by Willy Russell)

Students will be able to do the following: provide a personal response to show understanding of key events in the play; analyse writer's use of language, structure and form using relevant key terminology; comment on the impact of the context of Liverpool in 1960s-1980s 

 

English Language:

'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck. Students will read and analyse a range of extracts from the text analyse them in accordance to the layout of the exam. They will analyse writer’s use of language, form and structure, and consider the motivations behind the texts and the effect on the audience. They will also craft a narrative, taking care to develop writer’s craft and VSSSP  

HALF TERM 6

English Language:

Fantasy Texts. Students will read and analyse a range of extracts from fantasy texts and analyse them in accordance to the layout of the exam. They will analyse writer’s use of language, form and structure, and consider the motivations behind the texts and the effect on the audience 

They will also craft a narrative, taking care to develop writer’s craft and VSSSP

HALF TERM 1

English Literature: A combination of Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) and Willy Russell (Blood Brothers)

Students will be able to make connections between the two key Literature texts, but also use these as a basis to write elements of a Narrative. This will then help them to form their own Narrative piece for English Language.  

Lower Ability students will focus solely on Romeo and Juliet from a Literature PoV and will be able to analyse extracts from the text, as well as craft essays on key themes and characters.

HALF TERM 2

English Literature: Morality in Literature 

Students will study and compare Jekyll and Hyde and A Christmas Carol via the theme of morality. They will be able to analyse extracts from the text, as well as craft essays on key themes and characters. 

Lower Ability students will also study both texts, but separately. They will also be able to analyse extracts from the text, as well as craft essays on key themes and characters 

HALF TERM 3

English Literature and Language:

students will work on ‘Text Transformations’ - taking the texts they have studied for Literature and transforming them into written pieces, e.g. poems, narratives, letters, articles, etc.  

HALF TERM 4

English Literature:

Most students will study all elements of English Literature C1 in preparation for Early Entry.  

Lower Ability students will focus solely on Blood Brothers. They will be able to analyse extracts from the text, as well as craft essays on key themes and characters. 

HALF TERM 5

English Literature:

Higher ability students will revise all elements of Literature C2 in preparation for Early Entry.  

Lower Ability students will revise all elements of Literature C1 and 2 in preparation for Early Entry.  

HALF TERM 6

Transition Programme from Yr9 to Yr10:

Main focus is English Language Speaking and Listening; students will be able to research, plan and prepare a speech to present to a small audience; focus of topic will be based on a previously studied text; in addition, students will complete creative writing for English Language and will be able to carefully create a cohesive plot with relatable characters and use a wide range of ambitious vocabulary, sentence structures and punctuation.

HALF TERM 1

All students will study English Language Component 1 Reading and Writing through the novel, The Fault in Our Stars. They will learn the Success Criteria for Qs 1-5 on the Reading paper, and how to achieve Grade 5+. In addition, they will develop Narrative Writing skills, with a focus on Narrative Voice via TFiOS

HALF TERM 2

 All students will study English Language Component 2 Reading and Writing through the topic, Monsters in Society. They will learn the Success Criteria for Qs 1-6 on the Reading paper, and how to achieve Grade 5+. In addition, they will develop Transactional Writing skills via the topic of Monsters in Society. There is also the opportunity to craft and present their Speaking and Listening presentation during this topic, on a ‘monster’ of their choice. 

HALF TERM 3

A combination of Literature and Language:

 Jekyll and Hyde revision with Narrative Writing. Students will revisit the plot of J&H and be able to analyse extracts from the text, as well as craft essays on key themes and characters. 

From this, they will also be able to craft their own short narrative piece for English Language:

They will develop plot and characterisation in a short story; use a wide range of ambitious vocabulary, sentence structures and punctuation accurately. 

HALF TERM 4

A combination of Literature and Language:

Blood Brothers and Romeo and Juliet revision with Transactional Writing. Students will revisit the plot of both texts and be able to analyse extracts from the texts, as well as craft essays on key themes and characters. 

From this, they will also be able to craft their own transactional writing pieces for English Language:

They will format their transactional writing accurately and effectively, along with using a wide range of ambitious vocabulary, sentence structures and punctuation accurately. 

HALF TERM 5

Revision for both English Literature and Language ahead of exams.  

HALF TERM 6

Revision ahead of exams.