English

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English

Autumn Term

Creative Reading and Writing
Topic
Overview
Prose Reading: Noughts and
Crosses or Lord of the Flies
  • Reading of text and/or extended extracts
  • Analysis of writer’s method
  • Evaluation of features of form, structure and language
  • Close reading, tracking and locating explicit and implicit information
  • Presentation of character
  • Structural features
  • Inference/impressions
  • Making critical, evaluative judgements
Creative prose writing: Styles and genres
  • Using the reading of a range of 20th and 19th Century extracts/short stories as a basis, pupils to practise writing in a variety of styles/genres
  • Particular focus on method and stylistic intent, incl. linguistic technique, semantic fields, pathetic fallacy, etc
  • Exploration of different types of narration

  

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • BV: respect and tolerance
    • SMSC: spiritual
    • BV: liberty
    • SMSC: moral
    • SMSC: Moral and cultural

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

    • Close focus on transferable skills of fluent and organised writing and on technical accuracy

 

Home Learning this Term

Year 8 Reading and Writing Work Books:

    • Close reading of a range of extracts accompanied by a range of comprehension, analytical and evaluative tasks and questions
    • Creative writing based on visual/written stimuli

 

Spring Term

English Literature
Topic
Overview
20th Century Drama: 
A View from the Bridge
+ linked Shakespeare extracts
(R&J, Julius Caesar, Othello)
A thematic study of conflict.
  • Analysis of writer’s method
  • Exploration of character and narrative
  • Exploration of theme and subtext
  • Evaluation of features of form, structure and language
  • Evaluation of contextual factors (historical, social, cultural)
  • Comparison of texts and their contexts
Exploring Poetry (Year 8
Poetry Anthology)
  • Responding to texts critically and imaginatively
  • Analysing how form, structure and language create meaning and achieve effects
  • Exploration of genre and poetic form
  • Making comparisons and links through theme and subject matter
  • Relating texts to their social, cultural and historical context

  

 

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • SMSC: Cultural and spiritual
    • BV: democracy, rule of law, respect and tolerance
    • SMSC: social and cultural

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

The theatre and dramatic tradition – plays, performance

 

Home Learning this Term

Year 8 Reading and Writing Work Books:

    • Close reading of a range of extracts accompanied by a range of comprehension, analytical and evaluative tasks and questions
    • Creative writing based on visual/written stimuli

 

 

Summer Term

Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives
Topic
Overview

English Language and The

Media

 

  • Exploring a range of non-fiction media texts written for different audiences and purposes
  • Learning to analyse and evaluate perspective, viewpoint, bias and opinion
  • Evaluating how texts lead, imply and persuade
  • Evaluating how texts are bound closely to their contexts
  • Learning to analyse language level features in texts; choices of form, structure and language and how a reader is affected
  • Non-fiction writing: creating and writing copy for a range of media texts with a focus on viewpoint, persuasion and implication.
  • Comparing style and form when producing media texts
  • Understanding the significance of audience and purpose when producing non-fiction/media texts

 

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • BV: liberty, respect and tolerance

    • SMSC: social, moral and cultural in range of reading

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

    • Close focus on transferable skills of fluent and organised writing and on technical accuracy.

    • Exploring how the media is part of/influences the world of work.

    • Exploring how media texts are produced and written

 

Home Learning this Term

Year 8 Reading and Writing Work Books: Close reading of a range of extracts accompanied by a range of comprehension, analytical and evaluative tasks and questions. Transactional/persuasive/discursive writing based on visual/written stimuli.

 

 

Year 8 english Summary

 

Year 8 continues to build on the English Language and Literature pathways introduced in Year 7. Texts continue to challenge in Year 8 and will enhance not only the core principles of reading and writing but also pupils’ cultural awareness. Pupils will now be regularly applying analytical and written skills necessary for GCSE study. Pupils will also develop an understanding of how important media literacy is in contemporary society.