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Following on from the updated Government directive on school closures in the Leicester and Leicestershire area, The Cedars Academy is now closed from Tuesday 30th June to all students except children of key workers who have registered for a place.

Autumn Term

Topic
Overview
Prose Study: Of Mice and Men
  • Study of setting, plot, character, themes and effect and impact on audience.
  • Developing skills at writing responses to a text with a particular focus on responding to GCSE-style tasks
  • Close analysis and evaluation skills
  • Further developing the ability to identify inferences and consider subtext
  • Further development of ability to analyse writer’s method supported by appropriate subject terminology
  • Developing the ability to critically evaluate at both a whole text level and a word level; to move from the general to the specific and vice versa
  • Understanding of how genre, form and historical, cultural and social contexts inform both the writer’s intent and reader response
Thematic study: war and conflict – war poetry, A Journey’s End
  • Literary study of style, genre, theme and subtext

  • Analysis of poetic and dramatic form and writer’s intent

  • Exploring how literary texts are closely linked to their contexts and how this informs reader response

  • Comparison of texts and genres – comparing writer’s intent and choices of form and subject matter 

  

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

    • Research skills

 

Home Learning this Term

Year 9 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

Topic
Overview
Introduction to GCSE:
Shakespeare text - Macbeth
  • Background to Shakespeare study
  • Background to the Tragedy genre
  • Text reading and summary work
  • Textual analysis and close reading practice; focusing on key extracts
  • Developing an understanding of overall narrative structure and character developments
  • Introduction to the GCSE grade/number ladder via practice written assessments
Introduction to GCSE: 19th
Century Prose
  • Textual analysis and close reading practice.
  • Text extracts Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and others
  • Understanding of genre, form, writer’s method style
  • Exploring presentation of character, narrative, setting
  • Understanding of how context informs writer’s intent and reader response
  • Comparison of texts 



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 9 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

Topic
Overview
Introduction to GCSE
Language Paper 2 (Section B): Transactional, persuasive,
discursive writing
  • Understanding audience and purpose in non-fiction writing

  • Understanding labels of ‘transactional, persuasive, discursive writing

  • Practising the crafting of suitable content in a timed context

  • Exploring a variety of language writing techniques

  • Introduction to GCSE mark scheme and bands

  • Close focus on importance of technical accuracy, sense and fluency

GCSE Lang Paper 1 (Section
B): 'Creative Prose Writing'
  • Understanding of narrative forms

  • Shaping and crafting prose writing

  • Introduction to GCSE mark scheme and bands

  • Close focus on importance of technical accuracy, sense and fluency

GCSE English Literature
Poetry Anthology
  • Introduction to the poems in the AQA Anthology
  • Reading of 3 – 4 poems in the Power/Conflict cluster
  • Understanding themes/subject matter and subtext
  • Understanding form/genre/style
  • Analysis/evaluation of writer’s method and intent
  • Application of contextual factors

 

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.

 

Home Learning this Term

Year 9 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 and transactional/persuasive/discursive writing based on visual/written stimuli.

 

 

Year 9 english Summary

 

Year 9 consolidates learning from Years 7 and 8. Reading and writing skills are now embedded allowing Year 9 to introduce explicit GCSE English Language and Literature content. Pupils will become familiar with GCSE band/level descriptors and will see their work assessed via GCSE scores/grades. Pupils will be taught about the 1-9 grading and will begin to see ‘the big picture’ of their GCSE studies.

 

 

 

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