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CLICK HERE FOR THE THURSDAY ENGLISH SPRING REVISION SESSIONS!

 

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YEAR 7 | YEAR 8| YEAR 9| YEAR 10 | YEAR 11

YeAr 7

1

The love of reading

Students will have a class reader, whilst being introduced to a
range of different forms. They will maintain a generic theme throughout the unit, allowing them to make links between genres and forms.

2

Non-Fiction - Desert Island

This unit combines the skills developed in the first two units, allowing the students to apply the skills independently.

3

Monsters

Students will study the classic monsters and heros in mythical literature.   This will give them the building blocks to apply to more complex stories and plots later in their education.

4

Spoken language

Students will be exploring the differences in the spoken word, and how this has developed through time.

Exploration of the spoken word in different contexts will allow students to analyse the effect of specific language use and the purpose in varying situations.

5

Travel

This unit is designed the hone the students' skills, both writing and reading, with a focus on different forms of travel writing.

6

Exploring dramatic texts

Students will be introduced to a play, exploring the conventions and partaking in some dramatic performances.

 

YEAR 8

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1

Social constructs

Students will study a novel that is rich in social context.  They will explore and examine how the writer's social context influences their writing and perception.

2

Fairytales and folklore

Students will explore the creation of societies most important moral tales, analysing both original texts and their modern counterparts.

4

Poetry

Students will study a variety of poetic forms, exploring the differences across time and eras.  

Students will be given opportunities to write poetry and evaluate the work others, both well known and amateur.

3

Short stories

Students will read a range of short stories, both classic and modern,
exploring the importance of structure and language use.

5

Persuasive writing

Students will undertake a political discussion, formal debates and other forms of speeches, forming their own speech.

Classes will research and explore given topics, presenting their thoughts and ideas in the same medium as other formal speeches.

6

Revenge, Tragedy and Shakespeare

Students will study one Shakespeare play in depth, exploring the dramatic conventions and the exposition of both characters and themes.

 

Year 9

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1

Ghosts

Exploring the creation of characters, setting and atmosphere through the supernatural.
The development of specific writing styles.

2

20th Century War Literature

Analysis of one of the following novels, with a focus on their structural development, character exposition and language choice:
The Book Thief
Persepolis
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Private Peaceful

3

Newspapers

An exploration of the language used in the media to manipulate and persuade.

4

Letter Writing

This unit is designed to aid students develop their communication in real-world scenarios.

Students will develop their formal letter writing skills, and attempt to illicit a response from the recipient.

5

"Then" v "now"

This unit will present students will comparison between texts across different centuries.  This is to begin to develop the skills required for the GCSE comparative questions.

6

Time

An exploration of how time is presented and explored through literature.

Students will study extracts from a variety of texts across time.

 

Students in Years 7,8 and 9 will sit an unseen assessment once a term. These assist us to identify specific skills that need to be re-addressed.

Students will complete both a reading and writing assessment per module, in addition to other in class work and homework.

 

Year 10

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Unit

Unit

Assessment dates - w/b

1

Descriptive/narrative writing

7 October

2

19th century novel

9 December

3

Unseen fiction

13 February

4

Poetry (AQA anthology)

7 April

5

Writing and reading: presentation of a viewpoint - argue/persuade/advise/inform

26 June - Year 10 formal mock exam

6

Unseen poetry/speaking and listening

14 July

 

Year 11

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Term

Unit

Assessments

1

20th century prose/drama

21 October

2

Shakespeare

9 December

3

Language revision- Paper 1

9 January - Year 11 formal mock exam

4

Unit completion (anthology/unseen poetry)

n/a

5

Final revision

Literature:

Paper 1 - 22 May

Paper 2 - 26 May

Language:

Paper 1 - 6 June

Paper 2 - 12 June

  

 

 

Reading List 

LITERARY HERITAGE FICTION 
  • Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett
  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  • Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  • The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  • Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  • The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  • Silas Marner – George Eliot
  • The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  • A Passage to India – E. M. Forster
  • I Claudius/Claudius the God – Robert Graves
  • Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  • Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton
  • Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  • The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  • The Pursuit of Love/Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford
  • Selected Tales – Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Painted Veil – W. Somerset Maugham
  • Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Barchester Towers – Anthony Trollope
  • Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
  • A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
AMERICAN LITERATURE 
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
  • An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Elmer Gantry – Sinclair Lewis
  • The Group – Mary McCarthy
  • Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  • East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  • The Secret History – Donna Tartt
  • Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe  
WORLD LITERATURE 
  • Eugenie Grandet – Honore de Balzac
  • The Outsider – Albert Camus
  • Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada
  • Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  • Strait is the Gate – Andre Gide
  • Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock – Joan Lindsay
  • Anna Karenin – Leo Tolstoy 
MODERN FICTION 
  • The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
  • Any Human Heart – William Boyd
  • Wise Children – Angela Carter
  • Other People’s Money – Justin Cartwright
  • What a Carve-up! – Jonathan Coe
  • Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
  • The Woman in Black – Susan Hill
  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Death comes to Pemberley – P. D. James
  • The Black Tower – P. D. James
  • Martin Lukes: Who Moved my Blackberry? – Lucy Kellaway
  • Death and the Penguin – Andrey Kurkov
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – John le Carre
  • A Murder of Quality – John le Carre
  • Deaf Sentence – David Lodge
  • The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  • Child 44 – Tom Rob Smith
  • This Beautiful Life – Helen Schulman
  • Rosenblum’s List: or Friendly Guidance for the Aspiring Englishman – Natasha Solomons
  • Q & A – Vikas Swarup
  • Waterland – Graham Swift
  • The Children of Dynmouth – William Trevor
  • A Dark Adapted Eye – Barbara Vine
  • What I Did – Christopher Wakling
  • A Jealous Ghost – A. N. Wilson
  • Right-Ho, Jeeves – P. G. Wodehouse
  • August – Gerard Woodward 
NON-FICTION 
  • The Checkout Girl – Tahzeen Ahmad
  • Life Stories/New Life Stories – David Attenborough
  • Writing Home – Alan Bennett
  • Untold Stories – Alan Bennett
  • Down Under/Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
  • Eclipse – Nicholas Cree
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes – Edmund de Waal
  • Watching the English – Kate Fox
  • Moab is my Washpot – Stephen Fry
  • Lost in the Jungle – Yossi Ginsberg
  • A Brief History of Time:  from the Big Bang to Black Holes – Stephen Hawking
  • Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby
  • More Please – Barry Humphries
  • The Making of Modern Britain – Andrew Marr
  • The Diamond Queen – Andrew Marr
  • Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell
  • Toast – Nigel Slater 
TEXTS CONNECTED WITH THE SHAKESPEARE PLAY/CLASSICAL CIVILISATION COURSE 
  • Antony and Cleopatra – Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Shakespeare – Bill Bryson
  • The Twelve Caesars – Suetonius
  • The Annals of Imperial Rome – Tacitus
  • Pompeii – Mary Beard
  • The Classical World – Robin Lane-Fox
  • The Oedipus Trilogy – Sophocles
  • The Bacchae – Euripides
  • A History of Rome – Livy
  • Letters – Pliny
  • Aeneid – Virgil
  • Ars Amatoria/Tristia - Ovid

SETTING

Students are set in accordance to their ability from the start of Year 7 based primarily on KS2 data.  These sets are reviewed every half term based on both formal assessments and teacher assessments. Movements are then made when and where appropriate.  Should you have any questions about KS3 sets, please contact the Deputy Director of English, Mr Beasley mbeasley@wardenpark.co.uk.  For KS4 setting queries, please contact the Director of English, Miss Lowney mlowney@wardenpark.co.uk