AUTUMN Novel study (Trash)
Students will learn
  • analytical skills
  • social contextual study
  • vocabulary and grammar work
  • summarising
  • inference
  • narrative viewpoints

Analysis of character and writer’s language use.

Speaking and listening opportunities including P4C, hot seating and discussions.


Survival non-fiction unit

  • Students will learn
  • persuasive, argumentative and descriptive writing;
  • planning and research skills,
  • comprehension skills,

Language Study
Students will learn

  • research and presentation opportunity,
  • understanding formality and register,
  • origins of English and change over time,
  • neologisms,
  • standard and non-standard English,
  • regional variation,
  • grammar work on word class.

Descriptive and narrative, persuasive and advice writing

Speaking and listening – group discussion, role-play, presentation on the history of English.

Cambridge Progression test covering key skills learnt.



Structure and language study of a variety of poetry from different cultures/time periods

Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

  • inference skills
  • viewpoint of writer
  • interpretation skills
  • writing skills
  • self-directed learning project on context.

Analysis of a variety of poems, including a comparative piece; focus on language, structure, personal response; writing own poems.

Analytical writing, sensory writing, personal writing, persuasive speech/letter writing.

Speaking and listening opportunities including poetry performance, group discussion, P4C, hot-seating.

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Year 8

The Year 8 curriculum continues to build students' skills, knowledge and understanding. Students go deeper into subject areas and the content becomes more demanding. Students continue to think about how they learn, along side what they are learning.

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