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What will students study this term?

Yr 7

In the first half term students will be exploring drama from pre-1914 including Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’.

In the second half term, students will be exploring how to write a successful piece of creative writing and the methods successful writers use. They will be writing their own stories individually and working in groups to create their own books. To help develop their ideas and skills further they will also read and study examples of creative writing from the 19th, 20th and 21st century. Creative writing and writing to explain is now a key component of the new GCSE language exam and thus an important skill to study, develop and master. The skills developed will be reading, comprehension and writing.

Yr 8

In the first half term, students will be studying Romeo and Juliet.

In the second half term, students will be exploring Famous Speeches that Changed the World which is a non-fiction module. Students will read, discuss, analyse and sometimes listen to famous speeches from iconic orators such as Martin Luther-King and Elizabeth I. Students will explore the many language features and techniques used and the ideas and attitudes behind them. Students will also write and perform their own speeches.

Yr 9

This term, students will be studying the Shakespeare play Henry V. This is one of his most famous historical plays exploring the themes of power, leadership, responsibility and conflict. Students will explore Henry’s famous monologues and also the social and historical context of the Elizabethan era but also Henry V’s life and times as well.

In the second half term, students will be exploring how to write a successful piece of creative writing and the methods successful writers use. They will be writing their own stories individually and working in groups to create their own books. To help develop their ideas and skills further they will also read and study examples of creative writing from the 19th, 20th and 21st century. Creative writing and writing to explain is now a key component of the new GCSE language exam and thus an important skill to study, develop and master. The skills developed will be reading, comprehension and writing.

What assessment will students do this term?

Assessment will be in the form of a descriptive writing piece and an analytic essay on an unseen poem. This will assess their reading comprehension, creative writing and spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. In Year 9, these are KS4 style assessments using GCSE style mark schemes. In the second half term, Year 8 students will write their own speeches to argue and persuade and will be marked on style, content and presentation skills as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar

Yr 9 Students will write an essay answering a question based on a section of the text such as a famous Henry V monologue or speech. Students will be marked on their analytic skills as well as their knowledge of social and historic context and accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

 

What homelearning will be set this term?

Homelearning for the term will be available to all students in a word document. This will be varied and challenging and will include research, creative writing, an analytic paragraph of PEAR (point, evidence, analysis, reader response) and a creative piece of design. In the second half term, homelearning will include research, a book review, a design piece and panning and preparing for their assessment as well as working on their group extended project. In Year 8, homelearning will include research, design, comparing and contrasting two news articles and a view point question to answer on social media. 

In Year 9, students will be able to pick from a number of tasks such as research, creative writing, analysis and extra stretch and challenge questions. Homelearning will also be in the form of many different challenges to choose from such as research, analysis and writing to argue and persuade.

What extension project can students complete at home on this topic?

A stretch and challenge extension sheet will be available for all students who wish to boost their skills or extend their thinking further. There will be extra research suggestions, questions to think about, creative tasks and problem solving questions. Students will be encouraged to choose a task from each section.

Yr 9 could research the life and times of the real Henry V in terms of social and historic context. Students should listen to and research famous speeches and the famous people that gave them.

What further reading is recommended to support this area of study?

Students should research writers and read other poems from different cultures to support and bolster their learning this half term. Year 8 students should research famous journalists, watch news programmes and read newspaper or magazine articles to support and bolster their learning this term.

Yr 9

Henry IV part I and II, Richard III, Hamlet, Macbeth, King John, King Lear, Henry VI

Speeches that Changed the World Hardcover – 1 Apr 2010 by Various Various (Author), Simon Sebag Montefiore (Introduction)

50 Speeches That Made the Modern World: Famous Speeches from Women’s Rights to Human Rights Hardcover – 6 Oct 2016 By Chambers

What are some great websites that can help with this term’s studies?

GCSE BITESIZE

UNIVERSAL TEACHER

CREATIVE WRITING

SHORT STORIES

SETONHILL

YOUNG WRITERS MAGAZINE

Year 8 BBC Link #1

Year 8 BBC Link #2

Yr 9 Henry V

Yr 9 Henry V 2

Yr 9 Henry V 3

Yr 9 Henry V 4

Yr 9 Speeches 1

Yr 9 Speeches 2

Yr 9 Speeches 3

Yr 9 Speeches 4

Yr 9 Speeches 5

 

Any other information you would like included onto your Faculty area?

Reading for pleasure is the cornerstone of success in English language and English literature study. Please do make sure that your child always has an exciting reading book on the go and do encourage them to read a little every day. Reading helps them to be able to spell, use correct grammar and punctuation, widen their vocabulary and helps their reading comprehension. It has the biggest impact on their progress and attainment than any other factor as well as their emotional wellbeing.

 

 

 

 

 

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