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What will students study this term?

Year 7

This term students will be exploring all aspects of non-fiction writing including writing to argue and persuade and the different skills needed to be a successful journalist. Students will investigate presentational features and also how to structure a successful magazine or newspaper article. In the second half term, students will be exploring the poetry of different cultures.

Year 8

In the first half term, Year 8 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 using interesting vocabulary, language techniques and a variety of sentence structures for impact. Creative writing and writing to describe 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 writing and literacy (Spelling, punctuation and grammar).

In the second half term students will be exploring the themes of character and voice represented in poetry.

Year 9

This term, students will be studying short stories and creative writing. Students will be reading and analysing famous short stories and also writing their own. In the second half term, students will be exploring poetry focussing on the theme of relationships and conflict. They will read, discuss and analyse a range of poetry from the English literary heritage but also modern poetry and poetry from different cultures. They will also get an opportunity to write their own poetry.

What assessment will students do this term?

Year 7

Assessment will be in the form of a piece of persuasive non-fiction writing using their skills of argument and high standards of spelling, punctuation and grammar. In the second half term, assessment will be in the form of an analytic essay based on an excerpt from the play. This is a ks4 style assessment using the GCSE mark schemes which will be both challenging while still accessible for all students. 

Year 8

Assessment will be in the form of an analytic essay based on an excerpt from the play. This is a ks4 style assessment using the GCSE mark schemes which will be both challenging while still accessible for all students. Assessment will be in the form of a descriptive writing piece using a picture as a stimulus and a group book (short story) writing activity. This will assess their creative writing and spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. 

Year 9

Students will write their own piece of descriptive and creative writing.This will be marked for style, content and spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Students will write a GCSE style essay answering a question about an unseen poem. They will be marked on their analytic skills only this half term.

What homelearning will be set this term?

Year 7

Homelearning for the first half term will be available to all students in a word document. This will be varied and challenging and will include research, writing and a creative piece of design. Students will be able to pick from a range of different tasks to make their homelearning more engaging, challenging and relevant to them as individuals.

Homelearning for the second half term will be available to all students in a word document and posted via MILK. This will be varied and challenging and will include research, creative writing and a design task.

Year 8

Homelearning for the first half term will be available to all students in a word document. This will be varied and challenging and will include research, a book review, a design piece and planning and preparing for their assessment as well as working on their group extended project.

Homelearning for the second half term will be available to all students in a word document and posted via MILK. This will be varied and challenging and will include research, creative writing and a design task.

Year 9

Students will be able to choose from a range of exciting, engaging and challenging tasks such as writing their own descriptions, researching famous short story writers and creating mood boards of ideas.

Students will be able to choose from a range of creative, research and analytic style tasks which will be both challenging and engaging. Homelearning will be set every two weeks.

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.

Year 9

Students should research a genre of story that they enjoy and then try and write a story of their own in a similar style. They should also research a famous short story writer and try and read as many short stories as they can.

Students should read a range of poetry that they enjoy and research the poet. They should also explore writing their own poetry and experimenting with different styles and forms.

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

Year 7

Students should research famous non-fiction writers and read magazines and newspapers to support and bolster their learning this half term. Students should also research Shakespeare’s life and other works such as his other plays and sonnets. Reading non-fiction literature such as magazines, newspapers, biographies and general knowledge books can really help students not only explore and learn about the world around them but also help to increase their vocabulary and understand how to structure their writing for success. Regular reading will really help improve their general comprehension and has been proven to have the biggest impact on their learning and progress across the curriculum. 

Understanding the importance of Shakespeare to our literary heritage is important and features heavily in the new English Literature GCSE which is worth 20% of the overall exam. Students will need to show a good understanding of the key contextual factors and influences of the Elizabethan era and be able to relate key lines from the play to this. They will also need to memorise key quotations and have a good understanding of characters, plot, themes and writer’s techniques.

Year 8

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 having a positive effect on their emotional wellbeing.

Year 9

Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1985 by Donald R Gallo

Short Stories for Teenagers Paperback – 7 Apr 2013 by Christine John

100 Best-Loved Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – 2 Jan 2000 by Philip Smith

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

Year 7

GCSE BITESIZE

BBC WEBSITE LINK #1

BBC WEBSITE LINK #2

THE GUARDIAN

RSC

SHMOOP

SUMMARY SOURCES

THEATRE HISTORY

Year 8

GCSE BITESIZE

CREATIVE WRITING

SETONHILL

YOUNG WRITERS MAGAZINE

GCSE BITESIZE ROMEO & JULIET

BARTLEBY

Year 9

Story Star

Teenage Short Stories

BBC 1

BBC 2

BBC 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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