Year 7

What Will I Learn?

How to extend and improve my writing, through diary extracts and persuasive writing.
You will read extracts of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare
You will also read a modern novel and poetry.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Speaking and listening activities, written work, reading projects, formal essays.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Group and paired work, individual work, oral presentations, ICT, spelling tests, reading assessments, writing, reading.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Provide a foundation for future years while progressing skills developed at KS2.  For example, how to write essays, interpret texts, select relevant information and begin to evaluate texts.

Year 8

What Will I Learn?

More in depth Shakespeare analysis using ‘Macbeth’, detailed study of poetic form using World War 1 poetry, analysis of language in non-fiction texts, contextualised study of an historical novel, transactional and creative writing.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Speaking and listening activities, written work, reading projects, formal essays.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Group and paired work, individual work, oral presentations, ICT, writing, reading and comparing texts.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

The ‘basics’ of writing should now be in place.  We will now help you to develop and craft your writing to make it more sophisticated.  Reading projects help to encourage a wide variety of genres and styles.  Comparative work and analytical reading skills will make you ready for the rigour of GCSE.

Year 9

What Will I Learn?

We begin GCSE studies: detailed study of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and the play’s context; detailed and sophisticated understanding of poetry which is also used as a stimulus for creative writing; reading and comparing two non-fiction texts; ‘Blood Brothers’; writing for different audiences and purposes.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Speaking and listening activities, written work, reading projects, formal essays.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Group work, individual work, presentations, ICT, paired examination of texts, writing, reading.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

We start preparing you for your second year of GCSE by teaching elements of the Language and Literature components which will be further studied in year 10.  We make sure you are equipped with the skills you need for GCSE.

Year 10

What Will I Learn?

  • Effectively comparing two non-fiction texts
  • Creative writing
  • Extended text study- ‘A Christmas Carol’
  • Language exam preparation= Component 2
  • Unseen poetry skills and anthology poetry

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • All assessment will be through regular exam-style practice questions using the assessment criteria.
  • Teacher assessment (for speaking and listening) moderated by Eduqas exam board.
  • Peer and self-assessment throughout the GCSE course.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

  • Writing skills
  • Critical and evaluative reading
  • How to read a text and explore meanings
  • Speaking and listening tasks e.g. role play/discussion
  • Using ICT e.g. digital cameras to enhance understanding of texts
  • Lots of collaborative (paired and group work) to challenge and develop thinking

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

All of the learning in Year 10 will contribute to the final GCSE Language Grade and will support study of Literature in Year 11.

All GCSE skills are used and required for KS5 Literature and Language.

Year 11

What Will I Learn?

  • Prepare for both components in the Language and Literature exams.
  • Revise ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Romeo and Juliet; and ‘A Christmas Carol’.
  • Explore unseen and anthology poetry.
  • Creative Prose and Transactional Writing skills.

How Will I Be Assessed?

  • All assessment will be through exam practice responses.
  • Regular timed examination responses in order to improve techniques and skills.
  • Mock examinations on all the Language and Literature components.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

  • Writing skills
  • How to read a text and explore meanings
  • Speaking and listening tasks e.g. role play/discussion
  • Using ICT e.g. digital cameras to enhance understanding of texts
  • Lots of collaborative (paired and group work) to challenge and develop thinking

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

All GCSE skills are used and required for KS5 Literature and Language.