Key Stage 3

Year 7

Intent

Building on their existing Year 6 knowledge, our Year 7 students develop their descriptive and narrative writing skills further through exposure to a range of texts. They begin to consider the crafting of narrative structure and voice. Having established how narratives and characters are constructed, students will move on to explore themes of race, power and conflict through both the modern novel ‘Refugee Boy’ and Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’; in doing so, they make meaningful connections to contemporary life.

Learning Journey

Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • Introducing narrative voice
  • Introducing narrative structure
  • Introducing the crafting of tone
Key Knowledge
  • Word Classes
  • Sentence Types
  • Punctuation
  • Sensory Language
  • Figurative Language
  • Tone
  • Structural Features
  • Narrative voice
Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • Consolidating narrative voice
  • Consolidating narrative structure
  • Consolidating the crafting of tone
  • Exploration of contemporary fiction
  • Exploration of genre
Key Knowledge
  • Word Classes
  • Sentence Types
  • Punctuation
  • Sensory Language
  • Figurative Language
  • Tone
  • Structural Features
  • Narrative voice
Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • Embedding narrative voice
  • Embedding narrative structure
  • Consolidating the crafting of tone
  • Exploration of contemporary fiction
  • Exploration of genre
Key Knowledge
  • Word Classes
  • Sentence Types
  • Punctuation
  • Sensory Language
  • Figurative Language
  • Tone
  • Structural Features
  • Narrative voice
Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • Race
  • Breaking through stereotypes
  • Representation of positive parent relationships
  • Writer’s craft
Key Knowledge
  • Static Character Arc
  • Immigration
  • Human Rights
  • Protagonist/Antagonist
  • Linear narrative
  • Epistolary form
Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • Race
  • Representations of women
  • Representation of dysfunctional parent relationships
  • Introduction to post-colonialism
  • Introduction to stage craft
Key Knowledge
  • Colonialism
  • Divine Right of Kings
  • Patriarchal Society
  • Great Chain of Being
  • Soliloquy
  • Stage Craft
Themes, Concepts and Questions

 

Key Knowledge
  • Form
  • Structure
  • Language Techniques
  • Tone
  • Writer’s intentions

Skill Development

Understanding how and why writers make choices about language and structure and being able to comment on effects and writer’s purposes. Application of structural and language to support coherence and cohesion of texts. Exercise an assured and conscious control over levels of formality, particularly through manipulating grammar and vocabulary to achieve this

Year 8

Intent

Students will continue to build on their writing skills, developing a sense of passion and voice. They now focus on non-fiction texts underpinned by Aristotle’s principles of rhetoric. Students examine a variety of unheard voices and their representation from the 16th literature to the modern day. Through their study of key texts, students will feel increasingly enabled to identify and challenge societal constructs of toxic masculinity, racial prejudice and misogyny. This will be explored through a diverse range of narrative perspectives and structures.

Learning Journey

Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • The role of gender identity in society
  • Stereotypical expectations of men and women in a patriarchal society
  • Presentations of love
  • Fate and Free Will
  • Portrayal of Romeo as a tragic hero
Key Knowledge
  • Masculinity – Hegemonic and Toxic
  • Feminism and the second sex
  • Patriarchal Society
  • Hamartia
  • Tragic Structure
  • Petrarchan lover
  • Sonnet form
  • Role of a prologue
Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • Impact of racial segregation on individuals and society
  • The power of protest
  • How to be an ally
  • Representations of race in the media
  • The power of language
  • Differentiating between Freedom Fighters and Terrorists
Key Knowledge
  • Dual narrative
  • Segregation
  • Oppression
  • Apartheid
  • Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Prejudice
  • Class
  • Perspective and narrative voice
  • Stereotypes
  • Privilege
Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • The role of stagecraft
  • Key contextual influences and how they influence readings
  • The role of the other
  • The role and development of women in Victorian literature
  • Gothic conventions and the significance of the genre in literary heritage
Key Knowledge
  • Victorian perspective
  • Industrial revolution
  • Gothic conventions
  • Psychology of fear
  • Monsters and myths
  • The Other
  • Uncanny
  • Sensationalism
  • Prologue and epilogue
  • Immigration
Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • Identifying differences between fiction and non-fiction
  • Writer’s perspectives and viewpoints
  • Making comparisons between texts
  • Survival in the face of adversity
  • Heroism and bravery
Key Knowledge
  • Different text formats
  • How to craft an account
  • Implicit and explicit information
  • Inference
  • Reciprocal reading and making links to big picture ideas
  • Evaluation

Skill Development

Students will develop the following skills;

Critical thinking- Students will be able to apply social and historical contextual information to interpret texts in different ways. They should be able to consider authorial intention and how meaning may have developed over time given these influences.

Empathy – Understanding a variety of differing perspectives and life experiences. They should have the ability to show empathy towards all individuals and challenge traditional stereotypes.

Year 9

Intent

Year 9 English students will autonomously craft a range of text types rooted in an exploration of literary history, developing a sense of passion and voice behind their writing. Students deepen their exploration of the relationship that exists between texts and their contexts, exploring ideas of political discourse, dystopia and the individual vs. society. They embed their understanding and apply it to contemporary culture, making connections to the wider English curriculum and that of other subjects. Students demonstrate an appreciation of a writer’s intention and purpose and embrace opportunities to develop their own voice as well.

Learning Journey

Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • Patriarchal structure of society.
  • Presentations of toxic masculinity.
  • Elizabethan beliefs and values.
  • Presentation of autonomous and silenced women.
  • Shakespearean stagecraft.
Key Knowledge
  • Homily
  • Soliloquy
  • Primogeniture
  • Great chain of being
  • Divine right of kings
  • Free will
  • Fatalism
  • Machiavelli
  • Toxic masculinity
  • Hegemonic masculinity
Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • Dystopian genre
  • Individual vs. society
  • Hierarchical class structure of society
  • Power and control
  • Narrative perspective
Key Knowledge
  • Totalitarianism
  • Fascism
  • Communism
  • Political ideologies
  • Surveillance
  • Censorship
  • Propaganda
  • Indoctrination
  • Fatalism and destiny
  • Objectification of women
Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • Developing a voice
  • Reasoned, persuasive argument
  • Structuring a speech
  • Presentation skills
  • Autonomous research skills
Key Knowledge
  • Logos
  • Ethos
  • Pathos
  • Ironic structure
  • Shaped response
  • Oracy
  • Persuasive devices
Themes, Concepts and Questions
  • Poetic voices
  • Identity / role of the speaker
  • Relationships
  • Power
Key Knowledge
  • Tone
  • Perspective
  • Form
  • Structure
  • Stylistic features

Skill Development

Students will develop the following skills:

  • Critical thinking using critical literary theories in order to analyse texts.
  • Exploration of literary works in context.
  • Analysing the methods writers use in order to create meaning.
  • Challenging the world around them.
  • Developing a passionate and articulate voice.

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