All schemes of learning are planned according to the strands within the KS3 framework for reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Each term there will be a focus on spelling, grammar, and punctuation to consolidate basic skills and ensure progression to higher levels of functional literacy. Within each unit there are key assessments for speaking and listening, reading and writing to monitor progress.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
Pupils will consolidate and build upon their knowledge and skills from KS2 and Y7 so that they can analyse more challenging texts. They will draw upon new vocabulary and grammatical constructions from their reading and listening, and use these consciously in their writing and speech to achieve particular effects.
War and Conflict
This unit explores a variety of texts and images drawn from diverse sources – from contemporary novels, non-fiction and classic literature and the poetry of WW1. Students will:
- explore how writing fits into the social and cultural context in which it was written;
- explore how vocabulary and sentence structures create an effect;
- use skills of inference and deduction;
- analyse language, purpose and structure;
- respond to texts analytically and creatively using hot-seating, recount, poetry and explanation.
Students will read either Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ or a contemporary novel by a British author (e.g.Gibbons, Blackman, Boyne, Swindells) and be encouraged to make comparisons with other works by the selected author or novels on a similar theme. They will:
- share reading to improve confidence and adding expression;
- work in role to understand character thoughts and feelings;
- develop active reading strategies to improve their comprehension and analytical skills;
- reflect on the themes of the novel(s), identifying the moral and ethical viewpoint of the text;
- undertake a number of writing tasks which relate to theme, plot and character.
Influence and Argument
Students explore the structure and features of real texts that aim to argue and persuade. They will:
- examine how language and image can influence a reader or listener;
- research, write and deliver a persuasive speech on a contemporary issue;
- respond to a controversial proposal in the form of a formal letter to the editor.
Poetry from Different Cultures
Students will read and analyse a range of poetry from different cultures. They will:
- explore how poets comment on the issues and attitudes to do with culture;
- increase their knowledge and understanding of specific poetic terms;
- explore how poets use words and images to create an effect;
- analyse language and structure;
- respond imaginatively to poetry through drama and writing.
(These units may be taught in any order to allow sharing of resources.)
Telling Tales (Fairy tale to Horror)
In this unit the students will recap their knowledge of the conventions of fairy tales. They will:
- learn how to adapt the style and language for a range of forms, purposes and readers;
- write from an alternative viewpoint;
- create a modern re-telling;
- compare a contemporary play (based on a traditional fairytale) with the original.
They will then explore the conventions of the horror genre from the popular pre-20th century gothic literature (prose and poetry) to modern short stories and film. They will identify characteristics, make comparisons and discuss personal responses.
The students will work through a progressive series of lessons to produce well-crafted original narrative writing to entertain an audience.