English

Autumn 

Poetry 

Students will explore how modern and traditional poets use techniques to create imagery, rhythm and meaning.  They will:

  • learn and recite poetry by heart;
  • investigate the sound and rhythm of  poetry;
  • annotate and explain figurative language and word choices.
  • write some poetry of their own using figurative language.

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Bonfire Night

This non-fiction unit develops speaking & listening, reading and writing skills used in advertising, formal letter writing, discussion and debate.  Students will:

  • design a leaflet to act as a visitors’ guide;
  • role-play to explore viewpoints;
  • write a formal letter in response to complaints.

 

A Contemporary Novel

This unit allows students to read a complete novel and explore and respond to the development of the plot, character and themes through a variety of fiction and non-fiction tasks.  They will:

  • empathise with a character to create diary entries at various points in the story;
  • read individually and within small groups;
  • develop skills of inference and deduction;
  • discuss personal responses and support these with evidence from the story;
  • make predictions, speculate and hypothesise;
  • develop grammatical skills and understanding;
  • create news bulletins / reports about events in the story.

 

 

Spring

Poetry

Students  will explore poetry on a theme and analyse the style of one poet.  They will:

  • learn and recite poetry by heart;
  • use annotation to explain and comment on word choices;
  • use PEE to analyse the structure, language and effect of poetry.

 

Persuasive Writing

This unit explores the language and techniques used in advertising and persuasive information leaflets. Students will:

  • explore the language of a range of persuasive texts;
  • examine the structure and organisation of texts and link to their purpose;
  • use modern technology to advertise;
  • write a formal persuasive letter to a real audience.

 

Short Story

This unit will build upon the knowledge of the conventions of a selected genre.  Students will:

  • explain the features of the selected genre;
  • use PEE to analyse the development of the main character.

 

SATs preparation

Students will revise how to approach different types of questioning in the reading and SPaG papers.

 

Summer

SATs preparation

Students will revise how to approach different types of questioning in the reading and SPaG papers.

 

Narrative

This is an imaginative  writing unit. Students will:

  • develop skills of planning, drafting and editing;
  • write descriptions of character and setting using figurative language;
  • develop character using dialogue.

 

Macbeth

Using a drama based approach the students will be introduced to the wonders of Shakespeare, and to develop their enjoyment, knowledge and  understanding of his work. They will:

  • learn about characters, themes and plot in Macbeth;
  • engage with the language an accessible way;
  • understand the context of the 16th  century        

 

A Contemporary Novel

This unit allows students to read a complete novel and explore and respond to the development of the plot, character and themes through a variety of fiction and non-fiction tasks.  They will:

  • research the background and context of the novel;
  • empathise with a character to create diary entries at various points in the story;
  • read individually and within small groups;
  • track the plot and structure;
  • build upon skills of inference and deduction to analyse implied meaning;
  • discuss personal responses and support these with evidence from the story;
  • analyse the writer’s style and effect on the reader;
  • use hot-seating to explore character viewpoint and motivation.

 

SPaG

Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation is addressed throughout the year in the context of the units taught.

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