Year 7

You will develop all kinds of creative writing skills by writing autobiographies, stories and poems.  You will develop your skills of transactional writing, by writing speeches, letters and leaflets, about a range of topics and for different audiences and purposes.  You will revise and learn a spelling, punctuation and grammar rules.

You will read a range of texts: newspapers and leaflets, short stories, novels, plays and poetry.  You will also be introduced to the work of William Shakespeare.  You will develop your inference skills and be taught how to analyse and write about characters from the texts that you read using the PEE paragraph format.  You will develop your research skills and be given opportunities for independent reading.

You will be able to participate in lots of group and whole class discussions and deliver a speech* or presentation on a topical issue to the rest of your class.

*Citizenship: 

You  will use ‘First News’ to stay informed about topical issues and events and your speaking and listening presentation will be about one of these topics.

Year 8

You will develop your writing skills by writing stories using different voices.  You will develop your skills of transactional writing, by writing leaflets* and articles, about a range of topics and for different audiences and purposes.  You will revise and  learn a spelling, punctuation and grammar rules.

You will read a range of texts about all sorts of topics: newspapers and leaflets, short stories, novels, plays and poetry.  You will also be introduced to the work of Charles Dickens.  You will develop your inference skills and be taught how to answer questions about what you have read by referring in detail to quotations from the texts.  You will be taught how to analyse poetry using the PEE paragraph format.   You will develop your research skills and be given opportunities for independent reading.

You will be able to participate in lots of group and whole class discussions and take part in debates and presentations with your class.

*Citizenship: 

You will use ‘First News’ to stay informed about topical issues and events and your leaflet or article will be about one of these topics.

Year 9

In Year 9, your GCSE preparation begins!

You will build on your narrative writing skills, improving your creation of characters, description, plot and dialogue and learning how to write well in timed conditions.  You will improve your skills of transactional writing, especially writing speeches and articles*, writing about a range of topics and for different audiences and purposes.  You will develop your skills of writing essays about the stories, poems and plays that you read.  You will revise and learn spelling, punctuation and grammar rules

You will read a range of texts about all sorts of topics: newspapers and leaflets, short stories, novels, plays and poetry.  You will also be introduced to the some GCSE texts: the EDUQAS Poetry Anthology and Blood Brothers.  You will further develop your inference skills and be taught how to answer questions about what you have read by referring in detail to quotations from the texts.  You will be taught how to analyse poetry using the PEE paragraph format.   You will be taught to compare and contrast how different texts deal with similar themes or ideas.

You will be able to participate in lots of group and whole class discussions and take part in debates and presentations with your class.  You will learn how to ‘think on your feet’ answer questions from other students about a topic you have researched.

*Citizenship: 

The leaflet or article that you write will be about a topical issue that has featured in recent news.

Homework at KS3

Your teacher will set you lots of different types of homework at KS3.  These will probably include:

Schoology spelling homework tasks

Finishing off classwork

Reading and research

Writing tasks

Redrafting tasks

Preparing for a presentation

Revising/preparing  for a SPAG test or assessment