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Theme: Lost (Geography based)
Poetry - list poems focussing on word classes – nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
The below are both based on Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
Diary - informal language, drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, expanded noun phrases.
Dialogue - Accurate punctuation of speech Integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action
Theme: Ancient Egypt (History based)
Instructions - Distinguish between statements of fact and opinion Retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction Imperative verbs. Sequence writing in chronological order.
Newspaper - Use alliteration to write a headline Commas to avoid ambiguity Record direct and reported speech Use modal verbs.
Theme: Ancient Greeks (History based)
BBC2 500 word competition
Greek Myths -explore character, dialogue and setting Develop a plot line Vary sentence openings.
Non-Chronological Report - Write in both active and passive voice use colons and semi-colons in lists. Write and research questions skim and scan a text 2 contrasting sides of a character
Performance Poetry (leading to a Poetry Slam Competition) - Learn poems by heart vary pace and rhythm use expression and gesture.
Theme: American Road Trip (Geography based)
Holiday Brochure - Identify an audience and select an appropriate voice indicate degrees of possibility with modal verbs. Using further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader [for example, headings, bullet points, underlining summarise main ideas.
Dialogue Poems - Identify and use idioms. Use inference to decide a point of view. Discuss how writers use language. List and use features of an effective poetry performance.
Autumn Term & Spring Term
Students are fully prepared for the English SATS in reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Children continue to develop their creative writing skills as well as writing for different audiences, purposes and forms.
Roald Dahl- Here the students learn more about the prolific writer, Roald Dahl and examine extracts from his well-known stories. Students review and revise key reading and writing skills as well as continuing to develop their grammatical and spelling knowledge..
Book Study - Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo. This module aims to foster pupils' enthusiasm, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary literature. The module will encourage pupils to take a more critical approach to knowing how language, presentation and grammar present meaning in texts. As well as developing key reading skills that underpin their development in English, pupils explore various aspects of the novel: the characters, narrative voice, structure and writer's style. Furthermore, pupils also consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Pupils will take part in a range of activities, including structured discussions and presentations that enhance their understanding of the novel.
Shakespeare's Macbeth - This unit ensures access to Shakespeare's language and themes in a lively and varied way. Pupils have the opportunity to engage with a substantial text from the literary heritage. Students read critically through knowing how language, including figurative language, vocabulary choice, text structure and organizational features present meaning. In addition, students now look more closely at understanding how the work of Shakespeare is communicated effectively through performance and how alternative staging allows for different interpretations.
Moving Image- BushBikes - This unit is based on the short film Bush Bikes and aims to develop pupils understanding of how meaning is created in both moving image, and print-based texts. Pupils read the film closely, making inferences and developing ideas about the film-maker's intentions. They consider the different elements of the film language that are used to construct meaning, and then apply these to their own idea for a story. Pupils then consider the parallels between the elements of film language, and different literary and linguistic techniques. If time, the students also create a trailer for their short story using their storyboard and knowledge of filmic techniques.
Sherlock Holmes - The Adventure of the Speckled Band - This module aims to develop an appreciation and love of reading through the stimulating and challenging world of detective stories. The module will help pupils to understand challenging texts through learning new vocabulary, making inferences and deductions and studying the plot, setting, characterisation and their effects on meaning. The main focus of this unit is to make critical comparisons between two similar genres and to widen the study of authors across KS3. Students will also be extending and applying their grammatical knowledge as well as studying the effectiveness and impact of grammatical features of the texts they read. This module will also aim to provide students with the opportunity to perform short speeches and participate in formal debates.
Romeo and Juliet - These units ensures access to Shakespeare's language and themes in a lively and varied way. Pupils have the opportunity to engage with a substantial text from the literary heritage. Students read critically through knowing how language, including figurative language, vocabulary choice, text structure and organisational features present meaning. They also develop their skill in writing about the playwright’s intentions and language choices. In addition, students develop their knowledge and understanding of how the work of Shakespeare is communicated effectively through performance and how alternative staging allows for different interpretations.
Poetry - This unit will help students to develop an appreciation and love of poetry. They will develop their understanding of the text through: learning new vocabulary; making inferences and reference to text; knowing how language, vocabulary choice, grammar and organisation present meaning. Students will read critically through recognising a range of poetic conventions and understanding how these have been used to create effect. Furthermore, students will develop their knowledge of poetry by making critical comparisons across pre and post-1914 poems, learning to analyse and evaluate a writer’s work.