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English

For more information on the English Department please see our school prospectus.

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Year 5

Autumn Term

Poetry - exploring first impressions of Alban Academy.

Instructional Writing - Directions around Great Barford (Geography Link)

Writing to Advise - A visitors guide to All Saints Church (RE Link)

Persuasive Writing - Adverts of the past (History Link)

Comparison - How has Bedford changed? (Geography and History Link)

English will be assessed through a reading, comprehension, grammar and writing test. All will be delivered in timed conditions.

Text Study - 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens
Deduction and inference
Dickens' use of language
Compare and contrast characters
Persuasive speech
Balanced Argument
Creating Tension
Exploring how a character changes throughout a text

Spring Term

Book Study -
Deduction and inference
Characters' feelings.

Diary writing (Assessment task)
Play script and drama.

2 contrasting sides of a character

Themes

Writing to advise
Debate

Informal letter writing (Assessment task)

Exploring how a character changes throughout a text

Summer Term

Report Writing - The importance of the River Nile. (History Link)

Non-Chronological Report Writing - Everyday life in Ancient Egypt.

Newspaper Article - Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun in 1922. (Assesed Task)

Explanations (Geography Link)

Playscript for a puppet show

Descriptive writing

Adverts (written and radio) - encouraging people to holiday at the coast

 

Year 6

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.

Summer Term

Castle Courtney- Students work, mainly collaboratively, through an investigation as to who the rightful heir to Castle Courtney is. Students review and revise key reading and writing skills as well as continuing to develop their grammatical and spelling knowledge.

 

Year 7

Autumn Term

Book Study - Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo, Holes by Louis Sachar, The Black Book of Secrets - F E Higgins. This module aims to foster pupils' enthusiasm and enjoyment of contemporary literature and encourage pupils to begin to take a more critical status. 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. Pupils take part in a range of activities that enhance their understanding of the novel.

Spring Term

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.

Summer Term

1914 Romatic Poets - This unit will help students to develop an appreciation and love of poetry. They will be taught to understand the text through: learning new vocabulary; making inferences and refernce to text; knowing how language, vocabulary choice, grammar and organisation present meaning. Students will read critically through recognizing a range of poetic conventions and understanding how these have been used to create effect. Furthermore students will develop their knowledge of 1914 poetry by making critical comparisons, Lastly, students will give a short presentation expressing their own ideas, summerizing poets' works and making comparisons between two texts.

Moving Image - Bush Bikes - 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 techniquies.

 

Year 8

Autumn Term

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.

Spring Term

Romeo and Juliet or The Tempest - 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.

Summer Term

Room 13 - the play adaptation - R Swindells - This module is based on the popular Swindell's novel Room 13; however, we examine the play adaptation. Students will study the text structure and organisation of a play and how these present meaning. Pupils will study setting, plot and characterisation and the effects of these. Students will also build on their knowledge of how the work of dramatists is communicated effectively through performance. Lastly, students will improvise, rehearse and perform extracts of the playscript in order to generate language and discuss language use and meaning, using rolse, intonation, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact.

Poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah - This unit will help students to develop an appreciation and love of poetry. They will develop their understanding of text through: learning new vocabulary; making inferences and references to text; and knowing how language, vocabulary choice, grammar and organisation present meaning. Students will read critically through recognizing 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 Zephaniah's poems and learning to analyse and evaluate a writer's work.