KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 English
Term 1 & 2Modern Novel   
Students explore either Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams or War Horse by Michael Morpurgo through a series of reading, writing and speaking and listening activities. They will explore the author's characters and themes through the whole novel. Students will also analyse focused extracts.
Assessment: Students will complete GCSE style questions exploring how writers use Language and Structure to communicate their ideas.Key Words and Terms
Term 3Survival   
Students will explore a range of mostly non-fiction texts with the theme of survival - ranging from surviving in extreme environments, such as mountains and sea, to 'man-made' survival situations such as persecution. Students will learn to compare the language and structure writers use to engage readers, and be encouraged to form their own opinions on the issues raised, expressing these in discussion and in writing.
Assessment: Students will complete GCSE style tasks developing their own imaginative writing.Key Words and Terms
Term 4Shakespeare Play   
Students will study a Shakespeare play, either The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Much Ado About Nothing through a variety of activities including drama assessment and written analysis of short sections. Students will explore some of the issues generated by the play including relationships and power. Students will stage scenes and craft their own non-fiction texts, related to the themes of the play. In term 2, students will continue to explore the themes, characters and staging of the play, before writing an essay on characters or theme. We will then focus on developing creative writing skills, particular focusing on structure and SPaG skills.
Assessment: Students will complete GCSE style tasks developing their ability to evaluate both fiction and non-fiction and to write a piece of transactional writing. Students will also undertake a short essay on an extract from their Shakespeare play.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Gothic Literature   
Students will explore the conventions of this well-loved historical genre, from its beginnings to present day. Through the analysis of famous Gothic Horror novels, students will learn how to interpret and evaluate the writer’s style, language, tone and intent. Study of the genre in film and television will also help to develop students’ understanding of the genre.
Assessment: Students will sit a GCSE-style Edexcel End-of-Year examination paper. This is Paper 2, which asks students to read and subsequently analyse unseen fiction extracts. They will also be asked to compose a non-fiction piece for the examination, drawing on all they have learned this year in order to meet the audience, purpose and format of the task.Key Words and Terms
Term 6War Poetry   
Students will study a range of war poetry, including poems written during WW1. They will analyse the way poets use structure and poetic devices in order to communicate their message and develop exam skills as they compare and contrast poems.
Assessment: Students will complete a comparison of 2 poems they have studied. They will also complete English Language Paper 1 questions.Key Words and Terms