KS3 English (Yr 8)

Curriculum Overview

Point in Year

Unit of Work Title

Starting Point

Curriculum Content

Core Knowledge

Curriculum Content

Core Skills

Mid-term and Final  Assessments

Autumn Term 1

Full text study of modern novel – A Monster Calls

Recapping knowledge of methods and structure from Y7

Adult theme

  • Knowledge of writer’s craft and technique.
  • Young carers
  • Bullying
  • Living with illness/bereavement
  • Knowledge Test.

RR Focus – Articles 24, 31

  • Applying knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and text structure.
  • Reading for meaning.
  • Reading to infer and deduce
  • Communication – oracy discursive
  • Writing – script, to argue
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Assessed reading assessment based on extract from the novel – mimicking Lang P1 Q2 and Lit inference skills

End Assessment – Assessed writing assessment writing to argue Lang P2 Q5

Autumn Term 1

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – Contemporary Lit

Non-fiction Link

Reading – Articles on health and wellbeing.

Writing – Writing to argue (Speech arguing the mental health services need to improve)

Spoken Language –Take part in a debate: Has Miss Kwan done enough to protect Conor from Harry and the bullies.

Autumn Term 2

Full text study of 19th century novel – Of Mice and Men

Context

Using Context Y7 Spr 2

Identifying methods.

Understanding and comprehension skills.

Adult themes – link to Aut 1

Structural knowledge Y7

  • Contextual knowledge of 1920-30s America.
  • Equality/racism
  • Symbolism
  • Use of time (foreshadowing)
  • Cyclical structures
  • Knowledge Test.

RR Focus – Articles 23, 27

  • Understanding plot and structure, applying knowledge of cyclical structure and foreshadowing.
  • Character exposition (ref Y7 Spr 2)
  • Reading for meaning – applying contextual knowledge.
  • Reading to infer and deduce
  • Communication – recognising dialect and accent
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Assessed reading assessment based on extract from the novel – Lang Paper 1 Q3

End Assessment – Assessed writing assessment based on the conditions that were prevalent in the novel.

Autumn Term 2

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – Seminal World Literature

Non-fiction Link –

Reading – Articles about 1920s and 1930s America – Comprehension and summaries

Writing – Writing blogs (blog advocating for better rights for immigrant workers, women or ethnic minorities)

Spoken Language – Formal discussion resembling a job interview.

Spring Term 1

Portraits of People Poetry

Recap poetic devices, power of words.

Structure.

Comparative skills Y7 Spr 1

  • Historical context of the poets.
  • Poetic Devices
  • Use of poetic ‘voice’
  • Knowledge test.

RR Focus – Articles 13, 29

  • Structure – understanding poet’s use
  • Analysis/ evaluation of word choice – power of words
  • Comparative skills
  • Communication – spoken word
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Assessed comparative reading assessment based on two poems within the anthology studied. Lit P2 Sec C

End Assessment – Assessed reading assessment based on the structure used by the poet. Lang and Lit

Spring Term 1

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – Pre/Post 1914 Poetry, Contemporary Poetry

Non-fiction  Link

Reading – Context for poets and poems studied

Writing – Select a poet and produce a detailed poet profile

Spoken Language – Presentation on the impact of culture on the expression of poets

Spring Term 2

Othello

Revisit knowledge of Shakespeare, Context, Lang, methods

  • Knowledge of Shakespearean context.
  • Equality and women’s rights.
  • PSHE – jealousy and friendships
  • Shakespearean methods
  • Character exposition
  • Knowledge test.

RR Focus – Articles 6, 19

  • Reading to infer and deduce to explore deeper meaning.
  • Writing about context.
  • Applying knowledge of vocabulary and grammar and text structure.
  • Communication – discursive, debate.
  • Reading for meaning, combining previous knowledge of structure, language and rhetorical devices.
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Assessed reading assessment based on extract from the play character focus– mimicking Lit P.1 skills

End Assessment – Assessed writing assessment based on creative writing (narrative based) – mimicking Language paper 1 skills.

Spring Term 2

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – Shakespeare

Non-fiction Link

Reading – Articles about women’s role in 1500s and compare to modern day.

Writing – Writing to inform (article on how the role of women has changed)

Spoken Language – Presentation on the rights of women in modern society.

Summer Term 1

The Adventure of the Speckled Band

Pre1914 context

Understanding of Victorian times

Knowledge of crime writing/ drama

  • Crime writing conventions
  • Structure of thriller and crime writing.
  • Investigation techniques.
  • Red Herrings.
  • Role of the detective/ controlling protagonist.
  • Knowledge test

RR Focus – Articles 3, 6

  • Deduction and inference.
  • Applying knowledge of context and reflecting on comparison to modern times. (AO4)
  • Writing about writer’s purpose and methods.
  • Understanding rhetorical language.
  • Communication – concentration on writing skills and sentence structure.
  • Writing to entertain.
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Assessed reading extract, plot based Lit P1

End Assessment – Writing assessment based on Lang P1 Image stimulus.

Summer Term 1

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – Pre 1914 Novel – Author Study

Non-fiction Link  

Reading – 19th century articles on crime.

Writing – Writing to instruct (crime manual)

Spoken Language – Discussion on how crime investigation has changed from 19th century to modern times

Summer Term 2

Genre Focus – crime and horror

Crime conventions

Genre conventions

Prior knowledge of horror writing

  • Crime conventions
  • Horror conventions
  • Subverting conventions
  • Rhetorical devices.
  • Knowledge tests.

RR Focus – Articles 29, 39, 40

  • Inference and deduction
  • Writer’s use of language for effect – rhetorical devices
  • Understanding of structure as a method
  • Understanding of conventions and subversion of conventions.
  • Communication – written, focus on sentence ranges.
  • Applying knowledge to inference in the text
  • SPAG

Midterm Assessment – Reading assessment based on extract requiring evaluation of writer’s craft – use of conventions.

 

End Assessment – Writing assessment Language P1 Q5 – choice of genre.

Summer Term 2

  • NC KS3 Focus

Reading – Range of texts/play/poetry

Non-fiction Link

Reading – Articles based on places or people covered in the crime and horror unit – context.

Writing – Report writing (crime report)

Spoken Language – Presentation of crime scene