Across Key Stage 3, pupils develop key skills in studies of both literature and language to help prepare them for Key Stage 4. The lessons, which follow, are in line with the curriculum they are studying this term. In some cases, pupils may be using literature to develop language skills, particularly when looking at new genres. The focus for each unit of work that pupils are studying this term is outlined below.
Writing to Narrate (Language)
Year 7 are beginning to look at short stories and how these are created. These lessons focus on key grammar skills that will help them develop their narrative writing.
Past simple tense, subordinate clauses, punctuating conjunctions and lists
Writing accurate, correctly punctuated and paragraphed dialogue, using personal pronouns
Avoiding fragments, fused sentences and comma splices. Using capital letters and writing in the past tense. Using multiple subordinate clauses, punctuating lists correctly when in a complex sentence
Paragraphing narratives for clarity, using possessive pronouns, using apostrophes accurately, structuring, writing and editing genre-specific narratives
The Gothic Genre (Literature)
Writing to Describe and Narrate (Language)
Year 8 are studying the Gothic genre. These lessons provide an overview of Gothic fiction as well as looking at the conventions of Gothic writing.
What Gothic fiction means
In this lesson, we will learn about the essential information you need to know before we start studying Gothic Literature. We will be exploring a definition of what Gothic is in order to develop your understanding. Then, we will end on a quiz exploring what you have learned.
What Gothic conventions are
In this lesson, we will learn about the essential information you need to know about the typical conventions of this genre before we start studying Gothic Literature. We will be exploring what these conventions are in order to develop your understanding. Then, we will end on a quiz exploring what you have learned.
In this lesson, we will learn about typical Gothic characters before studying Gothic Literature. Then, we will end on a quiz exploring what you have learnt.
In this lesson, we will learn about typical Gothic themes before studying a famous Gothic story The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. Then, we will end on a quiz exploring what you have learnt.
Devising a Script (Language)
Year 9 are studying Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. These lessons provide a detailed overview of tragedy and the history of the genre.
The History of Tragedy
In this lesson, we are going to travel 2500 years back in time to Ancient Greece to see where tragedy began. We're then going to zip forward around 400 years ago to meet a certain William Shakespeare!
The Tragic Hero
In this lesson, we are going to learn about how a hero can also be tragic! We're also going to discover why all of Shakespeare's tragedies contain heroes with some fairly major psychological problems...
The Structure of Tragedy
In our final lesson on tragedy, we are going to look at the structure that tragic stories follow, look at a special pyramid invented by a German man called Freytag, and discover why most tragic heroes have only got themselves to blame...
All KS3 Pupils
Recapping the basics
Simple sentences, statements, paragraphs, capital letters and past simple verbs
Past simple verbs and capital letters
This lesson introduces past tense verbs and how to use capital letters.
Subject verb agreement
This lesson introduces the verb 'to be' and the subject of a sentence.
Capital letters and irregular verbs
This lesson develops capital letter use and introduces irregular verbs.
Singular and plural subjects
This lesson introduces the concept of singular and plural subjects.
This term, students are studying either An Inspector Calls or Writing to Describe and Narrate. If students are studying An Inspector Calls, pupils should complete the following lessons:
Lesson 1 -Capitalism and socialism
Lesson 2- Priestley’s background
Lesson 3- Staging the play
Lesson 4- Character Introductions
Lesson 5- Mr Birling’s perspective
Lesson 6- Introduction of the Inspector
If they are studying Writing to Describe and Narrate they should complete they should complete the following lessons:
Lesson 1- Writing to Describe- Planning techniques
Lesson 2- Writing to Describe- Slow Write
Lesson 3- Narrative Writing- What makes a good opening?
Lesson 4- Narrative Writing- Creating movement
Lesson 5- Narrative Writing- Endings
Lesson 6- Writing Skills
This term, students are preparing for their mock examinations in November. Students should complete the following lessons to revise An Inspector Calls:
Lesson 1 -The Inspector (Part 1)
Lesson 2- The Inspector (Part 2)
Lesson 3- Sheila and Eric (Part 1)
Lesson 4- Sheila and Eric (Part 2)
Lesson 5- Mr Birling
Lesson 6- Mrs Birling
Years 12 and 13
Please note that bespoke work will be set by the subject teachers and emailed to students.