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Girls’ School

Home Learning

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.

Year 7

Year 7 are currently studying Shakespeare’s sonnets and are developing their analysis skills.

Introduction to Sonnets

In this lesson we will look at the history of the sonnet form. We will also start to look at the structure of a sonnet in preparation for lesson 2.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/introduction-to-sonnets-71hkjc

The Features of a Shakespearean Sonnet

In this lesson, we will learn about some of the features of the Shakespearean sonnet.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-features-of-a-shakespearean-sonnet-6rr64t

Iambic Pentameter

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognise iambic pentameter in sonnets. https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/iambic-pentameter-74v6ce  

Sonnet 18: 4 lessons

This section contains 4 lessons focusing on Sonnet 18. These include:

  • The Shakespearean Sonnet
  • Language
  • Structure
  • Writing about Sonnet 18

https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/sonnet-18-shakespeare-8cea

 

Year 8

Year 8 are studying a series of short stories. They are also focusing on writing skills as well as analytical skills.

Writing accurate, correctly punctuated and paragraphed dialogue, using personal pronouns:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/writing-accurate-correctly-punctuated-and-paragraphed-dialogue-using-personal-pr

These lessons focus on accuracy:

  • Punctuating speech correctly
  • Varying punctuation
  • Moving dialogue tags and using pronouns
  • Breaking up direct speech with dialogue tags
  • Breaking up direct speech with dialogue tags and introducing additional speakers
  • Punctuating speech correctly: Applying the rules when writing creatively

Language Skills- Fiction – Reading

Developing analysis skills through unseen fiction:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/language-skills-fiction-reading-52c6

-Approaching unseen fiction texts

-Considering structural choices

-Analysing the writer’s use of language

-Developing a personal response

 

Year 9

Year 9 are studying Dystopian extracts and war poetry. These units focus on narrative writing skills and analysis.

Fiction: Reading and Descriptive Writing

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/an-introduction-to-rhetoric-ethos-6mr3er

  • Approaches to reading unseen fiction texts
  • Character types and function
  • Analysing language: selecting evidence
  • Analysing language: analytical writing
  • Examining structural choices
  • Unseen fiction texts: pre-1900
  • Mary/ Eve Dichotomy
  • Thinking about space: Where do women belong?
  • Responding to evaluation questions
  • Evaluation: writing it up
  • Reading skills: unseen fiction- Cold Mountain
  • Journeys in literature: Cold Mountain
  • Descriptive detail: close analysis
  • Descriptive writing: planning techniques
  • Descriptive writing: Slow write

All KS3 Pupils

Paragraphing narratives for clarity, using possessive pronouns, using apostrophes accurately, structuring, writing and editing genre-specific narratives

Lessons:

Crafting Creative Writing

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/crafting-creative-writing-6rrkcr

Creating a Story Opening

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/creating-a-story-opening-75j34d

Introducing a Character

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/introducing-a-character-c5hp8c

Revealing a Problem

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/revealing-a-problem-6hk34c

The Quest

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-quest-cngpce

The Climactic Moment

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-climactic-moment-6dh64d

The Ending

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-ending-60vpce

 

GCSE English Literature

Year 10

Students this term have been studying their Shakespeare play.

If they have been studying Macbeth they should complete the following lessons.  

Lesson- Macbeth meets the Witches

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/macbeth-meets-the-witches-cgrp2r

Lesson- Lady Macbeth

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/lady-macbeth-c9jk2c

Lesson- Plotting Murder

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/plotting-murder-6gukgr

Lesson- Anticipating the death of King Duncan

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/anticipating-the-death-of-king-duncan-6xj6ae

Lesson- Duncan Dies

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/duncan-dies-6tgk2d

 

If students are studying Much Ado About Nothing as their Shakespeare play, they should complete the following lessons:

Lesson 1-  Much Ado About Nothing - Plot summary - Plot summary - AQA - GCSE English Literature Revision - AQA - BBC Bitesize

Lesson 2- Much Ado About Nothing - Characters overview - Characters - AQA - GCSE English Literature Revision - AQA - BBC Bitesize

Lesson 3- Much Ado About Nothing - Themes overview - Themes - AQA - GCSE English Literature Revision - AQA - BBC Bitesize

Lesson 4- Use of form in Much Ado About Nothing - Form, structure and language - AQA - GCSE English Literature Revision - AQA - BBC Bitesize

Lesson 5- Much Ado About Nothing - Sample exam question - Sample exam question - AQA - GCSE English Literature Revision - AQA - BBC Bitesize

 

Year 11

Year 11 Students should be revising for their Mock examinations. Please complete the following lessons to revise the Poetry Anthology.

Lesson 1 - Charge of the Light Brigade (Part 1)

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/charge-of-the-light-brigade-part-1-6wv6cc

Lesson 2 - Charge of the Light Brigade (Part 2)

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/charge-of-the-light-brigade-part-2-cgrkjd

Lesson 3 - Exposure (Part 1)

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/exposure-part-1-ccwp4d

Lesson 4 - Exposure (Part 2)

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/exposure-part-2-68u62r

Lesson 5 - Checking out me History (Part 1)

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/checking-out-me-history-part-1-cgtk4d

Lesson 6 - Checking out me History (Part 2)

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/checking-out-me-history-part-2-6djk0t

 

Years 12 and 13

Please note that bespoke work will be set by the subject teachers and emailed to students.