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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.

The Features of a Shakespearean Sonnet

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

Iambic Pentameter

In this lesson, we will learn how to recognise iambic pentameter in sonnets.  

Sonnet 18: 4 lessons

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

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


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:

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:

-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

  • 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


Crafting Creative Writing

Creating a Story Opening

Introducing a Character

Revealing a Problem

The Quest

The Climactic Moment

The Ending


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

Lesson- Lady Macbeth

Lesson- Plotting Murder

Lesson- Anticipating the death of King Duncan

Lesson- Duncan Dies


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)

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

Lesson 3 - Exposure (Part 1)

Lesson 4 - Exposure (Part 2)

Lesson 5 - Checking out me History (Part 1)

Lesson 6 - Checking out me History (Part 2)


Years 12 and 13

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