Skip to content ↓

Newlands
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

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

https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/past-simple-tense-subordinate-clauses-punctuating-conjunctions-and-lists-a8ed

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

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

https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/avoiding-fragments-fused-sentences-and-comma-splices-using-capital-letters-and-w

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

https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/paragraphing-narratives-for-clarity-using-possessive-pronouns-using-apostrophes

Year 8

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.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-gothic-fiction-means-c5jk2d

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.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-gothic-conventions-are-c8tp6c

Gothic characters

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.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/gothic-characters-c8tp4d

Gothic themes

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.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/gothic-themes-c8v30d

Year 9

Shakespeare (Literature)

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!

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-history-of-tragedy-crv3er

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...

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-tragic-hero-69hk4c

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...

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-structure-of-tragedy-c4wkct

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.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/past-simple-verbs-and-capital-letters-6xk30e

Subject verb agreement

This lesson introduces the verb 'to be' and the subject of a sentence.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/subject-verb-agreement-6wtp2c

Capital letters and irregular verbs

This lesson develops capital letter use and introduces irregular verbs.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/capital-letters-and-irregular-verbs-6gvp8e

 

Singular and plural subjects

This lesson introduces the concept of singular and plural subjects.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/singular-and-plural-subjects-6njkcc

Year 10

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

https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/class-capitalism-and-socialism-1912-1946-6gr36c

Lesson 2- Priestley’s background

https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/priestleys-background-6thk4e

Lesson 3- Staging the play

https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/staging-the-play-set-design-and-stage-directions-71k3cc

Lesson 4- Character Introductions

https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/character-introductions-c5h64t

Lesson 5- Mr Birling’s perspective

https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/mr-birlings-perspective-75k3ec

Lesson 6- Introduction of the Inspector

https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/introduction-of-the-inspector-6gu3er

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

Descriptive writing: Planning techniques (thenational.academy)

Lesson 2- Writing to Describe- Slow Write

Descriptive writing: Slow write (thenational.academy)

Lesson 3- Narrative Writing- What makes a good opening?

Narrative writing: What makes a good opening? (thenational.academy)

Lesson 4- Narrative Writing- Creating movement

Narrative writing: Creating movement in our writing (thenational.academy)

Lesson 5- Narrative Writing- Endings

Narrative writing: Effective endings (thenational.academy)

Lesson 6- Writing Skills

Writing skills: Responding to a setting stimulus image (thenational.academy)

Year 11

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)

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-inspector-part-1-6gukgd

Lesson 2- The Inspector (Part 2)

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-inspector-part-2-6cvpcr

Lesson 3- Sheila and Eric (Part 1)

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/sheila-and-eric-part-1-6mv3ae

Lesson 4- Sheila and Eric (Part 2)

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/sheila-and-eric-part-2-6wu3ed

Lesson 5- Mr Birling

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/mr-birling-ctj32e

Lesson 6- Mrs Birling

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/mrs-birling-60t68t

 

Years 12 and 13

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