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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

Writing to Narrate (Language)

Year 7 are beginning to look at narrative writing and how a moralistic story is 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

 

KS4 students will be focussing on English Literature for Term 1. 

Year 10

Students this term have been studying Poetry from the AQA Anthology. Students should complete the following lessons:

Ozymandias- This lesson will explore the meaning and key ideas of Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem 'Ozymandias' (1818).

https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/ozymandias-part-1-chjkct?from_query=ozymandias

 

London Part 1- This lesson will explore the meaning and key ideas presented in William Blake's poem 'London'. 

https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/london-part-1-6rvp6t

 

London Part 2- This lesson will examine some of the ways Blake uses language, form and structure to create meaning within the poem.

https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/london-part-2-c9hkee

 

My Last Duchess- Part 1- This lesson will explore the meaning and key ideas presented in Robert Browning's poem 'My Last Duchess' (1842).

https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/my-last-duchess-part-1-cnk68t

 

My Last Duchess- Part 2- This lesson will examine some of the ways Browning uses language and form to present the Duke.

https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons/my-last-duchess-part-2-cthk0e

 

Year 11

If students have studied Macbeth as their Shakespeare play they should complete the following lessons:  

Revisiting Macbeth Part 1 – This lesson will focus on how Shakespeare presents the consequences of disrupting the natural order.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-natural-order-part-1of-2-cgv6ct

Revisiting Macbeth Part 2- This lesson will explore how Shakespeare presents the consequences of disrupting the natural order.

 https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-natural-order-part-22-6tjpct

Revisiting Macbeth Part 3- This lesson will focus on how Shakespeare presents the consequences of engaging with the supernatural.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-supernatural-part-12-crrkct

Revisiting Macbeth Part 4- This lesson will examine how Shakespeare presents the consequences of engaging with the supernatural.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-supernatural-part-22-6mwkat

Revisiting Macbeth Part 5- This lesson will focus on how Shakespeare presents Macbeth as a tragic hero.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/the-tragic-hero-part-12-68v66c

 

If students have studied an Inspector Calls they should complete the following lessons:

Revisiting An Inspector Calls- Part 1- This lesson will explore how Priestley uses the Inspector as a catalyst designed to engineer change in the play, as well as revisiting Priestley's core message of socialism.

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

Revisiting An Inspector Calls- Part 2- This lesson will explore how Priestley presents the differences between Mr Birling and the Inspector.

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

Revisiting An Inspector Calls- Part 3- This lesson will examine how Priestley presents the upper class Edwardian women by exploring Sheila's character.

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

Revisiting An Inspector Calls- Part 4- This lesson will explore how Priestley presents the character of Eric Birling. It will explore how our sympathies towards Eric develop in the play.

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

Revisiting An Inspector Calls- Part 5- This lesson will focus on how Priestley presents the character of Mr Birling.

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

 

Years 12 and 13

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