English Language is studied separately to English Literature across KS3 and KS4, as we believe it is an important subject in its own right.
In year 7, students consolidate their understand of the principles of grammar through the exploration of mythology in the first two terms. Then, after Christmas, students study speeches, learning how to analyse, argue and persuade whilst developing their knowledge of how small building blocks such as individual words and sentences contribute to the overall meaning. Later in the year, students will study the art of short stories, with the opportunity to read a number of short stories and write their own. Students will then prepare for an exam, an opportunity to become more comfortable with the exam process, before GCSE. Finally, students will study intertextuality and how texts relate to each other.
In year 8, students develop on the content learnt in year 7, which outlines principles of grammar in term one and two. In year 8, this is further developed in unit one, using traditional stories such as Biblical tales and fables as a vehicle to solidify the student’s knowledge of grammar as well as developing their understanding of literary history. In term two, students return to creative writing and the craft of writing the short story, further developing using old and new techniques to create an enthralling short story. Term three and four begin to prepare students for GCSE, by introducing students to the techniques needed to analyse non-fiction texts. The summer term introduces a unit focussed on oracy, allowing students to develop their speaking and listening skills, a key skill for later life. The final unit of work in year 8 again further develops on rhetorical techniques learnt in year 7.