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English Introduction

English Introduction

 

 

In Key Stage 3, all students study a wide range of texts: plays; novels; poems; short stories; news articles; letters and so on. Students will study genres such as: tragedy; dystopian fiction; gothic; melodrama; comedy and fantasy.

Our English department is eager for students to discover a range of texts from different eras so we study: Shakespeare from the 16th- and 17th- centuries (for example, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest and Othello); 19th century novels such as Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and George Orwell’s Animal Farm. We also explore poetry from the 16th century right up to the present day. 

There will be a focus on three main text types in Year 7 so that students can really explore in depth, and get to grips with, higher level skills. This close focus on three areas is particularly pertinent this year and will enable us to give students the time to  learn, and to revisit and reinforce previous learning, after being away from regular schooling for a period of time.  The texts Year 7 will study from this September are:

 

  • Romeo and Juliet (play) by William Shakespeare
  • Oliver Twist (novel) by Charles Dickens
  • An introduction to poetry  (poets such as: William Blake; Dylan Thomas; Langston Hughes; Vernon Scannell; Simon Armitage; Grace Nichols)

 

As Year 7 study each unit, students will gain knowledge and understanding of specific texts and contexts. To support this, students engage in a range, and variety, of reading, writing and spoken language activities. It is important that students are able to apply their knowledge and understanding in a number of forms. Students will learn to read for meanings (including layers of), be able to analyse writers’ methods (language, structure and form) and be able to put these into context (historical and social, writer’s themes and ideas).  Writing will include purposes such as: describe; persuade; argue; narrate (stories). Through spoken language, students will begin to gain confidence through speaking in presentations, discussions, debates, role play and so on.

In addition, all Year 7 students will enroll with the Bedrock programme which is an excellent way for students to improve, and to increase, their vocabulary and comprehension skills as well as introducing them to a wide range of topics (fiction and non-fiction).  Key Stage 3 students do Bedrock once a week during timetabled lessons and once a week as part of their homework.

Students are also given a Knowledge Organiser booklet each half term for all subjects and are expected to learn, revise and remember a small section from each subject each week for homework.

 

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English Tasks