“In English we learn about different stories and the people in them. I like writing about things that have happened in the stories and what I would do instead if I was in the story” Charlie
Students explore a variety of themes in English. Their teachers choose texts that stimulate their interests using both fiction and non-fiction texts to develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Additional phonics, grammar, spelling and handwriting skills are all incorporated to further develop their learning. This in turn has assisted cross curricular learning.
Year 8 & 9
Students explore various themes whilst developing a variety of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. There is a strong emphasis on developing phonic knowledge and skills i.e. letter sounds and recognising the grapheme and letter names. Phonic sounds, blending and segmenting are taught and practised through the use of games, rhymes and stories. Alongside this, they will develop spelling, punctuation and grammar skills through a variety of basic writing, speaking and listening tasks, some of which will be through the use of Information Technology.
Students explore the theme of “Spooks and Spirits”, with a specific focus on discussion, whilst developing a variety of speaking and listening skills. In addition they have taken part in a range of tasks, building upon their reading and writing skills.
They explore the work of Roald Dahl as an author, as well as learning about the man himself. To support their understanding further they carry out a variety of activities, including reading poetry, studying character traits and looking for the hidden messages within a story.
As the years progress, students will be reading a variety of texts that are structured in different ways, reading for a range of purposes. This will include both fictional and non-fictional genres.
English in this year is divided into a number of units. We explore both fictional and true-life “Escape Stories”. This concludes with the students writing their own escape story. We then move onto poems and explore various themes from the Anthology poetry for WJEC entry level exam. We move on to “The Woman in Black”, exploring the themes of fear, supernatural, isolation and the Conspiracy of Silence. We delve into a Shakespearean tale, “Macbeth”, examining conflict. In addition to this we engage regularly with a variety of reading opportunities, both at home through our reading books, in English lessons, in our form groups and other subjects. We continue to develop our writing, speaking and listening skills in the same way. Spellings are set each week in English lessons, with the addition of coursework and/or grammar work.
Most students work on an Entry Level accreditation component “All About Me”. This involves completing a piece of extended writing, written in the first person. An allied oral component is also completed. Students also write up a pair of transactional letters, before practice of their controlled tasks commences. The controlled task is a study of a media-based subject and involves numerous skills such as comprehension.
Other students are doing theme-based work that also encompasses development of reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.
In general, students will continue to develop a range of English skills to further develop their confidence in the use of language and will be assisted where necessary in this regard. Those who display the aptitude to do so may also take GCSE exams.