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English

Year 9 English

Year 9 represents the start of our GCSE studies. As we embark on this exciting and challenging journey, we ensure all students are equipped with the skills needed to meet the demands of the subject. We explore a range of texts, investigating their social and historical significance and learn how to be “critical readers.” We also explore the range of ways in which writer express key ideas and concepts, and how to express ourselves both creatively and analytically.

Enrichment

TBA

Facilities

Teaching takes place in dedicated classrooms, which have access to a whiteboard for use of audio-visual and dynamic lesson delivery.

Autumn Term

Literature Unit Paper 1 - “An Inspector Call” 

Understand the text and its implications

We explore the author and the play itself, along with the concept that it is a “text in time.”

For instance

  • Understand that writers convey the social, political and historical concerns of the time. We explore Priestley’s social and political views.

  • Understand how Priestly conveys these views through plot, production and characterisation. 

  • Understand how the world of 1912 differs from that of 1945 (when the text was first produced as a play) and why.

The overall aim of the unit is to read the text and understand its key themes, ideas and impact.

To do this we engage in a range of activities. For example:

  • Dramatic performances in role. 

  • Exploring key themes in the text and to think how these links to contextual issues in Shakespeare’s time. This begins to establish the core skills for GCSE English literature examination skills.

  • Writing a variety of creative and transactional text types which links strongly to GCSE English language examination skills.

Spring Term

Literature Unit Paper 1 - Shakespearian study – Macbeth

Understand the text and its implications

We explore the author and the play itself, along with the concept that it is a “text in time.” To do this we engage in a range of activities. For example:

  • Dramatic performances in role. 

  • Analysing language and literary techniques in specific scenes. Exploring key themes in the text and to think how these link to contextual issues in Shakespeare’s time. This begins to establish the core skills for GCSE English literature examination skills.

  • Exploring the text and characters, using a variety of creative and transactional responses. 

  • Exploring specific scenes and writing / performing in response to ideas and issues.

  • Learning the historical and political history of early 17th Century Britain, and mid-11th century Scotland, so that we can see this text in its full context.

Summer Term

Language Unit – Paper 1 examination skills.

This unit seeks to engage students in a variety of tasks associated with the GCSE “Fiction and Imaginative Writing” examination.

Some READING tasks the students will encounter:

  • Exploring a range of Victorian fiction.

  • Investigating how writers use a range of technical skills (language and structure) to engage a reader.

  • Learning to evaluate what makes a text successful in conveying specific tone or idea.

 

Some WRITING tasks the students will encounter:

  • Learning to write creatively, with control and purpose.

  • Using language and structural techniques to shape reader response, and to create pace and variety in their expressions. 

  • Learning to write narrative, description and monologue that really engage a reader’s interest and fire their imagination. 

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