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English in Year 7

Purpose of the year 

  • to introduce students to both Language and Literature
  • to give them a flavour of what KS3 English will be about
  • to enable them to develop the skills that will be expected and required at KS4

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

Beowulf

Pupils will engage with one of the oldest and most exciting pieces of literature in English.

Believe it or not!

Pupils will explore the weirdest and most surprising facts about humanity.

Disasters

Pupils will use empathy to consider what life must be like in the wake of both natural and man-made disasters.

Survival

Pupils will develop instructional writing skills to create a desert island survival guide.

Animals

Pupils will develop a range of skills while considering the topic of animal rights and welfare.

Key assessments

Reading: A character analysis of Beowulf’s ‘Unferth’ and the Elephant Man.

Writing: A recount of Beowulf’s battle.

Oracy: A group discussion exploring the Elephant Man’s exhibition.

Reading: An analysis of the poem ‘The Gresford Disaster.’

Writing: An instructional survival guide.

Oracy: An instructional speech on tornado safety and group discussion on the benefits of recycling.

Reading: An analysis of how an RSPCA advert persuades the reader to donate.

Writing: An argumentation style article providing an opinion on animals in captivity.

Oracy: A discussion regarding animal rights.

Skills

 

 

 

How parents can help

 

  • Encourage your child to learn their spellings for any tests
  • Encourage your child to read a wide variety of different text types.
  • Ensure your child reads their AR book regularly.

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits

 

Year 7 Reading Group

The Tredegar Writers Guild

Homework expectations

Class teachers may set various homework throughout the year. Pupils will have spellings to learn on a regular basis. Pupils will be expected to read their AR books at home as well as in school.

 

English in Year 8

Purpose of the year

  • to develop skills in both Language and Literature
  • to enable them to further develop the skills that will be expected and required at KS4

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

 School Under Siege!

Pupils will use their wildest imaginations to envision what they would do if an infectious, incurable virus broke out.

Spies

Pupils will learn various skills through an exploration of the genre of spy fiction.

Crime and Punishment

Pupils will consider this topic looking at real life cases.

Jaws

Pupils will complete a film study of one of the most iconic films ever made.

 Introduction to GCSE: Wales

To prepare pupils for the Year 9 GCSE units, pupils will be introduced to GCSE English Language style questions and will be challenged to prepare a detailed speech about a topic related to Wales.

Key assessments

Reading: Pupils will analyse a Water Aid leaflet to see how persuasive techniques influence the reader.

Writing: An imaginative blog detailing a zombie apocalypse at school.

Oracy: Pupils will participate in a job interview task for a position at MI5.

Reading: Pupils will study the novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar.

Writing: Pupils will write a letter of complaint to the Chief of Police in Amity following a shark attack.

Oracy: Pupils will present a persuasive speech to the Mayor of Amity persuading him to close the beaches.

Reading: pupils will explore a range of GCSE style reading questions including synthesis and compare and contrast.

Writing: Pupils will write an extended speech on a Welsh topic.

Oracy: Pupils will deliver their speech.

Skills

 

 

 

How parents can help

 

  • Encourage your child to learn their spellings for any tests
  • Encourage your child to read a wide variety of different text types.
  • Ensure your child reads their AR book regularly.

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits

 

The Tredegar Writers Guild

Homework expectations

Class teachers may set various homework throughout the year. Pupils will have spellings to learn on a regular basis. Pupils will be expected to read their AR books at home as well as in school.

 

English in Year 9

 Purpose of the year 

  • to develop skills in both Language and Literature
  • to enable them to further develop the skills that will be expected and required at KS4

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

 Digital Worlds

Pupils will consider the impact technology has on our everyday lives.

WWW1 Poetry

Pupils will study a range of poetry by Wilfred Owen, Jesse Pope and Siegfried Sassoon.

 

 

Dystopian Worlds.

Pupils will explore the conventions of a  range of dystopian fiction texts, studying extracts from novels such as ‘Fahrenheit 451’ ‘ The Handmaid’s Tale.’ ‘ 1984’ and ‘The Hunger Games.

 Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’

Pupils will study the play in preparation for their  GCSE English Literature Non-examination assessment.

 

Key assessments

Reading: Pupils will write an extended analysis of a poem from the First World War.

Writing: Pupils will write a letter to General Hague from the point of view of a soldier in the trenches.

Oracy: Pupils will discuss how propaganda influenced young men to join the armed forces in WW1.

Reading: Pupils will study a range of fiction extracts.

Writing: Pupils will write a dystopian story.

Oracy:  Pupils will discuss the conventions of dystopian fiction and the impact of CCTV on the public.

Reading:  ‘Macbeth by William Shakespeare.’

Writing: GCSE non-examination assessment.  Analytical essay writing.

 

Skills

 

 

 

How parents can help

 

  • Encourage your child to learn their spellings for any tests
  • Encourage your child to read a wide variety of different text types.
  • Ensure your child reads their AR book regularly.

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits

 

 

Homework expectations

Class teachers may set various homework throughout the year. Pupils will have spellings to learn on a regular basis. Pupils will be expected to read their AR books at home as well as in school.

 

English in Year 10

 Purpose of the year

  • Learners will follow the WJEC specification for GCSE English Literature

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

Unit 3: Section A: Shakespeare - Macbeth

 

Unit 1: Prose (different cultures) and poetry (contemporary)

 

Different Cultures Prose:

Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck)

Contemporary: Unseen poetry comparison.

Unit 3:  Section B: Welsh writing in English

Stipulated poetry from the Library of Wales anthology Poetry 1900-2000: One Hundred Poets from Wales.

Candidates study fifteen specified poems listed for the chosen theme before their comparative study.

 

Unit 2a: Literary heritage drama:

An Inspector Calls (J. Priestley) or

A Taste of Honey (Shelagh Delaney)

 

Unit 2a: Contemporary prose:

Heroes (Robert Cormier)

 

Key assessments

Unit 3 NEA Shakespeare

 

Unit 1 External Examination

Unit 3 NEA Poetry

Unit 2 External Examination

Skills

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How parents can help

  • Support and encourage your child with revision at home. 
  • Make use of the revision resources provided by the school.  A wide range of resources are also available to purchase from the WJEC.

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits

Shakespeare in Schools

Theatre Trips to be confirmed. 

Homework expectations

Weekly revision 2 x 20 mins. Minimum

Additional tasks for specific units as set by class teacher

English in Year 11

Purpose of the year

Learners will follow the WJEC specification for GCSE English Language.  They will develop their ability to use English as active and informed citizens and be able to speak, listen, read and write fluently, appropriately, effectively and critically – for a wide range of personal, functional and social purposes.

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

What students will learn

GCSE LANGUAGE Unit 1 ORACY

Task 1 Individual Researched Presentation

WJEC Set Themes:

World of Work

Technology

Citizenship

Wales

Leisure

THEME: ‘OUTDOOR PURSUITS’

Preparation for GCSE Reading (AO2)

Unit 2&3

Preparation for Unit 2 Writing (AO3)

Narrative

Exposition

GCSE LANGUAGE Unit 1 ORACY

Task 2 – Responding and Interacting

One group discussion to written and/or visual stimuli provided by WJEC to initiate the discussion.

 

THEME: ‘DANGER OF DEATH’ OR ‘IMAGE’

Preparation for GCSE Reading (AO2)

Unit 2&3

Preparation for Unit 3 Writing (AO3)

Persuasion

Argumentation

THEME ‘ESCAPE’

GCSE Reading (AO2) Unit 2&3

Writing (A03)

Description

Narrative

 

THEME: EXAMINATION PREPARATION

Preparation for GCSE Reading (AO2)

Unit 2&3

Preparation for Unit 3 Writing (AO3)

Persuasion

Argumentation

Key assessments

UNIT 1 ORACY TASK 1

UNIT 2 MINI MOCK

UNIT 1 ORACY TASK 2

PRE-Public Examinations GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE UNIT 2 & 3

Unit 2 Mock Exam

Unit 3  Mock Exam

Practice Past Papers

How parents can help 

  • Support and encourage your child with revision at home. 
  • Make use of the revision resources provided by the school. 
  • A wide range of resources are also available to purchase from the WJEC.

Extra-curricular opportunities & visits

 

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Homework expectations

 

1.       Revision and preparation for non-examination assessment of Unit 1 Oracy.

2.       Revision and preparation for Units 2&3 as set by class teacher.

3.       Practice papers and weekly writing challenges