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English at the Wren School

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English

Aims and Ethos

The ability to communicate in the world is essential. Students will work on their writing, reading and speaking skills while participating in a broad range of creative activities in their English lessons at The Wren School. Throughout our creative curriculum, there are opportunities to for a variety of genres to be studied, including texts from literary heritage and modern time periods. Students will develop their passion for creativity by writing both fictional and non-fiction pieces to express themselves fully.

Our aim is for English at The Wren School to be engaging, challenging and relevant so that students are encouraged to develop a love of reading and are confident in communicating with the world.

 

Key Stage 3 Description:

During years 7 and 8, students follow a thematic curriculum in English designed to prepare students for the rigour of GCSE English.  Across the two years, students sit an assessment each term and an exam at the end of the year, to support their teacher in tracking their progress:

Year 7
Tools of the Trade

Writing skills: sentence forms for effect, grammatical structures and how to succeed in English lessons.

This is Me

Autobiographical writing and sentence forms

This is Us

Class novel:

A Monster Calls

Wonder

Coraline

The Graveyard Book

Private Peaceful

Genius of the Past

An exploration of 19th Century literature and developing creative writing skills.

Inventors of the Future

An exploration into non-fiction reading and persuasive writing based around our imaginings of the future.

The Power of Humans

An introduction to reading William Shakespeare

The Power of the Earth

Sports Writing

Year 8
My Values

Class novel:

Salt to the Sea

Once

The Hunger Games

Family Values

An exploration into persuasive writing and reading, linking to family values at Christmas.

Clash of Cultures

An exploration into Poetry from Other Cultures.

Celebration of Cultures

Travel writing and non-fiction reading.

The Power of Technology

Gothic fiction reading and writing.

 

 

 

The Power of My Voice

An exploration into a William Shakespeare play.

 

 

 

Key Stage 4 Description:

During year 9 onwards, students prepare to learn the skills needed to study AQA English Language (8700) and AQA English Literature (8702).  Year 9 is a skills focused year, designed to bridge the transition to GCSE studies and prepare students for the rigour of GCSE literature in year 10 and revision and exam skills in year 11.

Year 9
Introduction to GCSE

Grammar for writing

Skills for analysis using conflict poetry.

Reading 19th century fiction

Read a range of texts from the 19th century.

Learn skills to tackle GCSE level analysis.

Consolidate writing skills.

Class novel

‘Of Mice and Men’ thematic study.

Class novel and conflict poetry

Continued study of novel and create thematic links to conflict poetry.

Reading Non-Fiction

An exploration into non-fiction reading and writing linked to the theme of being a child.

The Power of My Voice

Conflict poetry and speaking and listening skills.

Year 10
19th Century Novel

Novel study paired with opportunities for creative writing and non-fiction reading.

19th Century Novel

Novel study paired with opportunities for creative writing and non-fiction reading.

Shakespeare Play

Shakespeare play paired with opportunities for creative reading of unseen poetry, writing and performance.

Shakespeare Play

Shakespeare play paired with opportunities for creative reading of unseen poetry, writing and performance.

Modern Novel

Study of a modern novel paired with creative and persuasive writing.

Modern Novel

Study of a modern novel paired with creative and persuasive writing.

Year 11
Consolidation, revision and examination preparation.

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities:

Students in English have the opportunity to attend a variety of trips and visits throughout the year, attending creative writing workshops; guest author visits and excursions to encourage reading and writing inspiration.  Alongside these, there is the ever-popular book club, where students have the opportunity to read and discuss new and old books.  New for next year will be the opportunities for debate and media club, ensuring all students have the chance to express themselves.  Students are also regularly entered into competitions, with the opportunity to win prizes for their writing skills.

Term Dates

Term 3
Mon 7 January – Thu 14 February 2019
Inset day – Fri 15 February 2019
Spring break – Mon 18 February – Fri 22 February 2019
Term 4
Mon 25 February – Fri 5 April 2019
Easter break – Mon 8 April – Mon 22 April 2019

 

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