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St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School

English

Our aim is to develop the love of the written word and to prepare students for their transition into KS4 and beyond. 

Year 7 

Term 1 

A Christmas Carol: 

Historical Context of the novel 

Analytical Reading of the text 

Character Analysis 

Structural Analysis of the text 

Analytical Writing in response to a question 

 

Language Focus: 

Writing Creatively 

Use of Language Devices 

Use of a Variety of Punctuation 

 

Term 2 

WW1 Poetry: 

Historical Context of the novel 

Analytical Reading of the text 

Structural Analysis of the text 

Analytical Writing in response to a question 

 

Language Focus: 

Analytical Reading of a text 

Analytical Writing in response to a question 

 

Term 3 

The Hunger Games: 

Historical Context of the novel 

Analytical Reading of the text 

Character Analysis 

Structural Analysis of the text 

Analytical Writing in response to a question 

 

Language Focus: 

Analytical Reading of a text 

Summarising Key Information in a text 

 

Term 4 

The Hunger Games: 

Historical Context of the novel 

Analytical Reading of the text

Character Analysis

Structural Analysis of the text

Analytical Writing in response to a question

 

Language Focus:

Analytical Reading of a text

Analytical Writing in response to a question

Presenting an Opinion in response to a question/ text

 

Term 5

End Of Year Exam Preparation:

Identifying Information from a text

Analytical Reading of a text

Analytical Writing in response to a question

Presenting an Opinion in response to a question/ text

Writing Creatively

Use of Language Devices

Use of a Variety of Punctuation

 

Term 6

Language Focus:

Creative Response to a Statement

Writing Non-Fiction

Use of Language Devices

Use of a Variety of Punctuation 

Assessment 

Assessment in Class and Homework Assessment 

 

Year 8 

Term 1 

Romeo and Juliet: 

Historical Context of the novel 

Analytical Reading of the text 

Character Analysis 

Structural Analysis of the text 

Analytical Writing in response to an Extract and Question 

 

Language Focus: 

Analytical Reading of a text 

Analytical Writing in response to a question 

 

Term 2 

Love and Relationship Poetry Comparison: 

Historical Context of the novel 

Analytical Reading of the text 

Structural Analysis of the text 

Analytical Writing in response to a question Comparative Writing

 

Language Focus:

Analytical Reading of a text

Summarising Key Information in a text

 

Term 3

Of Mice and Men:

Historical Context of the novel

Analytical Reading of the text

Character Analysis

Structural Analysis of the text

Analytical Writing in response to a question Language Focus:

Analytical Reading of a text

Analytical Writing in response to a question

Presenting an Opinion in response to a question/ text

 

Term 4

Of Mice and Men:

Historical Context of the novel

Analytical Reading of the text Character

Analysis

Structural Analysis of the text

Analytical Writing in response to a question Language Focus:

Creative Response to a Statement

Writing Non-Fiction

Use of Language Devices

Use of a Variety of Punctuation

 

Term 5

End Of Year Exam Preparation:

Identifying Information

Summarising Key Information from a text

Analytical Reading of a text

Analytical Writing in response to a question

Creative Response to a Statement

Writing Non-Fiction

Use of Language Devices

Use of a Variety of Punctuation

 

Term 6

Language Focus:

Creative Response to a Statement

Writing Non-Fiction 

Use of Language Devices

Use of a Variety of Punctuation 

Assessment 

Assessment in Class and Homework Assessment 

What will I gain from studying English? 

· A love and passion for the written word and reading widely. 

· Key Skills to use in GCSE studies of both English Literature and English Language. 

Knowledge of how to: 

· Analyse a text 

· Analytically respond to a text 

· Present an Opinion in response to a text/ statement 

· Write Analytically in response to a text/ question 

· Identify key information from a text 

· Summarise key information from a text 

· Write creatively 

· Write Non-fiction texts 

· Use a variety of language devices to suit audience, purpose, and form 

· Use a variety of punctuation 

Pathways this course can lead to 

· GCSE English Literature 

· GCSE English Language 

· A Level English Literature 

Extra curricular opportunities 

· Poetry Competitions 

· Creative Writing Competitions 

· Revision 

· Subject Excursions