English

Language and Literacy is a compulsory Area of Learning at Key Stage 3. It includes English and encourages pupils to continue to develop their skills in talking and listening, reading, and writing.

This Area of Learning helps pupils to develop effective communication skills. These enable pupils to express themselves clearly and appropriately, and to understand the messages of others in different contexts. Pupils have opportunities to appreciate and use language for a range of functional and creative purposes. They engage with peers, poetry, prose, drama, non-fiction, media and multimedia to become critical, creative and effective communicators.

 

At Killicomaine we study the following over the three years:

Year 8

8.1 Excellence in English – how to achieve progression in effective communication

8.2 Guided Reading – novel study including theme, relationships, character and the writer’s craft

8.3 Words Are Birds –how language, layout, purpose and audience combine to establish meaning

8.4 Write This Way – how purpose and audience influence register, styles of questioning and development of analytical approach

8.5 ‘Twas the Fortnight Before Christmas – play on words and language to persuade

8.6 I Need a Hero – a study of character archetypes, the writer’s craft and creative writing

8.7 Independent Reading - novel study including theme, relationships, character and the writer’s craft

8.8 Much Review About Nothing – the language and layout of reviewing and a study of the influence of bias

8.9 Paper Bag Review – spoken review of a novel

8.10 Do This Do That – the language and layout of instructional writing

Year 9

9.1 Excellence in English – how to further progression in effective communication

9.2 Independent Reading – library based task

9.3 Memories of Childhood – a study of theme through poetry

9.4 Speak Out - the art of discussion both in spoken and written form

9.5 It’s Christmas! – Creative writing

9.6 Independent Reading – library based task

9.7 The Real Thing – persuasive writing as used in advertising

9.8 The Novel – an in depth study

9.9 Let’s Eat Granny – brushing up SpaG skills

9.9 Will’s World – an introduction to Shakespeare through a study of ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Year 10 A/B

10.1 Excellence in English – how to sustain progression in effective communication

10.2 ‘The Merchant of Venice’ – play based study and discussion

10.3 Speaking Your Mind – persuasion in speeches

10.4 Keeping It Real – a review of language and layout in non-fiction

10.5 The Writing Games – real world communication and employability

Year 10C

10.1 Excellence in English – how to sustain progression in effective communication

10.2 ‘The 12th Day of July’ - novel based study and discussion

10.3 Speaking Your Mind – persuasion in speeches

10.4 ‘Across the Barricades’ - play based study and discussion

10.5 Keeping It Real – a review of language and layout in non-fiction

10.6 The Writing Games – real world communication and employability