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Year 8 Learning

Our year 8 course continues to build upon the foundations laid in year 7. Students begin the year by developing their narrative writing skills, focusing specifically on how writers’ craft their language and structure to manipulate and influence readers. These skills are continually shaped and honed throughout the year. As with year 7, our threshold and thematic concepts are embedded throughout, designed to deepen and broadens students’ expertise in English.

Term

Unit

Key Concepts:

Autumn 1

Creating Tension: Manipulating the reader

Context informs interpretation

Writers use language and structure to convey meanings

Standard English is vital in conveying confidence.

Autumn 2

The Gothic Novel: The Woman in Black

Writers use language and structure to convey meanings.

Texts and content are selected and sequenced for specific meaning.

Etymology, morphology and phonology is vital in decoding new material.

Spring 1

Voices of Conflict: Individual Perspectives in Conflict Poetry

Standard English is vital in conveying confidence.

Writers use language and structure to convey meanings.

Texts and content are selected and sequenced for specific meaning.

Spring 2

Finding your voice: Spark Speeches

Context informs interpretation

Writers use language and structure to convey meanings

Texts and content are selected and sequenced for specific meaning.

Summer 1

Exploring Shakespeare’s Language: Titus Andronicus/ A Winter’s Tale

Context informs interpretation

Writers use language and structure to convey meanings

Texts and content are selected and sequenced for specific meaning.

Etymology, morphology and phonology is vital in decoding new material.

Summer 2

Synoptic Unit: Expectations of Gender

Context informs interpretation

Writers use language and structure to convey meanings

Texts and content are selected and sequenced for specific meaning.

Standard English is vital in conveying confidence.