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Course Aims

To promote an enjoyment of reading, writing and

to develop the technical skills necessary for clear

and accurate communication, in both spoken and

written forms. We aim to provide the opportunity to

read widely and to write for many different purposes

and audiences, as well as to prepare students for

the challenges of GCSE.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Lower School Spoken English competition; Book

groups; Mock trial; Theatre visits; Visiting writers.

Course Content

Year Course Content


In Year 7, students will read and study twentieth and twenty first century novels; take part in a

library reading passport programme of study; study a Shakespeare play and perform in a scene;

study post and pre- twentieth century poetry; study media and non-fiction texts including a focus

on newspaper reports; visit a theatre and write a play review; give a talk to the class; take part

in the Lower School Spoken English Competition (recite a poem); learn how to draft and re-draft

a piece of work; carry out extended creative writing; research and write a biography; practise

the accurate use of basic punctuation and grammar; understand and use figurative language;

undertake a structured spelling programme for Year 7.


In Year 8, students will study issues and techniques used in class novels; take part in a library

reading passport programme for Year 8; study a drama text; study pre-twentieth century prose,

focusing on the Gothic; sample writing from our literary heritage: writers listed in the Canon; take

part in the Lower School Spoken Language Competition (learn a poem by heart); take part in the

Mock Trial event; study media and nonfiction texts including the language of advertising; study

the history of language; research and write an autobiography; study original writing for different

purposes and audiences; use punctuation and sentence structure to create deliberate effects;

begin to understand and use critical terminology; undertake a structured spelling programme for

Year 8.


In Year 9, students will read and study a significant twentieth century text in class; take parrt in

a Library reading passport programme for year 9; study ‘Macbeth’ and analyse a scene from it;

study and analyse poetry and prose texts from different cultures; study pre-twentieth century

detective/ science fiction writing and compare with post twentieth century writing; study and

compare media and non-fiction texts, focusing on the use of persuasive language and bias; take

part in a debate; work in a group creating an advertising campaign; give a group presentation;

study different genres in TV and the written word; original writing in different genres; consolidate

understanding and the accurate use of more complex punctuation and grammar.