The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 8 English Curriculum

    Key topics to be taught this year:

    Autumn Term

    What you will be doing might include some of the following … These are only a few examples of a rich and diverse curriculum.

    Further details about the topic

    1

    The Island project – you invent your own land, extending what you have learned about etymology in year 7 to place names.

    This will encompass and develop various writing skills

    2

    Various pieces of writing linked to this invented island to develop writing skills.

     

    Spring Term

     

     

    1

    A formal letter

    This may be linked to your current reader.

    2

    Greek Mythology – a research based project encompassing a wealth of reading and writing skills. This knowledge proves indispensable in the study of poetry at GCSE and A level.

     

    Summer Term

     

     

    1

    Detective Charts – investigating famous sleuths

     

    2

    A detective story

     

    Assessments:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Common  Assessment

    CAT 1

    Short writing task to reassess after six week holiday!

    Written assessment

    Spring Term

     

     

    CAT 2

    Reading 

    Writing 

    Grammar

    Written tests with a pre-prepared grammar element

    Summer Term

     

     

    CAT 3

    Reading (pre twentieth century prose or poetry)

    Writing (from life)

    Grammar

    End of year exam

    Main Resources:

    Resource

    Details 

    Term 

    Readers – you will study three books which might include some of the following.

     

    We do not use textbooks as we think that they date too quickly. We prefer to generate our own resources to suit the needs of our classes.

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Sue Townsend

    Cue for Treason Geoffrey Trease

    A Wizard of Earthsea Ursula Le Guin

    Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan-Doyle

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare

    The Odyssey adapted by David Calcutt

    All