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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

CAT 2

Reading 

Writing 

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

 

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