Year 8 English


 

Curriculum Modules

What will  my child be learning?

What homework will they be set?

How do i support my child?

Gothic Fiction Students will learn about the history of the Gothic and explore extracts from novels, poetry and plays. They will analyse writers’ use of language to atmosphere and match genre conventions.

Students will develop their own writing skills to mimic the Gothic texts they have studied.

Students will be set   wider reading extracts to further explore the genre.

Revision for assessments.

Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.

Encourage wider reading at home.

Discuss what they think of what they’re studying. Read and discuss homework texts with them.

Help your child to proof read any homework and correct any errors.

Journeys Core text: Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

During their study of the play, students will be focusing on the relationships between characters and important issues such as slavery and colonization. Students will explore how Shakespeare presents such issues.

Creative writing will focus on how to write a narrative.

 

Students will be set a range of reading and writing tasks with links to the lessons as well as literacy tasks.

Revision for assessments.

Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.

Encourage wider reading at home.

Discuss what they think of Shakespeare’s play and ask them to tell you about the story and the main characters within it.

Use the website No Fear Shakespeare to help students understand the language of the play.

Outsiders Core text: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Students will explore some WWII historical context and how the writer presents different characters. Students will also focus on comparison skills and learn to compare different texts and writers’ perspectives.

Writing will focus on non-fiction writing and developing own opinions.

Students will be set a range of reading and writing tasks with links to the lessons as well as literacy tasks.

Revision for assessments.

Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.

Encourage wider reading at home, particularly of historical information and newspaper articles.

Discuss with them what they are reading and their opinion on what they’ve read, in order to help them to develop their own opinions.

Support/Study Guides Available:

 

Title

Available From

Approximate Cost

Handwriting booklets and grammar resources are available for free from Mrs O’Brien in the English department. English Department Workroom or Mrs O’Brien. No cost.
A recommended reading list is available from Mrs O’Brien. English Department Workroom or Mrs O’Brien. No cost.

 

Other ways in which parents/carers can help:

 

  • Encourage students to borrow books from the local or school library.
  • Discuss news events at home, or events in a book they’re reading, to help them to develop their own opinions.