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
  • Studying extracts from gothic novels (all pre-1945), exploring language choices and how tension is created.
  • Analysing language choices in a selection of gothic poems.
  • Studying a modern play script of a gothic tale.
  • Developing creative writing skills, focusing on how ideas can be structured for deliberate effect.
  • Doddle tasks (online homework system) are set to improve students’ grammatical skills and secure understanding of the texts they are reading.
  • Accelerated Reading Tasks are set in LRC lessons.
  • Encourage wider reading at home.
  • Discuss what they think of the play they’re studying, and some of the characters within it.
Journeys
  • Studying Shakespeare’s The Tempest. During their study of the play, they will be focusing on the relationships between characters and important issues such as slavery.
  • Reading and analysing a selection of travel articles, focusing on how the writer conveys their point of view.
  • Studying and analysing
    examples of satire.
  • Doddle tasks (online homework system) are set to improve students’ grammatical skills and secure understanding of the texts they are reading.
  • Accelerated Reading Tasks are set in LRC lessons.
  • 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.
  • Encourage the reading of newspaper articles, especially any examples of satire.
Point of View
  • Analysing a range of political and news articles, focusing on how important issues are presented by the writer.
  • Studying a range of poetry from different cultures and exploring historical and social influences on their work.
  • Researching and producing
    their own speech, which expresses their opinion on an issue of their own choice.
  • Doddle tasks (online homework system) are set to improve students’ grammatical skills and secure understanding of the texts they are reading.
  • Accelerated Reading Tasks are set in LRC lessons.
  • Encourage wider reading at home, particularly of 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.

 

Extra Support:

 

What

When

Where

Reading and Writing Club Thursday after school 3:15pm – 4:00pm LRC
Boys’ Creative Writing Club Thursday after school 3:15pm – 4:00pm LRC

 

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.