Year 9 English


Curriculum Modules

What will my child be learning?

What homework will they be set?

How do I support my child?

American Literature

 

Core text: John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

During their study of the novella, students focus on the representation of America throughout history. Looking at social and political context and how it influenced Steinbeck and other American writers. Students will explore modern music, poetry and extracts from American fiction.
Students will develop their own narrative writing skills.

Wider reading linked to the topic.
Revision for assessments.
Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.

 

Spark Notes is a
useful website for finding out more information on Of
Mice and Men. It includes chapter
and character summaries as well
as a list of themes within the novel.

Encourage wider reading at home.
Discuss with them
their opinion on what they’ve read, in order to help them to develop their own opinions.

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

Conflict Core text: Shakespeare’s Othello.

During their study of the play, students will be focusing on the actions of key characters and important issues within the play including the portrayal of women and race. They will also be analyzing the language choices used by the playwright
.

Students will develop their own descriptive writing skills

Wider reading linked to the topic.

Revision for assessments.

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

 

No Fear Shakespeare is a useful website to find out more information on Othello and to help students to feel confident with the language.

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

GCSE Bridging Unit

 

Students will focus more specifically on the skills required for the Language GCSE course. Looking at a range of non-fiction texts and analyzing and comparing how writers use language to put across their perspectives.

Students will debate and present their own opinion pieces and write to match a range of non-fiction forms

Wider reading linked to a topic. Written pieces and literacy skills.
Revision for assessments
Students are expected to borrow books during their library lessons and read independently.
.

 

Encourage wider reading at home, particularly of newspaper articles.
Discuss with them
how writers present their opinions. Compare how different newspapers present the same news item
.

 

 

Support/Study Guides Available:

 

Title

Available From

Approximate Cost

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

 

Please view our Year 9 Options Booklet 2017-2019 by clicking here.