Year 7

TERM Autumn Spring Summer




‘Millions’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce/ ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll.

Is it possible to care for a fictional character?

Students will learn about and analyse the process of characterisation and will write and perform a monologue.


Why do we tell stories?

Students will read a wide range of stories and poetry going back to the very beginning of the oral tradition. Students will develop skills for writing descriptively.

Shakespeare: ‘Twelfth Night’

Can someone as old as Shakespeare ever be funny?

Students will read this play and other texts including poetry focusing on how humour is created. Supporting texts and multimedia clips are used to unpick the concept of humour more carefully.






Year 8

 TerM Autumn Spring Summer





Shakespeare: ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Is death inescapable in ‘Romeo and Juliet’?

Students will learn about the concept of ‘fate’ while studying this play in detail. Students will learn how to compare texts and will write a courtroom speech arguing a viewpoint.



Science Fiction.

Should we fear the unknown?

Students will read a range of extracts and whole texts from the science-fiction/dystopian genre. They will learn how this genre has developed and will learn how to write their own narrative using

19th Century Writers.

Why is the work of 19th century writers still important today?

Students will read a range extracts and whole texts from 19th century writers. They will learn about historical context and will analyse the work of authors such as Dickens, Hardy and Hugo.















Year 9

 TerM Autumn Spring Summer





Conflict and ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell.

Why do we fight?

Students will learn about the concept of conflict while reading and comparing a wide range of texts including WW1 poetry. Students will also read ‘Animal Farm’ in its entirety and develop their skills for writing to argue/persuade.

Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew.

Is Shakespeare still relevant in a 21st century world?

Students will study this play in its entirety and will learn about the concept of feminism. Using a range of non-fiction texts to support learning, students will investigate whether or not Shakespeare’s themes are still relevant today.

The Gothic and ‘The Woman in Black’ by Susan Hill.

How can a story make you scared?

Students will learn about the conventions of the gothic genre by reading and analysing a range of extracts. They will then learn about the idea of a pastiche and study ‘The Woman in Black’ in detail.















Year 10 & 11

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