In the first half-term all students undertake a transitional unit, introducing them to the joys and challenges of secondary school English, which allows students to become comfortable in their new school and to get to know their teachers and the subject better. As the year progresses students will have the opportunity to study a range of texts and develop their confidence when reading books, poetry and plays. There are also many opportunities for creative writing and speaking and listening work.
During this year, the English faculty endeavours to build on the skills students have acquired throughout Year 7. There is a focus on texts that form part of the English Literary Heritage, including the study of a Shakespearean play, 19th century fiction and an introduction to different styles of poetry.
In Year 9 there is a clear focus on preparing students for the skills that they will need to undertake the study of English Language and English Literature GCSEs. Students develop both their writing skills and their ability to analyse a range of texts.
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