English

The English curriculum at Bradford Academy is designed to give learners a broad exposure to a variety of communication, analytical and creative opportunities. Learners at Key Stage 3 begin each  year developing their creative writing skills by exploring a range of texts from the grammar for writing schemes of work; these schemes are designed to teach grammar in a contextualised way – focusing on effects achieved, so learners have a wider range of techniques with which to craft creative, effective texts and provide engaging and interactive lessons. The lessons are designed to help build grammatical knowledge and improve  writing motivating learners to write independently  and they encourage them to reflect on their writing and understand how to improve with our range of activities.

Term 1

Key Learning Objectives Writing Objectives:

AF1- SPaG – Sentence structure, punctuation, technical accuracy and spelling

AF3- Imaginative and Interesting texts

 

Reading Objectives:

AF1-   Inference: Ability to deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from texts

AF2-Language: Commenting on a writer’s use of language at word, sentence and text level

AF3- Structure: Identify and comment on the structure and organisation of texts

Key Activities / Homework Writing:

Developing narrative and descriptive writing skills. Learner specific focus on AF1 – SPaG skills e.g. sentence construction

Reading:

Selecting information in a text, developing inference skills, using PEA to structure analytical writing Homework:   Example homework – PEA paragraphs on key sections of text, research on horror genre

Assessments Half Term One: – PROSE FICTION & GRAMMAR FOR WRITING

Cirque Du Freak

(7 weeks + 8 weeks)

Speaking & Listening: Presentation based on a hero.

S & L AF 1

Writing: Writing a transformation of your choice and write a description based on your understanding of the horror genre.

WAFs 1 and 3

Half Term Two: Reading

How does Shan create suspense through the extract provided and the rest of the novel?

RAFs 1,2 and 3

Suggest reading & support materials Grammar for Writing Teaching Books. Cirque du Freak’

Other possible reading: ‘The Graveyard Book’, Neil Gaiman/’A Series of Unfortunate Events’, Lemony Snickett

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives Writing Objectives:

AF1- SPaG – Sentence structure, punctuation, technical accuracy and spelling

AF2-Organisation and Paragraphing – Text structure and organisation

AF4- Texts appropriate to purpose, audience and form

 

Reading Objectives:

AF2-Language – Commenting on a writer’s use of language at word, sentence and text level

AF3- Structure – Identify and comment on the structure and organisation of texts

Key Activities / Homeworks Reading:

Analysis of a wide range of poetry including presenting poems, developing knowledge of poetic terminology, consider impact of poetic techniques

 

Writing:

Developing key persuasive/ argumentative vocabulary, structuring whole texts

 

Speaking & Listening: Performance poetry

 

Homework: Revision of poetic key terms, researching relevant context for poems, comparison practise tasks

Assessments Half Term Three: POETRY

 

Poems from other cultures and traditions

Speaking & Listening: Performance poetry

S & L AF 3

Reading: Compare one pre-19th century poem with a 20th-21st

RAFs 2 and 3

 

Half Term Four: WRITING

Persuasive and argumentative

Speaking & Listening: Room 101 style persuasive speech

S & L AF 1

Writing: Are we becoming a society of slobs? Discursive essay.

WAFs 1,2, and 4

Suggest reading & support materials Poetry anthologies, grammar for writing resource books, range of non-fiction persuasive and argumentative texts from newspapers, magazines, advertising, blogs

Term 3

Key Activities / Homework Speaking and listening: – Developing debate skills and structuring

Writing: – Examination skills including understanding key examination vocabulary and writing in timed conditions   Reading: – Consolidating PEA analysis skills, analysis of viewpoints in a text

Homework: – Debate preparation, hot seating questions, character mind maps

Assessments Half Term Five: NON FICTION READING

Reading & comprehension

Speaking & Listening: – Debate responding to issues in the ‘living dolls’ article

S & L AF 2 & 4

Reading: – Exam style assessment focusing on P.E.A. and writers’ language choices

 

Half Term Six: DRAMA

Shakespeare: introduction and Twelfth Night

Speaking & Listening: – Hot seating as key characters from Twelfth Night after the shipwreck

S & L AF 2

Reading: – P.E.E. essay on characters’ treatment of Malvolio

RAFs 1 and 2

Writing: – Design your own Shakespearean character

WAFs 3 & 5

Suggest reading & support materials AQA non-fiction KS3 materials, Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare contextual reading, Horrible Histories – Elizabethan England
Key Learning Objectives Writing Objectives: –

AF3- Imaginative and Interesting texts

AF5- Appropriate and effective vocabulary

 

Reading Objectives:

AF1- Inference

Ability to deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from texts

AF2-Language

Commenting on a writer’s use of language at word, sentence and text level

AF3- Structure

Identify and comment on the structure and organisation of texts

AF4- Purpose and Viewpoint

Identify and comment on the writer’s purpose and viewpoint

AF5- Context

Relate texts to their social, cultural and historical contexts and literary traditions