Key Stage 3

All of our KS3 groups are continuing their study of Shakespeare remotely. Year 7 have embarked on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Year 8 are studying The Tempest and Year 9 are covering Romeo and Juliet. Each of the groups are learning about the context in which Shakespeare was writing, the setting for each of these stories, and also the form of comedy and tragedy. Throughout the lessons we study particularly dramatic moments and how the characters are brought to life on the stage.

This is delivered by our staff through a blend of live lessons and asynchronous learning, giving all students the opportunity to ask questions of staff on a weekly basis. The high quality resources that students are using can be accessed over Teams and independently at home.

In addition to this, the students will be improving their creative writing skills by studying a unit on short stories. They will learn about narrative structures, character types and how to use figurative language in their creative writing.

Assessment – A quiz, testing their knowledge of Shakespeare and students to create a piece of descriptive or narrative writing using a brief. 1 hour.

Key Stage 4

Our Key Stage 4 groups are studying English Language Unit 2: Exploring Perspectives and Ideas, in which we study a number of non-fiction extracts from the 19th, 20th and 21st century. They are building their reading skills, through inference, analysis and comparison. In addition, they study writing skills, particularly through forming an argument, using rhetorical devices and structuring a piece of extended writing. All of this is in preparation for their assessments.

Furthermore, students are continuing with their revision on A Christmas Carol, through exploration of the wider context, themes and ideas in Dickens’ novella. We have studied lessons on the importance of charity and social responsibility and have supplemented this through study of the context of 19th century London.

Assessment – A quiz on Dickens and A Christmas Carol, followed by an extended piece of non-fiction writing, in which they argue a point of view. 1 hour.