Soham Village College

English - Year 9

  Units
Throughout the year, Year 9 will have at least one lesson per fortnight that will focus on narrative writing skills. This will also recap nineteenth century Literature in preparation for GCSE English Language Component 2 Section A and GCSE English Literature Component 2 Section B.
Assessments
These usually take place at the end of each unit. Students will be informed about the dates of these assessments. Marks for each assessment focus are recorded on G4S.

Autumn  

Britain at War 1
Study a diverse anthology of First World War poetry. Discuss how attitudes to war were presented and compare different poets’ attitudes and thoughts.
Literature – class assessment
Analyse and compare the way Wilfred Owen (‘Dulce et Decorum est’) and Rupert Brooke (‘The Soldier’).
Britain at War 2
Read a novel based on ‘WW2 at home’. As well as appreciating the impact of war on life in Britain, learn how to craft letters of varying formality.
Writing – hall exam
Write one formal and one informal letter on specified topics.

Spring 

Comedy in Context
Learn about the origins of many of the comedies popular today. As well as studying the Shakespeare play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in its entirety, you will study a range of extracts from comedies of the Elizabethan era.
Literature – hall exam
An ‘exploding extract’ question based on one of the key scenes you have studied. The question will focus on the relationship between Benedick and Beatrice.

Summer 

Prejudice and Discrimination
Study either ‘Of Mice and Men’ (John Steinbeck) or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (Harper Lee). Consider how and why prejudice and discrimination is evident in your specified text. Become confident in commenting on character, theme and context.
At the beginning of the final half term there will be two end of KS3 assessments:Literature – hall exam
1) An ‘exploding extract’ question on the novel you have studied
Writing – class assessment
2) Write a narrative in first person (class assessment)
GCSE English Language Preparation