Soham Village College

English - Year 9

Throughout the year, Year 9 will have 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. In addition, Y9 will have one lesson per fortnight in which they will prepare for the reading sections of the GCSE English Language papers.
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.


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 set in WW2. As well as appreciating the impact of war on individuals, students learn how to craft letters of varying formality.

Writing – hall exam

Write one formal and one informal letter on specified topics.


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.


Prejudice & 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 studiedWriting – class assessment
2) Write a narrative in first person (class assessment)