Year 8 Curriculum

Year

Term/Theme

Unit Title

Duration

Assessed Outcomes

 

8

 

Autumn 1

How does a writer create character and setting?

 

Gothic Horror

8 weeks

 

 

 

Speaking and Listening

To formulate useful research questions and to evaluate possible sources of information

Writing

To create a short piece of Gothic Horror (reworking of a text)

To understand how a writer designs sentences for deliberate effect

Reading

To develop detailed interpretations of texts and analyse how language is used (RAF3, RAF5)

 

8

Autumn 2

 

Media

6 weeks

 

To understand what magazines are and why people read them

Writing

To apply knowledge to create an effective recipe for a magazine

Reading

To understand the way that advertisements create a message and analyse an existing advertisement

 

8

Spring 1

Poetry

6 weeks

Writing

A collection of poems based around exploring different language features and techniques – minimum of 3 different types of poetry.

Reading

Analysis of one of their own poems (from at least 3 that they have written)

Spring 2

Whole Text

  • Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • Private Peaceful
  • War Horse
  • Stone Cold

 

8 weeks

Reading

Comprehension and analysis

Writing

Multiple perspective narrative

8

 

Summer 1

Literary non-fiction – Polar exploration/

Summer exploration?

 

 

4 Weeks

Reading

To analyse literary non-fiction by comparing two texts from different times

 

 

8

Summer 2

Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

7 weeks

Reading

To analyse how Shakespeare used language to create character and setting