Year 9 English Curriculum
The English curriculum in Year 9 comprises three strands: Spoken English, Reading and Writing. The aim of the Year 9 curriculum is to consolidate the skills that pupils have acquired in these areas and to prepare pupils for the demands of their GCSE courses, which begin in Year 10.
Pupils will study the spoken language and they will be given ample opportunity to develop their own self-confidence in this area. They will be expected to participate fully in class discussions and to present their ideas to the class in a variety of contexts. Pupils will also be given the chance to perform texts both formally and informally. Coaching each pupil's individual skills is a key part of this curriculum and each pupil's progress will be monitored by their class teacher. The skills practised in class will also be tested formally when pupils sit their English Speaking Board Senior Two examination.
Confident and engaged individual reading is the cornerstone of success in this subject and pupils will be encouraged to read widely throughout the year and to tackle some increasingly challenging texts. They will study two authors in depth: William Golding and William Shakespeare. The Michaelmas Term will begin with the detailed study of Golding's novel 'Lord of the Flies'. Towards the end of the term, pupils will see how stories can be adapted into different genres when they go to see a play version of the text at The Crucible Theatre. The study of this novel will reinforce what they have already learned about the genre and it will prepare them for the rigour required of them at GCSE level. In the Lent Term, pupils will study the short story genre and a wide range of poetry both classic and contemporary. In the Summer Term pupils will study a Shakespeare play in depth for the first time before going to see it performed at Stratford upon Avon.
We aim to produce pupils who can write with confidence in a variety of genres. Having studied the short story genre in the Lent Term, pupils will write their own stories for a national competition. Pupils will be encouraged to write their own poems in the style of the poems we have studied: the best way to demystify, understand and come to appreciate the genre. Pupils will also learn how to respond to literary texts through writing. This will be done informally, through their reading logs, and formally by practising how to write a literary essay. Pupils will be encouraged to find their own 'voice' and style whilst consolidating their knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling.