The Becket Way 
Wilford Lane, West Bridgford 
Nottingham, NG2 7QY
0115 982 4280

Year 8 English

Subject Leader: Mr Carberry
General information about the subject
Students are taught in sets which are regularly reviewed throughout the year.

All classes are taught the same topics at the same time to ensure consistency across the groups and to best prepare students for their GCSE courses.
What topics are taught?
When will they be taught?
Julius Caesar - An in depth study of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Students will perform parts of the play, analyse the language and study the art of rhetoric.

19th Century Science Fiction - Continuing our journey through literature we look at extracts from a range of seminal science fiction texts.

Animal Farm - Moving into the 20th century we look at George Orwell’s allegorical novella, drawing parallels between Soviet Russia and life on Manor Farm.

World War One Poetry - An anthology study of some of our greatest war poets, who brought the realism and brutality of war into harrowing perspective.

Across all units students will also study a range of non-fiction texts and develop their writing to suit a variety of styles and genres.
How will my son or daughter be assessed?
When do these assessments take place?
Students will complete assessments throughout the academic year, normally towards the end of each topic. 

These take the form of a ‘Learner Check’, a formative assessment of reading or writing skills with feedback on how to improve, and an ‘Assessment’, for which students will receive a summative grade.
What can my son or daughter do to support their learning at home?
What materials are provided or available online?
Students are provided with Knowledge Books that include lists of key terminology, skills and extracts from the texts studied. There are also a wide variety of quizzes within them to self-quiz.

Students should read a wide variety of texts away from the classroom; we recommend that all students read their own choice of fiction text which they can self-quiz on completion, using Accelerated Reader.