Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

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Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

Year 8 English

In English, we aim to engage, excite and extend pupils’ literary perspectives through a varied curriculum, rich in contemporary and classic fiction, media and non-fiction texts. Students are encouraged to build on the skills developed in Year 7 whilst developing a passion for creative and imaginative writing.  As in Year 7, classes will be set using Year 7 data or mixed ability depending upon the size of the year group.  Where classes are set there is scope for movement up or down throughout the year.

We encourage participation in national writing competitions, visits to Dove Cottage and other places of interest, the theatre and cinema in order to support and develop classroom learning.

Areas Covered

  • Prose – Explore how a writer uses language and structure to create tension using extracts from ‘Frankenstein’, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Dracula’ and ‘Darren Shan’.
  • Poetry – Explore contemporary poems to identify how the poet uses language and structure to create a sense of place and identity.
  • Shakespeare – Study characterisation and attitudes in the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
  • Non-Fiction Texts – Explore how writers’ use language to influence the reader in order to be able to produce effective non-fiction texts.
  • Stone Cold – Reading, non-fiction and creative writing whilst exploring a range of social issues.
  • Creative writing – Applying a range of imaginative writing techniques to create interesting and engaging narratives.

For more information, please contact Peter Cottrell