Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

01768 371693

Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

Year 9 English

In English, we aim to engage, excite and extend students’ literary perspectives through a varied curriculum, rich in contemporary and classic fiction, media and non-fiction texts. Students are encouraged to build on the analysis skills developed in Year 8 whilst further developing a passion for creative and imaginative writing.  As in Year 8, classes will be set using Year 8 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.

The KS3 programme is designed to help develop the essential skills that students need to do well at GCSE; including Reading, Writing and Oral Communication.  Students are encouraged to think about, and explore the historical as well as cultural contexts of the texts that they study whilst developing their written and oral communication skills.  This is done through a varied range of challenging and engaging classroom activities, as well as end of module assessments and an end of year English exam.

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

  • Contemporary drama – Exploring stagecraft, characterisation and the creation of drama in ‘Our Day Out’.
  • Non-Fiction prose – Structuring guides and articles, writing to advise and inform whilst exploring form and structure.
  • Of Mice and Men – Exploring structural techniques in fiction.
  • Speaking and listening – Oral communication and persuasive speeches.
  • Creative writing – Studying extracts from Gothic genre short stories and applying a range of imaginative writing techniques to create interesting and engaging narratives.
  • Poetry – Comparing how the writer presents conflict in selected poems from the GCSE poetry anthology.
  • Shakespeare – Introduction to ‘Macbeth’ and the portrayal of the supernatural in the play.

For more information, please contact Peter Cottrell.