Spring 2

This half-term, pupils will be completing their analysis of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. They will be evaluating the key themes and dramatic techniques within the text. They will be exploring the audience’s role within the text and how the writer uses methods to explore character.

After this, they will continue to refine their creative writing and plan a short story. This will involve them embellishing details on characters and developing a plotline over an established period of time. They will work with examples of metaphoric and sensory language to achieve an imaginative and conceptualised piece of writing.

How parents can get involved:

Spring 1

Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Pupils will study Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest, and will encounter characters such as Prospero, Caliban and Miranda. The play tells the story of an unfortunate shipwreck, includes a mysterious island and deals with themes such as justice. This will involve pupils improving their knowledge of Shakespearian drama and analysing colonial characters.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child about the characters in the play
  • Ask your child about whether they think Prospero is good/evil and their evidence for this

Autumn 2

Sherlock Holmes

This term, pupils will charter the crimes and mysteries of London with the world’s greatest detective; Sherlock Holmes. Pupils will read about and analyse the life and methods of the detective and explore the structural methods of a great detective story.

Pupils will continue to improve their essay skills and delve further into in-depth analysis of literary characters and Victorian context. This half-term, they will continue their study with a final short story from the Sherlock collection; The Blue Carbuncle.

How parents can get involved:

  • Read Sherlock Holmes stories for free online at Project Guttenburgh
  • Check the British Library Archives for Victorian articles on life in London

Autumn 1

Sherlock Holmes

This term, pupils will charter the crimes and mysteries of London with the world’s greatest detective; Sherlock Holmes. Pupils will read and analyse the life and methods of the detective and explore the structural methods of a great detective story.

Pupils will continue to improve their essay skills and delve further into in-depth analysis of literary characters and Victorian context.

How parents can get involved:

  • Read Sherlock Holmes stories for free online at Project Guttenburgh
  • Check the British Library Archives for Victorian articles on life in London