Spring 2

This half term, pupils will be completing the analysis of the play Small Island. 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

Andrea Levy’s Small Island

This half-term, pupils will explore a new, diverse addition to the English curriculum. An opportunity to read/perform from the perspective of the Windrush generation; Caribbean immigrants who travelled to England in search of a new life and exciting opportunities. This is a new and exciting chance for pupils to analyse a different voice within the Literature canon, emphasising the celebration of differences and how all narratives matter.

How parents can get involved:

  • Use the British Library online to explore the Windrush generation.
  • Read parts of the text online/MS Teams at home.

Autumn 2

Jane Eyre
This term, pupils will explore Victorian England from the perspective of a young, orphaned girl. They will analyse the novel Jane Eyre and delve into the concepts of gender, education and power within Victorian Society. Pupils will continue to develop their skills of empathy and the analysis of characters. They will analyse characters and situations within the novel, to explore gender and exploitation within Jane’s early life.

How parents can get involved:

  • Read Jane Eyre for free online at Project Guttenburgh.
  • Check the British Library Archives for Victorian articles on life in London.

Autumn 1

Jane Eyre

This term, pupils will explore Victorian England from the perspective of a young, orphaned girl. They will analyse the novel Jane Eyre and delve into the concepts of gender, education and power within Victorian Society. Pupils will continue to develop their skills of empathy and the analysis of characters.

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.