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English Y8

English Y8

The English Team at The Portsmouth Academy aspire to create a curriculum that ensures good progress for all and embodies the passion, beliefs and values appertaining to our subject.
For us, English is the key to successful learning in all subjects. A good command of the English language enables achievement in every aspect of learning, work and life.
Being literate in reading, writing and communication is at the heart of our creative thinking; the technical aspect of literacy is the lynch-pin in all of our creative pursuits. Strong literacy skills and creativity widens our horizons and opens up a lifetime of opportunity.
Studying and reading literature for pleasure is like falling in love with words.

Fertile Questions

What is Macbeth really about?

• How does our understanding of genre affect our engagement with the play?
• How does the context in which the play was set affect our understanding?
• How can I show an understanding of the context in which the play was written?
• How does the writer present attitudes and ideas to the reader?
• How do writers present characters in the play?
• How can I analyse the language, form and structure of a text?
• How can I use textual references to support my understanding of the play?
• How can I read, understand and respond to a Shakespeare text?
• How can I develop a personal response to the text?
• How does the play engage with different audiences?

How can I explore in creative reading and writing

• How can I summarise and synthesise information from a range of texts?
• How do writers use language to interest readers?
• How do writers use language and structure to interest readers?
• How do writers use language to present different viewpoints and perspectives?
• How can I develop comparisons and make links between texts?
• How do writers’ language choices affect a reader?
• How can I apply language and structural devices to my own writing?
• How can I improve a piece of writing to achieve a specific purpose and effect?

How can we interpret Private Peaceful?

• How does context affect our understanding of the novel?
• How do writers present characters in the novel?
• How do writers reveal themes, issues and ideas in the novel?
• How do writers present different attitudes and ideas in the novel?
• How do writers develop characters in the novel?
• How do writers present the relationship between characters in the novel?

How can we understand a writer’s viewpoints and perspectives

• How can I summarise and synthesise information from a non-fiction text?
• How do writers use language to make the reader feel part of the description?
• How do writers convey different views and experiences in a text?
• How can I use textual references to support my response?
• How can I write to argue for or against?

How can we enjoy poetry?

• How does context affect our understanding of the poem?
• How can I develop a critical and informed personal response to poetry?
• How do poets use language, form and structure to create meanings and effects?
• How do poets present themes, ideas and attitudes?
• How can I compare themes, ideas and attitudes in poetry?
• How do poets present contrasting attitudes and ideas in poetry?
• How can I identify and evaluate similarities and differences in poems?

How can I bring together the skills I have gained this year?

• How can I summarise and synthesise information from a range of texts?
• How do writers use language to interest readers?
• How do writers use language and structure to interest readers?
• How do writers use language to present different viewpoints and perspectives?
• How do writers convey different views and experiences in a text?
• How can I use textual references to support my response?
• How do writers’ language choices affect a reader?
• How can I apply language and structural devices to my own writing?