Year 8 Curriculum Map

Year 8 Unit 1
Drama Text (9 Wks.)
Unit 2
War and Conflict (11 Wks.)
Unit 3
Issues Today (11 Wks.)(6)
Preparation for Year 8 Exam (5 Wks.) Unit 4
Exploration &Travel (7Wks.)
Unit Summary

Study the set drama text with a focus on understanding plot and structure; the presentation of characters; themes and the context in which it was written.

Develop a “critical style”
Develop performance and presentation skills.

Exploration of and response to a variety of war related texts - war throughout history, – a range of genre types, fiction and non-fiction.

Exploration of persuasive texts/ speeches (historical and literary texts) leading into the writing and delivery of a persuasive speech.

Study of a whole novel appropriate to the teaching group with a focus on structure and critical evaluation of texts (– Q3 & 4.)
Suggested titles: Al Capone Irons my Shirts, Animal Farm, Going Solo, Holes, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Lord of the Flies, My Family and other Animals, Once, Prisoner Runner, Robinson Crusoe etc.
This unit will serve as preparation for the Year 8 Exam – Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – Reading Section.

An AQA KS3 examination

Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – Section A Reading.

AQA KS3 Pilot Test Provisional Year 7 could be used as extra practice, if necessary, with teachers using all or some of the questions as appropriate.
Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – Section A Reading.
Q1-4 ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne

Exploration of a wide variety of travel texts, including brochures, tourist guides, informative and entertaining texts, fiction and non-fiction.
Exploration of travel advertisements – still and moving images, and travel programmes.

Assessment Outcomes

Reading
F.A: writer’s use of language in a given extract. (Focus Lit. AO:2)
F.A: Writer’s use of language in an ‘unseen’ extract. (Focus Lit. AO:2)
S.A: Analysis of how writer uses language to establish and develop character in a given extract and the play as a whole. (Focus Lit AO:1, 2, 3 & 4)
The assessment tasks need to be differentiated for the lower ability pupils to allow more preparation and support as appropriate to establish confidence with the assessment process.

Writing
Writing, in the style of the playwright, to create an extra scene, re-imagine a section of the prose text on which the play is based, create a monologue etc.
(Not a formal assessment piece)

Speaking & Listening
Delivery of a scene from the play or the extra scene created to an audience of peers. (To be recorded as for GCSE using I-Pads) (Focus Lang. AO:7 )

Reading
F.A: Analysis of a key idea, line or phrase from a poem - how the writer uses language to convey ideas. . (Focus Lit. AO: 1 & 2) (This can be prepared in advance, and/or can be based on a line selected by the teacher or pupil as appropriate to the group)
F.A: Comparison of a key idea, line or phrase from 2 poems - how the writer uses language to convey ideas. (Focus Lang AO:2 & 3)
S.A: Response to poetry, analysing the way the writer uses language to convey ideas about war.
(This can be prepared in advance, and/or can be based on a poem/s selected by the teacher or pupil as appropriate to the group) (Focus Lit. AO: 1, 2 & 3 Lang. AO: 4)
This unit leads into a writing bridging task:

Writing
A persuasive speech using appropriate devices.
(This is not a formal assessment task; however an annotated copy of the speech should be stuck into the pupils’ assessment book as part of the evidence for the unit. (Focus Lang. AO:5 &6 )

Speaking & Listening
S.A: Delivery of the speech to an audience of peers. (Focus Lang. AO: 7 & 9 )

Reading
F.A. 1: (Q3) Analysis of how writer uses structure. (Focus Lang. AO:2)
F.A.2: (Q4) Evaluate texts critically – Character focus (Focus Lang. AO:4)
S.A: Reading Question 3: Analysis of how writer uses structure. (Focus Lang. AO:2)
4: Evaluate texts critically – Character focus (Focus Lang. AO:4) OR Year 8 Exam Paper 1

Writing
Writing in role in a range of formats, including diaries, monologues etc. (Not a formal assessment piece)

Reading
S.A: KS3 Pilot Test Provisional Year 8 Paper 1 Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – Section A Reading. Q1-4 ‘Boy’ by Roald Dahl (Focus Lang. AO: 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Reading
Based on Paper 2 Writers Viewpoints and Perspectives Reading Paper 2 Q1-4?

Writing:
F.A: An introduction to a tourist destination - in the style of a tourist board leaflet or Bill Bryson travel writing as appropriate to group. (Focus Lang. AO: 5)
S.A: Travel writing - format based on the formative assessment as appropriate to group. (Focus Lang. AO:5 & 6)

Speaking & Listening
A travel programme. (Not a formal assessment piece) The creation of a holiday environment/ location and related reporting – travel items, letters, leaflets, reviews etc.

Ongoing SPaG work to underpin each unit based on the CGP KS3 Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar Workbook and supplemented by resources/activities as appropriate to teaching group.
‘Magic 3’ Independent Reading Programme to be undertaken as ongoing reading for pleasure – 1 book per term supported by related task from ‘Magic 3’ grid.