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Rooks Heath School

Rooks Heath School

Strive to be your best

Year 8


‘Private Peaceful’ – Michael Morpurgo

‘Refugee Boy’ – Benjamin Zephaniah

Each novel studied by students provides opportunities for reading activities that particularly focus on students’ skills of ‘reading between the lines’ and exploring the writer’s viewpoint and intended effect on the reader.  Themes, plot and character are explored through shared reading, drama activities and paired and group work.  The activities include a close study of text, characters, themes, plot and setting.  The assessment activities provide an opportunity to assess students’ reading and writing skills.


Students will cover a range of poems written by a series of high profile war poets. They will explore how context influenced the writers work. Analysis will focus on exploring how language, form and structure was used by the poets to convey particular ideas and meaning. They will focus on considering the comparative aspects of the texts.


Within this scheme of work students will be aiming to improve their writing skills whilst focusing on developing narratives.  They will explore the key elements of writing successful pieces of creative prose including structure, plot development, characterisation, use of vocabulary and grammatical structures for effect. Work will be assessed alongside the relevant rubrics which work alongside the GCSE objectives for language.


 This scheme of work gives students a chance to form a clear understanding of writing news. They explore the key steps leading to publication.  Students demonstrate their journalistic skills by becoming reporters for a day.  News reports are published by creating videos, audios and text-based news reports which are published on the BBC website.



During this module students will explore this contemporary piece of drama. They will learn about the difference between prose and a play. The focus will be on interpreting and understanding the themes and issues of the text, whilst exploring how the writer uses dramatic techniques to develop the plot and characterisation.