Hellesdon High School

& Sixth Form Centre

Year 8 English


  Topic(s) Key content to be learned Assessment

Autumn Term

Studying Shakespeare

  • Shakespeare: context, language

Star Reading assessment

Shakespeare: Knowledge test

Macbeth and descriptive writing

  • Exploration of themes, genre, character, performance
  • Using connectives to compare
  • Descriptive writing techniques


A short written analysis of 2 Macbeth performances – revision of P/E/A , connectives for comparison and core writing skills

Knowledge test – key descriptive writing techniques

Original descriptive writing

Spring Term


Prejudice and politics in literature

  • The presentation of discrimination in modern texts: ethnicity, gender, age and disability in Of Mice and Men

STAR Reading assessment

Character studies: writing P/E/A/Z paragraphs

Writing to persuade, argue and advise

  • Persuasive writing features

Persuasive language: knowledge and application test

Summer Term

Non-fiction forms and features

  • Language techniques and structural devices in non-fiction writing
  • How to compare texts

GL Assessment


Media and the moving image

Film language

Structure: Writing to build suspense and tension

Film language test

Original writing: using structure to build tension