At St Bede’s, our intention is for our students to
- study challenging texts that share the human experience, allowing them to encounter different perspectives.
- appreciate the power and beauty of words
- be literate in the cultural momentum and at reading and writing.
- know how methods create meaning and be able to create meaning with methods.
- know the power of a story and be able to create them.
Students study the literary timeline chronologically in Year 7, then thematically in Years 8 and 9, allowing the promotion of a universal experience that transcends cultures and time.
In Year 7, students respond to a text becomes more challenging as students begin to study more complex methods of how meanings are created. They are challenged to develop their own interpretations using knowledge of how language, including figurative language, vocabulary choice, grammar, text structure and organisational features, and theme. Students consolidate and master skills from Key Stage 2 and become aware of authorial intent, choosing appropriate evidence to support their views of a text independently. In Year 8, students investigate how meaning is created by developing interpretations after analysing methods independently. In Year 9, students will study texts as conscious constructs and will compare how meanings are created.
In Year 7, students consolidate and build on the knowledge from Key Stage 2 and develop their awareness of the text as a construct. They use sentences, paragraphs and punctuation for effect in familiar and unfamiliar circumstances. Then, in Year 8, students move beyond text purpose to understanding and producing a viewpoint using rhetoric. They investigate the most effective vocabulary choices and methods (for emotional impact) and they will establish a sustained mood/tone. In Year 9, students manipulate and consciously construct texts for emotional impact, establishing their own consistent voice. Their writing will be coherent and fluent, consciously structured.
Context and theme
Throughout Key Stage 3, students will study texts from different eras and cultures. They study themes as golden threads entwined throughout the curriculum. They will apply their knowledge of social, historical and cultural events and theme to both familiar and unfamiliar texts. Students will study texts from the past in Year7, introducing context and theme. They then build on that knowledge having developed schema in Year 8 and Year 9.