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Year 8 English at HASN

Curriculum

Year 8 English at HASN (South & Upper site)

Throughout the year, students will explore challenging literary texts, develop their analytical and writing skills, and improve their ability in Speaking and Listening! They will build on their love of reading and improve in literacy.

We are currently studying (Autumn):

‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck

How are students assessed, and what do the reports mean?

Students take a formal assessments in reading and writing in the Spring and Summer terms. These are marked by teachers.        

In the Spring and Summer terms, we will be studying:

‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare

 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

How can you help?

Building vocabulary:

  • Step One: Invest in a big dictionary.
  • Step Two: Read with your child for 20-30 minutes each day. (Fiction or Non-fiction).
  • Step Three: Highlight words they don’t know.
  • Step Four: Find the definition.
  • Step Five: Challenge them to use the new piece of vocabulary in four different sentences. 

 

Support with homework or revision:

Use sites such as:

  • BBC Bitesize KS3 – this is particularly good for revising writing for specific purposes.
  • BBC Skillswise – aimed at adult learners, but useful for functional literacy

 

Workbooks:

  • We sell KS3 English workbooks in our LRC at HASN – if your child needs extra practice, these are ideal.