The Year 8 English course consists of:
- reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including in particular whole books, short stories, poems and plays with a wide coverage of genres, historical periods, forms and authors. The range will include high-quality works from:
• English literature, both pre-1914 and contemporary, including prose, poetry
• Shakespeare (two plays)
• seminal world literature
• choosing and reading books independently for challenge, interest and enjoyment.
• re-reading books encountered earlier to increase familiarity with them and provide
a basis for making comparisons
- learning new vocabulary, relating it explicitly to known vocabulary and
understanding it with the help of context and dictionaries
• making inferences and referring to evidence in the text
• knowing the purpose, audience for and context of the writing and drawing on this
knowledge to support comprehension
• checking their understanding to make sure that what they have read makes
- knowing how language, including figurative language, vocabulary choice,
grammar, text structure and organisational features, presents meaning
• recognising a range of poetic conventions and understanding how these have
• studying setting, plot, and characterisation, and the effects of these
• understanding how the work of dramatists is communicated effectively through
performance and how alternative staging allows for different interpretations of a
• making critical comparisons across texts
- writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences, including:
• well-structured formal expository and narrative essays
• stories, scripts, poetry and other imaginative writing
• notes and polished scripts for talks and presentations
• a range of other narrative and non-narrative texts, including arguments, and
personal and formal letters
- summarising and organising material, and supporting ideas and arguments with
any necessary factual detail
- applying their growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to
their writing and selecting the appropriate form
- drawing on knowledge of literary and rhetorical devices from their reading and
listening to enhance the impact of their writing
Grammar and vocabulary
- consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary through:
extending and applying the grammatical knowledge set out in English Appendix 2
to the key stage 1 and 2 programmes of study to analyse more challenging texts
studying the effectiveness and impact of the grammatical features of the texts
drawing on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions from their reading and
listening, and using these consciously in their writing and speech to achieve
knowing and understanding the differences between spoken and written
language, including differences associated with formal and informal registers, and
between Standard English and other varieties of English
using Standard English confidently in their own writing and speech
A maximum of 5 children are in a class at any time, to ensure that each child is given a focused, tailored learning experience.
We have progress tests every two months, from which we provide feedback to parents and tailor the continued learning of the children.
All content at Talent Pool Academy is aligned to the National Curriculum, to help your child achieve the best results they can. We have our own textbooks made by expert teachers, which are regularly updated to be in line with the National Curriculum. We do not use computers in lessons.
Our lessons are for 1 hour for each subject every week.
Every two months we hold progress test, from which we provide feedback to parents and tailor the child’s continued learning.
Children who perform well in these tests are awarded with certificates and trophies are given to those who performed exceptionally. This motivates children to either continue to work hard, or in the case of those who didn’t win; motivate them to work harder.