English: Start-of-term schemes of work

Nicola Davison
09th January 2017
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Well-reviewed units to ensure the spring term gets off to the best possible start

With the Christmas festivities now well and truly out of the way, it’s time to get down to some serious learning ahead of the summer exams. Here, we’ve highlighted a selection of popular schemes of work for your KS3, GCSE and A-level classes to make sure your students are both engaged and on track right up until it’s time to start revising.

KS3 schemes of work

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    Make the most of the hype surrounding the Fantastic Beasts film by studying this magical novel, complete with detailed lesson plans and activities promoting class discussion and imaginative writing.
  • Comic-based planning and resources
    Ideal for any class but especially useful for engaging SEN and EAL learners, this superhero unit gets pupils writing in a range of styles from biography to short story.
  • Spoken language
    Encourage students to practise their speaking and listening skills by exploring the differences between formal and informal language, as well as spontaneous and scripted speech, in this short unit.

GCSE schemes of work

  • To Kill A Mockingbird
    Use this comprehensive unit of work to kick-start analysis of Harper Lee's classic novel, which includes contextual lessons and activities that are accessible by a range of abilities.
  • Romeo and Juliet*
    Covering plot, characters, themes and context, this detailed and thorough collection of lessons comes complete with learning objectives linked to the new GCSE specification.
  • Language skills
    Take a question-by-question look at the skills required to be successful in the language exam with this well-structured scheme of work, incorporating a range of extracts and tasks.

A-level schemes of work

  • The Handmaid’s Tale*
    Explore context, plot and character with these informative lesson presentations and handouts, including planning notes linked to assessment objectives.
  • Doctor Faustus
    Using key questions at the start of each lesson, these thought-provoking presentations investigate a variety of aspects of the play, such as linguistic features and the role of comedy.
  • Othello*
    Complete with planning notes and opportunities for assessment, this well-presented unit offers an in-depth look at the conventions of the genre of tragedy, as well as key themes and characters.

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