English: Start-of-term schemes of work

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28th May 2020
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Schemes of work for your upper and lower secondary English classes

As the term begins, you may be starting to think about how to tackle the units that you plan to teach in the upcoming weeks. To ease the pressure and take the stress out of your planning, we have gathered together some of our favourite complete schemes of work for your secondary English classes. So whether you are teaching KS3, GCSE, iGCSE, or the IB we have chosen schemes on some of the most popular topics and on both reading and writing skills - so hopefully you will find something here to make your life easier!

KS3 schemes of work

Gothic Creative Writing KS3 Resource Pack

MASSIVE success with this scheme. Trouble is, what I can’t get on here is the music files I downloaded and threaded into the lessons. If you want to do this, use a site like keepvid.com to download some sinister music - I used the little girls song from ‘The Ring’ and a series of songs from the original QUAKE video game soundtrack (one is literally just a whisper getting louder and louder). I played these sounds over the top of the creative writing assessment and got a decent response (true, one or two of the kids MAY have nightmares…). Best of luck!

By streetno9

Letters From The Lighthouse Scheme Of Work

These are chapter by chapter ideas for teaching, to supplement the use of Letters From The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll, in a classroom. Enjoy!
By boothy380

Of Mice and Men Scheme of Work

Of Mice and Men 19+ lesson scheme of work that includes differentiated learning outcomes, differentiated activities throughout, new key terminology and vocabulary and links to all relevant resources. Completely free to download and designed to work in conjuction with our Of Mice and Men resources available on TES.

Note: We are going to add a couple more resources to our lesson pack and these will be added to the SOW document once completed.

Check out our English Shop for loads more free and inexpensive KS3, KS4, KS5, Literacy and whole school resources.

AQA English Language Paper 1 and Paper 2 Knowledge Organisers
AQA English Language Paper 1 Section A package
AQA English Language Paper 1 Sections A and B package
AQA English Language Paper 1 package
AQA English Language Paper 2 Question 5 package
AQA English Language Paper 1 Question 5 package
AQA English Language Paper 2 Section A package
AQA English Language and English Literature revision package

An Inspector Calls whole scheme package
An Inspector Calls revision package

Macbeth whole scheme package
Macbeth revision package

A Christmas Carol whole scheme package
A Christmas Carol revision package

Jekyll and Hyde whole scheme package
Jekyll and Hyde revision package

Romeo and Juliet whole scheme package

Power and Conflict poetry comparing poems package
Power and Conflict poetry whole scheme package

Love and Relationships poetry whole scheme package

Unseen Poetry whole scheme package

Or check out some Citizenship GCSE, RE, PSHE + RSE resources at EC Resources

By Lead_Practitioner

Animal Farm SOW

A fully resourced SOW for Animal Farm suitable for a Y9 or high set Y8 class.

Worksheets are included.

By Myllisbarton

KS4 English Language SOW

English Transactional Writing SOW/Guide

A booklet which explores with tasks transnational writing, this can be a self contained unit of work or a homework. Includes exam examples and support work.
By Simonccx

The Island Project creative writing mini-scheme

A 6-lesson mini scheme of work, ‘The Island Project’ is a creative writing scheme that imagines the students have been stranded on a deserted island. Written in the form of journal entries, this scheme allows students to develop their creative writing skills, understand how to build descriptions and write to persuade and inform.

Lessons are fully planned with a starter and learning objective. There is opportunity for peer assessment at the end of each lesson to encourage further development.

File in this resource: The Island Project - PowerPoint of all lessons.

By sae5

AQA Descriptive Writing

Some power points and worksheets for descriptive writing

I use the zoom method and boxes to describe 'characters' or places and objects in the scene
By Miss T

Narrative and Descriptive Writing for GCSE

A 46-slide PowerPoint that provides a short course in narrative and descriptive writing for GCSE. It is aimed at middle-ability KS4 and is oriented towards AQA English Language 8700, Paper 1, Question 5.

The PowerPoint covers:

  1. The writing AO’s, unpacked and turned into 7 ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions
  2. The structures of 8700 Papers 1 & 2
  3. The difference between narrative and descriptive writing
  4. Descriptive techniques organised into the acronym MRS VAN SOAPS
  5. Descriptive writing success criteria
  6. Sample descriptive writing tasks (students choose 1 of 2)
  7. A teacher-written response (presented as an extract from a full response)
  8. Peer assessment
  9. Short story structure (Freytag’s Pyramid)
  10. Exploring Freytag’s Pyramid in relation to ‘A Christmas Carol’
  11. Sample narrative writing tasks with planning activity
  12. Narrative writing success criteria
  13. Showing and telling in fiction
  14. 4 showing tasks with sample responses
  15. DIRT tasks
  16. Narrative choice: 1st or 3rd person with picture prompt activity
  17. Self-assessment
  18. Final writing tasks (descriptive or narrative)
  19. Peer assessment
  20. Reflection opportunity.

This resource incorporates others that have previously been on sale in my shop, either in their current form or slightly tweaked. If you already have these but wish to purchase this unit of work, please contact me at and we’ll try to work something out.

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By shd132

KS4 English Literature SOW

Macbeth Scheme of Work

There are resources. If you would like any of them please comment and let me know. Some resources are from The Shorter Shakespeare Macbeth Teacher's Resource Book.
By charlottecarter

A Christmas Carol Full Scheme of Work and Resources

A full set of powerpoint lessons; drawn together from original material and other sources into a full scheme of work. Each powerpoint usually takes 2-3 lessons.

A brief explanation of some of the elements:
> Links to any youtube videos are in small font at the bottom of the applicable slide.
> I’ve made a note of which section of the book the tasks refer to at the bottom of the slide in the relevant lessons if it’s not immediately obvious!
> I use a mix of reading in class and setting reading for homework, as you will see in some of the powerpoints. When I read with the students in class, I generally distribute the dialogue as ‘parts’ for individuals to read and then read the descriptive passages myself. Lists of the ‘parts’ in the relevant passages are on the slides.
> In the powerpoint titled ‘Analysis of the Ghost of Christmas Present’, I’ve put more detailed instructions on how I use the activites in the notes section at the bottom of slide 2.

Please do leave any questions in the comments section if you need any further clarification, and if you feel the resources have been useful, please feel free to post a rating and feedback. Thank you!

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By ClaraMH

Great Expectations Scheme of Work

B and D Publishing’s KS4 scheme of work on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. This GCSE resource pack contains ample material for detailed study of the text. Differentiated worksheets cover story, characters, themes, historical context and revision questions. The pack can also be used by pupils for home learning.

The full key stage 4 scheme of work for this AQA, Edexcel and OCR set text is 75 pages and free sample pages can be downloaded here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks4-great-expectations-scheme-of-work-sample-pages-12009284

See also B & D Publishing’s resource pack on Charles Dickens, a useful introduction to the work of the author: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/charles-dickens-author-pack-11986419

Also available is a full key stage 4 scheme of work on the AQA, Edexcel, WJEC and Eduqas set text A Christmas Carol: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/ks4-a-christmas-carol-scheme-of-work-11860740

See also our Oliver Twist scheme of work: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/oliver-twist-scheme-of-work-11978930

Visit our Shop for more high quality English resources and to download free samples of all of our schemes of work: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/BandDPublishing

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By BandDPublishing

IGCSE Poetry SOW Songs of Oursleves

Full SOW with creative tasks embedded into ppts.
Focus on showing a perceptive understanding of the poems and making clear insights into writer’s effects.

Powerpoints on the following poems:
For Heidi With Blue Hair - Fleur Adcock
Elegy For My Father’s Father - James K Baxter
One Art - Elizabeth Bishop
Reservist - Boey Kim Cheng
Cold In The Earth - Emily Brontë
Meeting At Night - Robert Browning
Because I Could Not Stop For Death - Emily Dickinson
The Trees - Philip Larkin
The Trees Are Down - Charlotte Mew
Praise Song For My Mother - Grace Nichols
Anthem For Doomed Youth - Wilfred Owen
Attack - Siegfried Sassoon
My Parents - Stephen Spender
Song: Tears, Idle Tears - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Friend - Hone Tuwhare
By Liberty1990

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