Over the course of KS3 (years 7 and 8) we study a range of texts and skills that will prepare students effectively for their KS4 course which commences in Year 9.

The Year 8 programme of study is outlined below:

Autumn 1

Non-Fiction Writing

Autumn 2

Study of class book – My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

Spring 1

Continued study of class book – My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Spring 2

Shakespeare - Macbeth

Summer 1

Shakespeare - Macbeth

Summer 2

Non-Fiction Reading and WW1 poetry


Suggested reading:

  • Read as many non-fiction text types as you can. Here is a useful link with information, ideas and activities Non-fiction resources and skills
  • ‘My sister lives on the mantelpiece’
  • Shakespeare’s Macbeth
  • War poetry. Here is a useful link with information, ideas and activities War Poems

Supporting your Child

Homework is usually set through Edmodo; parents can join this site as well through your child.  You can support your child’s learning by encouraging your child to be independent and complete homework by the deadline set.  You can also support your child with the suggested reading that links to the topic for the half term, using questions to engage your child on their understanding of the text covered in lessons.  Promote the use of either the school library or your local library and read books together, so that you can discuss this.  Listening to your child read every day is a crucial way to develop skills in English

Useful Books

  • Shakespeare texts that are applicable
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Clay by David Almond
  • I am David by Ann Holm
  • The Diary of Anne Frank

Head of Department: Miss E Green

Head of Department: Miss E Green

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Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 8  - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 9 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 10 - Miss R Burrows

Head of Year 11  - Miss J Neville

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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