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Year 7

Term 1 Theme - War and Empathy
'The Breadwinner' by Deborah Ellis - study of plot, character, themes, language and context.
Suggested supplementary texts: iHero
Non-fiction articles: 'The Bitter Cry of Outcast London', Professor Green article.

Term 2 Theme - Relationships and Status
'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare: study of plot, characters, dramatic devices, literary heritage, context, language and themes.
Suggested supplementary texts: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (extracts) by Harper Lee; 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte.

Term 3 Theme - The Power of Nature
Range of Romantics poetry including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Blake and Shelley.
Suggested supplementary texts: 'Icarus' by Kate Tempest.

Year 8

Term 1 Theme - The Unexplained
'Thornhill' by Pam Smy - study of plot, characters, theme, gothic conventions, use of literary devices (dual narrative), graphic novel genre.
Suggested supplementary texts: 'The Laboratory' by Robert Browning. 'Coraline' by Neil Gaiman. 
Gothic short stories - 'The Ghost in the Bride's Chamber', 'The Monkey's Paw', 'The Tell-tale Heart' etc.

Term 2 Theme - Power and Conflict
World War One Poetry.
Suggested supplementary texts: 'Private Peaceful', 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', 'Goodnight Mr Tom'. Slavery scheme texts.

Term 3 Theme - Journey and Exploration
'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare.
Supplementary texts: 'His Dark Materials', 'Touching the Void', 'Ghost Hawk', 'Trash'.

Year 9

Term 1 Theme - Poverty
'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens.
Supplementary texts: Extracts from 'Oliver Twist'.

Term 2 Theme - Inequality
'Noughts and Crosses' by Malorie Blackman - the playscript.
Supplementary texts: 'THUG', 'The Black Flamingo', 'The Wall'.

Term 3 Theme - Love and Violence
'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare.
Supplementary texts: 'Never Let Me Go', 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'.
Unseen Poetry - Cluster 1, GCSE Anthology 'Love and Relationships'.