English

Curriculum Overview

Monmouth School Boys' Prep EnglishWe set out below an overview of the English curriculum broken down by year groups.

Prep I (Year 3)

Michaelmas term
Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • punctuation
  • some parts of speech
  • informal talks
  • alliteration
  • nonsense verse
  • performance poetry
  • planning
  • traditional stories
  • accounts
  • instructions and factual and fictional writing.

Reading Scheme Books and Library Books at own level. Class Novel ‘Matilda’

Lent term
Reading Scheme Books and Library Books at own level. Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • writing in different tenses
  • features of non-chronological writing
  • paragraphs
  • apostrophes
  • settings and limericks

Class Novel ‘Matilda’  

Summer term
Reading Scheme Books / Library Books at own level. Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • advertisements,
  • expressive language response to Bluebell Woods,
  • keywords for notes,
  • writing with a partner,
  • different sentence types,
  • poetry writing responding to Big Pit or farm

Class Play ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’

Prep II (Year 4)

Michaelmas term
Reading Scheme Books / Library Books at own level. Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • Recounts formal and informal English
  • planning stories
  • complex sentence structure
  • poetic styles, play scripts
  • dialogue punctuation and verb forms

Lent term
Reading Scheme Books / Library Books at own level. Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • Myths, legends and fables
  • narrative poetry and figurative language
  • writing for different purposes
  • punctuating complex sentences
  • written and spoken conventions
  • characterisation
  • evaluating texts and using reference books effectively.

Summer term
Reading Scheme Books / Library Books at own level. Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • Writing for a specific reader
  • writing from the viewpoint of different characters
  • writing in the style of an author they have studied
  • book review
  • kennings
  • creating a fantasy setting and personal writing for inclusion in their time capsule

Prep III (Year 5)

Michaelmas term
Reading scheme Books / Library books at own level. Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • Mystery writing
  • emotions poetry
  • parts of speech
  • autobiographical writing
  • describing people
  • interviews
  • word origins personification
  • word games
  • creation of an ‘Ideal Restaurant’ and parody

Class Novel ‘Cue for Treason’

Lent term
Reading scheme Books / Library books at own level.  Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • Humorous poetry
  • verb forms
  • letters to people whom they admire
  • colon and semicolon
  • word order
  • non-chronological writing
  • official language and journalistic writing

Class Novel ‘Cue for Treason’

Summer term
Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • Dialogue
  • poetry comparisons
  • editing and improving own writing
  • dramatic conventions
  • plan and write a short novel
  • refreshing poetic forms and formal talks

Class Play ‘Nicholas Nickleby’

Prep IV (Year 6)

Michaelmas term
Library books at own level.  Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • Refreshing punctuation
  • poetry analysis
  • narrative writing
  • public reading preparation
  • figures of speech
  • refreshing parts of speech
  • writing in response to theatre trip

Lent term
Library books at own level.  Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • Interview techniques
  • comprehension, letters
  • Monmouth School for Boys entrance examination
  • pursuit theme
  • general project
  • debate
  • performance reading
  • poetry ‘Naming of Parts’

Class Novel ‘I am David’

Summer term
Library books at own level. Consolidate, reinforce and extend skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar to include:

  • Listening skills course ‘Silver Blaze’, Conan Doyle
  • response to Manor Adventure
  • formal talk for the English Speaking Board examination
  • poetry study of ‘Addlestrope’ with visit to Norchard

Class play – extracts from Macbeth and their Time Capsule.