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


Read around the subject:

My Sister Lives On The Mantlepiece


Once series by Morris Gleitzman

Eleven by Dr. Tom Rogers

Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans

Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson

Losing A Loved One by Angela Neustatter





The Complete Works of Shakespeare by Royal Shakespeare Company

Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare

Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Graphic Novel)

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

Evoking (& Forgetting Shakespeare!) by Peter Brooks

Comedy, History and Tragedy of William Shakespeare by Anna Claybourne

Various books on the life and times of William Shakespeare





World War One poetry

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Frightful 1st World War by Terry Deary

Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier by Sarah Aralizzone

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

Stories from World War One by various authors

Poems from the First World War by Gaby Morgan





Supporting your Child

Homework is usually set through Show My Homework; 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 J Neville

Head of Department: Miss J Neville

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Rushden Academy

Rushden Academy

01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of Year 7 - Mrs K Monkman

Head of Year 8 - Mr C Smith

KS4 Head of Years

Head of Year 9 - Mrs S Finney

Head of Year 10 - Mr S Harris

Head of Year 11 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS5 Head of Year

Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

Deputy Head of Year 12 & 13 - Mrs A Owen

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Rushden Academy

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