At Key Stage 3, the English Department follows the National Curriculum levels up to level 8+. We believe that the curriculum is demanding and allows students to develop their formal skills base; as well as giving them the ability to discuss issues and ideas with confidence.
In Year 7, students study a number of topics starting with Macbeth which will help to develop students’ analytical skills. They will then move to the remaining topics, Heroes; the fair-trade project; ‘Holes’ and ‘Private Peaceful’ as attached:
Year 7 English Curriculum
In Year 8, students build on and develop their reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. They will look at WW1 Poetry; ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’; ‘Blood Brothers’; gothic writing; speech making, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and imaginative writing practise.
Year 8 English Curriculum
In Year 9, students are preparing for more formal examinations as they move on to Key Stage 4 GCSE courses. They are expected to develop their essay writing skills, looking at structure and language use within different text types as well as identifying author intent. As their confidence improves, they are expected to play with language and word order for effect and will participate in a group debate to practice their speaking and listening skills.
Year 9 English Curriculum
Target Setting and Assessment
In Key Stage 3, students are grouped according to ability. Pupils complete half-termly writing tasks and termly reading tests so that individual targets can be set.
The More Able
In the classroom, work is differentiated to make sure that all students are appropriately supported and challenged. Targeted questioning pushes students to consider their responses carefully.
Support is provided and targeted at the students in line with their ability as reflected in their set placements. We also offer tailored support for students identified as needing extra help.
KS3 Reading List
Please find attached a suggested KS3 Reading List which is graded according to the difficulty of the text. We would encourage all our students (and parents) to read on a regular basis. KS3 Reading List (2)