Key Stage 3 English
In Key Stage 3, students consolidate and extend core skills to build strong foundations for future success; they develop confidence and enthusiasm for reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Throughout the three years, the study of both Language and Literature is highlighted.  The curriculum comprises reading material ranging from extracts to whole fiction and non-fiction texts; these are chosen to stimulate and challenge through a variety of genres and text types to provoke thoughtful and engaging responses from students.  Additionally, these texts are also used as models for students to produce writing in a range of genres and for different purposes.

Skills Developed

Speaking and listening skills are developed through the use of regular discussion, debate, presentations and the reading of drama texts.

Broad reading skills are taught and wider reading – central to students’ success – is encouraged in a weekly lesson in the school library.

Skills in writing are taught to enable students to purposefully structure and craft their language.

Year 7

Key Topics Covered

Students have the opportunity to read a Tolkien novel; closely analyse the text and create their own piece of fantasy fiction.

In the study of modern poetry, students develop their understanding and use of poetic techniques; they enhance their analytical skills of the writer’s craft.  They continue with the study of a modern play followed by scripting their own piece of drama.

Non-fiction explanatory texts are used to develop students’ skills in comparison and critical analysis.  Additionally, they write to inform through the creation of explanation texts and by producing their own class newspaper.

Year 8

Key Topics Covered

Skills of inference and deduction are developed through the reading of the Sherlock Holmes stories.  A comedy by Shakespeare is explored through a range of activities including creative writing, a dramatisation and a newspaper report.  Building on the poetry skills acquired in Year 7, students learn to compare poems, finding links in context, content and theme.

Writing skills are further developed when producing advertising copy for a product which students have designed themselves.   To provide a variety of purpose, form and audience, the study of short stories in the genre of mystery and horror is undertaken followed by students’ own writing of a short story.

Year 9

Key Topics Covered

In this final Key Stage 3 year, students apply their acquired learning to GCSE style texts, tasks and assessments.  The students’ skills of inference are honed to facilitate a perceptive, interpretative analysis.  A tragedy by Shakespeare; Victorian short stories; war poetry and an early 20th century novel provide the materials used to study characterisation, linguistic techniques and structure.

The students’ writing develops to be controlled, crafted and technically accurate; they use their understanding of context and poetry to write creatively in the form of text transformation and from an alternative viewpoint.


How is This Subject Assessed?

Assessment is conducted at regular intervals using formative assessment.

Summative assessments are produced six times a year and are linked to the GCSE grading system scale from 1-9.