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Key Stage 3 English

The key stage 3 English curriculum aims to develop both students’ language acquisition skills and to foster a love of literature, providing them with the opportunity to read a wide range of texts including prose, poetry, drama and non-fiction.  The English curriculum has been designed to meet government guidelines in relation to Assessing Pupil Progress and the Assessment Focuses for Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening are fully integrated into each lesson.  Whilst students will enjoy English as a creative discipline, core transferable skills of grammar, punctuation and spelling will also be addressed within each teaching unit. 

Students should develop as confident and reflective readers of an array of texts, learning to express responses effectively through a wide range of oral work and writing tasks.  The course should encourage pupils to reflect on their own responses to texts, as well as creating the environment for inspiring the imagination to write narratives that are thought-provoking, inventive and individual.  There will be many opportunities for students to work collaboratively with their peers, but an equal emphasis will be given to independent working and the development of research and retrieval skills utilising the latest technology in respect of ICT.

 

Year 7

  • Autumn 1: Non-fiction: Autobiography
  • Autumn 2: Creative Writing: Gothic Genre
  • Spring 1: Poetry: Animals Anthology
  • Spring 2: Novel or Play
  • Summer 1: Media: Analysis of Newspapers/Exam Revision
  • Summer 2: Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Assessment will take place towards the end of every half-term unit, the learning foci for which will have been made explicit at the start of each unit with ongoing monitoring of student progress.  We have ensured that during the year, students will be evaluated in their execution of a wide range of tasks ranging from analytical essays and creative writing to class debate and role-play.  Students will also be encouraged to reflect upon their performance and develop their critical and evaluative skills through formal written self-assessments at the end of each term. 

 

Year 8

  • Autumn 1: Non-fiction: Origins of Language
  • Autumn 2: Novel or Play
  • Spring 1: Poetry: Places Anthology
  • Spring 2: Non-fiction: Discursive Writing – Nuclear Arms
  • Summer 1: Media: Analysis of Adverts
  • Summer 2: Creative: Island Project

Assessment will take place towards the end of every half-term unit, the learning foci for which will have been made explicit at the start of each unit with ongoing monitoring of student progress.  We have ensured that during the year, students will be evaluated in their execution of a wide range of tasks ranging from analytical essays and creative writing to class debate and role-play.  Students will also be encouraged to reflect upon their performance and develop their critical and evaluative skills through formal written self-assessments at the end of each term.