English at KS3

Faculty
English
Department
English
Level
Key Stage 3
Head of Faculty
H. Seckleman

Our KS3 English curriculum is underpinned by the four strands of literacy skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Students develop their skills in order to communicate clearly and effectively in social and academic situations. Students will aim to demonstrate proficient use of all four literacy skills through a variety of literature and language topics and fortnightly lessons of the ‘Let’s Think in English’ programme. Units of work are designed to engage and encourage our students to enjoy English. Through the enjoyment of lessons, students can apply the knowledge and skills not only to examinations at KS4/5, but for life beyond school, contributing to the development of our students as well-rounded individuals. Students will study a range of both modern and pre-19th century texts including: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama and media texts. Students will engage in varied class activities including group discussions, class presentations as well as exposure to wider school literacy initiatives and events. For example, author visits, reading competitions and Library activities which aim to develop and establish a whole school reading culture and enjoyment of English.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 7

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Transition unit, travel writing, non-fiction projects e.g. travel resort, Dragon’s Den. Persuasive writing and reading comprehension.
Autumn 2 Fiction Novel e.g. Freak the Mighty, Private Peaceful, Dark Ride, City of Ember. Creative writing.
Spring 1 Frankenstein drama script and Monsters and Villains in
Literature.
Writing drama scripts, speaking and listening, character analysis.
Spring 2 Poetry.
Fiction Novel.
Poetry comparison essay.
Writing own story.
Summer 1 Non fiction, Media. Analysis of texts, Speaking and Listening presentations.
Summer 2 Introduction to Shakespeare. Analysis of texts and language.

 

Year 8

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Fiction Novel e.g. Trash, Noughts and Crosses, Hoot. Creative writing; transactional writing; reading comprehension.
Autumn 2 Non-fiction project e.g. Advertising.
Transactional writing tasks.
Analysis of texts, Speaking and Listening presentations.
Spring 1 Playscript e.g. Flesh and Blood, Anansi.
Poetry.
Speaking and Listening presentations; analysis of dramatic techniques; creative writing; comparison of poems.
Spring 2 Media & non-fiction e.g. Murder on the Orient Express, Truman Show, Jaws. Creative writing e.g. Gothic literature/spooky stories. Film analysis; non-fiction writing; story writing.
Summer 1 Greek Mythology and Subverted Fairy Tales. Story writing; reading tasks.
Summer 2 Drama e.g. Shakespeare. Speaking and Listening.
Drama analysis.

 

Year 9

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Fiction novel GCSE Preparation e.g. Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird. Analytical essay, GCSE style questions. Story writing.
Autumn 2 Non-fiction unit e.g. Titanic, advertising. Creative writing; transactional persuasive writing.
Spring 1 Shakespeare e.g. Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Richard III. Analysis of themes, character, setting and atmosphere.
Spring 2 Drama play adaptations e.g. Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Oliver Twist. Speaking and listening; Drama analysis.
Summer 1 Poetry and Media. Poetry comparison; Unseen poetry analysis.
Summer 2 Modern fiction novel e.g. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, The Wave, Boys Don’t Cry, When I was Joe. Creative story writing; transactional writing; reading comprehension; story writing.

 

Extended Learning

Year 7

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv Library recommended reading lists. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; British Library Exhibitions; theatre productions; films based on novels. Creative Writing Club.

 

Year 8

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv Library recommended reading lists. Newspaper articles, modern fiction,
Greek mythology.
Theatre productions of Shakespeare; modern theatre; film adaptations of texts e.g. Agatha Christie stories, Greek Myths; TED Talks;  British Library exhibitions. Creative Writing Club.

 

Year 9

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z3kw2hv Library recommended reading lists; Shakespeare texts ; pre-1900s texts; modern fiction; newspaper articles. Theatre productions of Shakespeare; modern theatre; film adaptations of texts e.g. Oliver Twist, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men; British Library exhibitions; TED Talks. Creative Writing Club.

 

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