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Key Stage 3

Time AllocationStudents study English for three 1-hour lessons per week in each of Year 7 and Year 8.

Grouping: English is taught in mixed ability groups.

Course Content: During KS3, students complete half-termly units covering reading, writing and speaking and listening:

 

Year 7

Year 8

Autumn

Autumn 1: Autobiographical Fantasy Writing

Writing task: A fantasy short story with autobiographical elements.

 

 

Autumn 2: Novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Students to study a novel and complete a close analysis with a focus on character and context.

 

 

 

Autumn 1: Mystery and Gothic Writing

My Mystery Story (inspired by The Tell-Tale Heart short story by Edgar Allan Poe)

Autumn 2: War Poetry

Essay comparing attitudes to war presented in two poems: ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’ by Wilfred Owen and

‘Who’s for the Game?’ by Jessie Pope.

 

 

Spring

Spring 1: ‘Roots’ Poetry Unit

Poems from a range of cultures outside the UK, including Ireland and the Caribbean.

Essay comparing two poems – ‘Island Man’ and ‘Hurricane Hits England’, both by Grace Nichols.

 

 

 Spring 2: Shakespeare ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Writing and speaking and listening assessments: A re-creative writing piece and role-play based on the play.

Spring 1 Novel: ‘Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry’

Students to study a novel and complete a close analysis of language and structure.

 

 

 

 Spring 2 Novel: ‘Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry’

Students complete their study of the novel and complete a close analysis of language and structure.

 

Summer

Summer 1:  Transactional Writing

Students will learn to write in a variety of styles and approaches.

 

Summer 2: Novel ‘In the Sea There Are Crocodiles’

A whole text thematic assessment

Summer 1:  Rhetoric

Students learn about Graeco-Roman rhetoric and read a range of contemporary and historical speeches before crafting their own. 

 

 

 

Summer 2: Shakespeare ‘Twelfth Night’.

Students learn the conventions of a Shakespearean comedy and explore notions of gender and identity.

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment:

Formal Assessment:

Pupils have an interim assessment and final assessment for each unit. The targets set for the interim assessment should help them to achieve their best in the final assessment.

Homework:

Pupils will be set homework on a twice weekly basis. This will include reading and writing tasks as well as learning of spellings.