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Key Stage 3

English in Year 7, 8 & 9

Key Stage 3 Overview

KS3 students (year 7, 8 and 9) follow schemes of learning based around the English National Curriculum framework. Activities that promote key literacy skills have been built into the schemes. Year 7 are initially taught in form groups and are then set after the first half term based on their KS2 levels and their understanding of work in this initial period.

Reading, writing, speaking and listening are covered each term. Students are taught in sets and the level of work covered will depend on prior attainment.

Year 7

Year 7 Curriculum Overview
Term Unit 1 Unit 2

Term 1

Autobiographical Reading:

  • Analysis of Language and
  • Structure of biographical extracts.

Autobiographical writing:

  • To recount and inform.

Introduction to letter writing:

  • Formal and Informal.
  • Developing and understanding of purpose and audience.
Term 2

Ballads and Narrative Poetry:

  • Formal essay & poetry analysis,
  • Writing to describe (linked to setting and mood).

Persuasive Skills:

  • Looking at a range of contemporary issues,
  • Practise debate and presentation skills,
  • Develop writing skills
Term 3

Macbeth:

  • Reading; close textual analysis of one or two scenes
  • Writing to argue; Who is to blame for the death of Duncan

Skills builder:

  • Reflective unit enables students to work on targeted areas. Focus on fundamental writing skills.

Year 8 Curriculum Overview
Term Unit 1 Unit 2

Term 1

Gothic Horror:

  • Reading; close analysis of language.
  • Writing; monologue writing linked to themes from reading texts.

Contemporary Novel:

  • Reading for pleasure: finish/ read novel, and
  • Write to Review (book or film review).
Term 2

'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' or ‘The Tempest’:

  • Creative exploration and
  • Development of Speaking and listening skills – especially drama.

Rhetorical Skills:

  • Reading – exploration of range of arguments in the media
  • Writing – biased and balanced arguments
Term 3

WW1 Poetry:

  • Reading: comparison of 2 poems
  • Writing: Newspaper report – life in the trenches.

Skills builder:

  • Reflective unit enables students to work on targeted areas. Focus on fundamental writing skills.

Year 9 Curriculum Overview
Term Unit 1 Unit 2

Term 1

Romanticism:

  • Poetry study including analysis of unseen texts.
  • Reading – close textual analysis of at least 1 poem
  • Writing – Text transformation – change poem to script or story.

Year 9 novel:

  • Prose and Writing to a range of purposes.
Term 2

Prose analysis:

  • Empathy with character, relationships, contextual issues
  • Reading – formal essay about characterisation
  • Writing – assessment through formal essay

Reading media texts:

  • Analyse and review writer’s ideas; building skills of comparison
Term 3

Short Stories from Different Cultures:

  • Reading; assess skills of comparison
  • Writing to describe and entertain – write short story in similar style

Skills builder and contemporary drama:

  • Reflective unit enables students to work on targeted areas. Focus on fundamental writing skills, possibly linked to monologues