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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

  Culture

Reading assessment and skills:

Writing assessment and skills:

AUTUMN 1

Baseline test

Introduction to Genre x 7 weeks

(myths, legends, tragedy, morals)

Formatively assessed

A05 + spelling A06

Writing own myth / moral tale

AUTUMN 2

Shakespeare

Midsummer Nights Dream

A01 + Lit A03

Extract based

How is a character presented

Formatively assessed

SPRING 1

Culture Poetry

Links to non fiction articles about culture

Optional addition formative

A01+A02 analysis of non fiction

A05 + word A06 + Punc A06

Writing own poem

SPRING 2

Non Fiction and fiction anthology ‘Different Worlds’

 

Leading to writing to express a viewpoint on travel writing

(real or imagined)

A02 + Lang A03

Compare texts

Formatively assessed

SUMMER 1

Speaking and listening – a journey (real or imagined)

A05 + Sent A06.

Writing to express a viewpoint piece

Journey to high schoo

SUMMER 2

End of year exam x 2 weeks prep

 

Class novel

End of year exam

End of year exam

 


Year 8

 

THE STRANGE

Reading assessment and skills:

Writing assessment and skills:

AUTUMN 1

Baseline test

Shakespeare – The Tempest

A02 + Lit A03

Extract based – language and structure to present magic and the supernatural

Formatively assessed

AUTUMN 2

WW1 poetry

AQA anthology for some of the texts

Formatively assessed

A05 + A06 sentences, word

Descriptive writing

SPRING 1

Non Fiction anthology

Crime and Punishment

A01, AO2 + Lit A03

Evaluate how the writer presents ‘crime and punishment’

Formatively assessed

SPRING 2

Dystopian Literature

Animal Farm (main cohort)

Hunger Games (bottom set able)

 

Writing to express a viewpoint – speeches – 20th/21st century examples

A01 + Lang A03

Compare two characters

Formatively assessed

SUMMER 1

Speaking and Listening – perform speeches

A05 + A06

Speech to persuade…

SUMMER 2

End of year exam x 2 weeks prep

 

Project based – poetry, non fiction, creative writing, novel

End of year exam

End of year exam


Year 9

 

Society and Cultural Concepts

Reading assessment and skills:

Writing assessment and skills:

AUTUMN 1

Unseen poetry practice

‘Remains’, The ‘Emigree’

Comparison of two poems

‘Ozymandias’ and ‘London’

Analysis of one unseen poem

Lit AO1, AO2

 

AUTUMN 2

Writing to express a viewpoint

Formatively assessed

A05 + A06

Writing to express a viewpoint - BLOG of poems

SPRING 1

Shakespearean Tragedy

R&J

Lit A01, AO2

Close analysis of an extract

Speaking and Listening

Presentation of dramatic monologue or creative piece

 

SPRING 2

Contemporary fiction anthology

Language Paper 1

A01,A02,A04

extract

 

SUMMER 1

An introduction to 19th century Britain: Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Introduction to the cultural capital needed for Lit Paper1 and Lang Paper 2.

Formatively assessed

A05 + A06 all

Descriptive piece based on social issues explored

SUMMER 2

19th Century Text in Action: Drama texts

Great Expectations

 (challenge)

A Christmas Carol (play scripts) End of year exam x 2 weeks prep

End of year exam

End of year exam