English Key Stage 3

KS3 students (year 7, 8 and 9) follow schemes of learning based around the English National Curriculum framework and the requirements of GCSE study in Years 10 and 11. Activities that promote key literacy skills have been built into the schemes and our students study increasingly demanding texts including GCSE level texts from Year 8 onwards, although these texts are taught at an appropriate level to suit students’ ability.

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 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Sci-Fi Skills UnitAn introduction to the skills needed based on the new GCSE specification aimed at Year 7 students. With a Science Fiction theme, students will explore, analyse and apply the various skills needed in their Language Paper 1 exam in Year 11.
Term 1Non-Fiction: HolidaysA creative topic which looks at non-fiction texts around the topic of Holidays. Students will explore features of ‘Writing to Argue’ and apply them to their own piece of writing.
Term 2Novel: Holes or Stone ColdStudy the plot, characters, themes, setting and context of the novel.
Identify and analyse methods used by the writers to present the above to the reader in extracts and in the novel as a whole
Term 3An introduction to PoetryStudy a range of poems – identify and analyse features of language, structure and form in the poetry.
Term 3Literary Text - DickensStudy a range of 19th Century extracts written by Dickens with focus on character in preparation for their End of Year exam.
Year 8 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Skills UnitRevisiting the skills needed based on the new GCSE specification aimed at Year 8 students. Students will explore, analyse and apply the various skills needed in their Language Paper 1 exam in Year 11.
Term 1Modern Text: Blood BrothersStudy the plot, characters, themes, setting and context of the play. Analyse and comment on the methods used by Willy Russell to present the above to the reader in the play as a whole.
Term 2Novel: Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or War Horse or Private PeacefulStudy the plot, characters, themes, setting and context of the novel.
Identify and analyse methods used by the writers to present the above to the reader in extracts and in the novel as a whole
Term 3Non-fiction texts and transactional writingDevelop skills to summarise, synthesise, infer and compare non-fiction extracts.
Develop imaginative and transactional writing skills to engage the reader
Use SPAG accurately
Year 9 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1DNA by Dennis KellyStudy the plot, characters, themes, setting and context of the novel.
Identify and analyse methods used by Kelly to present the above to the reader in the play as a whole.
Term 1Disturbed Voices PoetryStudy a range of contemporary and 19th century poems – identify and analyse features of language, structure and form in the poetry and develop comparisons.
Analyse unseen poetry and make comparisons.
Term 2Of Mice and Men by John SteinbeckStudy the plot, characters, themes, setting and context of the novel.
Identify and analyse methods used by Steinbeck to present the above to the reader in extracts and in the novel as a whole
Term 3Non-fiction texts and transactional writing Study selections from a range of contemporary prose fiction and non-fiction extracts including 19th century non-fiction texts.
Term 3Fiction texts and imaginative writingDevelop skills to analyse and evaluate fiction extracts and compare and synthesise non-fiction extracts
Develop imaginative and transactional writing skills to engage the reader