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Key Stage 3 English

The purpose of English at KS3 is to build upon the skills acquired at KS2 and to prepare the students for IGCSE English and IGCSE English Literature. We recognize as a department the differing levels and needs of our students and we strive to tailor our programme of study to foster inclusivity and enjoyment. The importance of reading is forefronted, and we use the library actively in order to give the students ample opportunity to develop their reading independently as well as through guidance. The department has worked collaboratively to produce schemes of work that build upon literacy skills developed within Key Stage 2, but are also robust and rigorous in content to prepare the students for the demands of Key Stage 4. Our classes are designed to give every student the chance to progress, but also to be supported in their acquisition of language. We use standardized tests in order to evaluate student progress, inform teaching and accurately assess. Much of our work is fed through to the whole school to better provide for our students. 

Year 7 follow a course which consists of six units. The titles of the units are:

  • Access Reading
  • The novel
  • Media
  • Shakespeare
  • Gothic Literature
  • Drama
  • Poetry 
  • + on going project work + SPAG 

Year 8 follow a course which consists of six units. The units are as follows:

  • Study of a Novel
  • Non-fiction
  • Shakespeare
  • Media
  • Poetry
  • The classics  
  • + on going project work + SPAG 

In Year 9, students will begin to work on units that start to prepare them for the IGCSE course. These include:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • The novel
  • Poetry
  • Sherlock Holmes/Frankenstein/ Gothic Literature
  • Insight preparation 
  • IGCSE preparation
  • + on going project work + SPAG 

Method of Assessment:

  • Students will assessed at various points in the academic year and assessment will take various forms including the following:
  • Standardised test to ascertain level and progress
  • Teacher assessment
  • Internal examination
  • Unit testing
  • Formative assessment
  • Assessment for Learning 

All assessment is directed towards pupil progress, and more effective teaching and learning.