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Key Stage 3 Overview

The aim of English at KS3 is to extend students’ knowledge of the world and its literature, and as such we have created a broad and challenging curriculum. In Year 7 and Year 8, students are guided through classic texts from the English literary heritage alongside a range of contemporary poetry, novels and plays. Through regular writing challenges they learn to become expressive, creative and precise in the use of the written word. In addition, we are committed to developing students’ oracy skills through discussion, debate and individual presentations.

Year 7

  • All About Me -Students’ learning will focus on them developing their own written voice and style by producing writing of an autobiographical nature based on range of poetry and prose that they will have studied. Students will also write and deliver a speech to their class on a topic which inspires them.
  • A Rough Guide to Shakespeare- The focus of this topic is to create curiosity and enjoyment of a range of the Bard’s more iconic plays such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest.
  • Iconic Speeches - This allows students to read and analyse a range of iconic speeches by public figures such as Malala Yousafzai and Martin Luther King. Students will learn about the wider world and current affairs which will encourage them to think beyond the subject and empower them to consider the emotions of others.
  • School Life- Students will improve their analytical skills through the analysis of language and the craft of a writer in texts by Roald Dahl, David Walliams and J.K. Rowling. Students will explore how each writer creates a sense of place and character.
  • Poetry from Other Cultures- This scheme seeks to instil more of an awareness of diversity in the world, in order to equip students with the awareness they need about worldly matters and issues through reading an anthology of poems from other cultures. Students will use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
  •  Animal Farm or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- Students will read one of these classic novels which will facilitate their progress with close reading skills.  They will also learn about the social, historical and political context of the novel to enhance their understanding of it.

Year 8

  • Great British Literature- Students will study a range of works from the canon of English literature such as Nicholas Nickleby and Great Expectations by Dickens, as well as Stevenson’s Treasure Island.  Students’ learning will help then to appreciate the influence of context on the literary texts as well as hone their analytical skills.
  • Crime Writing- Students will look at the theme of crime and punishment in poetry by Browning, Hardy, Armitage and Duffy.  There will be a focus on language and style of newspaper reports in order to influence students’ own writing in the production of their own newspaper report based on Roald Dahl’s short story The Lamb to the Slaughter.
  • A View from the Bridge or Our Day Out- Through reading one of these plays, students will develop their skills for analysing drama and will consider dramatic techniques such as dramatic irony and symbolism. This will allow them to reflect on the importance of stage directions and setting on meaning and interpretation.  
  • Marketing Project- Within this unit, students will explore language in different forms of transactional writing. Through analysis of reviews, advertisements and persuasive speeches students will consider how to use language to persuade. Students will be creating their own product to “sell” to the rest of the class.
  • Romantic Poetry- Students will explore a range of Romantic poetry through the study of poets such as Keats, Wordsworth, Blake and Byron. This unit will allow students to think critically about the deeper meaning of life.
  • Of Mice and Men or To Kill a Mockingbird- Students will continue to develop their reading for meaning, language analysis and contextual linking through the study of either To Kill a Mockingbird or Of Mice and Men. Both of these novels consider discrimination and the influence of the ‘American Dream’, which will interleave with other units in Year 8.