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English Key Stage 3

Pupils in Key Stage 3 will cover a number of units over the academic year. Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of English through the study of language and literature in various forms including the study of prose, poetry and non -fiction. Pupils will also develop their ability to express themselves in the written form and also orally in speaking and listening activities. They will develop their written accuracy by focusing on grammar, punctuation and spelling. Pupils will strive towards high standards of academic achievement in this core curriculum subject.

The course content for each year is as follows. It builds upon the skills taught in the previous year as well as laying the foundations for success in Key Stage Four.

Year Seven

  • A Modern Novel – Class Reader on the theme of Horror
  • Gothic Horror – The study of pre twentieth century literature
  • Beowulf – An adaptation of an Anglo Saxon Poem
  • War Horse – A cross genre investigation of the novel, the play and the film.
  • Travel Writing – Non Fiction writing for different purposes and audience
  • Introduction to Shakespeare – A study of his life and times with a particular focus on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Year Eight

  • A Modern Novel – Class Reader on the theme of The Holocaust
  • Survival – A non-fiction unit on the theme of survival
  • Poetry Through the Ages – a study of poetry across time
  • Dystopian Narrative – a study of the genre and narrative writing in this style
  • Detective Fiction – a study of pre twentieth century detective fiction
  • The Tempest – the study of a whole text by William Shakespeare

Year Nine

  • A modern novel – Class Reader on the theme of Gang Culture
  • Political Speeches – A spoken language study
  • Poetry of the First World War
  • Narrative Writing on the theme of Conflict
  • Classic Study – The study of pre twentieth century texts an investigation of literature and non - fiction.
  • Seminal World Text – Class Reader of a text from around the world.