English

English

A summary of KS3 and its relevance

The English curriculum in Year 7 aims to provide a smooth transition from key stage 2 by building on communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening through a range of activities. Throughout Key Stage Three, pupils focus on improving their analytical skills by exploring a variety of fiction and non- fiction texts of increasing complexity, sophistication and challenge. Written work is produced for a wide range of purposes and audiences, with an increasing emphasis placed upon technical accuracy. Our schemes of work link explicitly and proportionately to the assessment objectives which underpin our GCSE courses. Where possible, students are encouraged to communicate using real-world contexts. Notably, our Year 8 students are entered for the AQA Functional Skills qualification in English, which certifies that they are ready to communicate in both spoken and written form in the workplace. A particular focus is placed on reading for pleasure and building reading and writing stamina in preparation for the extended tasks which are a requirement of GCSE level study.

The importance of reading – for information, for pleasure and to access all of the subject areas – lies at the heart of our curriculum and is supported by our Assertive mentoring programme.  In addition, we have launched initiatives to encourage independent reading across the school, such as the Reading Miles Global and Universal Challenge, also the bronze, silver and gold Reading Awards.

In Year 9, pupils begin to explore some of the set texts which are a requirement of the GCSE in English Literature.

A summary of the skills acquired

Key skills:

• Information retrieval
• Inference and deduction
• Analysis and Evaluation
• Writing for a specific purpose and audience
• Writing with clarity and sophistication of expression
• Writing in a way which is technically accurate
• Independence in proof reading and editing
• Structure and organisation of written texts
• Speaking and listening

 

Topics covered in Year 7

  • Autobiography
  • Fantasy and Fear
  • Introduction to the Gothic
  • Comparison of short stories
  • Poetry from different cultures and traditions
  • Macbeth
  • Speaking and Listening

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Topics covered in Year 8

 War novels/ diaries

  • World War 1 Poetry
  • Non-fiction reading and writing – preparation for the world of work
  • Pre 1914 and contemporary love poetry
  • Romeo and Juliet

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