English KS3

Key Stage 3 English students follow a programme of study which is designed to develop skills acquired in KS2 and introduce them to the skills needed to succeed at GCSE.  The three-year programme is wide and varied and includes studying novels, poetry, drama, non-fiction, creative and essay writing as well as spelling, punctuation, grammar and spoken language skills.   All students have a library lesson once a fortnight to allow them to expand their vocabulary, develop their independent reading skills and allow them to experience a wide range of texts.

Students follow largely topic based units of work throughout Key Stage 3 all of which are underpinned by six core themes:

  • genre and structure
  • social attitudes and revolution
  • conflict
  • mankind and morality
  • relationships
  • supernatural.

Throughout the year students will complete a range of summative and formative assessments. To support their learning and progress students are clearly shown their strengths (WWW) and areas for development (EBI).  We think it is extremely important that students respond to achievable targets.

All students are encouraged to read as much as they can; there is a fantastic website which helps students choose what to read: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/

Once you click on the link, click on the child’s age and you will be offered a type of book to select.  By clicking this, you will be able to choose from hundreds of titles recommended by the BookTrust.