KS3 | English

The KS3 curriculum is delivered in years 7 and 8. The students are carefully prepared for the rigour and challenge of the GCSE content by developing analytical and communication skills – both verbal and written.

Key Stage 3 Co-Ordinator: Suki Penrose Britton & Alexa Kossifos

Overview

English at KS3 is focused on promoting an enthusiasm and passion for the subject whilst equipping students for academic success as they progress towards KS4.

Students are exposed to a combination of traditional and modern literature in the format of novels, plays and poetry which will challenge and excite them during lessons. In addition to literature, KS3 students are also encouraged to think creatively and will complete standalone creative writing units to help them develop their imaginative skills, in addition to interleaved creative core tasks throughout the year.

There are five English groupings across each year in Key Stage Three; one more able ‘top set’ and four mixed ability classes. Top set classes will study some specially selected texts in order to help them to engage with more challenging ideas and materials.

Schemes of Work

Students study carefully selected tasks that are appropriate and challenging for their ability. Year 7 texts focus on the theme of ‘Identity’ and year 8 texts are concerned with depictions of ‘Resilience’. Students across a year group study the same unit simultaneously. Throughout the year each student will study six units. Each unit of work incorporates a mixture of skills; comprehension, reading responses, writing for different purposes and speaking and listening.

Assessment

Students complete written work in their exercise books which are retained by the class teacher to ensure that work is monitored regularly. There are three assessment points each half term. In the first two weeks, students receive comments using ‘What Went Well’ and ‘Even Better If’, this is to celebrate early successes in the unit and to identify and misunderstandings at the earliest point so that they are not repeated in subsequent pieces of work. There are two further assessment points, a core task (midpoint) and a final assessment. These pieces of work are graded and receive comments for improvement that students are expected to act upon.

In lessons students carry out peer or self-assessment on a weekly basis. Feedback will be given using the ‘What Went Well’ (WWW) and ‘Even Better If’ (EBI) format and students will be expected to make improvements to their work with their green pens.

The results of all assessments will be plotted on the progress trackers, which are stuck into the inside front cover of their exercise books at the beginning of the year. The progress trackers also contain summarised information relating to skills that students demonstrate at each step and their own reflections about what they would like to improve on.

At the end of the year students sit an End of Year exam in the hall. the experience is intended to prepare students for the reality of courses at GCSE that are assessed entirely by exam.

  • Recommended Websites and Revision Tools
  • Reading: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zs8nv4j
  • Writing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zywfbk7
  • Speaking and Listening: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z86qsbk
  • Shakespeare:
  • http://nfs.sparknotes.com/