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: Mrs S Jackson
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. 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.
Students complete written work in their exercise books which are retained by the class teacher to ensure that work is monitored regularly. For each unit students will complete two core tasks in their exercise books which will be marked and annotated by the teacher using the relevant marking criteria. Feedback will be given using the ‘What Went Well’ (WWW) and ‘Even Better If’ (EBI) format and students will be expected to make improvements using green pen.
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.
At the end of each unit students will complete a final assessment modelled on the style of a GCSE paper. They will receive a step grade (based on the GCSE 9-1 system) and a personalised learning checklist with their strengths and weaknesses. Students will be provided with materials to help them to address any areas of English that they find difficult. Once they receive their feedback it is expected that they will independently make improvements or redrafts in green pen based on this feedback.
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. This is modelled on a GCSE paper, 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
Speaking and Listening: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z86qsbk