KS3: Curriculum Overview

Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Key Stage 3 English is split into six half term blocks per year

Year 7 and 8

Term 1: Tribes

Character Study

(SMSC Gangs, Racialisation)
  • To develop an appreciation and love of reading and read increasingly challenging material
  • To write accurately, fluently and effectively
  • To consider how authors have developed characters and settings
  • To amend vocabulary, grammar and structure of writing to improve its coherence and overall effectiveness

Term 2: Poetry

Charles Dickens a Christmas Carol

(SMSC Exploring cultural identity through poetry)
  • To recognise a range of poetic conventions
  • To study setting, plot and characterisation and the effects of these to the reader and audience
  • To use standard English confidentiality in their own writing and speech
  • To research Christmas and other celebrations around the world

Term 3: Writing for different purposes

Film review, Presenting skills, Letter writing

(SMSC moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict)
  • To use Standard English confidently in a range of formal and informal contexts
  • To summarise and organise material, supporting ideas and arguments with any necessary factual detail
  • To discuss reading, writing and spoken language with precise and confident use of linguistic and literary terminology
  • To give short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas, keeping to the point

Term 4: Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing

(SMSC Cultural Diversity)
  • To understand how the work of dramatists is communicated effectively through performance and how alternative staging allows for different interpretations of a play
  • To appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • to make inferences and refer to evidence in the text

Term 5: Creative Writing

Murder Mystery

(SMSC right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues)
  • To identify crime and punishment
  • To plan writing to suit audience and purpose; use models of writing
  • To study setting, plot and characterisation
  • To consider how writing reflects the audiences and purposes for which it was intended
  • To amend vocabulary, grammar and structure of writing to improve its coherence and overall effectiveness

Term 6: Private Peaceful

(SMSC Exploration of social/historical issues)
  • To read a broad range of genres
  • To recommend books to others
  • To make comparisons within/across books
  • To support inferences with evidence
  • To summarise key points from texts
  • Select grammar and vocabulary for effect
  • Use a wide range of cohesive devices
  • Ensure grammatical consistency
  • Use appropriate register/style
  • Use the passive voice for purpose
  • Use features to convey and clarify meaning
  • Use full punctuation