KS3 English

Studying English at KS3

 

English classes aim to build on the foundations established at KS2. We develop pupils’ skills in three main areas of Talking and Listening, Reading, and Writing.  We encourage students to further their English skills, whilst increasing confidence in individual abilities, which is paramount in preparing for work at KS4.

 

We promote an interest and enjoyment of language and literature and recognise its importance in pupils’ personal development. We advocate independent learning and encourage pupils to nurture creativity and enhance their thinking skills.

 

Studying English at KS3 prepares students for GCSE examinations as assessments mirror those at KS4.  As of 2012, pupils are assessed at KS3 for their skills in Communication; this is externally moderated by CCEA.

 

 

Year 8

 

6 Periods per week (including 1 in the library or when studying Drama, in the Assembly Hall)

 

Areas covered include:

 

Oral Assessments

Knowledge about Language

Response to Reading Fiction and Non-fiction

Study of the Novel

Reading and analysing Poetry

Personal Writing

Non-fiction Writing

Practical Writing- Informal letters/reports

Practical drama

 

 

Year 9

 

6 Periods per week (including 1 in the library or when studying Drama, in the Assembly Hall)

 

Areas covered include:

 

Oral Assessments

Knowledge about Language

Response to a variety of texts

Reading and analysing Fiction and Non-Fiction

Study of the Novel

Reading and analysing a Poetry Anthology

Functional Writing- Newspaper articles/Speeches

Introduction to the world of Shakespeare

Practical drama

 

 

Year 10

 

6 Periods per week (including 1 in the library or during Drama scheme in the Assembly Hall)

In contrast to Year 8 and 9, English Language and English Literature will be assessed separately, as two distinct subjects in preparation for GCSE.

 

Areas covered include:

 

A range of Talking and Listening tasks: Individual, Group, Role-Play

Reading and analysis of Multi-Modal texts

Personal/creative writing

Persuasive writing: speech/debate/extended essay

Detailed study and analysis of a novel, Shakespearean play and Poetry Anthology

Contextual appreciation of texts studied

Practical drama