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KEY STAGE 3 ENGLISH

In Years 7-9, pupils follow schemes of work that cover the requirements of the national curriculum but also aim to challenge, enthuse and extend. Over the course of each year, a Shakespeare play, a novel, a modern play, a selection of poetry, short stories and a variety of media and non-fiction texts are studied. Across Key Stage 3 there will be an ongoing focus on developing Speaking and Listening skills through a range of challenging activities, from debating to drama

Year 7 Scheme of Work:

  • Literacy Skills - Spelling; simple, compound and complex sentences; capital letters; an ambitious range of punctuation; paragraphing
  • Autobiographical Writing - Pupils study a range of autobiographical texts and devices and produce their own
  • Creative Writing - Pupils are taught to produce engaging, entertaining and convincing fiction texts, using a range of techniques such as character voice and atmosphere
  • Poetry - Pupils explore a wide range of poems, learning about poetic forms and devices
  • Analytical Essay - A range of texts is available to study, including ‘King of Shadows’, ‘Holes’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’. Pupils will develop the ability to explore the writer’s craft in detail in preparation for writing a formal essay
  • Writing to Inform and Explain, or Describe and Persuade - A range of tasks may be completed, including instruction leaflets and letters

Year 8 Scheme of Work:

  • Literacy Skills - Spelling; simple, compound and complex sentences; capital letters; an ambitious range of punctuation; paragraphing
  • Creative Writing - Pupils will develop their confidence in writing within a range of styles and genres
  • Poetry - Pupils will embark upon a focussed study of a specific poetic form, such as ballads and sonnets
  • Analytical Essay - A range of challenging texts is available to study, including ‘Coram Boy’, ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’ and ‘Across the Nightingale Floor’. Pupils will further develop their close reading skills and sharpen their ability to analyse texts in respect of form and structure
  • Shakespeare Festival - An opportunity for each class to rise to the challenge of staging their own interpretation of contrasting scenes from Shakespeare’s key plays
  • Shakespeare Research Project - Individual research-based project work, exploring Shakespeare’s work, life and times, with an emphasis on independent research skills and creative presentation
  • Writing to Inform and Explain, or Describe and Persuade - Pupils are introduced to various rhetorical devices and registers, developing a sense of audience, purpose and perspective

Year 8 Scheme of Work:

  • Creative Writing -Genre specific fiction writing tasks, with an emphasis on the deliberate use of narrative devices in crafting writing to appeal to the reader
  • Poetry - Advanced study of more complex poetry forms, such as Robert Browning’s dramatic monologues and contemporary performance poetry
  • Analytical Essay - Deeper analysis of literary texts across the major genres, often incorporating comparative study in preparation for the demands of GCSE
  • Shakespeare Study - In-depth investigation of a major play, through a range of performance tasks and textual analysis
  • Writing to Inform and Explain, or Describe and Persuade - Pupils are encouraged to employ increasingly sophisticated rhetorical devices and registers, developing a clear awareness of audience, purpose and perspective

 



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