As a department, our philosophy is that KS3 English should develop students’ key communication skills (reading, writing and speaking) as well as helping them to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage. We believe that the best way to help students learn is to engage and interest them in a range of different texts (both fiction and non-fiction). Across KS3, we aim to support students as they explore a range of different styles of writing, from various genres and writers.
Students will learn about the following:
- Genre Study: Adventure and Fantasy
- Prose: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
- Poetry: Nature
- Non-Fiction: What makes us human?
- Drama: Pullman’s adaptation of Frankenstein
- Genre Study: Dystopia
- Poetry: War
- Non-Fiction: The News
- Prose: Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men
- Drama: Shakespeare’s Richard III
- Genre Study: The Gothic
- Non-Fiction: The Language of Protest
- Drama: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night OR Much Ado About Nothing
- Prose: Orwell’s Animal Farm
- Non-Fiction: Crime and Justice in Victorian England
We aim to prepare students for their GCSE studies but believe that KS3 should not be a diluted version of Years 10 and 11. When assessing work, we focus on students’ attitude to learning (effort, independence, understanding, recall and ability to communicate) rather than grading work.