Key Stage 3 - English (Yrs 7, 8 & 9)
In Years 7, 8 and 9, pupils develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through a range of themed units. Covering prose fiction and non-fiction, drama, poetry and media texts, these engaging units meet all the requirements of the National Curriculum and Secondary National Strategy Framework for teaching English.
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
Learning to Talk
Have Your Say
Literature from Different Cultures
Contemporary Novel/Pre-1914 Prose
Childhood or War
Man and Nature
The Criminal Mind
Utopias and Dystopias
Students are assessed using the APP (Assessing Pupil Progress) assessment foci and receive both verbal and written feedback about their strengths and areas to improve. Assessments are filed in folders and students are asked to regularly monitor their progress, as part of their work in lessons.
APP Assessment Foci:
|Writing||Reading||Speaking and Listening|
AF3 Organising whole texts
AF4 Organising paragraphs
AF2 Finding Information
AF3 Reading between the lines
AF4 Understanding structure
AF5 Understanding language
AF6 Purpose and viewpoint
AF1 Talking to others
AF2 Talking to others
AF3 Talking within drama and role-play
AF4 Talking about talk
The department strongly promotes reading for pleasure, liaising closely with the library. Pupils have one library lesson a fortnight in Years 7 and 8, during which they develop their information literacy skills and are encouraged to follow a rich and varied reading diet.
KS3 Pupils can obtain an up-to-date list of recommended reads from our knowledgeable librarian, Mrs Gifford, or simply pick her brains for a book that suits their tastes.