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KS3 English


Purpose of the curriculum: Intent

We endeavour to ignite student’s love of English Language and Literature by cultivating their cultural capital and exposing them to a varied and rich array of texts and opportunities to develop language and communication. We strive for our students to become:

  • Effective communicators- by developing their written and spoken English. The curriculum aims to build upon students’ writing by developing fluency; written accuracy; grammar; range of techniques and vocabulary as well as the ability to write in different styles for a range of audiences. Cultivating students’ oracy given the opportunity to take part in group discussion; debate and individual presentation builds confidence and skill. Ultimately, we want to equip students with reading. writing and speaking and listening skills for their career and life choices.

  • Effective critical readers- through exposure to a variety of challenging text types; forms; styles and genres. An array of texts from a range of historical, cultural and social contexts should expose students to viewpoints; values and ideas other than their own- developing their critical thinking and response to layers of meaning within texts.

  • Independent critical thinkers- through critical analysis of a range of written and spoken texts. 

  • Lovers of language and adults who read for pleasure. 


KS3 Curriculum

The KS3 English curriculum is based on a spiral structure- revisiting and developing reading and writing skills to greater depth and competency. The curriculum includes Reading and Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction by studying texts and modelling writing. Half termly topics are structured around the skills examined at GCSE and beyond. Assessments are based on GCSE style tasks to allow students to become familiar with the structure and style of questions they will face in the future. 

  • Reading contemporary and historical plays, poetry, novels and short stories to develop an understanding and appreciation of different forms and genres.

  • Developing creative writing skills- giving students opportunities to explore language effectively and creatively.

  • Reading contemporary and historical articles, letters, diaries and other non-fiction to develop critical reading skills and techniques. 

  • Writing in a variety of forms for a range of different audiences and purposes. 

  • Speaking and listening opportunities for discussion, debate and presentation

  • Recovering and developing reading and writing skills from KS2 and KS3 which may need addressing after the pandemic.