“Books, I found, had the power to make time stand still, retreat or fly into the future.”
English at KS3 aims to develop the work done by students at KS2, harnessing their knowledge of language techniques and terminology as we seek to widen the breadth of texts they read as we introduce them to more traditional English texts, develop their ability to write extended analytical essays and seek to unlock their creativity with the written word. By the end of KS3, all students will have read at least 2 Shakespeare plays, a range of poetry from the last 300 years, and at least 3 novels from the 19th and 20th Century. Our aim is for students to expand their awareness of the cultural impact of English Literature upon modern society and enjoy developing their independent reading and writing skills across these different genres and difficulties of text.
You will find the various aims for each year of our KS3 Mastery Curriculum below. In the documents below this are various resources to enable you to see:
- what exactly is taught and when
- how we assess students and what skills they need to work on to make progress
- suggested wider reading to boost their confidence and breadth of knowledge of English Literature
In Year 7 we seek to introduce students to the rigour and demands of secondary-level English with an emphasis on the following:
- A focus on the more independent, analytical style of reading expected in KS3 & KS4. We spend many weeks teaching students how to read at macro and micro text level.
- Teaching students to harness their knowledge of how writers work in their own creative writing in a meaningful and crafted way.
- Promoting a greater confidence in the students’ sense of their ‘personal voice’, both in the written and spoken word as they complete a group presentation.
- We cover a full range of texts from 20th and 21st century non-fiction and fiction, Shakespeare and pre 19th-Century poetry as we begin to expand students’ awareness of the English canon.
In Year 8 we seek to build on the foundations of rigour and the core skills established in Year 7 by:
- Revisiting the independent, analytical style of reading expected in KS3 & KS4 and but now introducing students to more challenging texts from the 19th and 20th centuries to begin preparing them for the rigours of KS4
- Developing their ability to harness their knowledge of the writer’s craft in a meaningful and crafted way by raising the level of challenge and expectation in the more extended, independent written tasks they undertake
- Promoting a more in-depth element to the students’ sense of their ‘personal voice’, by introducing more challenging written and oral assessments which focus on the skill of a personal response to a text
- We cover a more complex range of texts from 19th century non-fiction and fiction, a Shakespeare ‘problem play’, the complex genre of The Gothic and poetry from other cultures as we continue to expand students’ literary horizons within the English canon.
Year 9 is the natural peak of the mastery curriculum. It represents the highest level of challenge across KS3:
- All reading tasks are now mirror-images of the types of GCSE questions students can expect in the Language and Literature exams.
- Writing tasks are more challenging and extended in nature as directed by the rigours of the GCSE exams.
- All students have to undertake an individual formally-assessed presentation which is graded as if it was their GCSE spoken assessment. This is to offer them a ‘real-world’ practice experience.
- By the end of their time in KS3, students will have covered the full range of texts demanded by the GCSE curriculum: unseen extracts from 19th , 20th and 21st century non-fiction and fiction, two Shakespeare plays, a 19th century novel, two 20th century ‘classic’ novels and a modern 21st century novel, and thematically-linked poetry as we seek to finalise students’ confidence and ability in accessing the rigours of the new GCSE texts and exams