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KS3 English

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Key Stage 3 Course Information Page

Course Name : KS3 English

Curriculum Content

  • Induction – ‘Send My Friend to School’ transition scheme
  • The Planning Tree
  • The Author’s Craft – class study of novel (‘The Secret Garden’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ or ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’)
  • An Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Non-fiction writing triplets
  • Original Writing
  • Introduction to Poetry (including pre-20th century poems)
  • The Planning Tree
  • Inventions
  • The Author’s Craft – class study of novel (‘The Railway Children’ ‘Oliver Twist’ or ‘Great Expectations’)
  • Non-fiction texts: magazines
  • A Shakespeare Play (‘The Merchant of Venice’ or ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’)
  • Seminal World Literature – Of Mice and Men
  • Poetry – Romantic Poetry and Ballads
  • The Planning Tree
  • Poetry of War
  • Descriptive Writing
  • A Shakespeare Play (‘Macbeth’ ‘The Tempest’ or ‘King Lear’)
  • 19th Century fiction
  • The Author’s Craft – class study of novel (‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ or ‘Wuthering Heights’)

How Classes are Grouped

Students remain in their form groups for the first two weeks and then they are set by ability.

Students set by ability

Students set by ability

Assessment (including homework)

Baseline assessment for writing at the start of the year

Speaking and listening assessments on the novel

Controlled Assessment – the novel

Controlled Assessment – non-fiction writing

Controlled Assessment – Shakespeare

Controlled Assessment – Poetry

End of year examination in reading and writing

Baseline assessment for writing at the start of the year

Speaking and listening assessments on the inventions scheme

Controlled Assessment – the novel

Controlled Assessment – non-fiction media

Controlled Assessment – Shakespeare

Controlled Assessment – Poetry

End of year examination in reading and writing

Baseline assessment for writing at the start of the year

Homework project – culminating in a persuasive speaking and listening presentation

Controlled Assessment – poetry of war

Controlled Assessment – descriptive writing

Controlled Assessment – Shakespeare

Controlled Assessment – the novel

End of year examination in reading and writing

 

How to Support Your Daughter

 

Encourage your daughter to read independently for pleasure.

You may want to read with her,or have regular discussions with her about the texts she is reading.

You could ask your daughter to check her homework carefully for errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar before she hands it in.

Encourage her to read through her sentences carefully to ensure that they are clear and accurate, reading aloud if necessary.

Your daughter will probably have regular spelling tests; you could help her to prepare for these by testing her on the spellings that she has to learn.

If your child is struggling with a particular English skill or is failing to meet her target level, please encourage her to attend KS3 catch up club on Thursday lunchtimes.