KS3 Curriculum Guide
In Years 7, 8 and 9 English and English Literature are taught and assessed as an integrated subject following National Curriculum guidelines. The course aims to develop pupils’ language abilities in three key areas of reading, writing and speaking and listening and will extend the literacy programme started in Key Stage 2.
Pupils are encouraged to read a variety of literature. In class they will read a range of novels, short stories, plays and poems written both before and after 1900, as required by the National Curriculum. They are encouraged to read widely and independently for their own enjoyment as well as for their personal development. A study of non fiction and media texts will also be undertaken. Paired-reading involving Year 10 pupils is also offered to support Key Stage 3.
During the course pupils are taught to improve their confidence in writing their own stories, poetry and drama scripts as well as developing their ability to write non fiction accounts. The pupils will be able to develop their competence in planning and drafting, using both computer technology and writing skills. They will be given opportunities to improve their spelling and vocabulary as well as to develop neat and legible handwriting.
Speaking and Listening
The pupils are given opportunities to develop their communication skills through a range of oral activities. They are encouraged to participate in discussion, role play and in more formal presentations. The ability to listen and to respond to what is heard is an important skill to be developed through oral work. Drama is also used widely to improve communication. This links with the assessments tasks needed in GCSE English.
Pupils will follow the National Curriculum, which includes the study of pre-1900 authors, Shakespeare and more modern writers. They will also develop the ability and confidence to write for different purposes and audiences. All schemes of work are relevant to the National Literacy Strategy with key focus pieces of work expected from every pupil.
Pupils will be assessed internally throughout the course, both by teacher assessment and by school examinations. In May of Year 9 the pupils will complete their KS3 assessments. There will also be teacher assessment every half term, which will focus on either Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening and Spelling. All pupils create a portfolio of assessment pieces by the end of the year.
Home learning is set to practise and develop the skills learned in the classroom. In KS3 pupils can expect approximately one hour per week. Tasks set will include essay writing, research, the practice of language skills and private reading.
Beyond the Classroom
We will offer trips to the theatre, cinema and museums, whenever appropriate. We also hope to offer workshops and visiting speakers to support and to extend the work covered in the curriculum. Pupils can receive help with home learning at lunchtime and after school workshops. Creative and poetry writing opportunities are also offered to enhance the writing of pupils at KS3.
How Parents Can Help
We would like to encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s education by encouraging their child to reach his/her potential. Parents can help in the following ways:
If your child regularly fails to meet deadlines or produces work of an unacceptable standard s/he will be considered to be not securing success. Following liaison with Learning Development to check whether there might be a specific reason for the underachievement the pupil can expect to be detained to repeat the work properly. If this solution proves unsuccessful we shall invite the parents to meet with their child’s teacher to set targets to aid the child to reach his or her full potential. Form tutors will also be kept informed.
Head of Communications – Preeti Parkash.
If at any stage you are concerned or have any questions relating to Communications, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s English teacher or Mrs Parkash. We will be pleased to arrange an interview at a mutually convenient time.