• Tracie May, Director of Learning
  • Michelle Harper, KS4 Co-ordinator for English
  • David Budd
  • Claire Cosham
  • Claire Croud
  • Melanie Dunnaway
  • Victoria Grigg
  • Michelle Harper
  • Alistair Larter
  • Matthew Maxwell
  • Denise Stripp
  • Claire Turpin

English in Key Stage 3
Curriculum Intent: To nurture and expand students’ passion for reading by immersing them into inspirational, informative, and provocative texts, that will cultivate curiosity and exploration.

By exposing students to a diverse and rich selection of genres, forms, and writers, we will stretch students to appreciate the craft of the writer, the complexities of the language and the ingenious structure of the texts we delve into to ensure they have the skills and knowledge required to analyse texts successfully. Understanding will be enriched by examining contextual influences that shape and continually mould reactions to a text and considering a writer’s original intent.

Applying the writer’s craft to their own writing, students will catapult their writing skills into exciting directions, experimenting with differing forms, styles, and tones, clearly expressing their opinions and ideas with flair and creativity.

At the core of KS3 learning is vocabulary. Our aim is to expose, explain and apply a rich and challenging pool of lexis into our KS3 curriculum to produce learners that are confident in decoding language and applying a judicious and ambitious range of vocabulary, both eloquently in their spoken language and with sophisticated style in their written work.

Year 7

Topics (Term 1-6)KnowledgeSkills
Term 1
Introduction to Shakespeare
Witches and superstitions
England’s C16th culture and beliefs
Shakespeare’s London
Gender roles in C16th
The Globe theatre
Leaflet writing
Making links between contexts and texts
Close analysis of writer’s language choices
Language patterns in verse
Structure of Shakespeare’s plays
Using quotes in analysis
Applying Tier 3 vocabulary to analysis
Term 2
19th Century
C19th Science v Religion
Gender roles in C16th
Children and Poverty
Victorian morality
Gothic writing
Victorian Christmas
Fiction and Non-fiction writing
Implicit and explicit information
Reading for meaning
Effects of language choices: tone
Comparing C19th/C21st texts
Linking context to themes
Term 3
Short Stories
C19/C20th/C21st short story exemplars
Story structures
Story conflicts
Freytag’s pyramid
1st/3rd person narratives
Writing dialogue
Creating atmosphere
Semantic fields
Crafting openings and endings
Constructing convincing characters
Term 4
Around the World
Myths and Legends
Global impact of Climate Change
Diversity of cultural beliefs and religions
Different forms of Travel Writing
Negative and positive language
Inference and interpretation
Fact and Opinion
Persuasive Devices
Varied sentence forms
Applying descriptive writing techniques
Conventions of travel writing
Term 5
Modern Prose
Our Day Out/Private Peaceful/ A Monster Calls
Explorations in equality
Impact of British class system
Influences on identity
Family and how it impacts the individual
War, Conflict and Death
Mental Health
Tracking character development
Pros/cons of different narrative perspectives
Significance of symbolism
Analysing structural techniques
Mapping themes
Deconstructing characters
Term 6
Introduction to Poetry
Ballads and their enduring influence
C16th Love Poetry
Romanticism and its influence on the arts
Poet Laureate: role and purpose
Deduction and inference Poetic devices and their intentional effect
Different forms of poetry
Connotations of language choices
Narrator ‘v’ poet
Applying context to interpretation

Year 8

Term 1
Detective Fiction
Police and Crime in Victorian England
Jack the Ripper
Enduring appeal of Detective Fiction
Religion v Science
Gender roles in C19th
Fake news
Deconstructing Detective plot structure
Tracking foreshadowing
Analysing and crafting tension
Exploring role of secondary characters
Developing exploration of layers of meaning
Writing a Formal Letter
Discourse markers
Term 2
Natural Disasters
Climate Change
Man-made Disasters
Science-Fiction and UFO’s
Fears and Beliefs
The Supernatural
Stories of Survival
Sensory description in Descriptive Writing
Fact and Opinion
Persuasive Writing
1st Person narratives
Comparing non-fiction texts
Inference and summarising
Using quotations from multiple texts
Emotive language
Term 3
Poetry: Identity and Place
Art as a political voice
Nature ‘v’ Nurture
Perceived identity and stereotypes
Role of individual in society
Private/Public identity
Slavery, Civil Rights and BLM
Greek Myths
Exploring how different contexts affect reception
Developing ideas on writer’s intent and purpose
Considering purpose of poetic voice
Detailed analysis of poetic devices
Making comparisons and links between poems
Term 4
Frankenstein (play)
Morals of C19th Scientific development
Outsiders and Loneliness
What it means to be human
Journeys: physical and psychological
Social Responsibility
Comparing prose to performance
Crafting of atmosphere through setting
Function of foils in a narrative
Comparing Gothic characters
Analysing presentation of theme
Evaluate effects of writer’s methods
Exploring function of allusion
Term 5
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Cultural festivals and beliefs
Fairies and Magic
Gender roles
Class divisions
Love and Conflict
Personal choice
Concepts of comedy
Exploring how meaning is manipulated through performance
Tracking character motivation
Linking characters to social and historical context
Character mirroring
Purpose of cyclical narratives
Comedic effects of dramatic irony
Term 6
Modern Prose
Noughts and Crosses
Diversity and Identity
Racism and Discrimination
Friendships, love, and Relationships
Politics and Conflict
Civil Rights and BLM
Implicit meanings and messages in language
Identifying historical influence on narrative
Evaluating effects of writer’s methods and intents
Examining structure of a tragedy play
Exploring character motivation and development
Crafting an informed personal response
Demonstrating empathy

Year 9

Term 1
Modern Prose
Of Mice and Men/Lord of the Flies
The Great Depression
The American Dream 1930’s v present day
Civil Rights and Discrimination
Loneliness and Friendship
Loss of Innocence
Human Nature and Leadership
Significance of allegory and allusions in texts
Mapping connections across a text
Close character analysis
Judicious application of precise textual detail
Extended language and structure analysis
Revisiting tragedy literature
Term 2
Dictatorships and Revolutions
Freedom of Information
Human Rights
Critical evaluations of effects of writer’s methods and intents
Developed analysis of language and technique choices
Exploring reader reception across different contexts
Insightful connections across texts and forms
Term 3
Poetry: Love and Relationships
Different types of love and relationships
Pain and Regret
Death and Loss
Victorian/C20th poetry
Detailed examination of effects of language, form, and structure
Exploring ideas and themes across poems
Developed analysis of advanced poetic methods
Considering alternative interpretations/multiple meanings
Detailed links to contextual factors
Linking techniques to topic/theme/meaning
Term 4
Heroes and Villains
Mythical Heroes and Villains
Heroes and Villains in Literature
Real-life Heroes and Villains
Modern Heroes, focus on 9/11
Heroes and Villains as an Industry
Comic Books
Evaluating didactic purpose of heroes and villains in literature
Applying contextual factors to concepts of heroes and villains
Synthesising ideas across texts
Persuasive writing using a range of rhetorical devices
Crafting of a convincing character and creating conflict
Writing an article
Term 5
19th Century Prose
Jekyll and Hyde
Public ‘v’ Private personas
Addiction and its consequences
Science ‘v’ Religion
Ethics of Science
Mental Health
Alter Ego and Dual personality
Evaluating reliable narrators
Linking text to external and internal contexts
Analysing effects of narrative structure
Exploring the impact and importance of place
Insightful analysis of effects of language choices and patterns
All comments rooted in astute quotations
Term 6
The Taming of the Shrew/ Romeo and Juliet
Disguise and Deception
Feminism and Equality
Coercion and Control
Worldwide concepts of Family and Honour
Political Correctness and Freedom of Expression
Gender roles
Arranged marriages
Investigating the effects of comedy choices
Exploring alternative interpretations
Close language analysis Characters as a plot device
Consider how language choices convey characters and relationships
Decoding implicit stage directions in dialogue