Our Key Stage 3 curriculum in English is taught in Year 7 and Year 8. Throughout these two years, students are able to build on their existing knowledge and skills when analysing a range of non-fiction and fiction texts. They are able to develop their understanding of the ‘writer’s craft’ and demonstrate this in their own creative writing. Students also develop their transactional writing skills and focus on improving their technical accuracy. Key Stage 3 is seen as the beginning of a continuous learning journey through to GCSE.
In Year 7, students study units on persuasion and rhetoric, non-fiction writing, reading non-fiction, poetry analysis, descriptive and narrative writing, and transactional writing, as well as reading a novel.
In Year 8, students study units on analysing and writing narratives, writing engaging articles, non-literary reading, analysing poetry (contemporary and nineteenth-century), writing reviews, constructing and developing an argument and studying a Shakespeare play.
The Accelerated Reader programme runs in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. Students are encouraged to read widely and take quizzes regularly. Class time is dedicated to this but there is also an expectation that students will do this in their own time. Certificates and prizes are awarded to students who demonstrate particular commitment to reading.
GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature – Eduqas
The study of GCSE English Language and English Literature begins in Year 9 and is completed at the end of Year 11.
The new GCSE specifications for English Language and English Literature are 100% examined qualifications. In English Language, learning focuses on developing the skills for two exam components. The reading elements require them to read and answer questions on twentieth-century fiction and nineteenth and twenty-first century non-fiction writing. The writing tasks include narrative and transactional writing. For the English Literature specification, students will read and analyse ‘Macbeth, ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens and ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestley. They will also be tested in their understanding of prepared and unseen poetry.