KS3 English

Knowledge-based curriculum: In accordance with new academy policy, for Year 7 and part of Year 8, we are using a different approach from previous years. By Year 9, it is important that students have a sound knowledge of the context which surrounds all texts studied in English Literature and the centuries from which the unseen extracts will come for English Language. Students will be studying topics which have been carefully planned to link with the content for both English GCSEs. Key reading and writing skills will still be taught and assessed within these topics.

Year 8 will only be studying this for the Autumn term, and this will not be repeated for Year 8 next year, as the students will have already studied this in Year 7.

Year 7

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Ancient History

Classical civilisations (6 weeks)

  • Ancient Greece
  • Latin
  • Ancient Rome

Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon England (3 weeks)

  • Old English
  • Anglo-Saxon life
  • Heroes and Villains

Bible stories, morals and fables (6 weeks)

  • Genesis – story of creation
  • Exodus – story Moses
  • Jesus – nativity, miracles, persecution and resurrection
  • Famous fables

England Monarchs

16th-17th Century (6 weeks)

  • Queen Elizabeth and King James
  • Shakespeare
  • Gunpowder plot

19th Century (7 weeks)

  • Queen Victoria
  • Charles Dickens
  • Victorian London
  • Industrial Revolution
  • British Empire

 

Modern Politics

Democracies & Dictatorships (4 weeks)

  • British politics
  • American politics
  • Russian politics

Other Cultures

Non-Western Cultures (5 weeks)

  • Celtic tribes or Inuit tribe
  • Native Americans
  • African tribes
  • Asian tribes
  • Aborigines

 

Reading Skills:

Comprehension of unseen extracts (Lang. AO1 / Lit. AO1 and AO3)

Writing Skills:

Descriptive and opinion-based writing skills (Lang. AO5) and improvement of spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary (Lang. AO6)

Year 8

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Ancient History

Classical civilisations (6 weeks)

  • Ancient Greece
  • Latin
  • Ancient Rome

Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon England (3 weeks)

  • Old English
  • Anglo-Saxon life
  • Heroes and Villains

Bible stories, morals and fables (6 weeks)

  • Genesis – story of creation
  • Exodus – story Moses
  • Jesus – nativity, miracles, persecution and resurrection
  • Famous fables

Assessed Reading Skills:

Comprehension of unseen extracts (Lang. AO1 / Lit. AO1 and AO3)

Assessed Writing Skills:

Descriptive and opinion-based writing skills (Lang. AO5) and improvement of spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary (Lang. AO6)

Romeo and Juliet

Main focus on analysis of Shakespeare’s language and presentation of character/theme

WRITING ASSESSMENT:

Discursive writing – Writing to argue on topic of arranged marriages

Lang. AO5 – Communicate clearly, organising ideas using structural features

Lang. AO6 – Use a range of sentence structures and punctuation for effect

READING ASSESSMENT:

Presentation of a character through the play

Lit. AO1 – understand and respond to texts

Lit. AO2 – Analyse how language, form and structure are used to create meaning and effect

Lit. AO3 – Make links between texts and contexts

Victorian London

Specific focus on familiarising students with 19th century language and context

READING ASSESSMENT:

Dickens extract – how does he convey his viewpoints on Victorian society?

Lang. AO1 –Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas

Lang. AO2 – Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve effect

The Novel

Specific focus on fostering a love of reading through character, plot and theme

WRITING ASSESSMENT:

Piece of descriptive writing based on the novel you have been studying

Lang. AO5 – Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone

Lang. AO6 – Use accurate spelling and punctuation

READING ASSESSMENT:

How is a character or theme presented throughout the novel?

Lit. AO1 – understand and respond to texts

Lit. AO2 – Analyse how language, form and structure are used to create meaning and effect

Lit. AO3 – Make links between texts and contexts

Possible novels to be studied:

‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Pig-Heart Boy’, ‘Holes’

 

Poetry of Different Cultures

Specific focus on how language and structure are linked to writer and context

Mini-READING ASSESSMENT:

Explain the ideas and meanings presented in a poem

Lit. AO1 – understand and respond to texts

 

READING ASSESSMENT:

Analyse a poem in detail – specific focus on language and structure and writer’s intentions

Lit. AO1 – understand and respond to texts

Lit. AO2 – Analyse how language, form and structure are used to create meaning and effect

Lit. AO3 – Make links between texts and contexts