The English curriculum at KS3 seeks to broaden students’ literary and linguistic horizons, whilst ensuring that they have mastered the basic skills required at KS4.
Each year, students will study a novel, a selection of non-fiction texts on a wide range of interesting topics, and either a selection of canonical poetry or a Shakespeare play. They will also hone their creative and formal writing in a variety of different ways, whilst developing their ability to debate, present and dramatise.
Our aim is to encourage students at KS3 to be confident and curious readers, writers, speakers and listeners.
There will be two papers: ‘Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing’, and ‘Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives’, each lasting for 1 hour and 45 minutes. The papers are worth 50% of the overall grade each, and are both marked out of 80. In addition, students will be assessed on their spoken language.
Grades awarded will be 1—9 where 9 is the highest grade.
This course allows students to explore some of the most important authors in the British Canon – including Dickens, Shakespeare and a range of our best-loved poets and playwrights. Students will be tested in the exam on their ability to explore the styles and stories of these writers, whilst also demonstrating an understanding of their historical and social backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to express and explore their own interpretations and ideas on these seminal texts.
There will be two papers: ‘Shakespeare and the 19th Century Novel’ (40% - 1 hour and 45minutes—64 marks) and ‘Modern texts and Poetry’ (60% - 2 hours and 15 minutes—96 marks).
The Poetry Trials
Mrs Upton - CAL English and Media
Mr Jones - Assistant CAL English
Ms Arnell - Teacher of English
Mrs Cull - Teacher of English
Ms Goddard - Teacher of English
Ms McKenna - Teacher of English