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KS3 English



Chloe Angus – i/c KS2 Transition
Leander Partington – i/c KS3/4 Transition


In KS3 English, our vision is to develop students who articulate their thoughts and opinions from reading a rich array of literature. We encourage learners to engage and explore a range of texts, fiction and non-fiction, so that they have a secure understanding of history, culture and current affairs. Discovering new characters, plots and scenes, pupils can shape their own writing to be imaginative, engaging and innovative.


At Smithills our aim is to get the basics right at Key Stage Three to allow a seamless transition in to Key Stage Four. All students in KS3 will study a broad spectrum of texts designed to strengthen and embed key English skills. These skills are developed and fine-tuned through extended writing pieces intended to strengthen written accuracy and allow creative and analytical expression. 


Each unit will comprise of two formative assessments and a final summative assessment to consolidate the students’ learning. These assessments will be graded alongside the new GCSE 9-1 Mark Scheme and accurate, relevant feedback will be provided to allow each student to take responsibility for their academic progression. 


In Year 7, students study a range of texts by Dickens, a short story anthology, a range of poems from other cultures, as well as introducing students to a variety of Shakespeare’s plays.


In Year 8, students will explore the work of Robert Louis Stevenson through the novella, ‘Treasure Island’; examining structural features in non-fiction texts; focusing on the contextual links in ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’; and analysing the language used in a variety of Shakespearian plays.


Year 9 students start to build upon their skills in preparation for the KS4 transition. This will include an exploration of ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck; an analysis of George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm; examining poetic devices in War Poetry; focusing on structural features in Speeches and Transactional Writing and investigate the characters in Romeo and Juliet. 


Across KS3 students are encouraged to read for pleasure and can use the school library at break, lunch and after school. Students have one hour of dedicated library time per week as part of their English lessons. Students learn how to use the library, are able access a wide range of books, experience new genres and authors, and develop a love of reading.
Homework is set once a week on the Show My Homework website, accessible through the school homepage. Homework tasks are designed to consolidate the learning done in the classroom. Tasks vary and can include research, designing revision materials, spellings and creative pieces of writing.


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