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English at Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9 follow schemes of work designed to give students a taste of all kinds of English literature, texts from other cultures and from different time periods. The aim of Year 9, in particular, is to ensure that students are ready to embark on their GCSE courses and they will actually commence their GCSE English Language and English Literature course during that academic year.

Students work towards GCSE targets on the new GCSE 9-1 grade scale, based on better than expected progress. They are tracked via Writing and Reading criteria and will produce several 9-1 assessed pieces of work each term.

A selection of texts/topics studied at KS3 are as follows: novels such as ‘Private Peaceful’ by Michael Morpurgo, ‘The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne, ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins and ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck; poetry including that from WW1; drama including ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’; a variety of units designed to focus on skills of writing for purpose and for audience.