Key Stage 3

What we teach

The National Curriculum for English at Key Stage 3 builds on the skills that pupils learned at Key Stage 2. Each term, the schemes of work will be centred around a set book. The books are varied in theme and content and will give students the opportunity to experience the in-depth study of a text with links to a variety of other literature, including pre 20th Century poetry, prose and non-fiction. There will be lots of opportunity to work in pairs and in a group, ensuring that the skills needed in speaking and listening are developed. Pupils will produce several pieces of written work throughout the Key Stage on which their progress will be assessed. Pupils are taught to examine the ways in which a writer uses language to achieve specific effects in their work, a skill which is important for GCSE preparation. 

Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work

Year 7 7 7
When Autumn Spring Summer
Scheme of Work

Unit 1
Harry Potter - All

15 weeks

Unit 3
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Higher

Goodnight Mr Tom - Lower

12 weeks 

Unit 3
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – Higher

Goodnight Mr Tom - Lower

12 weeks

Assessments and When

1st half week 1
1.    Baseline Writing paper

1st half week 5

2.    Reading Exam

3.    Writing Exam

2nd half week 3

4.    Letter 

2nd half week 6

5.    Reader Extract

1st half week 2
6.    Extract analysis 

1st half week 5

7.    Speech 

2nd half week 2

8.    Article 

2nd half week 5

9.    Extract analysis

1st half week 2
10.    PEE essay

1st half week 5

11.    Character analysis

2nd half week 2

12.    Extract theme

2nd half week 4

13.    Extract character

2nd half week 6

14.    Book review

Year 8 8 8
When Autumn Spring Summer
Scheme of Work

Unit 1
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – Higher

Holes - Lower

14 weeks

Unit 2
Private Peaceful - Higher

Abomination - Lower

13 weeks

Unit 3
Lord of the Flies - Higher

The Tulip Touch - Lower

12 weeks

Assessments and When

1st half week 2
1.    Story opening 

1st half week 5
2.    Whole story

1st half week 7
3.    Extract analysis

2nd half week 2
4.    Character study 

2nd half week 4
5.    Letter 

2nd half week 7
6.    Speech 

1st half week 2
7.    Un-seen poetry

1st half week 5
8.    Poetry comparison 

2nd half week 2
9.    Article

2nd half week 5    
10.    Extract analysis

 

1st half week 2
11.    Extract analysis 

1st half week 5
12.    Argument writing

2nd half week 2
13.    Reading and Writing Exam

2nd half week 5
14.    Play review