“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
―George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
Key Stage 3
In Years 7, 8 and 9, students follow a broad curriculum covering reading, writing, speaking and listening. Topics range from Animal Farm and Shakespeare’s plays to Points of View Writing and Crime and Investigation texts.
Independent reading is actively encouraged through our Accelerated Reader programme where students are given reading targets and rewards to actively encourage a broad interest in reading throughout the school.
In Years 7, 8 and 9, students are grouped in mixed ability classes with some smaller groups receiving Literacy support. Once a fortnight Year 7 and 8 visit the library for half an hour sessions to increase their reading levels, return and take out new books and promote the love for reading.
Throughout KS3 students are regularly assessed and awarded grades based on the new 9 – 1 National Curriculum.
Year 7 programme of study: Speaking and listening skills are embedded into each scheme.
Autumn term – Animal Farm
Spring term – Literary Heritage Poetry, Shakespeare
Summer term – The Streets of London, Creative Writing (Paper 1)
Year 8 programme of study: Speaking and listening skills are embedded into each scheme.
Autumn term – Different Cultures Poetry, On the Western Circuit
Spring term – Crime and Investigation, Much Ado About Nothing
Summer term – Points of View, Persuasive Writing (Paper 2)
Year 9 programme of study: Speaking and listening skills are embedded into each scheme.
Autumn term – Frankenstein
Spring term – Heritage Poetry, Crime and Investigation
Summer term – Romeo and Juliet, Language and Literature Exam
Throughout KS3 English, students develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Speaking and Listening: students are taught to express their ideas in both a formal and informal setting. During KS3 and KS4, students are required to give individual presentations and to participate in group discussions and drama role play.
Reading: students are taught to use the skills of inference and deduction to explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. They are taught to analyse the writer’s intention and their impact on the audience/reader using a wide knowledge of subject terminology.
Writing: students study the use of Standard English for a variety of purposes and audiences. They are encouraged to use a wide-ranging and sophisticated vocabulary, a variety of sentence structures and punctuation in order to engage their audience. Students are taught how to craft a piece of writing using a range of techniques.
We actively encourage students to become involved with their learning by organising educational trips- both locally and abroad, enrichment activities and opportunities to broaden their knowledge of English both inside and outside the classroom. We have well attended reading and writing groups and our students are actively involved in shadowing the Carnegie Prize via their blog page. We take part in the Epping Forest annual Parliamentary debate where we compete against other local schools from the state and independent sector. In recent years we have hosted travelling theatre groups who have performed Shakespeare, bringing the text to life for lower school students and helping them to foster and enjoyment of Shakespeare in performance from a young age.