Key Stage 3
In this section
- British Values
- Business Information Technology
- Curriculum Statement
- Careers Statement
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Sport, Health and Recreation
- House System
- Performing & Expressive Arts
- Learning Support
- Mathematics and Economics
- Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
- The School Buildings
In Year 7 and Year 8, students develop their skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. We have adapted our Key Stage 3 curriculum to prepare students for the new GCSE qualifications by ensuring that all Key Stage 3 students read nineteenth century fiction and begin to understand skills of analysing language and structure. We ensure our students continue to be challenged and enthused with a selection of texts like ‘Animal Farm’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ alongside a range of poetry.
English is taught four lessons a week. The course aims to provide a transition from Key stage 2 to Key stage 3, consolidating skills already developed and building on skills needed at Key stage 4.
In Year 7, students work on a range of text and topic based units. They read a wide range of materials: novels, poetry, non-fiction and media, and an introduction to Shakespeare.
They write in a variety of forms, including critical essays as well as stories, play scripts, poems, and newspaper articles. Speaking and listening work involves, for example, group discussion, role-play, and public speaking. Students are given a summative assessment level for speaking and listening, reading and writing every half term, as well as undergoing weekly formative feedback through self, peer and teacher assessment.
Students are encouraged to read books of their own choice and should always have a book on them while in school. Membership to the school library is automatic and all students will need to use it for borrowing books for pleasure and work. Students are expected to keep a reading journal throughout year 7 that is monitored by their class teacher.
Each year 7 class will have a designated library lesson where they can enjoy reading independently; do guided reading with their teachers or other literacy activities and competitions with the librarian.
English is taught four lessons a week. English in year 8 aims to build on and consolidate skills already taught in year 7 with an emphasis on developing students for skills at Key stage 4.
In Year 8, students work on a range of text and topic based units. They read a wide range of materials: novels, poetry, non-fiction and media, Shakespeare, including a study of pre 20th Century prose.
They continue to write in a variety of forms with an aim in developing written skills, planning and organisation with narrative composition. Students are given a summative assessment level for speaking and listening, reading and writing every half term, as well as undergoing weekly formative feedback through self, peer and teacher assessment.
Personal reading continues to be of major importance in developing skills in comprehension and written style and students are still encouraged to visit the library.