KS3 English

We deliver an exciting and enriching curriculum in years 7 and 8 that supports students in their transition from primary to secondary school, and challenges them to develop their communicative and creative skills.

Four key concepts from the National Curriculum underpin the study of English and we want our students to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding:



Cultural understanding

Critical understanding

Over the two years, students have three lessons of English every week, and we study a range of texts designed to support their learning and challenge them to achieve:

Primary transition work

Study of prose text and writing to imagine, explore, entertain

Study of non-fiction and writing to persuade, argue, advise as well as writing to inform, describe, narrate

Speaking and listening activities

Poetry study: poems from different times and cultures

Media studies – study of the moving image and writing to analyse, review, comment

Study of drama to include a study of Shakespeare in year 8

Writing to imagine, entertain, explore

Speaking and listening activities

At the end of Year 8, students sit a formal written exam that helps prepare them for KS4 and GCSE work.