Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to enable students to practise and develop a wide range of skills and abilities while allowing them to mature and strengthen the skills established in primary school.  Through a wide range of activities, texts and subjects, students are provided with opportunities to approach the three core areas of Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening.  Pupils explore how to write for a variety of purposes and audience, taking into consideration the importance of audience, purpose and accuracy of spelling, punctuation and grammar.  Explicit Literacy lessons are also held for the younger years, whilst year 9 students will begin directly preparing for their GCSE courses.

The aim of the department is to teach engaging and challenging lessons that encourage students to develop independence of ability ad thought while achieving consistently.

The curriculum in each year covers areas such as:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Great Expectations Ballads Studying the Novel
Exploring Poetry The Gothic Conflict Poetry
Short Stories and Exploring Narrative Utopia and Dystopia Writing to Argue, Persuade and Inform
Shakespeare - Exploring Characters Shakespeare and the Spoken Language Detective Fiction
Spies Project Shakespeare - Spoken Language Telling Tales - Developing Descriptive and Narrative Writing
Myths, Legends and Fairytales Superheroes Media Project Relationships in Shakespeare's Writing
  Mash-Up - Non-fiction responses to literary texts