Key Stage 3 English

(Compulsory Course)

Year 7 Course Outline:

An introduction to studying fiction

20th/21st century class reader

'Talking about Talk' - exploring spoken language

Detective short stories from 1914 onwards

An introduction to Shakespeare and his tragedies

 

Year 7 Teaching Group Organisation:

English is taught in mixed ability sets in English.  English is allocated four periods each week.

 

Assessment:

Students' progress is tested by two half-termly assessments: one reading task and one extended writing task.  Assessment marks are recorded and are used to inform teaching and learning across the Key Stage.

 

Year 8 Course Outline:

Literary non-fiction and non-fiction analysis

20th / 21st century class reader and links to poetry

20th / 21st century drama

Shakespeare and his comedies

An introduction to pre 1914 literature 

 

Year 8 Teaching Group Organisation:

English is taught to pupils of similar ability in sets.  English is allocated three periods each week.

 

Assessment:

Students' progress is tested by two half-termly assessments; one reading task and one extended writing task.  Assessment marks are recorded and are used to inform teaching and learning across the Key Stage. 

 

Key Stage 3 Extended writing and homework projects

Each half term, students will research current topics and issues and learn how to adapt this information to match the purpose, audience and text type of a task.

 

These will include:

  • Leaflets
  • Web pages
  • Reviews
  • Speeches
  • Letters
  • Reports
  • Debates
  • Narratives
 

For most students, English homework is set on a weekly basis.  This varied work will mostly link to these projects and will include: research; reading for the Diss High School Reading Challenge; comprehension work; generating ideas; planning extended writing; and exam revision. 

 

Eng KS3

Diss High School

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