Curriculum: Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 English
Term 1 and 2Pre-19th Century Fiction:    
Pupils will read John Boyle’s ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ to build on their reading and comprehension skills. The key focus here is on understanding plot, character, themes and language techniques from the novel. Pupils will also be building on the key skills of identifying, inferring, deducing and explaining. They will be taught to write in clear PEE (Point/ Evidence/ Explanation/Analysis) paragraphs, selecting suitable quotations from the text as supporting evidence to demonstrate their understanding of the textual content they have read. This will help build their confidence and competence in preparation for the Literature Key Task scheduled for the end of term.
Assessment: A thematic essay based on the first half of the novel. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1 and 2 Writer's Craft: Fiction    
Firstly, for the reading section of English Language Paper 1, students will work with their teachers on annotating a range of fictional and non-fictional extracts to identify the effects of Language and Structure within a text. Secondly, in preparation for the writing section of English Language Paper 1, students will be developing, planning and crafting imaginative writing, using a range of descriptive techniques and accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. To develop and nurture their English Literature skills, students will be working with their English teachers on texts and tasks linked to the Literature text. They will consolidate their PEE (Point/ Evidence/ Explanation) skills, building confidence and competence in preparation for the Literature assessment scheduled for the end of term.
Assessment: 1) Language and Structure analysis on a non-fiction text. 2) Creative Writing assessment based on a picture stimulus. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 and 4Writer's Craft: Non-Fiction    
Students will work with their teachers on annotating a range of fiction and non-fiction extracts, for key ideas that the writer includes to successfully develop a theme, mood or argument. Also, pupils will develop understanding of how to write non-fiction text types such as letters, speeches, articles, reviews, travel writing. Throughout this unit students will also develop their PEE analysis skills, developing their confidence in explaining the effect of key quotations.
Assessment: 1) Evaluation of a non-fiction text 2) Transactional writingKey Words and Terms
 
Term 3 and 4Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night   
Pupils will read sections of William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to build on their basic English Literature Skills. They will practise reading and comprehension of a Shakespeare text, analysing the writer’s use of Language and Structure. The key focus here will be on understanding plot, character and themes from the play. However, pupils will also explore aspects of the social and historical factors underlying the play, such as pre-Shakepearean entertainment, Shakespeare's Globe theatre; visiting the theatre in Elizabethan times and the beliefs, traditions and values of the period which would have shaped the ways in which Shakespeare's audiences received his plays. Pupils will be taught to write in clear PEE (Point/ Evidence/ Explanation) paragraphs, selecting suitable quotations from the play as supporting evidence to demonstrate their understanding of textual content. This would help build their confidence in preparation for the End-of-term Literature assessment.
Assessment: Literature: Analytic written response to the whole play. (20 marks)Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Revision for End of Year Exams: Paper 2  
Pupils will develop skills across both the writing and reading sections of Language Paper 2 in preparation for their End of year examinations. There will be practice papers provided for both sections and teachers will set 'walking-talking' mocks which enable students to practise their skills under timed conditions with support from the class teacher. A range of reading skills lessons (focused on non-fiction texts) will develop students' skills in identifying, explaining and analysing language and structural techniques. Not only will students be taught a range of structural devices and language techniques to use in their own transactional writing for AO5 marks, but also, they will be explicitly taught spelling, punctuation and grammar rules to boost their scores for AO6.
Assessment: Language paper 2: Reading and Writing Non-fiction Texts (2 hours)Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Comparison and Poetry   
Pupils will study a range of poems linked by the theme of identity. Pupils will develop key annotation skills that will support their further study of anthology poetry at GCSE. Students will then learn how to make links between poems and compare the ways that writer's have presented key ideas and emotions in explorative paragraphs. To complement this, students will further develop their comparison skills by practising question 7a and 7b Language GCSE skills where students explore similarities between texts and then compare and contrast key ideas.
Assessment: 1) 7b comparison question 2 Comparison poetry paragraphs Key Words and Terms
 

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