Curriculum: Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 English
Term 1 and 219th Century Gothic Short Stories   
To build on English Literature Skills from Year 7, pupils will read three short Victorian Ghost stories ('Tell Tale Heart', 'The Monkey’s Paw' and 'The Red Room'). They will practise reading and comprehension of 19th century Literature. The key focus here will be on understanding plot, character and themes. The idea of form, context and Gothic conventions will also be examined in the scheme of work. Pupils will be building on the key skills of identifying, inferring, deducing, explaining and writing in clear PEE/A (Point/ Evidence/ Explanation/ Analysis) paragraphs.
Assessment: Literature: Written response to an extract from a Gothic story. (20 Marks)Key Words and Terms
Term 1 and 2Writer's Craft: Fiction   
Firstly, for the reading section of English Language Papers, 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 of a non-fiction extract 2) Creative Writing based on a picture stimulusKey Words and Terms
Term 3 and 4Writer's Craft: Non-Fiction   
Students will work with their teachers on annotating fiction and non-fiction extracts, to evaluating the success of a text, looking at key ideas and arguments across the text. Also, pupils will develop understanding of how to write non-fiction text types such as letters, speeches, articles, reviews, travel writing. Students will develop their analytical writing style and develop their own writing in creative ways.
Assessment: 1) Evaluation of a non-fiction text. 2) Transactional Writing Key Words and Terms
Term 3 and 4Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet   
To build on their basic English Literature Skills from Year 7, pupils will read sections of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet'. They will practice 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 the contextual factors underlying the play, such as patriarchy in Elizabethan England; Shakespeare's Globe theatre and its theatrical conventions; visting 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 receieved this play. 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
Assessment: Literature: An analytic written response to the whole play. (20 marks)Key Words and Terms
Term 5Comparison and Poetry    
Pupils will study a range of poems linked by the theme of conflict. Pupils will develop key annotation skills that will support their further study of anthology poetry at GCSE. Students will then develop their ability to make links between poems and compare the ways that writer's have presented key ideas and emotions in explorative paragraphs. To compliment 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 comparative question 2) Compartive poetry paragraphsKey Words and Terms
Term 6Revision 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 of non-fiction texts (2 hours)Key Words and Terms