Curriculum: Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 English
Term 1 and 2Writer'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. In addition, 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 in a non-fictional text. 2) Creative Writing based on a picture stimulus.Key Words and Terms
Term 1 and 2 Contemporary Fiction: Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks   
To build on their English Literature skills, pupils will read the novel, Martyn Pig, in its entirety. The key focus this time will be on understanding plot, character and themes from the novel. Pupils will understand how to analyse and comment on the overall structure of the text, the context and writer’s message within the text. Pupils will also be building on the key skills of identifying, inferring, deducing, explaining and writing in clear PEE/A (Point/ Evidence/ Explanation/ Analysis) paragraphs.
Assessment: 1) Literature: Written response to an extract from a novel. 2) Literature: Written response to a theme or issue raised across the whole text. 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 to develop evaluation skills. Pupils will focus mainly on how successfully the writer has developed ideas and arguments across the text. Some work on comparison of non-fiction texts will be explored here and a developing understanding of how to write non-fiction text types such as letters, speeches, articles, reviews, travel writing will be explored.
Assessment: 1) Evaluation of the success of a non-fiction text 2) Transactional Writing Key Words and Terms
Term 3 and 4 21st Century Fiction: The Dark Lady   
Students will read and study ‘The Dark Lady' by Akala. The text will be approached in the same way as when studying a set text for GCSE English Literature, exploring themes, character and socio-historical context. Analysis, inference and deduction skills will be developed, along with a focus on expanding vocabulary. Students will explore the writer's craft and analyse how language is used for effect. Students will also read a range of unseen extracts, practising the skill of analysing language and structure techniques.
Assessment: Literature: Whole text question on the novel studied.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Revision for End-of-Year Exams - Paper 2   
Pupils will develop skills across both sections of Language Paper 2 in preparation for their end of year examination. There will be practice papers provided for reading and writing questions and teachers will set 'walking-talking' mocks which enable students to practice their skills under timed conditions with support from the class teacher. A range of reading lessons will develop students' skills of identifying, explaining and analysing language and structural devices used in non- fiction texts. Evaluation and comparison skills will also be explicitly taught in preparation for the exams. Not only will students be taught a range of language techniques to use successfully 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 Examination: 2 hours 5 minutesKey Words and Terms
Term 6Comparative Poetry    
Pupils will study a range of GCSE poems taken from the specified Edexcel Anthology in the cluster of Time and Place. Pupils will develop key annotation skills that will support their further study of further 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 analytical paragraphs. Key contextual information will also be explicitly taught and expected in written responses. 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) 7a and 7b comparison 2) Comparative poetry paragraphs and presentaions Key Words and Terms