Curriculum – Key Stage 3 – English

Our intention is to encourage a love of reading through a range of fiction and non-fiction. Students will be challenged and engaged by writing that they will analyse and interpret, in context, as they develop as reflective learners.

Texts will interlink to explore a range of themes and ideas; developing the students’ awareness of what compels the writer to put pen to paper.

We also want confident speakers and writers who can articulate a personal viewpoint, are persuasive, and can evidence their own arguments
convincingly.

Links below will take you to knowledge organisers showing the content for each of these units. These are being developed over the period 2019 to 2021.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Term 1 &2: Man and myth

  • Class reader: A Monster Calls
  • Cultural context: power of nature; myths and legends
  • Links to 19 th C writing: selection of poems linked to themes in the novel, e.g. nature
  • Non Fiction: nature’s medicines/impact on the environment
  • Writing: narrative and descriptive, as well as transactional writing opportunities that are linked to ideas explored in the novel

Term 3&4: Shakespeare in context

  • Class reader: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Cultural context: fairies and magic; the role of women
  • Poetry: magical creatures/supernatural and romance
  • Non Fiction: continuing to explore women and marriage with 19/20thC sources
  • Writing: narrative and descriptive, as well as transactional writing opportunities that are linked to ideas explored in the play

Term 5&6: Bristol and beyond

  • Class reader: Treasure Island (19 th C
    writing)
  • Cultural context: Bristol – slavery,
    shipping and trade
  • Poetry: different cultures
  • Non Fiction: newspaper articles,
    commentaries etc. that link to key themes in the novel
  • Writing: narrative and descriptive, as well as transactional writing opportunities that are linked to ideas explored in the novel
Term 1&2: School life

  • Class reader: Our Day Out
  • Poetry: anthology of poems based around a common theme
  • Writing: narrative and descriptive, as well as transactional writing opportunities that are linked to ideas explored in the play

Term 3&4: Survival

  • Class reader: Call of the Wild
  • Non Fiction: Survival
  • Writing: narrative and descriptive, as well as transactional writing opportunities that are
    linked to ideas explored in the novel

Term 5&6: Genre

  • Class reader: The Time Machine
  • Cultural context: Literary – exploring genre
  • Writing: narrative and descriptive writing
    that explores genre conventions.
Term 1&2: The wider world

  • Class reader: Of Mice and Men
  • Cultural context: Immigration and the
    American Dream
  • Writing: narrative and descriptive, as well as transactional writing opportunities that are linked to ideas explored in the novella

Term 3&4: Shakespeare in context

  • Class reader: Richard III
  • Cultural context: Machiavelli
  • Writing: narrative and descriptive, as well as transactional writing opportunities that are linked to ideas explored in the play

Term 5&6: Getting GCSE ready

  • Class reader: 19th C novel – Dracula or
    Carmilla
  • Cultural context: linked to the class
    reader and poems
  • Poetry: power & conflict (AQA GCSE anthology)