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Title: English at Key Stage Three

English at Key Stage Three
"So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, go throw
your TV set away, and in its place you can
install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall."
Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Key Stage Three English
  • Imagination and creativity are developed through
    reading and writing.
  • Students to be able to look beyond the literal
    and explore the layers of meaning in literature.
  • Our aim is to promote confidence in exploring
    alternative readings of texts and sharing ideas
    with the class.
  • Students develop knowledge and understanding of
    spelling, punctuation and grammar and learn to
    write with increasing accuracy.

  • Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • All students across KS3 are given a SPaG test
    once a term.
  • Worth 20 of marks in the new GCSE language exam.

Once a week, students will spend 10-15 minutes
working through activities in the KS3 SPaG book.
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What do we study in Year 7?
Programme of Study Introduction to English
Writing the Natural World Text 1 Holes Text
2 Macbeth Text 3 Tales of Terror Text 4
Greek Myths
Lesson Content
As he melted into the night another figure
Darkness, danger, fear? Mysterious? Usually we
cant see at night so more dangerous
What are the connotations of the verb? Icy?
Sinister? Dangerous? Ghostly?
How can it just appear? Where has it come from
and why? Supernatural? Mysterious?
A person? Who/what? Are the two figures
linked? Why say figure rather than man or
Promoting Reading
  • Chances for reading are built into KS3 lessons.
    Students, on average, will be given 10 minutes
    silent reading time per week.
  • All English classes are provided with
    opportunities to use the study centre.
  • Every year we invite an external author to come
    and speak to students about creative writing and
    the joy of reading.

"There is more treasure in books than in all the
pirate's loot on Treasure Island." Walt Disney
  • Set at least once a week and will alternate
    between SPaG tasks and longer writing pieces.
  • Spelling Tests are routine in Year 7.
  • Homework is an enormously important way of
    further developing the skills learnt in class.
  • The most important assistance you can give is in
    helping your child to organise their time outside
    of school.

  • Students study a new topic roughly every ten
  • Every topic is assessed in the middle and towards
    the end of each unit (roughly every 4-5 weeks).
    One assessment will be writing (creativity and
    composition), one reading (analysis and
  • The mid unit assessment task will be discussed in
    advance. Students will be set homework to plan
    this piece and lesson time will be given to
    re-draft it.
  • Assessments last for approximately 40 minutes.
  • Students are reminded in the lessons before
    assessment which skills are being tested.

Assessments marks and setting
  • Levels no longer used at KS3
  • Instead Band system (similar to GCSE) across the
    whole of KS3. Students will be awarded a mark out
    of 100 for each piece (70 for content, 30 for
    SPaG accuracy).
  • Bands range from 1-10 for content generally a
    year 7 student would be expected to be at band 3
    when they join, and band 7/8 when they finish
    year 9.

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  • -An excellent familiarity with conventions of a
    variety of forms, adapted for purpose and
    audience that creates a fluent piece of writing
    with a clear purpose.
  • -Convincing voice or point of view sustained
  • -Always appropriate level of formality and
    consistent use of stylistic devices
  • -Paragraphs clearly support meaning and purpose
    and a range of features signal direction.

Extra Curricular
  • Creative Writing Club runs once a week and gives
    students the chance to indulge their love of
    creative writing.
  • Last year we ran a creative writing competition
    for KS3. The students themselves were involved in
    the judging process.

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Top three ways you can help at home
  • Spellings
  • 1. Weekly spelling tests.
  • 2. Using a dictionary when completing homework.
  • 3. Taking a pocket dictionary to all lessons.
  • Proof Reading
  • Encourage students to check that they have used
    the following correctly
  • Capital letters
  • Commas and full stops
  • Paragraph breaks
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Encourage your child to read every evening. If
    you have time, try to listen to them read once a
    week for 30 minutes.

Talking about school
  • Closed questions
  • Did you have a good day at school?
  • 2. Did you studying anything interesting at
    school today?
  • 3. Do you have any homework?
  • Open Discussions
  • Lets look at your homework planner together.
  • Can you explain what you are expected to do for
    this piece of homework?
  • What questions did you ask at school today?
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